976. 11/15/1996

“In November 1996, one of bin Laden’s operatives in the United States, named Ziyad Khalil, purchased a Inmarsat Compact M satellite telephone and more than three thousand hours of prepaid satellite time from a company in Deer Park, New York, for seventy-five hundred dollars. In a matter of weeks, the sat phone was in the hands of bin Laden in Afghanistan. …When NSA [National Security Agency] was unable to intercept all of the satellite phone traffic, the CIA mounted its own independent SIGINT [signals intelligence] collection operation. The CIA managed to intercept half of the traffic, and NSA succeeded in getting the rest, but refused to share its take with the CIA.” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Matthew M. Aid, The Secret Sentry, Page 205

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