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Cryptonym: BYEMAN

Definition:
Program for clearance for a CIA officer to handle sigint (signals intelligence) materials.
Status:
Probable
Sources:

James Bamford, The Puzzle Palace, p. 250.

Under the cover name of the Defense Support Program (DSP), and quite possibly the code name Byeman, this new generation of space bird was to be the principal element in new generation of space bird was to be America's principal ballistic missile early warning system and, on a not-to-interfere basis, was to carry additional sensors, including, possibly, a SIGINT package. In mid-December 1966 the contract for the satellite was awarded to TRW, and the sensor kit went to Aerojet Electrosystems. Twenty months later, Twenty months later, on August 6, 1968, the first of the series, designated DSP Code 949, was secretly shot aloft from the Eastern Test Range at Cape Canaveral..."

104-10119-10055: SPECIAL CLEARANCE AND/OR BILLET APPROVAL.

8/23/68: Chief, CID of the Technical Service Division signs approval for Chief, EUR/CA E. Howard Hunt: "As DD/P representative for the CIA team preparing historical material for the Johnson library, Mr. Hunt will be required to have access to documents in both the TKH and BYEMAN systems."

104-10248-10272: CLEARANCE ACTION RECORD FOR DAVID L CHRIST

7/17/64, Clearance Action Record for TSD Chief David L. Christ: The form provides for four types of clearances: BYEMAN, CORAL, Cryptographic, and Special Intelligence. Christ only requested a cryptographic clearance on this form, which was approved.

04-10128-10049 TERMINATION SECRECY OATH -- (DELETION) CLEARNACE IN THE (DELETION) SECURITY AND CONTROL SYSTEM FOR DAVID A. PHILLIPS

5/9/75, Termination Secrecy Oath signed by David Phillips. The oath required Phillips, among other things, to attest that "by virtue of my duties within the BYEMAN Security and Control System, I have been the recipient of information and intelligence which concerns the present and future security of the United States of America...I will never divulge, publish or reveal by writing, word, conduct, or otherwise, any information relating to BYEMAN activities, without the express written consent of the BYEMAN officer or his authorized representative."

104-10419-10038: SOVIET DEFECTOR

Inventory of Rockefeller Commission files - see page 7 of 59 - many fascinating documents in these 59 pages, including the B-G-G files (for Belin-Gray-Greene), which contain files on the "CIA relationship with Howard Hughes Organization - (SECRET - BYEMAN)...Assessment of Intelligence Leaks - (SECRET - BYEMAN)...CIA Organization History in Brief (SECRET - BYEMAN)."

Contributors:
Bill Simpich

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