Quoted: on NSA spying and the sky not falling

“You have not heard me as the director say, ‘Oh, my God, the sky is falling.’ I am trying to be very specific and very measured in my characterizations.”

Michael S. Rogers, the admiral who has run the NSA for the past three months, on the Edward Snowden leaks that have led to reports about the agency’s massive spying. But in an interview with the New York Times, Rogers did say the National Security Agency has determined some terrorist groups have changed their ways after the Snowden leaks.

Meanwhile:

• U.S. companies are feeling the effects of the revelations, especially those whose technology is being used by the NSA in its surveillance efforts. As we’ve mentioned: Last week, the German government canceled a contract with Verizon, citing concerns about NSA spying. Cisco has complained about the fallout’s effect on its business. And researchers and analysts are predicting billions of dollars in lost business over the next few years.

• Privacy groups including the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Greenpeace have started a Congressional Scorecard that rates lawmakers on their support for NSA-spying reform. As Hillicon Valley notes, a couple of Bay Area Congress members are on opposite ends of the rankings: Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-San Jose, got an A, while Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-San Francisco, received an F.

 

Photo: Edward Snowden speaks to European officials via videoconference during a parliamentary hearing on improving the protection of whistleblowers, at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, eastern France, on June 24, 2014. (Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images)

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