<div>For those who think it's unlikely that a staff of 5000 would be involved in something called crypto staff for the NSA?</div><div><div><br></div><div><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Security_Agency#Headquarters">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Security_Agency#Headquarters</a></div>
<div><p style="margin:0.4em 0px 0.5em;line-height:19.1875px;font-family:sans-serif;font-size:13px;background-color:rgb(255,255,255)">NSA is the largest employer in the U.S. state of Maryland, and two-thirds of its personnel work at Ft. Meade.<sup id="cite_ref-Barnett_20-0" class="reference" style="line-height:1em"><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Security_Agency#cite_note-Barnett-20" style="text-decoration:none;color:rgb(11,0,128);background-image:none;white-space:nowrap;background-repeat:initial initial">[20]</a></sup> Built on 350 acres (140 ha; 0.55 sq mi)<sup id="cite_ref-Gorman_21-0" class="reference" style="line-height:1em"><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Security_Agency#cite_note-Gorman-21" style="text-decoration:none;color:rgb(11,0,128);background-image:none;white-space:nowrap;background-repeat:initial initial">[21]</a></sup> of Ft. Meade's 5,000 acres (2,000 ha; 7.8 sq mi),<sup id="cite_ref-22" class="reference" style="line-height:1em"><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Security_Agency#cite_note-22" style="text-decoration:none;color:rgb(11,0,128);background-image:none;white-space:nowrap;background-repeat:initial initial">[22]</a></sup> the site has 1,300 buildings and an estimated 18,000 parking spaces.<sup id="cite_ref-23" class="reference" style="line-height:1em"><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Security_Agency#cite_note-23" style="text-decoration:none;color:rgb(11,0,128);background-image:none;white-space:nowrap;background-repeat:initial initial">[23]</a></sup><sup id="cite_ref-24" class="reference" style="line-height:1em"><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Security_Agency#cite_note-24" style="text-decoration:none;color:rgb(11,0,128);background-image:none;white-space:nowrap;background-repeat:initial initial">[24]</a></sup></p>
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An exit sign for NSA employees along the<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baltimore-Washington_Parkway" title="Baltimore-Washington Parkway" class="mw-redirect" style="text-decoration:none;color:rgb(11,0,128);background-image:none;background-repeat:initial initial">Baltimore-Washington Parkway</a></div>
</div></div><p style="margin:0.4em 0px 0.5em;line-height:19.1875px;font-family:sans-serif;font-size:13px;background-color:rgb(255,255,255)">The main NSA headquarters and operations building is what <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Bamford" title="James Bamford" style="text-decoration:none;color:rgb(11,0,128);background-image:none;background-repeat:initial initial">James Bamford</a>, author of <i><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Body_of_Secrets:_Anatomy_of_the_Ultra-Secret_National_Security_Agency" title="Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency" class="mw-redirect" style="text-decoration:none;color:rgb(11,0,128);background-image:none;background-repeat:initial initial">Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency</a></i>, describes as "a modern boxy structure" that appears similar to "any stylish office building."<sup id="cite_ref-BamfordBodyofSecretsp488_25-0" class="reference" style="line-height:1em"><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Security_Agency#cite_note-BamfordBodyofSecretsp488-25" style="text-decoration:none;color:rgb(11,0,128);background-image:none;white-space:nowrap;background-repeat:initial initial">[25]</a></sup> which is covered with one-way dark glass.<sup id="cite_ref-BamfordBodyofSecretsp488_25-1" class="reference" style="line-height:1em"><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Security_Agency#cite_note-BamfordBodyofSecretsp488-25" style="text-decoration:none;color:rgb(11,0,128);background-image:none;white-space:nowrap;background-repeat:initial initial">[25]</a></sup> The building has 3,000,000 square feet (280,000 m<sup style="line-height:1em">2</sup>), or more than 68 acres (28 ha), of floor space. Bamford said that the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Capitol" title="U.S. Capitol" class="mw-redirect" style="text-decoration:none;color:rgb(11,0,128);background-image:none;background-repeat:initial initial">U.S. Capitol</a> "could easily fit inside it four times over."<sup id="cite_ref-BamfordBodyofSecretsp488_25-2" class="reference" style="line-height:1em"><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Security_Agency#cite_note-BamfordBodyofSecretsp488-25" style="text-decoration:none;color:rgb(11,0,128);background-image:none;white-space:nowrap;background-repeat:initial initial">[25]</a></sup> Under the outside glass the building uses copper shielding to trap in any signals and sounds to prevent espionage.<sup id="cite_ref-BamfordBodyofSecretsp488_25-3" class="reference" style="line-height:1em"><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Security_Agency#cite_note-BamfordBodyofSecretsp488-25" style="text-decoration:none;color:rgb(11,0,128);background-image:none;white-space:nowrap;background-repeat:initial initial">[25]</a></sup> The facility has over 100 watchposts,<sup id="cite_ref-BamfordBodyofSecretsp488489_26-0" class="reference" style="line-height:1em"><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Security_Agency#cite_note-BamfordBodyofSecretsp488489-26" style="text-decoration:none;color:rgb(11,0,128);background-image:none;white-space:nowrap;background-repeat:initial initial">[26]</a></sup> one of them being the visitor control center, a two-story area that serves as the entrance.<sup id="cite_ref-BamfordBodyofSecretsp488_25-4" class="reference" style="line-height:1em"><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Security_Agency#cite_note-BamfordBodyofSecretsp488-25" style="text-decoration:none;color:rgb(11,0,128);background-image:none;white-space:nowrap;background-repeat:initial initial">[25]</a></sup> At the entrance, a white pentagonal structure,<sup id="cite_ref-BamfordBodyofSecretsp490_27-0" class="reference" style="line-height:1em"><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Security_Agency#cite_note-BamfordBodyofSecretsp490-27" style="text-decoration:none;color:rgb(11,0,128);background-image:none;white-space:nowrap;background-repeat:initial initial">[27]</a></sup> visitor badges are issued to visitors, and security clearances of employees are checked.<sup id="cite_ref-BamfordBodyofSecretsp489_28-0" class="reference" style="line-height:1em"><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Security_Agency#cite_note-BamfordBodyofSecretsp489-28" style="text-decoration:none;color:rgb(11,0,128);background-image:none;white-space:nowrap;background-repeat:initial initial">[28]</a></sup> The visitor center includes a painting of the NSA seal.<sup id="cite_ref-BamfordBodyofSecretsp490_27-1" class="reference" style="line-height:1em"><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Security_Agency#cite_note-BamfordBodyofSecretsp490-27" style="text-decoration:none;color:rgb(11,0,128);background-image:none;white-space:nowrap;background-repeat:initial initial">[27]</a></sup> The OPS2A building, the tallest building in the NSA complex and the location of much of the agency's operations directorate, is accessible from the visitor center. Bamford described it as a "dark glass <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rubik%27s_Cube" title="Rubik's Cube" style="text-decoration:none;color:rgb(11,0,128);background-image:none;background-repeat:initial initial">Rubik's Cube</a>".<sup id="cite_ref-29" class="reference" style="line-height:1em"><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Security_Agency#cite_note-29" style="text-decoration:none;color:rgb(11,0,128);background-image:none;white-space:nowrap;background-repeat:initial initial">[29]</a></sup> The facility's "red corridor" houses non-security operations such as concessions and the drug store. The name refers to the "red badge" which is worn by someone without a security clearance. The NSA headquarters includes a cafeteria, a credit union, ticket counters for airlines and entertainment, a barbershop, and a bank.<sup id="cite_ref-BamfordBodyofSecretsp490_27-2" class="reference" style="line-height:1em"><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Security_Agency#cite_note-BamfordBodyofSecretsp490-27" style="text-decoration:none;color:rgb(11,0,128);background-image:none;white-space:nowrap;background-repeat:initial initial">[27]</a></sup> NSA headquarters has its own post office, fire department, and police force.<sup id="cite_ref-Bamford-Alexander_30-0" class="reference" style="line-height:1em"><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Security_Agency#cite_note-Bamford-Alexander-30" style="text-decoration:none;color:rgb(11,0,128);background-image:none;white-space:nowrap;background-repeat:initial initial">[30]</a></sup></p>
</div><div><br></div><div>I know our cyberwarrior said he worked in an unmarked building in Virginia.  But I just wanted to post this as support for my testimony that there is a lot of NSA in the area.  A *lot*.  And that this place is called, "Crypto City."  It's a term of affection, since, what, the 80s at least when Bamford wrote about it, when I first heard the term.  Certainly not all 0day archgeeks. ;)</div>
<div><br></div><div>May I repeat that first sentence:</div><div><br></div><div><i>The NSA is the largest employer in the US State of Maryland.</i></div><div><br></div><div>Chew on that.</div><div><br></div><div>yrs,</div>
<div>-- <br><div><br></div><div>Shava Nerad</div><div><a href="mailto:shava23@gmail.com" target="_blank">shava23@gmail.com</a></div>
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