The director of the NSA has defended his agency’s spying policy against the rants of the critics. According to General Keith Alexander, the collection of metadata is the only method of gaining access to the terrorists.
According to the General, this was the least bothersome way of gathering the necessary data about people. He also spoke of how it was a crucial step in defending the United States against its enemies.
Though it was a feeble attempt at justifying what was essentially against the law of the land, General Keith Alexander was adamant. He said that if anyone could come up with a better idea he or she ought to suggest it. Unfortunately, there were none.
Alexander said that while many phone recordsare surveyed by the NSA each year, only a few hundred actually get examined. These too are only scrutinized due to some very genuine suspicions that the NSA execs had against them.
The General furthermore said that given the threat that already existed to the United States from several terrorist organizations, it was simply preposterous to even consider ending these surveillance programs.
Edward Snowden has just been granted three more years of asylum in Russia, and the former NSA contractor-turned-whistleblower is understandably choosy about whom he meets with in person. He granted James Bamford a good deal of time for an in-depth Wired story, and Bamford didn’t waste it.
In the profile, set off memorably by photographer Platon Antoniou’s images, including the particularly striking portrait shown above, Snowden says he bu ... Source: Truth Dig
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Aug 13 2014, 3:35pm CDT
WASHINGTON, Aug 13 (Reuters) - A developing U.S. cyber security program would not only hunt down and halt potential computer attacks but also strike back without staff oversight, according to former U.S. National Security Agency contractor, Edward Snowden. In an interview with WIRED magazine made public Wednesday, Snowden said the program - MonsterMind - could hurt countries caught in the middle as hackers could disguise the origin of ... Source: Politics - The Huffington Post
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Aug 13 2014, 9:22am CDT
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