Former NSA Boss Says NSA Should Just Reveal Everything Itself And Move On
from the rip-off-that-bandaid dept
While former NSA boss Michael Hayden has been out there defending everything the NSA has been doing, another former NSA boss, Bobby Ray Inman, is taking a different approach. A couple months ago, he argued that the NSA’s lies were a big mistake, and now he’s gone a step further. The NY Times had a big article this weekend revealing a bunch of things about how the NSA acts based on going through a bunch of Snowden documents. There’s a lot of new stuff in there, but mostly minor, targeted issues, rather than the big bombshells that have been coming out every few days.
But all the way at the very, very end, they get to a quote from Inman, suggesting a more radical way for the NSA to get ahead of these leaks: just reveal everything and move on:
Bobby R. Inman, who weathered his own turbulent period as N.S.A. director from 1977 to 1981, offers his hyper-secret former agency a radical suggestion for right now. “My advice would be to take everything you think Snowden has and get it out yourself,” he said. “It would certainly be a shock to the agency. But bad news doesn’t get better with age. The sooner they get it out and put it behind them, the faster they can begin to rebuild.”
That’s surprisingly similar to the suggestion made by Bruce Schneier a few months ago. As it stands now, the info keeps coming out anyway, and, each time, it makes the NSA look bad — and their weak reactions and claims that people just don’t understand ring very hollow. If the NSA actually got all this stuff out then there could be a real discussion. Somehow, I just don’t see it happening, though.