|NSA director Keith Alexander|
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Critic: "It would be nice if they reduced the amount of information they are collecting on people by 90%"
Critics charge that an aggressive NSA purge of 90 percent of its system administrators—in an apparent attempt to prevent the next Edward Snowden from having access to secret information—is evidence that the agency seeks to hide the truth about spying from the public and remove the roll of human conscience from the agency, instead of curbing spying in response to mass anger.
"It would be nice if they reduced the amount of information they are collecting on people by 90 percent," Dave Maass, spokesperson for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told Common Dreams.
The mass firing will accompany an agency-wide shift towards automation of these roles, NSA director General Keith Alexander told a New York City cyber-security conference Thursday, a shift he claims will make the agency "more defensible and more secure."