Wednesday, February 13, 2008

SpyCounterspy

It's been 10 years since the Valentine's Day 'outing' of US intelligence agencies by a guy named Lee Adams. A search for 'Lee Adams' today only pulls up the website of some musicians. I don't know what happened to this guy, or even if he really exsisted, but I remember his website from the late '90s. It was a seeming expose' of US government surveillance and espionage techniques. Some already knew these tactics, while, to others, it seemed pretty far-fetched. I was kind of in the middle.

For example, one-time pads, or OTP, are a fairly well-known method of passing private information. Anyone with knowledge of the numbers stations of the cold war recognizes the format. On the other hand, his descripton of techniques used by 'wheel artists' for vehicle surveillance was an eye-opener, and I wondered if our government would really waste that kind of manpower on the average dissenter.

Anyway, it was a cool website to me, back then, as I was younger and the cloak-and-dagger element appealed to me. I have no idea if any of those techniques are employed, anymore, nor do I really care. I don't have any reason to worry about that kind of stuff, right?

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