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  •  not to worry..... (9+ / 0-)

    The people who I wrote that comment for, know who those people are.  But for everyone else, here's the scoop:

    Bamford wrote a couple of excellent books on NSA; originally the folks at the agency were a bit freaked out about the publicity (before his book, the only significant published stuff about them was in The Codebreakers, a detailed history of cryptology) but it all worked out well.  He's a good journalist, the right combination of friendly and critical, and he would immediately understand the value of a grassroots TA / SIGINT effort.  

    Odom ran the agency under Reagan, at about the time Bamford was publishing his first book on them.  He was well-regarded as a competent manager, had few controversies on his watch, and presided over some structural changes in the agency's mission vis-a-vis other agencies notably NRO (who are even more publicity-averse and are the folks who operate satellite intel collection platforms, for example for verifying compliance with arms control agreements).  

    Odom is presently well known for his intense critique of the Iraq war, including the statement that this war is "the greatest strategic disaster in US history."  If you know military culture you know that senior officers in particular speak in a very careful and deliberately understated language, which makes Odom's critique of Iraq all the more powerful.  If he looks at this project he would immediately recognize the methodology, the quality of the work, and the quality of Drational's written report, and would likely give it his endorsement.  Coming from him, that would be the gold standard.  

    An endorsement from Odom, and a published article by Bamford, would give this project a significant advantage in terms of being able to make a difference in the investigation and probable prosecution of crimes in the US Attorney firings.  

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