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Wikileaks exposes covert US operation using CB

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A new leak of sensitive government communication techniques and deception operations has electrified the global electronic intelligence community. During the Iraq War, the operation reached its zenith.

Wikileaks has exposed the fascinating story of how the cb and freeband frequencies were used to mask spread spectrum and frequency hopping tactical radio traffic, and as well for communication with undercover agents in enemy territory.
Federal agencies had been using these frequencies for years, in the same manner, with 100% communications security. The cacophony of sounds, the chaotic slang, the multitude of languages and the vagaries of propagation made this frequency range a Wild West of unpredictable and turbulent nature. Underneath it all, Uncle Sam was hiding, thus we get our first inkling of the patriotic radio operators who provided the covering cascade of road talk, skip-shooting, and local gossip groups of oldsters.

As the buildup for the invasion of Iraq got underway, "export" radios seized by the FCC, and others bought at truckstops by procurement contractors were configured for widespread deployment. In this phase "cb modules" were crafted in a multitude of configurations. Units were carried by sailboats skippered by retired Navy personnel, and they steered for waters where propagation predictions promised that 11 meter signals would arrive in Iraq with some diurnal frequency. These units broadcast tapes of 11 meter traffic recorded by FCC monitoring stations during the sixties, seventies and up to that time. Similar setups were mounted on aircraft that, when flying within groundwave range, would switch on their modules, filling the 11 meter airwaves with inanities, Smoky Reports, Alpha-Tangos and renegade hams talking antennas.
Navy ships offshore electronically bombarded the entire Middle East with the same traffic, frequently changing antennas and polarizations to present a barrage of confusion for enemy monitors. It turns out that many covert operators had penetrated the Iraqi Taxi services, which also utilized 11 meter frequencies. Thus they were able to operate undetected in these same bands using specially converted 11m radios in spread-spectrum, with frequency hopping. These radios looked identical to common taxi radios. A satellite (code-named Lounge Lizard) had been positioned in low earth orbit to facilitate the flow of intelligence emanating from the Baghdad area. To farther saturate the ether, and in the tradition of the WWII codetalkers, two groups- codenamed the "Urbans" and "Hillbillies"- had been secretly inserted on high terrain. These groups kept the airwaves flooded with chatter in their undecipherable brogue, and could communicate directly with the Taxi agents, in the clear with no fear of enemy comprehension. This deluge of strange sounds impelled a Russian Intercept Unit posted the Saddam to mutiny, so fatigued were they from hearing "Maul Dropper and Ratchet Jaw" while monitoring.

The ARRL played a major part in the deception operation to convince adversary agents operating Stateside that Cbers and freebanders could never be part of a Government operation. Many of these agents had entered the US as grad students, and were on the lookout for any technologies that could be harnessed for their national defense and offense efforts. Thus, they often found their way to Hamfests looking for technical info. At every turning they heard the ARRL Hams trained for the operation talking trash about Chicken Banders, how ignorant they were, and that they invaded 10 meters. The actors most convincing, adamant and vehement in this orchestration were operators who never operated at a frequency higher than 8 mhz. The way some were able to actually froth at the mouth during the denunciation convinced the information seekers that the 11 meter people must be fearsome outcasts who could never have government sanction.

The complete revelation, posted by WikiLeaks, was stolen from the classified "Intercept Science Journal" a trade journal for the SigInt community.

April 1, 2017
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A new leak of sensitive government communication techniques and deception operations has electrified the global electronic intelligence community. During the Iraq War, the operation reached its zenith.

Wikileaks has exposed the fascinating story of how the cb and freeband frequencies were used to mask spread spectrum and frequency hopping tactical radio traffic, and as well for communication with undercover agents in enemy territory.
Federal agencies had been using these frequencies for years, in the same manner, with 100% communications security. The cacophony of sounds, the chaotic slang, the multitude of languages and the vagaries of propagation made this frequency range a Wild West of unpredictable and turbulent nature. Underneath it all, Uncle Sam was hiding, thus we get our first inkling of the patriotic radio operators who provided the covering cascade of road talk, skip-shooting, and local gossip groups of oldsters.

As the buildup for the invasion of Iraq got underway, "export" radios seized by the FCC, and others bought at truckstops by procurement contractors were configured for widespread deployment. In this phase "cb modules" were crafted in a multitude of configurations. Units were carried by sailboats skippered by retired Navy personnel, and they steered for waters where propagation predictions promised that 11 meter signals would arrive in Iraq with some diurnal frequency. These units broadcast tapes of 11 meter traffic recorded by FCC monitoring stations during the sixties, seventies and up to that time. Similar setups were mounted on aircraft that, when flying within groundwave range, would switch on their modules, filling the 11 meter airwaves with inanities, Smoky Reports, Alpha-Tangos and renegade hams talking antennas.
Navy ships offshore electronically bombarded the entire Middle East with the same traffic, frequently changing antennas and polarizations to present a barrage of confusion for enemy monitors. It turns out that many covert operators had penetrated the Iraqi Taxi services, which also utilized 11 meter frequencies. Thus they were able to operate undetected in these same bands using specially converted 11m radios in spread-spectrum, with frequency hopping. These radios looked identical to common taxi radios. A satellite (code-named Lounge Lizard) had been positioned in low earth orbit to facilitate the flow of intelligence emanating from the Baghdad area. To farther saturate the ether, and in the tradition of the WWII codetalkers, two groups- codenamed the "Urbans" and "Hillbillies"- had been secretly inserted on high terrain. These groups kept the airwaves flooded with chatter in their undecipherable brogue, and could communicate directly with the Taxi agents, in the clear with no fear of enemy comprehension. This deluge of strange sounds impelled a Russian Intercept Unit posted the Saddam to mutiny, so fatigued were they from hearing "Maul Dropper and Ratchet Jaw" while monitoring.

The ARRL played a major part in the deception operation to convince adversary agents operating Stateside that Cbers and freebanders could never be part of a Government operation. Many of these agents had entered the US as grad students, and were on the lookout for any technologies that could be harnessed for their national defense and offense efforts. Thus, they often found their way to Hamfests looking for technical info. At every turning they heard the ARRL Hams trained for the operation talking trash about Chicken Banders, how ignorant they were, and that they invaded 10 meters. The actors most convincing, adamant and vehement in this orchestration were operators who never operated at a frequency higher than 8 mhz. The way some were able to actually froth at the mouth during the denunciation convinced the information seekers that the 11 meter people must be fearsome outcasts who could never have government sanction.

The complete revelation, posted by WikiLeaks, was stolen from the classified "Intercept Science Journal" a trade journal for the SigInt community.

April 1, 2017
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That's surly entertaining, he even thru in the ARRL as being friendly.

Popular Communications Magazine (now CQ Communications) ran a article years ago on 11 meters being used by German Tanks in Africa during WWII, and being monitored on the east coast. The radio operators notified the authorities and a monitoring station was set up to monitor the German Tank Traffic Communications. Kind of a neat thing due to the tank radios being of low power around 10 to 15 watts I believe. Talk about shootin skip...

Those high tech mods done to the CB radios could only be done by the truck stop technicians. I think theres a few holes in the story. But I am just a CB radio operator in a trailer park monitoring power line noise at +20dB over.

Intercept Science Journal, ok that sounds pretty neat-O, I am available for work, but I require a significant amount of pay, but my work is totally medeorker and then some.... I can be contacted on 38LSB or 10 AM.

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Sadly, I never got the "thirty days hath September" thing down right, hence the incorrect release date. As noted, it was premature. However, the classified Journal, like many others, is not to be found on the net.
 
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