IAmA Former NSA Agent turned Educator/Author. AMAA
My name is Keith Massey. I had earned a PhD in Biblical Hebrew and Arabic when 9/11 happened. The NSA hired me as an Arabic linguist, where I would work for four years, from 2002 until 2006, during which time I also spent three months in Iraq. I was awarded the Global War on Terrorism Civilian Service Medal for my service (though it took me almost a year to get the medal issued, a story I tell on my blog).
I left the NSA in 2006 to become a Latin teacher at a public high school. I then also wrote the book Intermediate Arabic for Dummies for Wiley Publishing, as well as several novels.
If you want more information about my books, you can visit my blog:
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I will be happy to answer any questions I can about my time at the NSA, though I must state that I am still under a lifetime obligation to not divulge any classified information (that’s why this is an “Ask me Almost Anything”). In fact, every time I publish a book I have to submit it to the NSA for Pre-Publication approval first, lest I even inadvertently include anything classified.