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  •  This Alexander isn't your every day... (8+ / 0-)

    megalomaniacal four star general. They call him "the emperor" over at Ft. Meade.

    “We jokingly referred to him as Emperor Alexander, because whatever Keith wants, Keith gets.”
    There's gotta be a reason they call him that. But I doubt it's because of his boyish, midwestern charm.

    No one man should ever amass as much unbridled power as Alexander has, in a free country.

    If you haven't already read it, James Bamford wrote a stunning article about Alexander.

    The Secret War

    General Alexander’s Empire
    The four-star general presides over a trifecta of intelligence agencies headquartered in Fort Meade, Maryland. Here’s a guide to the alphabet soup of agency and subagency acronyms. —Cameron Bird
    Photo: Ann Heisenfelt/Corbis, Illustrations: Jeremy Loyd
    (National Security Agency)

    The nation’s largest employer of mathematicians. The Department of Defense created this agency in 1952 to intercept, collect, and decrypt foreign communications. In the past decade, the NSA poured hundreds of millions of dollars into offensive cyberwar R&D.

    (Central Security Service)

    Originally envisioned as a fourth branch of the armed services, this organization is now described as a “combat support agency.” It coordinates with the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Marines, and Air Force to eavesdrop on foreign signals—like tapping into undersea cable or wireless communications.

    (US Cyber Command)

    Established by the Department of Defense in 2009 to deter cyberattacks—”proactively.” In March, Alexander gave a hint of the command’s mandate to the House Armed Services Committee: “I would like to be clear that this team, this defend-the-nation team, is not a defensive team.”

    (Centers for Academic Excellence)

    Launched in 1998, this NSA initiative seeks to increase the number of college students competent in “information assurance.” Last year the agency accredited four universities to lead the way in training the next generation of cyber operators in “collection, exploitation, and response.”

    (Special Collection Service)

    A unit whose existence has never been officially acknowledged by the defense establishment. But according to the accounts of an anonymous CIA official, members of the ultra-top-secret group are involved in covert eavesdropping from US embassies around the world.

    (Joint Functional Component Command for Network Warfare)

    Created in 2005 as part of US Strategic Command, which controls the nation’s nuclear arsenal, it played a lead role in promoting the idea of thwarting Iran’s own nuclear ambitions with a cyberattack. Folded into Cybercom in 2010.

    “I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.” – Will Rogers

    by markthshark on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 01:49:49 AM PDT

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