NSA Director Forgets The Facts

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Does Director of The NSA, Keith Alexander know people have noticed that he has more than twice forgotten history by giving US military intelligence forces credit for breaking the Enigma code, a communication encryption algorithm used by Nazi Germany during WWII? 

Clip – NSA Interview | 10-24-2013  

Clip – CyberSecurity Summit Speech | 9-26-2013

Is this disrespectful to the man responsible for creating artificial intelligence, Alan Turing? He crafted the mathematical concepts by hand… on paper. Turing developed the theory underlying all computing devices & least we forget his intellect saved society from the second global war?

Director of the NSA purposefully besmirches, dishonors Alan Turing?!

Alan Turing was the British mathematician, logiciancryptanalyst, and computer scientist who was highly influential in the development of computer science, giving a formalization of the concepts of “algorithm” and “computation” with the Turing machine, which can be considered a model of a general purpose computer

Turing is widely considered to be the father of computer science and artificial intelligence. Most importantly, during World War II, Turing worked for the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS) at Bletchley Park, Britain’s codebreaking centre, similar to the NSA, the US intelligence agency. For a time he was head of Hut 8, the section responsible for German naval cryptanalysis.

Alan Turing devised a number of techniques for breaking German ciphers, including the method of the bombe, an electromechanical machine that could find settings, break the encryption or decrypt the secret otherwise cryptographically protected communications of Nazi military forces. 

After the war, he worked at the National Physical Laboratory, where he designed the ACE, one of the first designs for a stored-program computer. Turing was gay. His homosexuality resulted in a criminal prosecution in 1952, when homosexual acts were still illegal in the United Kingdom. He accepted female hormones (chemical castration) as an alternative to prison. Turing died in 1954, just over two weeks before his 42nd birthday, from cyanide poisoning. 

An inquest determined that his death was suicide; his mother and some others believed his death was accidental. On 10 September 2009, following an Internet campaignBritish Prime Minister Gordon Brown made an official public apology on behalf of the British government for “the appalling way he was treated.” In May 2012, a private member’s bill was put before the House of Lords to grant Turing a statutory pardon. In July 2013 it gained government support.  

(Source: Common Sense & Wikipedia)

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