Keith B. Alexander

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General Keith B. Alexander in service uniform.jpg
Alexander in 2013
Born Keith Brian Alexander
1951-12-02
Syracuse, New York, U.S.
Alma mater West Point, Boston University, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, National War College, Naval Postgraduate School, National Defense University
Spouse Deborah Lynn Douglas
Chief of the NSA, infamous for his mendacious denials regarding the illegal mass surveillance of US citizens.

Employment.png Director of the National Security Agency Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
August 1, 2005 - March 28, 2014
Preceded by William B. Black
Succeeded by Michael S. Rogers
An infamously mendacious tenure

Keith Alexander is a four-star general in the United States Army, who as NSA director became infamous for a set of mendacious denials regarding the NSA's mass surveillance of US citizens.

Lies to the public regarding NSA operations

In July 2012, in response to a question from DEF CON founder Jeff Moss asking “does the NSA really keep a file on everyone?,” Alexander replied, “No, we don’t. Absolutely no. And anybody who would tell you that we’re keeping files or dossiers on the American people knows that’s not true.”[1]

In March 2012, in response to questions during a U.S. congressional hearing from Representative Hank Johnson about allegations made by former NSA officials that the NSA engages in collection of voice and digital information of U.S. citizens Alexander was asked in a number of ways, and replied that, despite the allegations of "James Bashford" [sic] in Wired, the NSA does not collect that data.[2]

On July 9, 2012, when asked by a member of the press if a large data center in Utah was used to store data on American citizens, Alexander stated, "No. While I can't go into all the details on the Utah data center, we don't hold data on U.S. citizens."[3]

At DEF CON 2012, Alexander was the keynote speaker; during the question and answers session, in response to the question "Does the NSA really keep a file on everyone, and if so, how can I see mine?" Alexander replied "Our job is foreign intelligence" and that "Those who would want to weave the story that we have millions or hundreds of millions of dossiers on people, is absolutely false...From my perspective, this is absolute nonsense."[2]

On June 6, 2013, the day after Snowden's revelations, Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper released a statement admitting the NSA collects telephony metadata on millions of Americans telephone calls.[4] This metadata information included originating and terminating telephone number, telephone calling card number, IMEI number, time and duration of phone calls.[5]

Andy Greenberg of Forbes said that NSA officials, including Alexander, in the years 2012 and 2013 "publicly denied–often with carefully hedged words–participating in the kind of snooping on Americans that has since become nearly undeniable."[2] In September 2013, Alexander was asked by Senator Mark Udall if it is the goal of the NSA to "collect the phone records of all Americans", to which Alexander replied:

"Yes, I believe it is in the nation's best interest to put all the phone records into a lockbox that we could search."
Keith B. Alexander, September 2013[6]

The '54 Events'

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Alexander claimed that the mass surveillance prevented 54 terrorist events directed against the U.S. ("42 Plots" and "12 Occurrences of Support to Terrorism"). Sen. Patrick Leahy pressed Alexander on the issue of the 54 events at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, asking Alexander “Would you agree that the 54 cases that keep getting cited by the administration were not all plots, and of the 54, only 13 had some nexus to the U.S.? Would you agree with that, yes or no?” Alexander replied “Yes” but did not elaborate.

Assessing the impact of the NSA's mass surveillance programme on the alleged 54 cases is difficult since, while the agency has allegedly provided a full list to Congress, it remains classified. The congressionally-established Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) investigation (pp. 145-153) concluded that mass surveillance had not played an important part in thwarting a single terrorist event.[7]


 

Events Participated in

EventDateLocation(s)
Bilderberg/20085 June 2008 - 8 June 2008Chantilly
Virginia
US
Bilderberg/200914 May 2009 - 17 May 2009Vouliagmeni
Greece
Bilderberg/20119 June 2011 - 12 June 2011Hotel Suvretta
St. Moritz
Switzerland
Bilderberg/201231 May 2012 - 3 June 2012Chantilly
Virginia
US
Bilderberg/201429 May 2014 - 1 June 2014Copenhagen
Denmark
Mariott Hotel


References

  1. http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/07/nsa-chief-denies-dossiers/
  2. a b c Greenberg, Andy. "Watch Top U.S. Intelligence Officials Repeatedly Deny NSA Spying On Americans Over The Last Year (Videos)." Forbes. June 6, 2013. Retrieved on June 11, 2013.
  3. Cyber Security And American Power, see 50:50. C-spanvideo.org (July 9, 2012). Retrieved on June 30, 2013.
  4. "DNI Statement on Recent Unauthorized Disclosures of Classified Information". June 6, 2013. Retrieved June 6, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. In Re: Application of the FBI For an Order Requiring the Production of Tangible Things From Verizon Business Network Services. Verizon forced to hand over telephone data – full court ruling. guardian.co.uk (June 6, 2013)
  6. "Senators: Limit NSA snooping into US phone records". Associated Press. Retrieved 15 October 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. http://www.globalresearch.ca/spy-chief-james-clapper-wins-rosemary-award-worst-open-government-performance-of-2013/5375228