[cryptography] NSA Today on Missions, Authorities, Oversight, Partnershps

ianG iang at iang.org
Sun Aug 11 05:17:29 EDT 2013

On 11/08/13 09:57 AM, Jeffrey Walton wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 9, 2013 at 4:14 PM, John Young <jya at pipeline.com> wrote:
>> NSA statement today on Missions, Authorties, Oversight, Partnerships:
>> http://cryptome.org/2013/08/nsa-13-0809.pdf
> This was probably one of the more amusing statements. Perhaps William
> Binney would have a different opinion:
> In addition to the NSA's compliance safeguards, NSA personnel are
> obligated to report when they believe NSA is not, or may not be,
> acting consistently with law, policy, or procedure. This
> self-reporting is part of the culture and fabric of NSA. If NSA is not
> acting in accordance with law, policy, or procedure, NSA will report
> through its internal and external intelligence oversight channels,
> conduct reviews to understand the root cause, and make appropriate
> adjustments to constantly improve.

Not only amusing but materially deceptive.  The notion of a culture of 
self-governance might work -- in the President's mind -- within an 
organisation like the NSA, but there is a bypass:  outsourcing.  Snowden 
was a contractor working through an external agency, and no such 
compliance embarrassments are ever ever EVER permitted to put the 
contract in danger.


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