Today is the day that NSA director Keith Alexander leaves his post. I would be very happy about this except that it is very likely that his replacement will be cut from the same cloth of being a smooth liar.
Alexander’s departure was announced a long time ago but what was a surprise was the announcement today that Mike Rogers, the chair of the House Intelligence Oversight Committee and one of the worst apologists for the abuses by the NSA, has said that he is retiring and will not seek re-election in 2014.
I doubt that his replacement as chair will be much better. The intelligence committees of both houses tend to be stacked with authoritarian types who tend to see their oversight role as protecting the intelligence agencies from oversight rather than as serving as the people’s watchdogs.
But I am still glad to see the back of both of them.