4,549. 2/11/2003

“On Tuesday, February 11, 2003, NSA [National Security Agency] director Michael Hayden issued a secret directive called a Director’s Intent to all NSA components, warning that war with Iraq was near. ‘I tried to conduct a SIGINT [signals intelligence] and Information Assurance operation for the Iraq campaign that will meet the combatant commanders’ objectives of shock, speed and awe while also providing policy makers information that is actionable and timely. Success will be measured by our ability to limit the conflict geographically, secure regime change in Iraq, and dismantle Iraqi weapons of mass destruction.’ ”

 – Matthew M. Aid, The Secret Sentry, Page 246

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