Editor's note: This is one in a series of stories and opinion pieces surrounding the Aspen Security Forum currently taking place in Aspen, Colorado. Security Clearance is a media sponsor of the event, which is taking place from July 17 to 20 in Aspen, Colorado.
(CNN) – The director of the National Security Agency on Thursday offered a full-throated defense of a domestic monitoring program that has been at the center of government leaks, while also tacitly supporting an idea to dramatically change the controversial snooping.
In a public interview at the Aspen Security Forum, NSA Director Keith Alexander addressed the leaks carried out by Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked classified documents to the media.
just like obama promised change?
If he's willing to make reforms, that's on him. My whole thing is, this is the spy game business. Covert actions need to be taken to keep us safe. I believe in oversight, however, I don't see how we can have spy programs when we're disclosing all of the information about these programs to the public. Sounds kind of as* backwards to me. We are still at war with an enemy that lays in the shadows waiting to attack. We must remain vigilant to ensure our safety. And what Edward Snowden did was provide aid and comfort to the enemy which is why he should be branded as a traitor no matter what his political motivations were.
The Obama administration is being accused of "scandal" because they went before a judge for search warrants to use wiretaps, got that authorization, and acted upon it. Polls show that more Americans disapprove than approve of the practice.
The Bush administration simply went out and installed wiretaps whereever they felt like. It's called warrantless wiretaps because they didn't go before a judge to get a search warrant. Polling showd that more Americans approved than disapproved.
On the one hand, the public disapproves of the administration that follows the law. On the other hand, the public approves of the administration that breaks the law. What's wrong with that picture? What's the difference that is so hard to see?