First step to NSA reform — replace its lying director

August 15, 2013

The recent editorial on domestic surveillance made well-taken point after point ("Obama's tepid NSA reform," Aug. 13). There must be a way to preserve the national security without the U.S. government over-accumulating data on its own citizens. The editorial effectively led to a conclusion of the need for an NSA overhaul with greater transparency and improved oversight.

However, any real change may not be possible without replacing NSA Director General Keith B. Alexander, who lied to Congress, as widely reported in multiple forms of the media. This begs the questions: A. Why has he not been removed, punished for lying to Congress and replaced by a director with a proven track record of competency and honesty in leadership? B. As long as Mr. Alexander or someone like him remains, is it possible there will be severe editing/corruption of the accumulated data?

As George Orwell stated, "Whoever controls the truth, controls the future."

Hilda Coyne

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