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

David Golumbia dgolumbia at
Thu Jun 13 09:21:53 PDT 2013

readers of this list may find interesting a brief analysis I've just posted
of the discrepancies between General Alexander's testimony and media
coverage of it--from the actual testimony it appears he did not mean to be
claiming that "dozens of terrorists attacks" were prevented via collection
of phone records, despite nearly every news source today using that as a

"Through the PRISM of Media Distortions (of BLARNEY)"


On Thu, Jun 13, 2013 at 12:10 PM, Kyle Maxwell <kylem at> wrote:

> 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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David Golumbia
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