New NSA director rips critics, calls for 'less simplistic' national conversation about surveillance

National Security Agency director Mike Rogers speaks at Stanford University, Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, in Stanford, Calif. Rogers told professors and students that U.S. intelligence is depending on Silicon Valley innovation for technologies that strengthen the Internet and staff to provide national cybersecurity. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)At a postelection conference sponsored by the RAND Corporation, NSA Director Michael Rogers made candid — and, at times, combative — remarks about the image problems facing the shadowy agency. What’s needed now, he said, is for the public to stop “vilifying” the NSA and instead engage in a conversation that’s less “simplistic and one-sided.”

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