First Full DRAFTING Meeting to organize Five Eyes, Oct. 29, 1945
(The Japanese had surrendered on September 2, 1945, 31 days earlier)
Clearly, Sir Edward Travis was driving the bus.
Five Eyes. (Oct. 29, 1945). TOP SECRET, Joint Meeting of ANCIB(US)(Army-Navy Communications Intelligence Board)-ANCICC(UK)(Army-Navy Communications Intelligence Coordinating Committee), 29 Oct. 1945, Cat. Ref. HW 80/1, declassified Jun. 25, 2010. The National Archives.
GCHQ was originally established after the First World War as the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS) and was known under that name until 1946. During the Second World War it was located at Bletchley Park, where it was responsible for breaking of the German Enigma codes. There are two main components of the GCHQ, the Composite Signals Organisation (CSO), which is responsible for gathering information, and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), which is responsible for securing the UK’s own communications.
The Joint Technical Language Service (JTLS) is a small department and cross-government resource responsible for mainly technical language support and translation and interpreting services across government departments. It is co-located with GCHQ for administrative purposes.
This was ignored! Travis equivocated on the definition of commercial gain vs. commercial purpose. This was a Privy Council tell! We are not using the information for commercial purpose or gain, just for national security. That way, the private beneficiaries of the “national security” non-commercial purpose can exploit it for commercial purpose and gain without running afoul of the agreement. Clever.
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