Tuesday, June 25, 2013

NSA again caught lying; two senators send Gen. Keith Alexander a letter; lie disappears from NSA web site

Mother Jones quotes Trevor Timm, a digital rights analyst with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, who said the letter illustrates the fundamental problem with excessive secrecy.
"This is a perfect example of why this secrecy is so bad for the country, that the NSA or [director of national intelligence] or executive branch can issue misleading statements or outright falsehoods and it's impossible for the American people to fact-check them," Timm said. "If it wasn't for Ron Wyden or Mark Udall, the NSA possibly could have kept this up forever."

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