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Do you want the NSA to be the cyber-police?

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Today’s special report looks at what the U.S. government is and is not doing to fight cyber attacks. Read it in multimedia PDF format here.

It seems every day brings news of another data breach, from defense firms to banks and even the U.S. Senate.

Among the questions raised in the report is about the role of the National Security Agency, the Pentagon’s top secret intelligence outfit.

A central conundrum is that the Pentagon’s National Security Agency, which specializes in electronic eavesdropping, has personnel with the best cyber skills, but has been until recently mostly shut out of protecting domestic networks. That’s due to the highly classified nature of the NSA’s work, and fears that it will stray into domestic spying.