NSA Deletes "Honesty" And "Openness" From Core Values

Authored by Jean Marc Manach via The Intercept,

The National Security Agency maintains a page on its website that outlines its mission statement. But earlier this month, the agency made a discreet change: It removed “honesty” as its top priority.

Since at least May 2016, the surveillance agency had featured honesty as the first of four “core values” listed on NSA.gov, alongside “respect for the law,” “integrity,” and “transparency.” The agency vowed on the site to “be truthful with each other.”

On January 12, however, the NSA removed the mission statement page – which can still be viewed through the Internet Archive...


And replaced it with a new version...


Now, the parts about honesty and the pledge to be truthful have been deleted. The agency’s new top value is “commitment to service,” which it says means “excellence in the pursuit of our critical mission.”

Those are not the only striking alterations.

In its old core values, the NSA explained that it would strive to be deserving of the “great trust” placed in it by national leaders and American citizens. It said that it would “honor the public’s need for openness.” But those phrases are now gone; all references to “trust,” “honor,” and “openness” have disappeared.

The agency previously stated on its website that it embraced transparency and claimed that all of its activities were aimed at “ensuring the safety, security, and liberty of our fellow citizens.” That has also been discarded.

The agency still says it is committed to transparency on the updated website, but the transparency is now described as being for the benefit of “those who authorize and oversee NSA’s work on behalf of the American people.”

The definition of “integrity” has been edited, too. The agency formerly said its commitment to integrity meant it would “behave honorably and apply good judgment.” The phrase “behave honorably” has now been dropped in favor of “communicating honestly and directly, acting ethically and fairly and carrying out our mission efficiently and effectively.”

The new list of values includes the additions “respect for people” and “accountability.” But the section on respecting people is a reference to diversity within the NSA workforce, not a general commitment to members of the public. Accountability is defined as taking “responsibility for our decisions.”

The one core value that remains essentially unchanged is “respect for the law,” which the agency says means it is “grounded in our adherence to the U.S. Constitution and compliance with the U.S. laws, regulations and policies that govern our activities.”


In response to questions from The Intercept on Tuesday, the NSA played down the alterations. Thomas Groves, a spokesperson for the agency, said: “It’s nothing more than a website update, that’s all it is.”


JSBach1 khnum Mon, 01/29/2018 - 22:59 Permalink

Non-stop Surveillance Apparatus

Core Values [hidden section]:

* Commitment to Service [to the highest bidder]
* Respect for the Law[lessness and debauchery]
* Integrity [to Surveillance Apparatus]
* Transparency [for all our eyes to see]
* Respect for People [who store their most private info and nudes in the cloud]
* Accountability [to exactly no one and no law]

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Giant Meteor Jethro Mon, 01/29/2018 - 23:04 Permalink

"It removed “honesty” as its top priority."

Well, that's honest ..

And might I just say, "honesty and openess" probably wasn't the best possible phrasing to use on the NSA "mission statement" anyway .. Maybe , hmmm , thinking ..

I've got it !

"War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength."

Yeah, that's the ticket ..

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Implied Violins Dragon HAwk Mon, 01/29/2018 - 23:41 Permalink

It's not just the NSA, it's also the FBI, CIA, FED, DOJ, and all the other three-letter agencies that are now publicly showing their dark side. 

So, the question is: are they doing this because they feel they can now operate with impunity because they control everything and will flaunt their power over us all now - or, is there another agenda at play?  Like perhaps a globalist agenda that will be welcomed with open arms once the "Evil America" has been destroyed?

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Malleus Maleficarum HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Mon, 01/29/2018 - 23:10 Permalink

In some ways, worse! Former Stasi bosses have stated, on the record, that they were extremely jealous of NSA's capabilities. Senator Frank Church (a national hero, IMO) warned us about NSA and the intelligence agencies' capabilities back in the 70's. Nevertheless, excepting those few Americans who are awake and/or targeted, most are delusional enough to believe that "this time will be different!" 

"The Stasi didn't try to arrest every dissident. It preferred to paralyze them, and it could do so because it had access to so much personal information and to so many institutions." 

"Zersetzung was the diabolical method by which the Stasi destroyed, secretly, the self-confidence of targeted individuals by covertly damaging their reputations and organizing failures in their work, and by destroying their personal relationships..."


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Bank_sters Mon, 01/29/2018 - 22:35 Permalink

"But NSA!  What big ears you have," said the concerned citizenry as she edged closer to the bed.

"The better to hear you with, my dear," replied the wolf.

"But NSA!  What big eyes you have," said the constitutionalists.

"The better to see you with, my dear," replied the wolf.

"But NSA!  What big teeth you have," said the voices of dissent.

"The better to eat you with, my dear," roared the wolf and he leapt out of the bed devoured the republic...

Catahoula Mon, 01/29/2018 - 22:46 Permalink

Reduce these orgs by 75 percent CIA, FB I, NSA. Rampant corruption and obvious waste of taxpayer money. Most are infested with leakers, traitors, partisan hacks, left queers etc with no sense of morality or values. 


verumcuibono Mon, 01/29/2018 - 22:47 Permalink

It's not uncommon to update your mission, etc... Of course, nary an NSA agent in the room--they paid a marketing firm to rustle up some "work arounds".

But they couldn't more blatantly be communicating that they are entirely MIC and MIIC and not, at all, beholden to constitutional values or obligations. Private contractors control EVERYTHING.

CRM114 Mon, 01/29/2018 - 22:48 Permalink

“Are the Seven Commandments the same as they used to be, Benjamin?' For once Benjamin consented to break his rule, and he read out to her what was written on the wall. There was nothing there now except a single Commandment. It ran:
― George OrwellAnimal Farm

I Write Code Mon, 01/29/2018 - 23:04 Permalink

Good, cuz that's the working title on my new novel, "The Honest Spy".

It's kind of like "The Pink Panther", only the protagonist is taller and named Comey.