‘Terrorists love Gmail’: Former CIA director Michael Hayden

September 16, 2013

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This is a story by the NYDailyNews, I’m simply going to posts some excerpts without any commentary:

How do global terrorists keep in touch on the Internet? They use Gmail, just like a lot of other people on the planet.

Michael Hayden, former director of both the CIA and the National Security Agency, said the free email service offered by Google is the most popular communication method among radical insurgents across the world.

“Gmail is the preferred Internet service provider of terrorists worldwide,” Hayden said Sunday during a speech at St. John’s Episcopal Church, across the street from the White House. “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.”

Hayden’s comments were in defense of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, under which U.S. intelligence agents spied on private emails and Internet chatter around the world.

The controversial spying program was made public earlier this year by former NSA consultant Edward Snowden.

“We have a very difficult time with this,” Hayden said, before asking “Is our vision of the World Wide Web 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?” The Washington Post reported.

NY Daily News

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