NSA Director: We Have Lost The Trust of the Public

May 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The National Security Agency's new director, Admiral Michael Rogers, admits that the agency has lost the trust of the American people in the wake of leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The NSA’s new director made this statement on Wednesday in his first public comments since taking control of the spy agency.

"I tell the [NSA] workforce out there as the new guy, let’s be honest with each other, the nation has lost a measure of trust in us," Admiral Michael Rogers said at a conference of the Women in Aerospace in Crystal City, VA.

Rogers said that, moving forward, the NSA will admit its mistakes and try to rectify them.

"If we make a mistake, you will hear about it. That’s my job as director and I have no problem with it. … We are not going to hide our mistakes."

While Rogers was open about the NSA's failings, he also said that the public's mistrust of the agency has helped drive negative media coverage.

"From my perspective the debate and the dialogue to date have been very uneven," he said.

"Your neighbors are saying to you: ‘Man, I’ve been listening about you on the TV and reading about you in the papers and I had no idea what a bad person you are,’" he joked.

For the remainder of his remarks, Rogers asked the tech industry to work more closely with the agency to help protect U.S. interests online and promised that the agency would be more transparent about its dealings than it has been in the past.

Rogers did not address directly issues related to the agency's vast - and sometimes warrantless - collection of mobile phone and internet metadata, nor did he discuss the agency's activities abroad.

Source: Politico


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Re: NSA Director: We Have Lost The Trust of the Public

The only reason they know they've lost the US public's trust is because they read it in your emails.

Re: NSA Director: We Have Lost The Trust of the Public

"If we make a mistake, you will hear about it. That’s my job as director and I have no problem with it. … We are not going to hide our mistakes."

This statement is completely meaningless, because your agency doesn't believe the bulk data collection is a "mistake."  Even the current President of the United States - a man who has claimed many times to not agree with these types of tactics - has mildly defended this.  Ergo, you'd still hide it, since you don't see it as a mistake.

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Re: NSA Director: We Have Lost The Trust of the Public

Can you lose something you never had?

Re: NSA Director: We Have Lost The Trust of the Public

One thing the NSA needs to realize that one of the reasons why people don't trust them, is that they don't show evidence of the stuff they do actually working. At best they say "It works" without examples.

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Re: NSA Director: We Have Lost The Trust of the Public

...promised that the agency would be more transparent about its dealings than it has been in the past.

 

Oh good, I'm sure we can trust that promise! o_O

 
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