Full Spectrum Military Surveillance of Americans Gets a Boost
October 23, 2013
According to former NSA boss Gen. Michael Hayden, the Pentagon’s “full spectrum military cyberspace operations” are now fully integrated with NSA’s superabundant surveillance.
Hayden told the Washington Post that NSA and U.S. Cyber Command functions are “indistinguishable. That’s how badly they overlap.”
“Now, would I keep Cyber Command at Fort Meade? Absolutely. Would I integrate the two to the best I can while respecting U.S. law? Absolutely,” said Hayden.
This is not really news, of course, because the NSA already operates under the aegis of the Pentagon. The point here is that Gen. Hayden is emphasizing the fact that communications surveillance of the American public is increasingly a military affair and control and command is becoming more centralized.
In 2010, Gen. Keith Alexander was appointed to head up the newly activated Cyber Command, a subordinate unified command under United States Strategic Command “designed to conduct virtual combat across the world’s computer networks.”
“Alexander was repeatedly asked about privacy and civil liberties impact of his new role, and gave answers that were, well, full of platitudes but essentially uninformative,” noted Privacy Digest.