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NSA Director Heckled at Black Hat Conference
by Karl Bode 08:56AM Thursday Aug 01 2013
From the "I'm not quite sure what you were expecting" department, NSA Director Keith Alexander didn't receive many hugs at this week's Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas. DefCon organizers had warned government employees to steer clear from their conference this year, given the increasingly sour mood over NSA's repeated lying before Congress (and everywhere else) and the Snowden leaks.

Alexander spoke at the far more friendly Black Hat conference yesterday morning. Despite the Black Hat conference being stocked with a lot more "polite" White Hat professionals, the reception from many still was not what you would call warm:
"Exactly," responded Alexander. "We stand for freedom."

"Bullshit!" McCoy shouted.

"Not bad," Alexander said, as applause broke out in the crowd. "But I think what you’re saying is that in these cases, what’s the distinction, where’s the discussion and what tools do we have to stop this."

"No, I’m saying I don’t trust you!" shouted McCoy.

"You lied to Congress. Why would people believe you’re not lying to us right now?" another voice in the crowd added.

"I haven’t lied to Congress," Alexander responded, visibly tensing. "I do think it’s important for us to have this discussion. Because in my opinion, what you believe is what’s written in the press without looking at the facts. This is the greatest technical center of gravity in the world. I ask that you all look at those facts."
The NSA has lied over and over again to the press and public over the last decade, and Alexander himself is on record claiming the NSA does not "hold data on U.S. citizens" (that supercomputer warehouse they're building in Utah is apparently being used to farm alpacas). Alexander and the NSA have lied so many times that an NSA Director giving a speech on how he's never lied and it's the "press" that's to blame for distorting reality is something that seems better suited to The Onion.

You don't get to spend years lying about practically everything then profess your love of truth and freedom. That's not having a "discussion," that's you continuing to lie.

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Re: I'm not a crook

said by ArrayList:

I feel kind of bad for the guy. He's getting so much crap about stuff that he does not have the power to straighten out.

He has the power to publicly resign and state that he will not participate in the illegal, unethical and immoral actions asked of him and that he will not violate his oath to support the Constitution of the United States of America and work AGAINST the people of the United States.

Feeling sorry for him is like feeling sorry for Hermann "I was just following orders" Goering.
"when the people have suffered many abuses under the control of a totalitarian leader, they not only have the right but the duty to overthrow that government." - The U.S. Declaration of Independence



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It's all lies and I don't feel bad for him at all -- they have been illegally collecting our data and telling us they haven't, for years. The 4th amendment was modified to the point that there is no protection for the regular people who aren't breaking laws are aren't terrorists.

This man should know what the constitution is and uphold our basic liberties, but they can't, cause the War Machine says there is gonna be another terrorist attack and we require billions to fund it.

I wish people in this country would stand up -- we have a crumbling infrastructure(electric,interstate,rail), cities gone bankrupt, funding for schools, care of children and elderly disappearing....but yet, all of us continue to sit on our asses and do nothing about the NSA spending billions with IBM,EMC,NetApp and HP for equipment to store your e-mail and browsing history?

We need to get a grass roots town hall march coordinated, cause I am really sick of having my government tax funds going to build more machines to watch innocent Americans. The NSA has the intel and people on the ground to find these groups without a blanket approach to data capturing....but thats not the point folks.(you will see the point later)