Sunday, September 11, 2016
The NSA Has Plans To Transfer All Intelligence Gathering To The U.K. In The Event Of A Terror Nuclear Attack On Washington
Shane Harris, Daily Beast: The Time U.S. Spies Thought Al Qaeda Was Ready to Nuke D.C.
American intelligence chiefs were so worried in late 2003 of a nuclear terror attack, they asked the British to take over their spying in case something ‘catastrophic’ went down.
On Christmas Eve 2003, Gen. Michael Hayden, the director of the secretive U.S. National Security Agency, made a secure phone call to his British counterpart, David Pepper, the director of the Government Communications Headquarters.
“Happy Christmas, David,” Hayden said, speaking to Pepper from NSA headquarters at Ft. Meade, Maryland, about 20 miles from the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Such social calls weren’t unusual. The NSA and GCHQ were the closest of allies in a global hunt for the phone calls, emails, and other electronic communications of spies and terrorists.
But Hayden had more on his mind than season’s greetings. In recent days, the NSA had been collecting what Hayden would later describe as a “massive amount of chatter”—phone calls and emails from terrorists—that suggested al Qaeda was planning multiple attacks inside the United States, timed to the holidays.
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WNU Editor: I wonder if this is still in effect .... that the U.K. will be responsible for all U.S. intelligence gathering in the event of a catastrophic terror attack, or that the NSA back-up facilities will assume the burden.