Terrorists Totally Into Gmail, Says Former NSA, CIA Boss
Michael Hayden: 'it's free, it's ubiquitous'
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Sep 16, 2013 7:20 AM CDT
In this Feb. 5, 2008, photo, then-CIA Director Lt. Gen. Michael Hayden testifies about world threats before a Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf, File)

(Newser) – When it comes to email, terrorists have a clear favorite, says the former head of both the NSA and CIA: Gmail. Michael Hayden called it "the preferred Internet service provider of terrorists worldwide," though he appeared to mean email service rather than ISP, the Washington Post notes. "I don't think you're going to see that in a Google commercial, but it's free, it's ubiquitous, so of course it is," he added. Speaking during an adult education forum at St. John's Episcopal Church, near the White House, he also discussed "tension between security and liberty."

America "could be fairly charged with the militarization of the World Wide Web," he said, calling the Internet "quintessentially American." Washington's online surveillance, he noted, is partially explained by the fact that the US "built" the Internet and a lot of traffic travels via US servers. But Americans struggle with diverging views of the Web, whose anonymity frustrates Hayden: Is it "the global digital commons—at this point you should see butterflies flying here and soft background meadow-like music—or a global free-fire zone?"

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Sep 21, 2013 10:35 AM CDT
And the NSA knows this how?
Sep 17, 2013 3:27 AM CDT
yes sweetheart, keep umm... testifying... you're fracking useless
Sep 16, 2013 8:15 PM CDT
OK U, can U See it coming? they want to be able to charge you soon for web site trafic. They'll use the patriot act to say the cost to monitor the internet is enormous so guess who'll have to pay