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MHS FISINT Successfully Collects Israeli F-16 Heads Up Display

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Release Date: 2016-01-29 Document Date: 2008-02-01
This March 2008 post from the internal NSA newsletter SIDToday, describes the Menwith Hill station’s success in intercepting the video feeds from Israeli F-16 fighter jets and drones: see the Intercept article Spies in the Sky: Israeli Drone Feeds Hacked by British and American Intellience, 29 January 2016.
TOP SECRET//COMINT/TALENT KEYHOLE// REL TO USA, FVEY published March 2008 MHS FISINT Successfully Collects Israeli F-16 Heads-Up Display (S//SI//REL) , Menwith Hill Station (F77) (S...
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Stealthy Techniques Can Crack Some of SIGINT’s Hardest Targets

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Release Date: 2014-05-13 Document Date: 2010-06-01
A June 2010 report from the NSA internal newsletter SIDtoday, authored by the chief of the agency’s Access and Target Development, describes the interdiction and backdooring of “shipments of computer network devices (servers, routers, etc.)”: see the book No Place To Hide, 13 May 2014.
TOP SECRET//COMINT//NOFORN June 2010 (U) Stealthy Techniques Can Crack Some of SIGINT’s Hardest Targets By: (U//FOUO)| 1, Chief, Access and Target Development (S3261) (TS//SE/NF)...
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The Intelligent SIGINT Network of the Future

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Release Date: 2017-04-24 Document Date: 2004-10-04
An overview of TRAFFICTHIEF, a service that connects several different collection systems, "from active, passive, and warranted SIGINT accesses via a central messaging service" to provide near real-time alerts about targets. It started in July 2003 as a prototype and has been deployed since February 2004. It "has helped enable the capture of several high-priority Counter-terrorism targets." There are several major enhancements that TRAFFICTHIEF could also do in the future, and the TRAFFICTHIEF team is hard at work making them a reality.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL <br><br>(U//FOUO) The Intelligent SIGINT Network of the Future<br>FROM: <br>Network Analysi...
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InSIDer's View of History: Quite a Welcome!

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Release Date: 2016-12-07 Document Date: 2004-08-03
Anecdote about the author and his wife moving to Moscow to start a two-year intelligence tour. After a weekend spent exploring the city, they woke up Monday morning to a coup. Gorbachev was missing; Yeltsin rose to power.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL <br><br>(U//FOUO) InSIDer's View of History: Quite a Welcome!<br>FROM:<br>Chief European/Ce...
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Mission Assurance Facility Phase 2 Completed

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Release Date: 2017-04-24 Document Date: 2004-07-29
A progress report on the construction of the Interim Mission Assurance Facility reveals that the second of four phases is complete. The site will protect SID's assets against catastrophic destruction.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL <br><br>(S//REL) Mission Assurance Facility Phase 2 Completed<br>FROM:<br>Unknown<br>Run Da...
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Crypto-Linguistic Association Presents This Year's Career Honors

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Release Date: 2017-04-24 Document Date: 2004-07-28
Three linguists received awards for their contributions in establishing standards and in working on Russian and South American targets.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL <br><br>(U) Crypto-Linguistic Association Presents This Year's Career Honors<br>FROM: SIGIN...
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2003 CSE/NSA SIGINT Bilateral

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Release Date: 2016-08-10 Document Date: 2003-11-12
Canada’s Communications Security Establishment hosted an annual SIGINT bilateral, including discussions on support to military operations in Afghanistan, homeland security issues, and counterterrorism in Southeast Asia.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL<br><br>(U//FOUO) 2003 CSE/NSA SIGINT Bilateral<br>FROM:<br>Deputy SUSLO in Ottawa<br>Run Da...
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DIA - Swimming Upstream in the SIGINT System

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Release Date: 2016-08-10 Document Date: 2003-11-06
NSA collects “medical SIGINT” from the communications of NGOs and treaty-monitoring organizations and is collaborating with the DIA’s Armed Forces Medical Intelligence Center at the Army’s bioweapons research facility at Fort Detrick for expertise in epidemiology.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL<br><br>(U//FOUO) DIA - Swimming Upstream in the SIGINT System<br>FROM:<br>Account Manager f...
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A Visit to the USUN

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Release Date: 2016-12-07 Document Date: 2004-01-09
Staffers from the China Foreign Affairs Branch visited the NSA representatives at the United Nations. They were told the U.N. is a "tactical SIGINT environment." Reporting from SIGINT to U.N. changed history on Iraq War resolution.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL <br><br>(S//SI) A Visit to the USUN<br>FROM:<br>and <br>China Foreign Affairs Branch (S2B34...
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Media Leaks - Part I (repost)

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Release Date: 2016-08-10 Document Date: 2003-12-31
(Repost) NSA refers to media leaks as “cryptologic insecurities.” This article lists several examples from 2000-2002 (from CBS News, “New York Times Daily News,” the Washington Times, and WorldNetDaily) along with damage assessments and follow-on actions, like reporting to the DOJ and requesting an FBI investigation.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL<br><br>(U) Media Leaks - Part I (repost)<br>FROM: SIGINT Communications<br>Run Date: 12/31/...
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Post-war Iraq Plan

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Release Date: 2016-05-16 Document Date: 2003-04-11
Planning underway for post-war changes and challenges in April 2003.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL<br><br>(S//SI) Post-war Iraq Plan<br>FROM: Iraq Issue Managers<br>Unknown<br>Run Date: 04/1...
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Data Acquisition Update

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Release Date: 2017-04-24 Document Date: 2004-08-20
SID's deputy director for Data Acquisition gives an update on what his department has been doing. He points out that the capture of terrorist Umar Baziyani was an example of seamless interaction between many diverse parts of NSA, an operation that included "cryptoanalytic exploitation using special purpose hardware." He outlines some of Data Acquisition's activities to build tools and infrastructure to make similar operations much easier in the future, including the establishment of the Global Network Forum, "a 5 Eyes construct to manage midpoint accesses on a community basis."
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL <br><br>(U) Data Acquisition Update<br>FROM: <br>SID's Deputy Director for Data Acquisition...
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SIGINT Aids Capture of Major Terrorist in Iraq

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Release Date: 2016-12-07 Document Date: 2004-04-08
SIGINT reports led U.S. forces to the location of a meeting where Abu Abdullah, "one of the major facilitators of terrorist operations in Iraq," was captured.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL <br><br>(S) SIGINT Aids Capture of Major Terrorist in Iraq<br>FROM: SIGINT Communications<b...
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InSIDer's View of History: Desert One - The Iranian Hostage Rescue Mission

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Release Date: 2016-12-07 Document Date: 2004-05-21
Anecdote about signals intelligence during the 1980 Iranian hostage rescue mission.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL <br><br>(U) InSIDer's View of History : Desert One - The Iranian Hostage<br>Rescue Mission<...
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SID and DIA Collaborate Virtually on Russian Targets

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Release Date: 2016-12-07 Document Date: 2004-05-18
An "outstanding" DIA analyst finds valuable SIGINT leads on Russian underground facilities by combing open-source literature like "newspapers, government decrees, and obscure websites." This sort of research may have helped identify the government organizations responsible for managing a long-studied underground facility at Yamantau Mountain in Russia's Ural Mountains.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL <br><br>(S//SI) SID and DIA Collaborate Virtually on Russian Targets<br>FROM:<br><br>, Offi...
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3 1/2 Months in Qatar: Supporting CENTCOM

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Release Date: 2016-08-10 Document Date: 2003-11-24
This intern worked in Qatar for 3 1/2 months, both before and after the Iraq War started, locating leadership in the Iraqi government.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL<br><br>(U) 3 1/2 Months in Qatar: Supporting CENTCOM<br>FROM:<br>IA Intern<br>Run Date: 11/...
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New Release: The FORNSAT Plan

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Release Date: 2016-05-16 Document Date: 2003-06-03
Description of a plan for the modernization of collection and processing of international communications from foreign communications satellites.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL<br><br>(S//SI) New Release: The FORNSAT Plan<br>FROM:<br>Technical Director for FORNSAT<br>...
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SIGINT Analysts: In-flight GSM Is No Joke

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Release Date: 2016-12-07 Document Date: 2010-05-18
This 18 May 2010 article from the NSA internal newsletter SIDToday outlines how the agency is reacting to the growth of mobile phone services on board commercial aircraft: see the Intercept article American and British Spy Agencies Targeted In-flight Mobile Phone Use, 7 December 2016.
TOP SECRET//COMINT//RELTO USA, FVEY \\ (U//FOUO) In-Flight GSM S32423/S3T1 The overall classification of this briefing is TOP SECRET//COMTNT//REI, TOP SECRET//COMINT//REL TO USA, FVE...
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Site Makes First-Ever Collect of High-Interest 4G Cellular Signal

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Release Date: 2014-12-04 Document Date: 2010-02-23
This 23 Febrauary 2010 post from the internal NSA newsletter SIDToday describes advances in the agency’s capabilities against 4G signals, described as “a very high priority for NSA and the Intelligence Community”: see the Intercept article Operation Auroragold: How the NSA Hacks Cellphone Networks Worldwide, 4 December 2014. site-makes-first-ever-collect-of-high-interest
(TS//SI//REL) Site Makes First-Ever Collect of High-Interest 4G Cellular Signal FROM: ■HU and ■HUH RAINFALL (F78) Run Date: 02/23/2010 (TS//SI//REL) A collaborative effort between on-sit...
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FOSSWAY: Massive Analysis Attacks

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Release Date: 2017-04-24 Document Date: 2004-10-15
FOSSWAY is a Five Eyes-wide project that's "dedicated to the development of massive analytic attacks against global metadata supported by extensive automation." The goal of FOSSWAY is to help analysts focus on high-level tasks, like thinking about how their targets organize, rather than low-level tasks like data manipulation. There was meeting in September 2004 that had about 90 participants from all five intelligence agencies discussing a variety of topics related to FOSSWAY and how to move it forward.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL <br><br>(TS//SI) FOSSWAY: Massive Analysis Attacks<br>FROM: <br>Advanced Analysis Lab (S211...
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Eye-Opening Experience in Haiti (part 2)

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Release Date: 2017-04-24 Document Date: 2005-01-04
The intelligence analysis intern deployed to Haiti describes how the SIGINT used by tactical forces on the ground is different from the product for most SID customers.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL <br><br>(U) Eye-Opening Experience in Haiti (part 2)<br>FROM:<br>Intelligence Analysis Inte...
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MG Quirk Leads Group to Iraq (repost)

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Release Date: 2016-12-07 Document Date: 2004-03-11
(Repost) Photo display of MG Quirk's November 2002 trip to Baghdad, including a visit to Abu Ghraib prison. In this version, only the captions are included.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL <br><br>(U//FOUO) MG Quirk Leads Group to Iraq (repost)<br>FROM: Ron Carback<br>Iraq Issue ...
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SID Support to SOUTHCOM - Update on U.S. Hostages

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Release Date: 2016-12-07 Document Date: 2004-02-23
The NSA has been monitoring communications associated with FARC commanders and radio operators in an effort to locate three U.S. hostages held after the 2003 crash of a U.S. Cessna plane surveilling coca fields in Colombia.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL <br><br>(S//SI) SID Support to SOUTHCOM - Update on U.S. Hostages<br>FROM:<br>SOUTHCOM Acco...
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CANYONDUST Goes Global

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Release Date: 2016-08-10 Document Date: 2003-09-25
A “ground-based INMARSAT geolocation capability” originally deployed for Western Hemisphere narcotics targets will be expanded globally.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL<br><br>(U//FOUO) CANYONDUST Goes Global<br>FROM: SIGINT Communications<br>Unknown<br>Run Da...
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Tips for a Successful Quick Reaction Capabiity

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Release Date: 2018-01-19 Document Date: 2007-10-27
This 26 October 2007 article in the internal NSA newsletter SIDToday describes the agency’s special collection for then-Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s New York City trip for the United Nations General Assembly and provides a detailed study of the technology in action: see the Intercept article Finding Your Voice, 19 January 2018.
TOP SECRET//COMINT//NOFORN//20320108 Friday, October 26, 2007 (U//FOUO) Tips for a Successful Quick Reaction Capability by (U) Collaboration is a way to get the job done. (TS//SI//NF...
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Passing on Target Expertise... IT Support... Averting an Assassination -- An Interview with REDACTED

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Release Date: 2017-04-24 Document Date: 2004-12-13
The chief of intelligence security issues describes an exciting career, which began with averting an assassination attempt against a congressional delegation by narco-insurgents in Asia. In the chief's opinion, the NSA needs better IT tools and functionalities, from web access to better PCs.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL <br><br>(U) Passing on Target Expertise... IT Support... Averting an<br>Assassination -- An...
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Doing SIGINT in Pakistan

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Release Date: 2017-04-24 Document Date: 2004-11-10
A SID intern from the Pakistan Branch was deployed to work at Special Collection Service sites in Islamabad and Lahore. He played a part in tracking a terrorist target captured in August 2004 and worked on leads related to threats on the U.S. Embassy.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL <br><br>(S//SI) Doing SIGINT in Pakistan<br>FROM:<br>Intelligence Analysis Intern<br>Run Da...
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Where's the Beef? SIGINT for the Department of Agriculture

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Release Date: 2017-04-24 Document Date: 2004-11-01
The NSA supports the Department of Agriculture in trade negotiations and in efforts to keep the US food supply safe. Because few people at the USDA have TS/SCI clearance, providing SIGINT to them can present reporting challenges, which NSA staff have successfully addressed. Canada’s Communications Security Establishment regularly contributes valuable information on topics pertinent to the USDA as well.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL <br><br>(S) Where's the Beef? SIGINT for the Department of Agriculture<br>FROM: <br> and <b...
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The TAC's Metadata Analysis Cell (MAC)

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Release Date: 2016-12-07 Document Date: 2004-03-09
Description of the Metadata Analysis Cell, starting with a success story about a counterterrorism analyst using tools MAC provided to discover six terrorism-related phone numbers. MAC specializes in contact chaining procedures.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL <br><br>(U) The TAC's Metadata Analysis Cell (MAC)<br>FROM:<br>Technical Director, MAC<br>R...
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Reminder: See Over 25 New Technologies at RAD Expo '04

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Release Date: 2016-12-07 Document Date: 2004-02-18
Reminder that NSA research on future tools and technologies will be displayed at an exposition.
DYNAMIC PAGE -- HIGHEST POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION IS<br>TOP SECRET // SI / TK // REL TO USA AUS CAN GBR NZL <br><br>(TS//REL) Reminder: See Over 25 New Technologies at RAD Expo '04<br>FROM: SIGINT Co...

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