I wonder if this means the NSA is the new Hastur.
Oh yeah.. I can see that. I dislike some of the chain of responsibility that the NSA DOESN'T have. If they had their way the net wouldn't be secure enough for commercial activities. The list of mistakes and stupidity that links back to them is ridiculous. And the good they do is never revealed. The perception that the NSA is a big bad evil agency with no oversight is clearly not true.. but it needs to be fixed.
My take.. split the agency up. Make one part the keystone to national cyber defense. Make THAT agency the Department of Tech Defense or such, and give them the parts of agencies that DON'T get the finances they need. Like the Department of Justice/SEC and others who are given wide ranging electronic fraud and other issues. Make it a Law Enforcement division and the cyber equivalent of the DOD. We have folks attacking us on the net. (China is all but conducting an undeclared war on everyone else via the Internet)
The other half.. the sigint (signal intelligence) and cryptographic side.. go back to doing what they need to do.
My take.. the NSA is trying to do too many things under their purview. Like the Air Force tried to one time claim than anything that flew was 'theirs'.