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Instant-Gratification SIGINT

In this 14 February 2006 article from the internal NSA newsletter SIDToday an Intelligence Analysis intern recounts their 90 day deployment with the Special Collection Service in Mosul, Iraq, during a time of intense activity against al-Zarqawi’s network in the city: see the Intercept article 328 NSA Documents Reveal “Vast Network” of Iranian Agents, Details of a Key Intelligence Coup, and a Fervor for Voice-Matching Technology, 15 August 2015.
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NSAer Investigates Computers Seized in Raids in Iraq

This 4 August 2005 post from the NSA’s internal newsletter SIDToday gives an account of an analyst who volunteered with the Iraq Survey Group only to find that, rather than looking for evidence of crimes, a large amount of work involved locating pornography on seized devices, which was then used to pressure detainees: see the Intercept article NSA Used Porn to “Break Down Detainees” in Iraq — and Other Revelations From 297 Snowden Documents, 1 March 2018.

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DIA – Swimming Upstream in the SIGINT System

A post from the internal NSA newsletter SIDToday dated 6 November 2003 describes how the agency shared intercepted material from international NGOS and treaty monitoring organisations working in the health sector with the DIA’s Armed Forces Medical Intelligence Center. The DIA unit was tasked with producing intelligence for the military “in support of force health protection”, particularly in the field of epidemiology: see the Intercept article How the U.S. Spies on Medical Nonprofits and Health Defenses Worldwide, 10 August 2016.

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