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Document: NSA urged officials to justify surveillance by mentioning 9/11 in sound bites

The National Security Agency apparently ripped a page from Rudy Giuliani’s campaign playbook and told its officials to cite the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks as justification for mass surveillance activities. Al Jazeera obtained a document through a Freedom of Information Act request that showed talking points and suggested statements…

NSA chief open to letting an independent agency store phone data

The National Security Agency’s director said Tuesday he is open to storing telephone records in a neutral “repository” to alleviate concerns about government snooping. General Keith Alexander, speaking about the controversy over bulk collection of phone “metadata” said his personal view is that more transparency would help restore public trust…

NSA chief denies that the agency is spying on your Facebook profile

The head of the National Security Agency said Wednesday the secretive intelligence service does not compile data on Americans’ use of social networks, dismissing a media report as “wrong.” General Keith Alexander told a Senate hearing that a New York Times article “jumped to the conclusion this was done on…

NSA chief defends his agency’s ‘noble mission’ to defend the U.S.

The head of the National Security Agency Wednesday defended US surveillance programs as part of a “noble” mission to protect the nation and said reports on them were “sensationalized.” “The future of this country depends on our ability to defend against cyber attacks and terrorist threats, and we need the…

NSA director Keith Alexander insists mass surveillance programs respect privacy

The director of the National Security Agency has tried to dampen the current outcry over US government surveillance programmes by insisting such programmes respect Americans’ privacy. He also said that he is unable to intercept his own daughters’ emails. General Keith Alexander told a conference of hackers on Wednesday that…

US military computer networks vulnerable: general

WASHINGTON – The US military has made huge strides in hardening its computer networks against cyberattack but more remains to be done, the Pentagon’s top cyberwarrior said Wednesday. “I would give us today probably a ‘C,’ going up,” General Keith Alexander said when asked during a House Armed Services Committee…

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