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Re: Flying Saucers - The Greatest Lie Ever Told

From: Cathy Reason <Cathym.nul>
Date: Tue, 29 May 2012 18:53:11 +0100
Archived: Wed, 30 May 2012 18:25:40 -0400
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


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