Does NSA Have an Image Problem?

And can it be improved by making a fool of its former head, Keith Alexander? That’s what John Oliver did last week on his debut Last Week Tonight show. But Alexander apparently didn’t get it. He just continued with his twisted view of reality.

When explicitly asked by Oliver, “In your mind, has the NSA ever done something illegal?” Alexander responded,

“In my time, no. Not that I know of. One of the most impressive things that I’ve seen in my career was people who’ve made a mistake, that could be a huge mistake, stepping up to say, ‘I made a mistake’. And in every case to my knowledge everyone except for twelve individuals stepped forward at the time they made those mistakes.”

Well, everyone except for twelve. And Oliver had got him. He shot, “You can’t say, Ive never killed anyone apart frome three people I have buried under in my patio at home.”

Well, Alexander is a fool, and you might find strong evidence for that in his infamous interview for the DoD propaganda website Armed with Science couple of months ago. His bragging about the “good guys” at the NSA and the bad guys (meanwhile just another Orwellian term) cannot avert further damage from NSA’s image, rather the opposite.

Oliver’s frank admission that, if he had all this surveillance information about normal people (likely the whole society) at hand he certainly would have abused it, seems to be a necessary move just to get the former NSA director to admit that that exactly had happened. That certain individuals who had been caught have meanwhile been referred to the Department of Justice is no argument. There are no estimates of unknown cases available here.

When asked what he would do with Edward Snowden in case one could have got hold of him, Alexander wants to present to him the damage he had done to his country. He (Alexander) is convinced that Snowden “knows in his heart” what he’s done “and he would have to live with it for the rest of his life.”

Does Alexander has the faintest idea what he and his Agency has done to the American people and people around the world?

The German government has, as Sueddeutsche Zeitung knows, vetoed a planned invitation of Edward Snowden to Germany to testify before the parliamentary Court of Inquiry which is about to solve some of the issues of the NSA surveillance scandal. A statement prepared by the chancellery made clear that questioning of Snowden on German soil might lead to severe and lasting damage of the transatlantic relationship.

1 May 2014 @ 10:29 am.
Last modified May 7, 2014.
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