As Europe erupts over US spying, NSA chief says government must stop media

Well, NSA’s Director, General Keith Alexander, in a moment of panic, suggested that reports throughout Europe over U.S. spying and his organzation’s involvment in the tacky affair be halted by cracking down on reporters.

The head of NSA, chief disrupter in the freedom of information act, is accusing journalists of “selling” his agency’s documents.

Alexander is calling for the halting publishing of secrets taken by former contractor Edward Snowden.

Glenn Greenwald, reporting for the London Guardian, has the story.
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In what might be the most explicit hostility to such freedoms yet – as well as the most unmistakable evidence of rampant panic – the NSA’s director, General Keith Alexander, actually demanded Thursday that the reporting being done by newspapers around the world on this secret surveillance system be halted.

Alexander explains how the NSA and cybersecurity systems work in this thirty-two minute talk.

The head of the embattled National Security Agency, Gen Keith Alexander, is accusing journalists of “selling” his agency’s documents and is calling for an end to the steady stream of public disclosures of secrets snatched by former contractor Edward Snowden.

Alexander says:

“I think it’s wrong that that newspaper reporters have all these documents, the 50,000 – whatever they have and are selling them and giving them out as if these – you know it just doesn’t make sense,” Alexander said in an interview with the Defense Department’s “Armed With Science” blog.

“We ought to come up with a way of stopping it. I don’t know how to do that. That’s more of the courts and the policy-makers but, from my perspective, it’s wrong to allow this to go on,” the NSA director declared. [My italics]

There are 25,000 employees of the NSA (and many tens of thousands more who work for private contracts assigned to the agency). Maybe one of them can tell The General about this thing called “the first amendment”.

I’d love to know what ways, specifically, General Alexander has in mind for empowering the US government to “come up with a way of stopping” the journalism on this story. Whatever ways those might be, they are deeply hostile to the US constitution – obviously. What kind of person wants the government to forcibly shut down reporting by the press?

Full article here

 Glenn Greenwald
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