What’s going on?
Remember when we all found out the government is watching us? The National Security Agency is in headlines again this week for deleting “honesty” from its list of core values on its website. Instead of “trust” and “openness,” the new version emphasizes a “commitment to serve.”
The Intercept first reported the NSA’s updates to its core values, noting that “all references to ‘trust,’ ‘honor,’ and ‘openness’ have disappeared.”
Spot the difference:
Here’s the old version of the top core value (still visible in the web archive):
- Honesty - We recognize that national leaders and the American people at large have placed great trust in us, and we strive at all times to be deserving of that trust. We will be truthful with each other, and honor the public's need for openness, balanced against national security interests.
The new version deletes “honesty” as a core value and lists this one first:
- Commitment to Service - Knowing that the country, our friends and allies are relying on us, we are dedicated to fulfilling our commitment to serve and to excellence in the pursuit of our critical mission.
What else should I know?
The NSA also tweaked its take on transparency – instead of calling for as much transparency as possible, the new core value calls for “complete transparency” with “those who authorize and oversee NSA's work on behalf of the American people,” not the American people themselves.
Doc and Kal parsed the old version and the updated version on today’s show. Listen to the full segment here: