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  •  "the more you could persuade it to reveal" (3+ / 0-)
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    Xan, VA Gal, uniongal

    Exactly right.  Now you understand why traffic analysis (TA) is such a darn good tool of the intel trade.  

    Just by knowing who is communicating with whom, when, and via what means, you almost have X-ray vision into an organization.  It's the next best thing to having raw intercepts, though of course we have those too in the form of the email.  

    In fact here's another SIGINT paradigm that could be applied:

    By analogy with battlefield intel, the email we presently have is equivalent to cleartext communication, and the more important stuff is encrypted and presently out of our reach.   That is, we presently have the stuff that's the least damaging to the other side, and the more important stuff is still a mystery.  

    OK, what inferences can we make with respect to the stuff we're not getting?  Drational has done a great job of pointing to where some of it may be, by way of the "negative traffic" in October and November.  

    The person who we really need to organize this project is General Odom, who is a former Director of NSA and is a ferocious critic of the Regime.  I wonder if anyone has attempted to contact him over this?  He would in turn be in contact with other retired NSAers who have similar views.  Put those people in charge and then gather up a bunch of smart volunteers such as Drational and you and I and a few others, and assign tasks accordingly.  If an organization of that sort was put together it would make major progress in short order, and the Rs would be quaking in their boots.  

    •  I'm in. (3+ / 0-)
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      Xan, G2geek, uniongal

      But I don't know such people and am shy.

      Best Wishes, Demena

      by Demena on Mon Apr 16, 2007 at 04:37:58 PM PDT

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      •  I found a way to reach Odom (3+ / 0-)
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        Xan, VA Gal, uniongal

        ...though somewhat indirectly.  

        Given what he's doing these days I don't think he would have time to actively organize something.  But he would certainly know people who could.  And he might have some hints about material that is in the public domain that people could read to train themselves for the tasks.  

        I don't know if I'm up to the time requirements that it would take to organize this, I'm fairly swamped at the moment (what else is new?) (then why am I spending time here now?:-), but we'll see what happens.

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