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Booz Allen Exec: Snowden Leaks ‘Inhibit Our Ability to Stop Terrorism’

"It’s going to inhibit our ability to understand nuclear activity in North Korea, what’s going on in Syria" and more.

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July 12, 2013 - 1:02 pm
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Booz Allen Hamilton’s vice chairman said Edward Snowden, a former Booz Allen employee, has done “irrevocable damage” to America’s national security.

“What I’m going to tell you, I’m repeating from [NSA Director] General Keith Alexander,” said Mike McConnell, a former director of National Intelligence, at the Multiple Award Government & Industry conference in Alexandria, Va., on Thursday.

“He said irrevocable damage, irrevocable damage for a long period of time and what you’ve seen so far is just the beginning.”

McConnell then described his personal view of the leak’s impact.

“I’m very concerned that it will inhibit our ability to stop terrorism. It’s going to inhibit our ability to understand nuclear activity in North Korea, what’s going on in Syria, what might be happening with the Taliban in Afghanistan. Whatever we’re interested in or focused on or worried about at the moment,” McConnell said.

He concluded that the “leak has done irrevocable damage to that process” and “it’s going to be hard and expensive” to reverse it.

The Washington Post reported on Thursday that U.S. officials “fear that some of the documents Snowden has turned over to journalists disclose NSA methods of hacking into overseas networks, and, if published, will lead targets in other countries — in the Middle East, Europe, East Asia and South Asia — to take new defensive actions.”

The Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive is reportedly conducting an “ongoing” investigation.

McConnell also said that the United Kingdom is a “little ahead” of the United States in cyber security technology.

“Remember the UK’s been dealing with terrorism – internal problems. Well, first of all, they don’t have a bill of rights,” he said to laugher from the audience.

“My own view is we won’t get this right, we in the United States will not get this right until we have a legal framework on which to able to be engaged.”

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Having read the 13 current comments I must say I am heartened by the universal rejection this guy's claims got from the more or less Jacksonian crowd here a PJ. Yup - tar, feathers and run him out of town on a rail. None of are surprised that the spooks are doing what they are doing, but we sure have noticed that despite their own claims of stopping as many as 50 attacks they couldn't stop the Times Square bomber or the Tsaranev brothers. We also notice that it is unsurprising that a post colonial college professor would have a bad case of Stockholm syndrome and take to bowing and apologizing to the people who would hold the entirety of Western civilization hostage. But like the good folks in Tahrir Square we have also noticed the Chicago politician who thinks that no one will notice his zapping bin Laden and Awlaki. The man is incoherent.
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The older brother was a known terrorist, the Russians had notified us. Yet he was allowed in and out of the country with his US Passport because his name was misspelled.

The NSA snooping is to keep track of us, to intimidate us.
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More to the point, it is inhibiting Booz, Allen's ability to make a mint out of violating the Constitutional rights of the American people. If all this spying is making people in the USA safer, how did the Tsarnaev brothers manage to carry out the Boston bombings? Personally, I would rather to take a few risks and keep my 1st, 2d, 4th and 5th Amendment rights than cede to Bush and Obama what a lot of Americans dies to protect.
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I just finished reading an article that governments around the world are very upset with the United States intelligence community. Most view us as an "arrogant superpower", again.

Seems to me that was one of obi-i-won's promises, he would make us a team player in the view of the rest of world. They would like us.

Oops.
1 year ago
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Apparently this BAH exec regards law-abiding US citizens as terrorists, too. I cry BS!
1 year ago
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they are looking for dissidents not terrorists
1 year ago
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26% of obama's backers consider the Tea Party as terrorists. Something tells me the left has a difficult time dealing with criticism/reality.
1 year ago
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From my vantage point, it would seem that the only damage was to the unconstitutional, runaway spying on Americans by the government. In short the only damage is that to the already damaged reputation of our honest, open, and transparent administration.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Having read the 13 current comments I must say I am heartened by the universal rejection this guy's claims got from the more or less Jacksonian crowd here a PJ. Yup - tar, feathers and run him out of town on a rail. None of are surprised that the spooks are doing what they are doing, but we sure have noticed that despite their own claims of stopping as many as 50 attacks they couldn't stop the Times Square bomber or the Tsaranev brothers. We also notice that it is unsurprising that a post colonial college professor would have a bad case of Stockholm syndrome and take to bowing and apologizing to the people who would hold the entirety of Western civilization hostage. But like the good folks in Tahrir Square we have also noticed the Chicago politician who thinks that no one will notice his zapping bin Laden and Awlaki. The man is incoherent.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
More to the point, it is inhibiting Booz, Allen's ability to make a mint out of violating the Constitutional rights of the American people. If all this spying is making people in the USA safer, how did the Tsarnaev brothers manage to carry out the Boston bombings? Personally, I would rather to take a few risks and keep my 1st, 2d, 4th and 5th Amendment rights than cede to Bush and Obama what a lot of Americans dies to protect.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
The older brother was a known terrorist, the Russians had notified us. Yet he was allowed in and out of the country with his US Passport because his name was misspelled.

The NSA snooping is to keep track of us, to intimidate us.
1 year ago
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Where's Han Solo? He could get Snowden out of the Moscow airport.
1 year ago
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Snowden is having no impact on our national security. What is impacting our national security is Obammy planting muslims in positions of power and authority in our government. And our Muslim-in-Chief deleting references to terrorism, islamic jihad and such from the government nomenclature. And having the DOJ drop lawsuits against jahidis etc. And calling jiahd terrorism "work related injuries". Obammy is trying to set up the USA for a big fail. It will not work, there are too many patriots.
1 year ago
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"there are too many patriots"

You are an optimist.
1 year ago
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Should we listen to him at all? He is covering his you-know-what.

We don't give a crap to North Korea or Syria not because we don't have intelligence on them, but because we don't have the political will to stop them. So quit this bs about how much Snowden has hurt us. The NSA and the IRS have hurt us more. They have done irreparable damage to our trust in our govt. The current regime's enemies are the Republicans, their terrorists are the Tea Partiers. We let a known terrorist travel in and out of the country, do we really believe they can stop some unknown terrorists by snooping us? Why don't terrorists use disposable phones to communicate? Like gun control, this NSA snooping is to control the law abiding citizens not to root out criminals.
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"McConnell was the director of the National Security Agency from 1992-1996 and director of National Intelligence from 2007-2009."

And yet his team failed to properly vet Snowden, while they rifled through the the common man's private information.
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