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Stephen Kruiser

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August 8, 2013 - 10:34 pm

If you think THAT will help.

National Security Agency director General Keith Alexander defended the controversial programs disclosed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and said Thursday his agency was taking steps to prevent future leaks by working to reducing the number of system administrators—the same position Snowden held—by 90 percent.

He also said the surveillance programs had been “grossly mischaracterized by the press,” while staring directly at media assembled at Fordham University for a keynote panel featuring the NSA chief, CIA director John Brennan and FBI director Robert Mueller on the final day of the International Conference on Cyber Security.

“No one has knowingly or willfully disobeyed the law or tried to invade your civil liberties or privacies,” he added.

Alexander said the agency was transitioning to a cloud structure that would rely on machines instead of people to transfer secure data.

Calling data “secure” doesn’t mean it actually is, or will remain so. While machines are more than likely preferable to human subcontractors (like Snowden) they are obviously not without some security risks. They may not go to Russia but Russia may one day be able to come to them.

Bonus points for the laughs from the “mischaracterized by the press” line.

Stephen Kruiser is a professional comedian and writer who has also been a conservative political activist for over two decades. A co-founder of the first Los Angeles Tea Party, Kruiser often speaks to grassroots groups around America and has had the great honor of traveling around the world entertaining U.S. troops.

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So...fewer Watchers to Watch the Watchers?

Hope their hardware (or its internals) aren't sourced out of China.
36 weeks ago
36 weeks ago Link To Comment
Most likely they're planning to use something like "Chef" or "Puppet" to manage the machines -- these programs let you automate deploying software and maintenance tasks across many machines.
36 weeks ago
36 weeks ago Link To Comment
Hey! Who cares what they are planning. They are fixing things and don't Need to explain anything. U probably think the second amendment isn't outdated either! Truth is, it is.
36 weeks ago
36 weeks ago Link To Comment
Oh, please. Some guy has to plug the machines in and turn them on, and make sure they are working. So you eliminate 90% of the system administrators. Big freakin deal. You are still going to have gobs of people in the loop, all of them security risks.
How about you eliminate 100% of the domestic spying? You know, maybe follow the law, or something? (Laughs)
36 weeks ago
36 weeks ago Link To Comment
If Obama wants it give it to him. He is our president. Respect him or leave the country. He is our leader and should be praised as if he was a god. He has done so much for us and needs to do lots more to fix people like you
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