It wasn’t all that long ago that the U.S National Security Agency (NSA) was often referred to as “No Such Agency.” The super-secret intelligence division of the U.S. has long lived in the shadows, but that changed dramatically during the era of Gen. Keith Alexander.
Alexander’s last day as the head of the NSA was Friday, March 28. He had served as the director of the NSA since 2005 and had been in the U.S. Army since 1974. After a life spent in the service of the U.S., Alexander is heading into retirement. However, I suspect given the current climate of continued disclosures about NSA practices, Alexander’s retirement might not be the quiet respite he deserves.