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It's to limit the access of human eyes to private data

The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) said it will get rid of a majority of its system administrators in favor of automation. 

Keith Alexander, the director of the NSA, said that the agency will cut 90 percent of its system administrators and put automation in their place. The reason behind the new move is to improve security and make networks faster.

"What we're in the process of doing - not fast enough - is reducing our system administrators by about 90 percent," said Alexander. "What we've done is we've put people in the loop of transferring data, securing networks and doing things that machines are probably better at doing."

There are around 1,000 system administrators who help operate the agency's networks. But having people run these networks has proved to be troublesome for the NSA after former system administrator Edward Snowden told the press about classified NSA information -- such as spy programs on U.S. and foreign citizens through telephone records and email

The NSA said that automation was an idea presented before the Snowden fiasco, but now that that has happened, it's working hard to roll it out and eliminate human workers that could snitch about private surveillance programs. 

"At the end of the day it's about people and trust," said Alexander. "No one has willfully or knowingly disobeyed the law or tried to invade your civil liberties or privacies. There were no mistakes like that at all."

Just last month, it was announced that NSA programs would be partially declassified and available to the public as a result of Snowden's information leaks. U.S. spy agencies are declassifying documents that shed light on surveillance programs as well as those that will reveal information about the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

Source: Reuters

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RE: 900 admins losing thier jobs wont talk
By gamerk2 on 8/9/2013 2:21:02 PM , Rating: 0
Ok great. Now subtract from that the following:

*) Economic growth subtracted from the economy from the wages lost
*) Tax revenue (including state/local) loss due to loss of wages
*) Cost of unemployment benefits (and possibly other social welfare programs)

And so on. I'd argue it actually COSTS the federal government money over the long haul to fire someone.

By Mint on 8/9/2013 3:55:18 PM , Rating: 2
It'll cost the economy, not the gov't.

All the benefits you mentioned, along with their multiplier effects, will not add up to the salary paid.

But yeah, since the economy doesn't have any shortage of labor, and other companies are probably doing similar things to replace lesser sys admins, I seriously doubt anywhere near 900 new jobs will be created in the private sector through their firing. So the economy will shrink a bit.

Whether that's a good thing or not depends on the perspective.

RE: 900 admins losing thier jobs wont talk
By KCjoker on 8/9/2013 6:32:39 PM , Rating: 2
And that's why I and many don't want the Gov't to keep getting bigger and bigger. Once they're entrenched it's extremely difficult to fire a gov't employee.

RE: 900 admins losing thier jobs wont talk
By FITCamaro on 8/10/2013 12:21:46 AM , Rating: 2
You have no idea how true this is. The things I see a government employee doing right next to me every day is mind blowing. And he still wasn't fired when it was all recorded and reported over the course of 4 months.

By MaulBall789 on 8/10/2013 3:17:41 PM , Rating: 3
That was YOU? Damn dude, I had to break out the high level excuses for that fiasco. Good thing I blamed it all on you ;)

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