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Schneier: Break Up the NSA 324

Posted by Soulskill
from the but-leave-the-door-open-to-a-reunion-tour-in-twenty-years dept.
New submitter BrianPRabbit writes "Bruce Schneier proposes 'breaking up' the NSA. He suggests assigning the targeted hardware/software surveillance of enemy operations to U.S. Cyber Command. Further, the NSA's surveillance of Americans needs to be scaled back and placed under the control of the FBI. Finally, he says, is 'the deliberate sabotaging of security. The primary example we have of this is the NSA's BULLRUN program, which tries to "insert vulnerabilities into commercial encryption systems, IT systems, networks and endpoint communication devices." This is the worst of the NSA's excesses, because it destroys our trust in the Internet, weakens the security all of us rely on and makes us more vulnerable to attackers worldwide. .... [T]he remainder of the NSA needs to be rebalanced so COMSEC (communications security) has priority over SIGINT (signals intelligence). Instead of working to deliberately weaken security for everyone, the NSA should work to improve security for everyone.'"
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Schneier: Break Up the NSA

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 21, 2014 @10:40AM (#46303617)

    Bruce Schneier can break the NSA

  • by Talderas (1212466) on Friday February 21, 2014 @10:44AM (#46303633)

    Security expert Bruce Schneier was found dead in his home. The cause of death is unknown but police are investigating possible foul play.

  • by TheCarp (96830) <sjc&carpanet,net> on Friday February 21, 2014 @10:47AM (#46303661) Homepage

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  • by XxtraLarGe (551297) on Friday February 21, 2014 @10:51AM (#46303705) Journal

    Security expert Bruce Schneier was found dead in his home. The cause of death is unknown but police are investigating possible foul play.

    The cause of death has been revealed. Schneier died from a single gunshot wound to the back of the head. Investigators have ruled his death a suicide.

  • by Hentai (165906) on Friday February 21, 2014 @11:03AM (#46303785) Homepage Journal

    > This one premise, though, has shown zero chance of happening. Those in congress critical of the NSA's behavior mostly seem interested in using it as an attack chip for the republican party in the next couple elections, and so leaving the power in the executive plays to their needs.

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  • by interkin3tic (1469267) on Friday February 21, 2014 @11:20AM (#46303913)
    But think of how awkward it would be when the N runs into S or A at the spy conventions. They'd reminisce about the old times of spying on millions of Americans. They'd probably laugh about some guy on deviantart drawing naked women and crying while masturbating. Then N would be like "So, you guys want to get out of here" and the A would be like "N, look, we can't. S and I have a good thing going, you're just too crazy for us, lets just be friends," and N would be like "Sure yeah, no you're right, it's cool." But it won't be cool. N will finish his drink and then leave, all three of them will feel bad. A and S will go home and start getting intimate, but S won't be able to get it up, thinking about how bad N must feel.

    You really want to do that to N, S, and A?

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