NSA’s Brilliant Idea: ‘We’ll Use Machines to Replace People and Avoid Pesky Leaks’

Machines don’t have ethics, a moral compass, or a conscience.

From Fox News.

National Security Agency director General Keith Alexander defended the controversial programs disclosed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and said Thursday his agency was taking steps to prevent future leaks by working to reducing the number of system administrators—the same position Snowden held—by 90 percent.

He also said the surveillance programs had been “grossly mischaracterized by the press,” while staring directly at media assembled at Fordham University for a keynote panel featuring the NSA chief, CIA director John Brennan and FBI director Robert Mueller on the final day of the International Conference on Cyber Security.

“No one has knowingly or willfully disobeyed the law or tried to invade your civil liberties or privacies,” he added.

Bullshit, General.  Your agency created an indiscriminate surveillance system designed to blanket the entire world; trapping billions of private phone records, emails, transactions, and website visits.  When an intelligence officer says, “They quite literally can watch your ideas form as you type”, claiming ignorance is pretty lame.

Alexander said the agency was transitioning to a cloud structure that would rely on machines instead of people to transfer secure data.

“What we’ve done is put people in loops of transferring data and securing networks—doing what machines are probably better at doing,” Alexander said.

Machines do what humans program them to do. If anyone thinks this will safeguard against violations of the 4th Amendment and 1st amendment rights, I got a big bridge in Brooklyn for sale….cheap.
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