James Bamford worked at an NSA unit during Vietnam. He wrote the first major book on the Agency in 1982 when The Puzzle Palace came out.
The NSA is responsible for gathering intelligence, listening, and processing information for the benefit of the US. The NSA has spied on both America’s allies and its enemies.
Dubbed No Such Agency by those who work there, Bamford revealed important information about the NSA’s history and some of its operations, including its failures over the years.
Bamford wrote a number of other highly regarded books including Body Of Secrets, A Pretext For War about the Iraq War, and The Shadow Factory.
In this interview with Intelligent Talk he discusses NSA’s vast scope and size, how the NSA conduct’s some of their spying and operations; and he discusses the famous attack on the NSA spy ship USS Liberty by Israel in 1967. He also discusses the Bush Administration actions to drum up support for the Iraq War after 9/11; and the actions taken by the NSA after 9/11 in the US.