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Roosevelt fought hard for the United States to host the opening session [of the United Nations]; it seemed a magnanimous gesture to most of the delegates. But the real reason was to better enable the United States to eavesdrop on its guests. Coded messages between the foreign delegations and their distant capitals passed through U.S. telegraph lines in San Francisco. With wartime censorship laws still in effect, Western Union and the other commercial telegraph companies were required to pass on both coded and uncoded telegrams to U.S. Army codebreakers. Once the signals were captured, a specially designed time-delay device activated to allow recorders to be switched on. Devices were also developed to divert a single signal to several receivers. The intercepts were then forwarded to Arlington Hall, headquarters of the Army codebreakers, over forty-six special secure teletype lines. By the summer of 1945 the average number of daily messages had grown to 289,802, from only 46,865 in February 1943. The same soldiers who only a few weeks earlier had been deciphering German battle plans were now unraveling the codes and ciphers wound tightly around Argentine negotiating points.

During the San Francisco Conference, for example, American codebreakers were reading messages sent to and from the French delegation, which was using the Hagelin M-209, a complex six-wheel cipher machine broken by the Army Security Agency during the war. The decrypts revealed how desperate France had become to maintain its image as a major world power after the war. On April 29, for example, Fouques Duparc, the secretary general of the French delegation, complained in an encrypted note to General Charles de Gaulle in Paris that France was not chosen to be one of the "inviting powers" to the conference. "Our inclusion among the sponsoring powers," he wrote, "would have signified, in the eyes of all, our return to our traditional place in the world." In charge of the San Francisco eavesdropping and codebreaking operation was Lieutenant Colonel Frank B. Rowlett, the protégé of William F. Friedman. Rowlett was relieved when the conference finally ended, and he considered it a great success. "Pressure of work due to the San Francisco Conference has at last abated," he wrote, "and the 24-hour day has been shortened. The feeling in the Branch is that the success of the Conference may owe a great deal to its contribution."

The San Francisco Conference served as an important demonstration of the usefulness of peacetime signals intelligence. Impressive was not just the volume of messages intercepted but also the wide range of countries whose secrets could be read. Messages from Colombia provided details on quiet disagreements between Russia and its satellite nations as well as on "Russia's prejudice toward the Latin American countries." Spanish decrypts indicated that their diplomats in San Francisco were warned to oppose a number of Russian moves: "Red maneuver . . . must be stopped at once," said one. A Czechoslovakian message indicated that nation's opposition to the admission of Argentina to the UN.

From the very moment of its birth, the United Nations was a microcosm of East-West spying. Just as with the founding conference, the United States pushed hard to locate the organization on American soil, largely to accommodate the eavesdroppers and codebreakers of NSA and its predecessors.


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If the concept of God has any validity or any use, it can only be to make us larger, freer, and more...
JAMES BALDWIN
Kids who get called the worst names oftentimes find each other. That's how it was with us. Skeezie T...
JAMES HOWE
Kids who get called the worst names oftentimes find each other. That's how it was with us. Skeezie, ...
JAMES HOWE
Are you still mad at me?"
"Yes."
"I'll go back to sleep, then."
"Good.
E.L. JAMES
Nakedness has no color: this can come as news only to those who have never covered, or been covered ...
JAMES BALDWIN
Whenever two people meet there are really six people present. There is each man as he sees himself, ...
WILLIAM JAMES
If any organism fails to fulfill its potentialities, it becomes sick.
WILLIAM JAMES
Wealth is conspicuous, but poverty hides.
JAMES RESTON
I think patriotism is like charity -- it begins at home.
HENRY JAMES
If you see the bandwagon you've missed it.
JAMES PHILLIPS
The conflict between the men who make and the men who report the news is as old as time. News may be...
JAMES RESTON
Whenever man comes up with a better mousetrap, nature immediately comes up with a better mouse.
JAMES CARSWELL
I've outdone anyone you can name -- Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Strauss. Irving Berlin, he wrote 1,001 ...
JAMES BROWN
Music can name the unnamable and communicate the unknowable.
JAMES DUFFECY
That is ever the way. 'Tis all jealousy to the bride and good wishes to the corpse.
JAMES BARRIE
I learned from Bruce Lee, Be like water and Gil Grissom from CSI, Be like sponge.
JAMES DYE
The terrible fluidity of self-revelation.
HENRY JAMES
Success plus Self-esteem equals Pretensions.
WILLIAM JAMES
You forget that the kingdom of heaven suffers violence: and the kingdom of heaven is like a woman.
JAMES JOYCE
It is necessary to be slightly under employed if you are to do something significant.
JAMES WATSON
There is but one cause of human failure. And that is man's lack of faith in his true Self.
WILLIAM JAMES
Deep experience is never peaceful.
HENRY JAMES
The fatal futility of Fact.
HENRY JAMES
I can't say I haven't lied but I can say that I lied to tell the truth.
JAMES DYE
The great difference between present-day Christianity and that of which we read in these letters is ...
JAMES PHILLIPS
It is not something I must do but something I want to do
JAMES FIXX
Much of what we call evil is due entirely to the way men take the phenomenon. It can so often be con...
WILLIAM JAMES
It is well for the world that in most of us, by the age of thirty, the character has set like plaste...
WILLIAM JAMES
As a rule we disbelieve all the facts and theories for which we have no use.
WILLIAM JAMES
The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.
JAMES BRYCE
The Theory of Groups is a branch of mathematics in which one does something to something and then co...
JAMES NEWMAN
Cats and monkeys; monkeys and cats; all human life is there.
HENRY JAMES
Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness.
JAMES THURBER
Trials, temptations, disappointments -- all these are helps instead of hindrances, if one uses them ...
JAMES BUCKHAM
If you want a quality, act as if you already had it. Try the as if technique.
WILLIAM JAMES
Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world, a mother's love is not.
JAMES JOYCE
The lullaby is the spell whereby the mother attempts to transform herself back from an ogre to a sai...
JAMES FENTON
Every man who is high up loves to think that he has done it all himself; and the wife smiles, and le...
JAMES BARRIE
If you have it Love, you don't need to have anything else, and if you don't have it, it doesn't matt...
JAMES BARRIE
We never understand how little we need in this world until we know the loss of it.
JAMES BARRIE
The 1950s to me is darkness, hidden history, perversion behind most doors waiting to creep out. The ...
JAMES ELLROY
From a pragmatic point of view, the difference between living against a background of foreigness (an...
WILLIAM JAMES
Better luck next time they say, or you win some you lose some, I guess it's something like that.
JAMES DYE
Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.
JAMES BARRIE
You cannot escape the results of your thoughts. Whatever your present environment may be, you will f...
JAMES ALLEN
Our life is what our thoughts make it. A man will find that as he alters his thoughts toward things ...
JAMES ALLEN
You must be in tune with the times and prepared to break with tradition.
JAMES AGEE
There is a hearty Puritanism in the view of human nature which pervades the instrument of 1787. It i...
JAMES BRYCE
The Englishman can get along with sex quite perfectly so long as he can pretend that it isn't sex bu...
JAMES AGATE
Strength instead of being the lusty child of passion, grows by grappling with and subduing them.
JAMES BARRIE
One does not become a guru by accident.
JAMES FENTON
They say that the best defense is offense, and I intend to start offending right now.
CAPTAIN JAMES
It is an immense loss to have all robust and sustaining expletives refined away from one! At. moment...
ALICE JAMES
A myth is a religion in which no one any longer believes.
JAMES FEIBLEMAN
You just stood there screaming
Fearing no one was listening to you
They say the empty can ratt...
JAMES HETFIELD
There are two kinds of light -- the glow that illumines, and the glare that obscures.
JAMES THURBER
Intelligence: I was asked tonight why I refuse to have truck with intellectuals after business hours...
JAMES AGATE
Experience that destroys innocents also leads one back to it.
JAMES BALDWIN
It is very nearly impossible... to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the inde...
JAMES BALDWIN
The term bail-out is deceptive. They have people come up with euphenisms to hide reality
JAMES DYE
Members of Congress were told they could face martial law if they didn't pass the bailout bill. This...
JAMES DYE
Dreams do come true, if we only wish hard enough, You can have anything in life if you will sacrific...
JAMES BARRIE
A chain is no stronger than its weakest link, and life is after all a chain.
WILLIAM JAMES
The men who succeed best in public life are those who take the risk of standing by their own convict...
JAMES GARFIELD
Christianity has operated with an unmitigated arrogance and cruelty -- necessarily, since a religion...
JAMES BALDWIN