2014-05-19T052106Z_1_CBREA4I0EVO00_RTROPTP_2_CYBER-SUMMIT

Post-Snowden, the NSA's future rests on Admiral Rogers' shoulders

NSA Director Adm. Michael Rogers listens at Reuters CyberSecurity Summit in WashingtonAs a teenager growing up in Chicago in the 1970s, Rogers recalls watching news broadcasts with his family and being horrified by how the CIA, FBI and NSA had illegally spied on hundreds of thousands of Americans. Four decades later, and six weeks into his new job as director of the NSA, the agency is facing similar accusations: that it has used its vast and intrusive surveillance powers to trample on privacy. Unlike 1975’s congressional investigation into intelligence gathering by the CIA, FBI and NSA, today’s allegations of rampant U.S. surveillance have unfolded on a global scale, damaging American relations from Brazil to Germany and Indonesia. While Rogers dismissed direct comparisons – noting that the NSA programs exposed by former contractor Edward Snowden last year had all been deemed lawful – he said he understood the concerns that have been raised about balancing individual privacy rights against security needs.

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