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Introduction Imagine yourself as a computer hacker However you are legitimately entitled to this role by your own government Your mission is twofold protect your nations communications from the enemy and intercept foreign intelligence by using your code-breaking skills The latter part of your mission is probably the most exciting listening to telephone conversations between foreign political and military leaders and hacking encrypted foreign communications are just a couple of the day-to-day routines of your job What sort of government agency provides for such hush-hush activities The international eavesdropper such a phrase describes the existence of one of Americas and perhaps the worlds most secretive intelligence organizations - the National Security Agency NSA One may question how an establishment such as the NSA could be created in our democratic America What sort of Congressional legislation would provide for such a shadowy and unrestricted organization that employs highly skilled computer scientists and engineers to capture foreign and at times domestic intelligence by the most enigmatic of means In fact no such Congressional legislation exists for NSAs creation The American public the average Joe Smith does not even know that this agency has been in existence for almost fifty years In studying the why of American politics political scientists employ different theories to explain the events andor changes that occur in our government In this paper we will test how well the elite theory characterizes the NSAs creation and gain a better understanding of who really governs in America Background How does such an organization like the NSA derive its existence On October 24 1952 President Harry S Truman created the NSA through an executive and Top Secret memorandum Prior to 1952 Truman had ordered Secretary of State Dean Acheson and Secretary of Defense Robert A Lovett to conduct a review of the governments communications intelligence COMINT activities in response an ad hoc committee was assigned to assess the matter However in
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