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[liberationtech] NSA Director Alexander @ Senate Appropriations Committee (Jun 12)

Kyle Maxwell kylem at
Thu Jun 13 09:10:01 PDT 2013

Thanks for this. His comments on "Guarding Privacy and Civil
Liberties" are as follows:

"Let me emphasize that our nation’s security in cyberspace is not a
matter of resources alone. It is an enduring principle and an
imperative. Everything depends on trust. We operate in a way that
ensures we keep the trust of the American people because that trust is
a sacred requirement. We do not see a tradeoff between security and
liberty. It is not a choice, and we can and must do both
simultaneously. The men and women of USCYBERCOM and NSA/CSS take this
responsibility very seriously, as do I. Beyond my personal commitment
to do this right, there are multiple oversight mechanisms in place.
Given the nature of our work, of course, few outside of our Executive,
Legislative and Judicial Branch oversight bodies can know the details
of what we do or see that we operate every day under strict guidelines
and accountability within one of the most rigorous oversight regimes
in the U.S. Government. For those of you who do, and who have the
opportunity to meet with the men and women of USCYBERCOM and NSA/CSS,
you have seen for yourself how seriously we take this responsibility
and our commitment to earning and maintaining your trust."

Someday - not today, of course, but someday - they're going to "get
it" about increased transparency. Some things will and should remain
secret, but not anywhere near the extent of today.

I hope that day comes sooner rather than later.

On Wed, Jun 12, 2013 at 11:51 PM, Gregory Foster
<gfoster at> wrote:
> U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations (Jun 12) - "Hearing on
> Cybersecurity":
> Complete video of the hearing and prepared testimony of each of the
> witnesses is linked here.  This previously scheduled hearing received some
> press today as it was General Keith B. Alexander's first public appearance
> since the inception of the Snowden event.
> The General's prepared testimony provides a useful primer on the NSA/CSS and
> its relationship with Cyber Command - the US military branch active in the
> networked domain (PDF download):
> gf
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