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SID Around the World: Living in Thailand — A Single’s Perspective

In part of a series published by the internal newsletter SIDToday, an NSA office manager living in Bangkok describes her “wondrous adventure” in Thailand as a single woman. It is safe, friendly, and the cost of living is so low that you may “never want to live back home again.” She notes that domestic help is cheap and reliable: 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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Can You Cut the Mustard as a SCO? — What It Takes

In this March 2006 post from the internal NSA newsletter SIDToday, the “SIGINT Curmudgeon” reflects on what makes a good senior collection officer: operational focus, the ability to multitask, and, not least, a deep knowledge of the signals intelligence system: see the Intercept article Before Snowden, an NSA Spy tried to incite change from the inside. He called himself the “curmudgeon” of signals intelligence, 15 August 2018.

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Opinion Piece: The SIGINT Curmudgeon’s Last Shot!

In his last column for the NSA’s internal SIDToday newsletter, the opinionated “SIGINT Curmudgeon” criticizes the NSA’s increased “corporatization” and its fondness for business lingo. The agency has no competitors, he writes, so he believes the corporate model is not appropriate: see the Intercept article Before Snowden, an NSA Spy tried to incite change from the inside. He called himself the “curmudgeon” of signals intelligence, 15 August 2018.

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Responsibility 3B: Implications of Technology & Geopolitical Trends

This undated NSA presentation ranks geopolitical trends for 2011 to 2016 for their likely importance to the agency’s mission. The top three trends were global energy security, Chinese militariasation and the threats of network insecurity to US information systems: see the Intercept article The NSA’s Role in a Climate-Changed World: spying on nonprofits, fishing boats, and the North Pole, 15 August 2018.

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An Intern Learns That Customers Do Value SIGINT

In this 26 May 2006 post from the NSA internal newsletter SIDToday, an intelligence analyst intern based in Washington DC describes “hopping on the Metro with concealed lock bags filled with SIGINT” for a variety of “customers” within the US government. The customers her department caters to number more than 50: see the Intercept article The NSA’s Role in a Climate-Changed World: spying on nonprofits, fishing boats, and the North Pole, 15 August 2018.

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Changes to Handling of FAA-702 Collection

This internal NSA memo from SIGINT Director Teresa H Shea shows how the agency reacted to a October 2011 ruling of the FISA court, which was declassified after Edward Snowden’s revelations began. The ruling found that NSA had been intercepting the communications of non-targeted persons in the United States, violating the Fourth Amendment. The memo announces minimal changes to the Agency’s procedures, which the agency finally admitted were lacking in 2017, when it finally amended its mode of collection: see the Intercept article The Wiretap Rooms: The NSA’s Hidden Spy Hubs In Eight U.S. Cities, 25 June 2018.

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