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LA Times: NSA Blackout Reveals Downside of Secrecy

Mar 13, 2000, 17:37 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bob Drogin)

[ Thanks to Paul Eggert for this link. ]

In a page-one article, LA Times staff writer Bob Drogin writes:

"Lt. Gen. Michael Hayden, director of the National Security Agency, was home watching television after dinner on Jan. 24 when he got a frantic call: America's global eavesdroppers suddenly had gone deaf...."

"Intelligence experts blame NSA's woes on budget and staffing cuts since the Cold War, tougher targets and countermeasures and, most important, a hidebound bureaucracy that remains wedded to telex technology in the e-mail age...."

"NSA has lost its monopoly on cryptography, the making and breaking of codes. Supposedly uncrackable encryption software is now available on the Internet. The CIA says that several terrorist groups, including Hezbollah, Hamas and Osama bin Laden's organization, now use encryption."

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