Backlash as ex-NSA chief involved in Snowden-revealed mass surveillance joins Amazon board – RT USA News




    Le général Keith Alexander, ancien directeur de l'Agence de sécurité nationale, qui a supervisé l'espionnage de masse illégal des Américains, a été nommé au conseil d'administration d'Amazon, suscitant la colère des défenseurs de la vie privée, dont Edward Snowden.

Amazon a annoncé qu'Alexandre, qui a été directeur de la NSA de 2005 jusqu'à sa retraite en mars 2014, rejoindrait le conseil d'administration de la société mercredi.

“We are delighted to elect a new member to our Board of Directors this month. Welcome, General Keith Alexander! “ the tech giant said in a statement on Twitter.

However, some, including former CIA contractor Edward Snowden, were below « ravi » about the date.

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Snowden – who in 2013 exposed a covert NSA surveillance program, disclosing a huge amount of documentation proving the massive, warrantless collection of Americans’ phone records by the government – was one of the first to call Amazon to have hired Alexander.

“It turns out that ‘Hey Alexa’ is short for ‘Hey Keith Alexander’. Yes, Keith Alexander is personally responsible for the illegal mass surveillance programs which have caused a worldwide scandal ”, tweeted the whistleblower, still in exile in Russia.

Snowden noted that while Amazon Web Services (AWS) hosts nearly 6% of all websites, the figure seems even more overwhelming. “If you measure it by traffic instead of the number of sites. “

Journalist Glenn Greenwald, a Snowden ally who received a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the US intelligence machine’s global mass surveillance program, tweeted that Alexander’s nomination only revealed Amazon’s true colors .

“Gen. Keith Alexander was the head of the NSA when it secretly built a massive home surveillance system for Americans – one that an appeals court has just ruled illegal. Amazon just appointed him to its board of directors, again showing who they are, “ This Greenwald.

Last week, a federal appeals court ruled that the “mass collection” of data used by the NSA was illegal, with Snowden hailing the move as a milestone in the fight against government-sanctioned espionage.

Even without a former spy chief with a less than stellar reputation for privacy on its board of directors, Amazon has had to contend with a growing setback in its intrusive high-tech devices. Her virtual assistant Alexa has been caught in the act of passively recording intimate conversations of unsuspecting family members, while her new fitness tracker Halo '' promet de scanner le corps des utilisateurs et de suivre les émotions dans leur voix.

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Il a été suggéré que l'ajout d'Alexandre au conseil d'administration pourrait augmenter les chances d'Amazon de remporter des contrats gouvernementaux, car il est toujours sous le choc après avoir perdu le contrat de $ 10 billion JEDI war cloud with the Pentagon, which was awarded to Microsoft last October. Amazon attempted to block the deal, taking legal action, alleging that US President Trump’s bias against the company robbed the lucrative deal.

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