Mr. Grayson forwards to Inside the Beltway an anecdote he's written — "security-reviewed and approved for publication" by both the National Security Agency and U.S. Air Force (USAF) headquarters — that goes back to 1966, when a rumor rippled through U.S. ranks that President Johnson would be making a surprise visit to troops in Vietnam.
"Having brought with me to Vietnam some experience in producing intelligence from the analysis of foreign VIP travels, I redirected some radio and telephone intercept coverage and asked the listening traffic analysts to look for any indications of a presidential visit, concentrating especially on any attempts to 'talk around' the subject in vague or masked terms."
At which time, the security analyst almost lost his neck.
"Next day, on the 25th, we intercepted a telephone call from the chief of staff of the USAF himself in the Pentagon to the commander 7th Air Force, a hundred yards from where we were working. Clearly, our TSAR of the 24th had hit the bull's-eye and the chief of staff had been briefed.
John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on Townhall.com and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .
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