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Re: Flying Saucers - The Greatest Lie Ever Told

From: Don Ecsedy <don.nul>
Date: Thu, 31 May 2012 11:17:18 -0400 (EDT)
Archived: Fri, 01 Jun 2012 06:46:47 -0400
Subject: Re: Flying Saucers - The Greatest Lie Ever Told


>From: Cathy Reason <Cathym.nul>
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
>Date: Tue, 29 May 2012 18:53:11 +0100
>Subject: Re: Flying Saucers - The Greatest Lie Ever Told

>>From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
>>To: - UFO UpDates Subscribers -
>>Date: Fri, 11 May 2012 05:42:14 -0400
>>Subject: UFO UpDate: Flying Saucers - The Greatest Lie Ever Told

>>Source: James Carrion's Follow The Magic Thread

>>http://tinyurl.com/bqg5x66

>>Tuesday, May 8, 2012

><snip>

>I find this story rather difficult to understand. "Gardening"
>is supposed to work like this:

>Imagine you are monitoring Enigma traffic from a German naval
>reconnaissance command covering the North Sea.  You might
>arrange for a destroyer to sail past Dogger Bank at 1300 hrs on
>July 15. You can then assume that the subsequent Enigma traffic
>will contain the plaintext "destroyer", "Dogger", "1300 hrs" and
>"July 15" because the behavior of the German command will be
>predictable - they are trained to identify destroyers, time and
>place using common terminology, charts and clocks.  You can then
>use this information to break the cipher.

>But once you start relying on naive members of the public
>observing mysterious, unfamiliar objects this predictability is
>lost.  For example one observer might report:

>"Saw silver objects in sky Tuesday afternoon"

>Another might say:

>"Observed glowing things near mountain, about 4.30 pm"

>While still a third might say:

>"Watched aluminum-colored disks flying at high altitude, sometime
>last week"

>Each observer will generate a different plaintext to describe
>the experience and the result is a potentially open-ended series
>of non-overlapping plaintexts.  Now it might be possible to deal
>with this problem using the computers available in the 1940s,
>but it looks like an extraordinarily convoluted and cack-handed
>way of going about things.  In fact from a cryptanalist's point
>of view you are effectively adding additional layers of
>encipherment to the text.

>Cathy

Why would the Soviets encrypt news stories in peacetime?

There were no odds of the Luftwaffe or U-Boats interferring with
their delivery. Why not just put the clippings, collected by
their embassies and consulates, in a 'diplomatic pouch', and fly
them to the Kremlin?


Regards,

Don

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