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  • Officials Say White House Knew of Spying

    10/29/2013 7:31:44 PM PDT · by lbryce · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 29, 2013 | By MARK LANDLER and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
    The nation’s top spymaster said on Tuesday that the White House had long been aware in general terms of the National Security Agency’s overseas eavesdropping, stoutly defending the agency’s intelligence-gathering methods and suggesting possible divisions within the Obama administration. The official, James R. Clapper Jr., the director of national intelligence, testified before the House Intelligence Committee that the N.S.A. had kept senior officials in the National Security Council informed of surveillance it was conducting in foreign countries. He did not specifically say whether President Obama was told of these spying efforts, but he appeared to challenge assertions in recent days...
  • Obama 'not told of Merkel phone bugging'

    10/27/2013 3:38:28 PM PDT · by Corporate Democrat · 86 replies
    BBC News ^ | 27 October 2013 | BBC
    The chief of the US spy agency NSA has not discussed the alleged bugging of German chancellor's phone with President Barack Obama, officials say. Gen Keith Alexander never discussed alleged operations involving Chancellor Angela Merkel, an NSA spokeswoman said. German media say the US has been tapping the chancellor's phone since 2002, and Mr Obama was told in 2010. The row has led to the worst diplomatic crisis between the two countries in living memory. A report in German tabloid Bild am Sonntag claimed that Gen Alexander had told the president about the bugging himself. An NSA source told the...
  • NSA boss Keith Alexander's next target is the 1st Amendment.

    10/27/2013 4:41:38 AM PDT · by JerseyHighlander · 60 replies
    techdirt.com ^ | Fri, Oct 25th 2013 | Mike Masnick
    Apparently not satisfied with just setting fire to the 4th Amendment, NSA boss Keith Alexander's next target is the 1st Amendment. In an interview with the Defense Department's "Armed With Science" blog , it appears that Alexander felt he'd have a friendly audience, so he let loose with some insane claims, including suggesting that the government needs to find a way to "stop" journalists from reporting on the Snowden leaks . As noted by Politco, General Alexander isn't a fan of journalists doing anything about these documents: "I think it’s wrong that that newspaper reporters have all these documents,...
  • NSA director Keith Alexander and deputy expected to depart in early 2014

    10/17/2013 12:56:05 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 32 replies
    The Guardian ^ | October 17, 2013 | theguardian.com,
    The director of the National Security Agency and his deputy are expected to depart in the coming months, US officials said on Wednesday, in a development that could give President Obama a chance to reshape the eavesdropping agency. Army general Keith Alexander's eight-year tenure was rocked this year by revelations contained in documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden about the agency's widespread scooping up of telephone, email and social media data.
  • Newspeak for a new millenium

    10/03/2013 6:38:17 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/3/2013 | Adam Bates
    Wednesday’s oversight hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee vindicated civil libertarians skeptical of the surveillance state, but it also deserves to be remembered for the Obama Administration’s introduction of a concept so absurd and Orwellian that we can only conclude that the national security apparatus has jumped the shark.First, the vindication. Gen. Keith Alexander, Director of the National Security Agency, finally admitted what astute observers of the American counter-terrorism apparatus have been arguing for months: the claim made by the Obama Administration that the NSA’s domestic spying program foiled dozens of terrorist plots was egregiously untrue. Under pressure from Sen....
  • The 'Peace of Mind' Metric

    10/02/2013 1:26:53 PM PDT · by Noremac · 1 replies
    Blasted Fools.com ^ | October 2, 2013 | Richard Cameron
    In the immediate wake of the initial Snowden revelations about the NSA demanding and receiving millions of phone records of Americans from the telcos, the agency officials and their apologists in Congress reflexively countered the public outcry with the narrative that domestic spying saved us from terror plots and that numerous such plots were thwarted by NSA breaches of privacy. NSA Chief, General Keith Alexander, in testimony before a Senate committee in June, made this statement - “It’s dozens of terrorist events that these (programs)have helped prevent, from my perspective.” Alexander also appeared before a House committee as seen in...
  • Keith Alexander gets heckled at Black Hat

    08/01/2013 10:08:22 AM PDT · by ItsOurTimeNow · 4 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Geoffrey Ingersoll
    Alexander was about a half hour into his talk when a 30-year-old security consultant named Jon McCoy shouted “Freedom!” “Exactly,” responded Alexander. “We stand for freedom.” “Bulls***!” McCoy shouted. “Not bad,” Alexander said, as applause broke out in the crowd. “But I think what you’re saying is that in these cases, what’s the distinction, where’s the discussion and what tools do we have to stop this.” “No, I’m saying I don’t trust you!” shouted McCoy. “You lied to Congress. Why would people believe you’re not lying to us right now?” another voice in the crowd added. Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/keith-alexander-gets-heckled-at-black-hat-2013-7#ixzz2ajpB2XFW
  • Heckling and applause for NSA Director at Black Hat infosec conference

    08/01/2013 9:48:57 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil
    Legal Insurrection ^ | July 31, 2013 | Mandy Nagy
    National Security Agency Director Gen. Keith Alexander was met with both heckling and applause at the Black Hat information security conference in Las Vegas, Nevada on Wednesday. Ever since the leaks from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden thrust the agency’s domestic surveillance policies into the limelight and sparked widespread public debate, Alexander and other intelligence officials have been on the hot seat, in a persistent state of defense against seemingly unending press reports.
  • Video: NSA, White House getting worried about defunding vote in House

    07/24/2013 8:35:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/24/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    And they should. CBS reoprts that NSA Director Keith Alexander made an “emergency visit” to Capitol Hill to head off a potentially embarrassing vote to defund his agency’s trawling of phone and Internet records. House Republican leaders allowed a vote on an amendment by Rep. Justin Amash to use the power of the purse to rein in the NSA, and the panic shows that the effort might well succeed in the Senate when the budget comes to the upper chamber: CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO With a high-stakes showdown vote looming in the House, White House press secretary Jay...
  • NSA director: Edward Snowden has caused irreversible damage to US

    06/23/2013 1:16:22 PM PDT · by redreno · 107 replies
    http://www.guardian.co.uk ^ | , Sunday 23 June 2013 13 | Spencer Ackerman and Dominic Rushe
    National Security Agency director Keith Alexander said on Sunday that whistleblower Edward Snowden betrayed the trust of Americans and defended the broad surveillance programs as necessary to prevent another terrorist attack. As Snowden evaded an attempt on Sunday by Washington to have him arrested in Hong Kong, General Alexander told ABC's This Week: "This is an individual who is not acting, in my opinion, with noble intent ... What Snowden has revealed has caused irreversible and significant damage to our country and to our allies." Alexander said the NSA surveillance programs Snowden had disclosed to the Guardian were tightly overseen...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 23 June 2013

    06/23/2013 6:08:49 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 156 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 23 June 2013 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows June 23th, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Mike Lee, R-Utah; Gabriel Gomez, Republican nominee for Senate in Massachusetts.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Reps. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., and Mike Rogers, R-Mich.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.THIS WEEK (ABC): Gen. Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency; Reps. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas; Mike Kelly, R-Pa.; and Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky.,...
  • Hot mic catches NSA boss praising FBI chiefs for supportive testimony on surveillance programs

    06/18/2013 5:52:50 PM PDT · by Irenic · 26 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 18 June 2013 | Hayley Peterson
    'Tell your boss I owe him another friggin' beer:' Hot mic catches NSA boss praising FBI chiefs for supportive testimony on surveillance programs The director of the National Security Agency was overheard offering a round of beer to the FBI's second-in-command following Tuesday's congressional hearing on the NSA's controversial surveillance programs. The three-hour hearing had just wrapped up around 1 p.m. when NSA Director Keith Alexander turned to FBI Deputy Director Sean Joyce and praised him for his testimony. 'Thank you, Sean,' Alexander said, according to a clip of the exchange that was first reported by Ben Doernberg. 'Tell your...
  • Senators receive closed-door briefing on NSA surveillance (47 get briefed!)

    06/14/2013 4:47:38 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 32 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 13 | Ed O'Keefe
    Forty-seven U.S. senators attended a closed-door briefing with top national security officials Thursday to learn more about how telephone and Internet-tracking programs used by the National Security Agency have thwarted multiple terrorist attacks — details that lawmakers said the general public will begin learning more about by Monday. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, said it is taking longer to release the information as top NSA officials work to ensure that any information released publicly is as accurate as possible.
  • Mounting concern over NSA in Congress

    06/07/2013 1:32:31 PM PDT · by Cheerio · 37 replies
    Politco ^ | 6/7/13 | GESS EVERETT
    Concern in Congress is mounting over broad surveillance by the Obama administration as new revelations surfaced that the National Security Administration is monitoring Internet usage. Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee is shopping bills that would address some portions of the government monitoring, an aide said, particularly the NSA collection of Verizon phone records. His legislation would likely be similar to Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act amendments that he pushed last year with fellow senators like Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).
  • Gates to Nominate NSA Chief to Head New Cyber Command

    05/01/2009 11:13:36 AM PDT · by FromLori · 5 replies · 380+ views
    efense Secretary Robert Gates plans to nominate the director of the National Security Agency to head a new Pentagon Cyber Command, which will coordinate computer-network defense and direct U.S. cyber-attack operations, according to a draft memo by Mr. Gates. The move comes amid rising concern in the government about attacks on U.S. networks. The command will run military cybersecurity operations and provide support to civil authorities, according to the memo reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. NSA Director Keith Alexander, a three-star general, is expected to earn a fourth star when he moves to his new job at the Cyber...