Gene Healy: Be Afraid of NSA Spying


“Dear NSA/CSS family,” begins a Sept. 13, 2013, letter to employees and “extended family” of the nation’s largest spy agency from NSA director Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander, the boss of the family (CSS stands for Central Security Service, an NSA subagency). In the missive, Alexander and his lieutenant, John C. Inglis, fret that: “Our agency has frequently been portrayed in the news as more of a rogue element than a national treasure.” Maybe so, writes Gene Healy. But those troubles are self-inflicted, and the American people are right to be outraged over the agency’s abusive tactics.