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Cyber Command and NSA breakup looming over Snowden leaks -
Sat Nov 30, 2013 08:31

Cyber Command and NSA breakup looming over Snowden leaks - report
Published time: November 28, 2013 - -

The fallout over the Snowden affair hits "critical stage" as Washington continues the push to separate Cyber Command, which oversees cyberspace operations, from the National Security Agency.

Following the most devastating leak of sensitive information in US history, the White House is preparing not only to separate the two entities, but bring aboard a civilian director, which would mark a first for the 61-year-old agency, Reuters reported, citing unnamed individuals who were briefed on the issue.

News of the proposal comes amid a steady stream of stunning revelations, made public in May by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, which showed the long arm of America’s spying operation that targeted the internet and telephone communications of allies and enemies alike.

Presently, US Cyber Command and the NSA are overseen by Army General Keith Alexander, 61, who is retiring in March.

When Snowden revealed in June that he was the source of the leaks, Alexander offered to resign from his post, but was refused by President Obama.

Reuters reported last month that Vice Admiral Michael Rogers, commander of the US Navy's 10th Fleet and the Navy's top cyberwarfare officer, was a top candidate to be the next NSA director.

Critics say splitting off Cyber Command, the agency responsible for carrying out cyber warfare operations, from the NSA, which is tasked with monitoring internet and telephone traffic to detect national security threats, will provide for better oversight, as well as guard against any future attempts at inside espionage.

Two government officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the discussions over the separation of powers are “nearing a critical stage,” Reuters reported.

Meanwhile, White House spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said Obama remains undecided on the matter.
"With General Alexander's planned departure next spring, this is a natural point to look at this question to ensure we are appropriately postured to address current and future security needs," Hayden said. "We have no new decisions to announce at this point."

The report hinted a decision could be announced soon and possibly simultaneously with the results of the Obama administration’s review of NSA activities, tentatively scheduled to be released in mid-December. This has become a source of intense public debate since the Snowden disclosures went public.

In May Snowden handed over highly classified documents to the Guardian newspaper, detailing the electronic surveillance by the NSA and its British counterpart, Government Communications Headquarters GCHQ.

This week, US and British officials admitted they are concerned about a “doomsday” collection of top secret, heavily encrypted information they believe the former NSA contractor may have stored away.

The classified information, protected by elaborate encryption that requires multiple passwords to access, is said to contain documents listing the identities of US and allied intelligence personnel.

Snowden, who is considered a fugitive in the United States, is now living in Russia where he has been granted temporary asylum status.

fran7 30.11.2013 08:23
Snowden is a great hero for revealing NSAs PRISM system which spies on each and everyone in the name of SECURITY?

Marley Engvall 29.11.2013 15:52
Active Thermitic Material is present in all World Trade Center Dust. Snowden is COINTEL. A limited-hangout artist, just like Assange.

No body is willing to discuss the 600-lb gorilla in the room. THE U.S. GOVERNEMENT MURDERED 3000 AMERICAN CITIZENS 9/11/01.

Herveg 29.11.2013 13:59
Why should'nt NSA and cybercommand directed by "elected" people.
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Cops arrest surgeon in South Philly drug bust -*271/20131130-surgeon.jpg
LAST UPDATED: Friday, November 29, 2013, 10:35 PM
A LOCAL SURGEON was among four people who were arrested earlier this week in connection with a drug raid in South Philly.

The bust went down about 4:40 p.m. Tuesday inside a rowhouse on 30th Street near Mifflin.

When narcotics cops barged inside the property, they found Andrew Collier allegedly sitting at a table and writing prescriptions, said Officer Jillian Russell, a police spokeswoman.

They also found $740 worth of marijuana and $425 worth of barbiturates in the house, Russell said.

Collier, 61, of Moorestown, N.J., is listed as a board-certified orthopedic surgeon at Philadelphia Orthopaedic Associates, on Broad Street near Ritner.

He was charged with possession of a controlled substance, conspiracy and manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver.

Police also arrested Alexander Palmisano, 51, and Steven Feldsher, 48, who were both inside the rowhouse and charged with the same offenses as Collier.

The officers found $110 and two empty pill bottles on Palmisano, Russell said. Feldsher, meanwhile, allegedly had two clear baggies with marijuana and seven pills, along with $225 in cash, Russell said.

According to court records, another man, Phillip Chestnut, 51, was also locked up and charged with possession of marijuana.

According to the website for Philadelphia Orthopaedic Associates, Collier has affiliations with Hahnemann University Hospital, Jefferson University Hospital-Methodist Division, Saint Agnes Continuing Care Center and Wills Surgery Center.

The office for the Orthopaedic Associates was closed yesterday.

"We were not aware that he was arrested. He is on staff at Jefferson," said Shannon Loftus, a public relations coordinator for Jefferson.

A spokeswoman for Hahnemann did not return a request for comment.

A man who answered the phone last night at a number listed with Collier's Moorestown, N.J., home told a reporter that he had contacted the wrong person.

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