notes.husk.org. scribblings by Paul Mison.

2014-04-08

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quote 18:30:58
“ Nothing sums up their deplorable attitude better than another episode flying under the radar this week: former CIA director Leon Panetta indisputably leaked classified information to the Zero Dark Thirty filmmakers, however, only the people who may have leaked the information that Panetta leaked information are under investigation – and now the intelligence agency’s internal whistleblower advocate may lose his security clearances. ”

2013-11-22

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“ For its first official test, CIA staffers drove Acoustic Kitty to the park and tasked it with capturing the conversation of two men sitting on a bench. Instead, the cat wandered into the street, where it was promptly squashed by a taxi. ”

Emkily Anthes: How The CIA Tried To Turn A Cat Into A Cyborg Spy, on Acoustic Kitty, a CIA plane to turn a cat into a surveillance device by wiring it up with microphones and a radio antenna wired into the tail.

This is an extract from her book Frankenstein’s Cat at Popular Science (via, via).

2013-07-26

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quote 19:54:05
“ But [NSA director General Keith] Alexander’s second act of declassification was much more interesting. [General Michael] Hayden pointed to Alexander’s comments about Brazil, and his point about not being interested in the communications of Brazilians. He asked me to think about the geography of Brazil, which bulges out eastward into the Atlantic Ocean. I still didn’t understand. “That’s where the transatlantic cables come ashore,” he finally explained. ”
 for the New Yorker, What the N.S.A. Wants in Brazil (via iamdanw)

(via iamdanw)

2013-03-20

Who Has John’s Gait?

text 17:37:49

CIA CTO Ira Galt at GigaOM’s Structure:Data event, quoted by Jonathan Stray (via Shanley, who posted something similar).

2012-04-21

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photo 12:31:10
The suit for A-12 and SR-71 pilots. From the CIA’s Breaking Through Technology page:

Two Lockheed subcontractors, the David Clark Company and the Firewel Corporation, developed a full-pressure suit and oxygen supply system based on ones created for pilots of the X-15 rocket aircraft. The aluminized suit and breathing apparatus would protect the pilot from heat radiated from the 400 degree F. windshield and the effects of depressurization and extreme cold encountered during a high-altitude bail-out. The S‑901 suits were custom-made and cost $30,000 in the mid-1960s.

The suit for A-12 and SR-71 pilots. From the CIA’s Breaking Through Technology page:

Two Lockheed subcontractors, the David Clark Company and the Firewel Corporation, developed a full-pressure suit and oxygen supply system based on ones created for pilots of the X-15 rocket aircraft. The aluminized suit and breathing apparatus would protect the pilot from heat radiated from the 400 degree F. windshield and the effects of depressurization and extreme cold encountered during a high-altitude bail-out. The S‑901 suits were custom-made and cost $30,000 in the mid-1960s.

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photo 10:16:31
Surface temperature at various points on the A-12 (the predecessor to the SR-71), from the CIA’s Breaking Through Technological Barriers page, part of their A-12 monograph.
(It’s a shame it’s in Fahrenheit not Celsius or kelvin, but ah well.)

Surface temperature at various points on the A-12 (the predecessor to the SR-71), from the CIA’s Breaking Through Technological Barriers page, part of their A-12 monograph.

(It’s a shame it’s in Fahrenheit not Celsius or kelvin, but ah well.)

2010-09-08

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