Meet The Man In Charge Of America's Secret Cyber Army


With his revelations exposing the extent of potential, and actual, pervasive NSA surveillance over the American population, Edward Snowden has done a great service for the public by finally forcing it to answer the question: is having Big Brother peek at every private communication and electronic information, a fair exchange for the alleged benefit of the state's security. Alas, without further action form a population that appears largely numb and apathetic to disclosures that until recently would have sparked mass protests and toppled presidents, the best we can hope for within a political regime that has hijacked the democratic process, is some intense introspection as to what the concept of "America" truly means.

However, and more importantly, what Snowden's revelations have confirmed, is that behind the scenes, America is now actively engaged in a new kind of war: an unprecedented cyber war, where collecting, deciphering, intercepting, and abusing information is the only thing that matters and leads to unprecedented power, and where enemies both foreign and domestic may be targeted without due process based on a lowly analyst's "whim."

It has also put spotlight on the man, who until recently deep in the shadows, has been responsible for building America's secret, absolutely massive cyber army, and which according to a just released Wired profile is "capable of launching devastating cyberattacks. Now it's ready to unleash hell."

Meet General Keith Alexander, "a man few even in Washington would likely recognize", which is troubling because Alexander is now quite possibly the most powerful person in the world, that nobody talks about. Which is just the way he likes it.


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commented 2013-06-23 10:56:40 -0400 · Flag
B.P. writes:

This is utterly terrifying. Governments have truly declared war on the serfdom. There will be armed revolution against The Machine before this is over. The Central State Matrix is exposing its tyrannical over-reach at every turn – monitoring every correspondence, every email, every phone call…monitoring our location…our purchasing patterns…our travel…everything…we are Under Suspicion…every one of us. I, for one, am totally fed up and ready to take to the barricades. I was born a Free Man and this is becoming unbearable and unacceptable.
commented 2013-06-23 10:55:07 -0400 · Flag
E.K. writes:

Almost an overwhelming story. Where does this all lead to? A world where electronic privacy is sacrificed for physical freedom? Is it really freedom at all? I do feel like a helpless Kafka character. How different is that than how you feel about nuclear MAD programs? Lets hope that enough rational human beings in the world’s governments have something to live for on this planet.