How the NSA manipulated the U.S. Navy, Pentagon, White House, Congress, tricked the North Koreans, Russians and Chinese, almost caused a war, and concealed the truth for over 40 years.
On January 23, 1968, the North Koreans seized the U.S.S. Pueblo. The incident sent shock waves around the world-almost started a war-and has been the focus of controversy and contradiction ever since. Investigative reporter Robert Liston uncovered startling information to support a remarkable conclusion: The Pueblo was purposely surrendered in a covert mission conceived and carried out by the National Security Agency, a super-secret branch of U.S. intelligence.
Liston produces documented evidence to show that the Pueblo, controlled by NSA operatives, was used as bait to draw the Soviet Union and Red Chinese into an NSA trap-an operation that enabled the NSA to break the Soviet system of codes, put the KGB on the defensive for years, and stop a possible war between the Soviets and Chinese.
For the first time, author Liston brings to light a true story of powers usurped by the NSA. Along with its eavesdropping activities, the NSA is the exclusive codebreaking and codemaking arm of the US government. It thus exclusively controls information made available to those in the White House, Pentagon, halls of Congress and society. No one but a few people in the NSA knows how accurate and complete that information is. At least in the Pueblo Incident the information was highly inaccurate.
Control of information enables the NSA to influence the knowledge, thoughts, beliefs and actions of others in government and society.
The NSA has usurped an awesome grant of power, threatening our Constitutional government. We need to understand how it works and find methods to cope with its abuse.