NSA Director Defends Maintaining Backdoors in Americans’ Software

Has No Good Answer for How to Guarantee Privacy

In a rare public appearance, NSA Director Mike Rogers defended the agency’s policy of putting “backdoors” in American companies’ technology, compromising much of the commercial software produced in the United States as well as numerous types of hardware.

Rogers insisted he was confident that keeping NSA backdoors in all this software wouldn’t ruin the international market for American products, even though some companies are already seeing declining sales for their compromised products.

Rogers had no good answer for how to guarantee the privacy of Americans, who the NSA aren’t supposed to be spying on in the first place, but insisted that the NSA needed that access anyhow.

Rogers went on to liken the NSA’s capabilities to the early years of the nuclear arms race, saying the NSA needs to be able to guarantee “mutually assured destruction” with its ever growing arsenal of powers.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.