Sunday, March 15, 2009

Spy Break

ECT

You've got to hand it to the National Security Agency. It's gone from being a super-secret spook club whose existence nobody even acknowledged for decades to being pretty much everywhere.

It was behind the wiretapping at AT&T (NYSE: T) More about AT&T, it snoops through emails and eavesdrops on phone calls to grandma, heck -- it even knows you're listening to this podcast.

And it's also the reason behind the revolving door at the helm of the Department of Homeland Security's More about Department of Homeland Security National Cybersecurity Center. It seems the spy agency has its fingers in that pie, too.

Cybersecurity chief Rod Beckstrom, appointed less than a year ago by then-President Bush, has called it quits, saying the NSA's meddling had become too much. While the NSA was pushing its agenda of protecting the nation's intelligence infrastructure, it didn't stop to consider that the NCC's mission is much broader than that.

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