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The SIGINT Philosopher: Descartes Would Have Been a Lousy SIGINT Reporter

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Release Date: 2015-08-11 Document Date: 2012-06-15
This 15 June 2012 article from the internal NSA newsletter SIDToday “SIGINT Philosopher” column tackles the subject of partial information: see the Intercept article The Philosopher of Surveillance, 11 August 2015.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // RELTO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL Welcome! Saturday, 10 Nov 2012 • Web search • Agency-all Emails • SID-all Email...
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The SIGINT Philosopher: In Praise of Not Knowing

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Release Date: 2015-08-11 Document Date: 2012-08-16
This 16 August 2012 article from the internal NSA newsletter SIDToday “SIGINT Philosopher” column, considers how analysts should tackle the situation where they cannot fully answer the questions they are tasked with: see the Intercept article The Philosopher of Surveillance, 11 August 2015.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL Welcome! Saturday, 10 Nov 2012 • Web search • Agency-all Emails • SID-all Emai...
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The SIGINT Philosopher Is Back — with a New Face!

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Release Date: 2015-08-11 Document Date: 2012-05-29
This 29 May 2012 article from the internal NSA newsletter SIDToday “SIGINT Philosopher” column, gives a first person account of how an analyst became reconciled to the idea of total surveillance during a polygraph test: see the Intercept article The Philosopher of Surveillance, 11 August 2015.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL Welcome! Saturday, 10 Nov 2012 • Web search • Agency-all Emails • SID-all Emai...
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NSA Extended Enterprise Report: July 2008

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Release Date: 2015-04-02 Document Date: 2008-07-08
This extract from a July 2008 NSA document describes Argentina as GCHQ’s “primary interest” in Latin America: see the Intercept article Britain Used Spy Team to Shape Latin American Public Opinion on Falklands, 2 April 2015.
TOP SECRET//REL TO USA, AUS, CAN, GBR, NZL//20291123 Extended Enterprise Report: July 2008 This document summarises key activities of interest to GCHQ at the NSA Regional Cryptologic Center...
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Can ‘Motor City’ Manufacture Some Arabic Language Assistance for NSA?

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2005-12-15
This December 2005 post from the NSA’s internal newsletter SIDToday describes the agency’s efforts to recruit Arabic-language specialists; a Detroit-based recruitment effort “unearthed significant issues”: see the Intercept article NSA Used Porn to “Break Down Detainees” in Iraq — and Other Revelations From 297 Snowden Documents, 1 March 2018.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (S//SI) Can 'Motor City' Manufacture Some Arabic Language Assistance for NSA? FROM: Ci...
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Now You’re Speaking My Language: NSA’s Linguistic Resources (Part I)

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2004-06-29
This post from the NSA’s internal newsletter SIDToday introduces a series on the agency’s struggle to find qualified language experts: see the Intercept article NSA Used Porn to “Break Down Detainees” in Iraq — and Other Revelations From 297 Snowden Documents, 1 March 2018.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) Now You're Speaking My Language: NSA's Linguistic Resources (Part I) FROM: SIGINT ...
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The International Security Issues Build-Out

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Release Date: 2017-04-24 Document Date: 2006-05-17
This section of a 17 May 2006 article from an internal NSA newsletter makes it clear that Japanese foreign policy and trade activities are surveillance targets for the agency: see the Intercept article Japan Made Secret Deals With The NSA That Expanded Global Surveillance, 24 April 2017.
DYNAMIC PAGE - HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI TK 7 REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (C) The International Seemin’ Issues Build-Out Global Capabilities Manager. ISI (S2C) Ru...
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TRAFFICTHIEF Configuration Readme

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Release Date: 2015-07-01
This undated NSA technical document provides configuration information for TRAFFICTHIEF, the live alerts element of XKeyScore: see the Intercept article XKEYSCORE: NSA’s Google for the World’s Private Communications, 1 July 2015.
trafficthief-readme-p1-normal.gif: SECRET//REL TO USA, FVEY (U//FOUO) TRAFFICTHIEF Configuration Read Me (U) Overview (S//REL) TRAFFICTHIEF (TT) is the NSA corporate alerting and tippin...
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Back in Time: The KAL-007 Shootdown

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Release Date: 2017-04-24 Document Date: 2006-07-19
This 19 July 2006 article from the internal NSA newsletter Foreign Affairs digest explains the ramifications of the Soviet attack on Korean Airlines flight 007 in 1983 for US-Japanese intelligence cooperation: see the Intercept article Japan Made Secret Deals With The NSA That Expanded Global Surveillance, 24 April 2017.
DYNAMIC PAGE - HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) Back in Time: The KAL-007 Shootdown FROM: the Foreign Affairs Digest Unknown Run...
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Perseverance Pays Off: Eight-Year SIGINT Effort Culminates in Arrest of Elusive Colombian Terrorist

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Release Date: 2017-11-30 Document Date: 2008-05-16
In this 2008 post from the NSA’s internal SIDToday newsletter the agency claims responsibility for the arrest of FARC member Doris Adriana: see the Intercept article NSA Secretly Helped Convict Defendants in U.S. Courts, 30 November 2017.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (S//SI/REL) Perseverance Pays Off: Eight-Year SIGINT Effort Culminates in Arrest of Elusiv...
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Protocol note for Japan visit

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Release Date: 2018-05-19 Document Date: 2013-01-01
This undated NSA protocol note provides a short briefing for a visit to the agency’s Deputy Director of Foreign Affairs by his Japanese counterpart, due to happen sometime after January 2013: see the Intercept article The Untold Story of Japan’s Secret Spy Agency, 19 May 2018.
SECRET//NOFORN Clearances: Accompanying NSA/CSS Senior: Photographer: Memento Presented: Uniform of the Day: Purpose of Visit: Justification for Directorate Involvement: Ex...
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Games: a look at Emerging Trends, Uses, Threats and Opportunities in Influence Activities

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Release Date: 2013-12-09 Document Date: 2007-01-01
A 2007 proposal to the NSA from contractor SAIC, promoting the company’s ability to support “intelligence collection in the games space”: see the New York Times article Spies’ Dragnet Reaches a Playing Field of Elves and Trolls, 9 December 2013.
Games: A Look at Emerging Trends, Uses, Threats and Opportunities in Influence Activities Table of Contents FORWARD......................................................................4 ...
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Classification Guide for SIGINT Material Dating from 16 August 1945 – 31 December 1967

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Release Date: 2014-06-18 Document Date: 2011-11-21
This NSA classification guide, dated 21 November 2011, covers signals intelligence material that as to be kept secret for more than the standard 60 years: see the Der Spiegel article The NSA in Germany: Snowden’s Documents Available for Download, 18 June 2014.
TOP SECRET//SjyTK//NOFÜRN NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY CENTRAL SECURITY SERVICE (U) CLASSIFICATION GUIDE FOR SIGINT Material Dating from 16 August 1945 *31 December 1967 Effects Dale: 21 De...
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DNI/AG 702(g) Certification 2010-A

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Release Date: 2014-06-30 Document Date: 2010-07-15
This 2010 certification from the Director of National Intelligence and the Attorney General asserts that procedures are in place to ensure foreign intelligence gathering stays within the boundaries of the law by targeting people “who are reasonably believed to be outside the United States.” The breadth of the authority is, however, very wide, allowing surveillance […]
SECRET//ORCON,NOFORN CERTIFICATION OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE AND THE ATTORNEY GENERAL PURSUANT TO SUBSECTION 702(g) OF TfififFORpGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE ACT OF 1978, AS ...
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Identifier Lead Triage with ECHOBASE

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Release Date: 2014-04-30 Document Date: 2012-06-01
This SIGDEV presentation dated June 2012 describes techniques for filtering very large datasets through the cloud-based GHOSTMACHINE framework. Cooperation between NSA and GCHQ during the 2012 London Olympics – the “Olympic Option” – is used as a case study: see the Intercept article British Spy Chiefs Secretly Begged to Play in NSA’s Data Pools, 30 […]
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Visit Precis: Sir Iain Lobban

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Release Date: 2014-04-30 Document Date: 2013-04-01
This internal NSA document from April 2013 gives background information to prepare for the then GCHQ Director’s visit on 30 April and 1 May; included topics include access to PRISM data, FLAME malware, Iran, Syria and Israel: see the Intercept article British Spy Chiefs Secretly Begged to Play in NSA’s Data Pools, 30 April 2014. […]
TOPSECRET//SI//NOFORN VISIT PRÉCIS Sir Iain Lobban, KCMG, CB Director, Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) 30 April 2013 - 1 May 2013 GEN A Hosted Dinner: 30 April 2013//1...
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Procedures for the dissemination by NSA to foreign governments of information from FISA electronic surveillance or physical search carried out by the FBI

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Release Date: 2014-03-12 Document Date: 2002-08-20
This 20 August 2002 memo from US Attorney General John Ashcroft refers to the “modified minimization procedures” now in operation following the FISA Court’s “Raw Take” order of 22 July 2002 and expands on that order by allowing the sharing of information with foreign governments without the need for authorisation to be sought: see the […]
SECRET//X1 This document found at: I:\J3\J34\FISA\fbi.doc I:\J3\NDD\FISA\ fbi.doc Office of the Attorney CjeneraC 'Washington, <D.C- 20530 PROCEDURES FOR THE DISSEMINATION BY NS A T...
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Exceptionally Controlled Information (ECI) Compartments January 2013

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Release Date: 2014-10-10 Document Date: 2013-01-01
This NSA document from January 2013 lists the codenames of those agency activities sufficiently sensitive to qualify as “exceptionally controlled information”: see the Intercept article Core Secrets: NSA Saboteurs in China and Germany, 10 October 2014.ah
CONFIDENTIAL//REL TO USA, AUS, CAN, GBR, NZL (U) Exceptionally Controlled Information (ECI) Compartments January 2013 ECI Name and Trigraph Organization Control Authority AMBULANT AMB...
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NSA’s Oldest Third Party SIGINT Partnership

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Release Date: 2014-08-31 Document Date: 2005-10-07
This October 2005 article, taken from the internal NSA newsletter Foreign Affairs Digest, provides a brief history of the agency’s past and current relationship with its Turkish counterparts, which includes a staff of 40 NSA employees stationed in Ankara: see the Intercept article How the NSA Helped Turkey Kill Kurdish Rebels, 31 August 2014. Download […]
dynamic: page - HIGHEST possible classification js TOP SECRET // SI tTK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (U) NS As Oldest Third Party SJGJNT Partnership Countiy Desk Officer (CiDO) Turkey R...
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NSA Intelligence Relationship with Saudi Arabia

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Release Date: 2014-07-25 Document Date: 2013-04-08
This NSA information paper dated 8 April 2013 details the agency’s deepening signals intelligence relationship with Saudi Arabia: see the Intercept article The NSA’s New Partner in Spying: Saudi Arabia’s Brutal State Police, 25 July 2014.
TOP SECRET//SI//NOFORN National Security 8 April 2013 Agency/Central Security Service Information Paper (S//SI//REL TO USA, SAU) Subject: NSA Intelligence Relationship with Saudi Ara...
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SIGINT Authority decision tree

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Release Date: 2014-07-23
This undated image, taken from NSA training materials, shows the role played by Executive Order 12333 in authorising the agency’s activities: see the Washington Post article Privacy watchdog’s next target: the least-known but biggest aspect of NSA surveillance, 23 July 2014.
Start Here! SIGINT Authority decision tree For targeting in response to a valid Foreign Intelligence requirement LEGEND: FISA = Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 FISC =...
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What’s NSA’s Reputation Among Third Parties? What are the Japanese Like as SIGINTers?

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Release Date: 2017-04-24 Document Date: 2008-11-19
This 19 November 2008 article from the NSA internal newsletter SIDToday presents an interview with the head of US Special Liaison Activity Japan (SUSLAJ), who describes Japan’s reluctance to participate in multinational SIGINT fora and historic agency operations in Pakistan and the Philippines: see the Intercept article Japan Made Secret Deals With The NSA That […]
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (S//SI//REL) What's NSA's Reputation Among Third Parties? What Are the Japanese Like as ...
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NSA Provides Un-‘conventional’ Support

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Release Date: 2017-04-17 Document Date: 2004-09-22
This post from the internal NSA newsletter SIDToday explains how the agency is involved with domestic events – including the Democratic and Republican Conventions – despite its foreign intelligence focus: see the Intercept article NSA kept watch over Democratic and Republican conventions, Snowden documents reveal, 24 April 2017.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (S) NSA Provides Un-'conventional' Support FROM: Customer Account Management (S112) ...
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Counterterrorism Analytic Working Group Meets in Madrid

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2007-08-01
This 2007 post from the NSA’s internal SIDToday newsletter describes the 11th annual meeting of the Sigint Seniors Counterterrorism (SISECT) Analytic Working Group (AWG), which focused on terrorists’ use of the internet: see the Intercept article The Powerful Global Spy Alliance You Never Knew Existed, 1 March 2018.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (TS//SI//REL) Counterterrorism Analytic Working Group Meets in Madrid FROM: Foreign ...
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NSA’s Changing Counterterrorism Relationship With India

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2009-06-15
This 2009 post from the NSA’s internal newsletter SIDToday describes the deepening of the agency’s cooperation with India, which included an invitation to join the Sigint Seniors Pacific (SSPAC) forum: see the Intercept article The Powerful Global Spy Alliance You Never Knew Existed, 1 March 2018.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (S//SI//REL) NSA's Changing Counterterrorism Relationship with India FROM: (S//SI//R...
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Norway Gets FORNSAT Collection Capability On Par With NSA’s

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Release Date: 2018-03-01 Document Date: 2006-02-09
This 2006 post from the internal NSA newsletter SIDToday describes the opening of VICTORYGARDEN, a “state-of-the-art FORNSAT site”: see the Intercept article Norway Used NSA Technology for Potentially Illegal Spying, 1 March 2018.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (S) Norway Gets FORNSAT Collection Capability On Par With NSA's FROM: FAD's Engineer...
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NSA High Frequency (HF) Collaboration efforts with Japan

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Release Date: 2017-04-24 Document Date: 2013-01-02
This internal briefing dated 2 January 2013 provides talking points for the NSA Director on restoring Japanese participation in the CROSSFIRE programme, which had stopped in 2009: see the Intercept article Japan Made Secret Deals With The NSA That Expanded Global Surveillance, 24 April 2017.
SECRET//COMINT//NOFORN (S//REL TO USA, FVEY) Topic: NSA High Frequency (HF) Collaboration efforts with Japan (S//REL TO USA, FVEY) Background: For many years, NSA collaborated with the DFS on...
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NSA Assistance to Japanese Directorate for SIGINT in Developing Capabilities to Provide SIGINT Support to CND

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Release Date: 2017-04-24 Document Date: 2013-01-29
This internal briefing dated 29 January 2013 provides talking points for the NSA Director on improving cooperation with Japan in the cyber realm : see the Intercept article Japan Made Secret Deals With The NSA That Expanded Global Surveillance, 24 April 2017.
SECRET//SI//NOFORN (S//REL TO USA, JPN) Topic: NSA Assistance to Japanese Directorate for SIGINT in Developing Capabilities to Provide SIGINT Support to CND. (U) Background: (S//NF) The J...
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CROSSHAIR – Foreign Partners Filling HF/DF Gaps for the US

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Release Date: 2017-04-24 Document Date: 2005-02-24
This 24 February 2005 article from the internal NSA newsletter Foreign Affairs Digest describes third party cooperation and interoperability in High Frequency Direction-Finding (HFDF): see the Intercept article Japan Made Secret Deals With The NSA That Expanded Global Surveillance, 24 April 2017.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (C) CROSSHAIR -- Foreign Partners Filling HF/DF Gaps for the US FROM: Corporate HF S...
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NSA Liaison in Tokyo Opens New Office

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Release Date: 2017-04-24 Document Date: 2010-10-23
This 23 October 2010 article from the internal NSA newsletter FAD Digest describes how US-Japanese intelligence cooperation has begun to operate more openly: see the Intercept article Japan Made Secret Deals With The NSA That Expanded Global Surveillance, 24 April 2017.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL (S//SI//REL) NSA Liaison in Tokyo Opens New Office FROM: SUSLAJ Chief of Staff Run...

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