Several times during my time in the Army Security Agency, I had near brushes with history.
On this day sixty-four years ago, September 19, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev was publicly angry when he was denied a visit to Disneyland.
I didn’t know then, but learned later that we had two monitoring units in the LA area. Even if they were not TDY to one of the stations, I know quite well that the sergeants were very skilled at setting up electronic surveillance. They were my instructors for training sessions in those techniques.
There was no video surveillance, but the some in the intelligence community were well trained in movie and still photography for the same purpose.1One of my electronics school classmates at Ft. Devens transferred to that training and used some of his electronics training for remote camera work.
I had a choice to volunteer. However, not knowing how long the TDY would be, with my wife being five months pregnant, and she not being able to drive, I didn’t take the offer.
Neither sergeant spoke of what they were doing after their return, and fully understanding need-to-know, I didn’t ask.
- 1One of my electronics school classmates at Ft. Devens transferred to that training and used some of his electronics training for remote camera work.