On “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver,” a new HBO show starring the former Daily Show contributor, an interview with General Keith Alexander. There are a number of really weird and interesting thing about this interview with the former head of the US National Security Administration, one of which is that it was a hell of a lot more hard-hitting than an earlier interview with Alexander by “60 Minutes.”
Alexander: I am the biggest advocate of freedom of the networks, the internet. If we could come up with a way of segregating all the terrorist communications, it would really help us, and civil liberties and privacy….There was a great statement by someone, all the bad guys need to be on this section of the internet and they only operate over here, and all good people operate over here.
Oliver: You mean Pinterest?
And the other is this.
@trevortimm at the end he suggests renaming NSA to “Trevor”. Coincidence?
— Micah Lee (@micahflee) April 28, 2014
@micahflee yeah that was a little weird. especially since John Oliver was the host of an event that I accepted an award for Snowden at.
— Trevor Timm (@trevortimm) April 28, 2014
— Parker Higgins (@xor) April 28, 2014
Not only was Oliver more adversarial than ‘real’ journalists, Alexander was a great sport (he knew what he was getting into) and answered quite well. He gave a nice argument that they should be trusted because of their training. Oliver replied that that only assumes everyone is a ethical as Alexander. Oliver knows that is not the case.