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Ann Caracristi, Who Cracked Codes, and the Glass Ceiling At NSA, Dies At 94 (washingtonpost.com) 96

An anonymous reader writes with this story at The Washington Post about the life and death of Ann Caracristi. From the article: "Ann Caracristi, who became one of the highest ranking and most honored women at the code breaking National Security Agency after a career extending from World War II through much of the Cold War, died Jan. 10 at her home in Washington. She was 94. ... Ms. Caracristi formally retired from her intelligence career in 1982, after becoming the sixth deputy director of the NSA . . . She was the first woman to serve as deputy director. One of her strengths was reconstructing enemy code books, said Liza Mundy, a former Washington Post staff writer who is working on a book about U.S. female code breakers during the war. Admired for her early accomplishments as a young woman in wartime Washington, Ms. Caracristi was credited in her later career with providing leadership for new generations of code breakers and for her efforts to bring computers and technology to bear on the work. ... One of her jobs at the NSA was as chief from 1959 to 1980 of branches devoted to research and operations. Her honors there included the Defense Department's Distinguished Civilian Service Award and the National Security Medal, among other top federal honors. After retiring, she began serving on a variety of prominent scientific, defense and intelligence advisory boards and committees."
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Ann Caracristi, Who Cracked Codes, and the Glass Ceiling At NSA, Dies At 94

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  • wow she had a cunt (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward

    far more important than any of her achievements: SHE HAD A CUNT AND BROKE THRU THE GLASS CEILING!!!

    Fuck yeah, she will be the popstar of all the little girls! girls will want to be like her! They are so weak minded, you must tell girls what to want to be! Clinton as next woman president!!

  • by Taco Cowboy ( 5327 ) on Thursday January 14, 2016 @05:08AM (#51298769) Journal

    Ms. Caracristi was a real brainer

    I had opportunity of meeting her decades ago and came away very impressed

    But ... like so many other brains, she worked for the wrong boss

    No, it is not a sin to break codes - the only thing is that NSA has more interests in playing the role of a big brother sidekick than actually protecting our country

    RIP, Ms. Caracristi !

    • by ve3oat ( 884827 )
      No, Ms. Caracristi worked at the right place at the right time (I had met her too). During the Cold War the rules were very different from what they are today and little consideration was given by anyone in the intelligence community of collecting against domestic targets unless they had a specific target in mind and unless they were prepared to get a court warrant first. And there were very strict rules in the CANUKUS community for handling what was called "incidental intercept" of domestic comms. But i
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 14, 2016 @05:11AM (#51298781)

    Glass ceiling is a term that only originates from the late 1970s.

    I suppose, like the supposed pay gap myth, it had more to do with women's lifestyle choices and propensity to stick their nose to the grind wheel rather than actual barriers of entry.

    Madam Curie and Florence Nightingale showed women leaders can make it far earlier than that. I guess what it's all about then, is not to try to get equality, but like how it's been demonstrated over and over again that not enough women simply enroll in CS when free too (or even when incentivized).... to cheerlead them onto a certain path whether they really want to or not.

    • Madam Curie and Florence Nightingale showed women leaders can make it far earlier than that.

      Madam Curie and Florence Nightingale made a small fraction of the income that men were making.

    • Glass ceiling is a term that only originates from the late 1970s.

      Hidden sexism originates from the same era where open sexism became unfashionable. Imagine that. But of course you did, which is why you posted AC.

  • When the NSA spied on our enemies, not on us.

    • by AHuxley ( 892839 )
      Yes moved from the Army's Signal Intelligence Service under William F. Friedman the US Army's best cryptologist.
      William F. Friedman really wanted to work with the UK in early 1940 but was blocked by the then powerful US Navy that was duplicating US decoding efforts and did not want to share with the US army.
      William Friedman was then focused on diplomatic encryption systems eg Japan.
      By 1946 the post war agreements over sharing and 5 eye got a lot of attention, a new way to collect all due to new sites l
    • Why is this marked as 'Troll', when it is the truth?

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