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“Honesty” and “Openness” deleted from NSA


The NSA (National Security Agency) has deleted the words “honesty” and “openness” from its core values.

Previously, the NSA website detailed its core values as:

  • Honesty
  • Respect for the law
  • Integrity
  • Transparency

The new NSA now details its core values as:

  • Commitment to Service
  • Respect for the law
  • Integrity
  • Transparency
  • Respect for people
  • Accountability

In its old core values, the NSA explained that it would strive to be deserving of the “great trust” of the public and “honor the public’s need for openness.”  These phrases have been deleted as have references to “trust,” “honor,” and “openness”.

The old version of the NSA page can be found in Internet Archive here:  web.archive.org/web/20171214073007/https://www.nsa.gov/about/mission-strategy/

The new NSA page can be found here: www.nsa.gov/about/mission-values/

The Intercept asked questions about the changes.  Thomas Groves, spokesperson for NSA said “It’s nothing more than a website update, that’s all it is.”



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