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

Richard Brooks rrb at
Thu Jun 13 09:59:12 PDT 2013

Reminds me of a recent comment from someone I was

"Government information should be public. Personal
information should be private."

Unfortunately, we have it backwards.

On 06/13/2013 12:10 PM, Kyle Maxwell 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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