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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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“Example,” he continued. “If my community’s got this answer, why should we be prevented from providing that to corporate America? Now the current rules say you can’t do that, that’s classified and corporate America is unclassified. I think that rule has to change,” he said.

McConnell refused to comment on Snowden when approached after his speech.

“There’s a federal investigation. We’re cooperating,” he said.

Asked if he and Booz Allen feel at all responsible for Snowden leaking classified information and traveling to China and Russia, McConnell told PJ Media “what we said we put on our website.”

“Booz Allen can confirm that Edward Snowden, 29, was an employee of our firm for less than 3 months, assigned to a team in Hawaii. Snowden, who had a salary at the rate of $122,000, was terminated June 10, 2013 for violations of the firm’s code of ethics and firm policy,” said Booz Allen in a June 11 statement.

“News reports that this individual has claimed to have leaked classified information are shocking, and if accurate, this action represents a grave violation of the code of conduct and core values of our firm. We will work closely with our clients and authorities in their investigation of this matter.”

McConnell was the director of the National Security Agency from 1992-1996 and director of National Intelligence from 2007-2009.

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Nicholas Ballasy is a video journalist based in Washington, D.C. His interviews with prominent politicians and celebrities have been featured by media outlets including Fox News, NBC News, ABC News, Access Hollywood, Inside Edition, the Washington Post. Follow his work at www.nickballasy.com.

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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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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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The cases of Snowden and Zimmerman are in a very large sense quite similar. Both are enemies of the Obama State that the Obama State has/is going after ... and personally. In a very large sense those who hate Snowden are of similar mentality to those who hate Zimmerman. Even if they won’t admit it, even to themselves, it’s still true.
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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.
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Apparently this BAH exec regards law-abiding US citizens as terrorists, too. I cry BS!
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they are looking for dissidents not terrorists
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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.
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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.
39 weeks ago
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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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Speak for yourself.

The NSA testified before Congress last month that they successfully intercepted over a dozen plots. There are dozens of plots going on all the time.

You're acting just like the Left with civilian casualties in wartime: You're using even ONE failure as an excuse to attack the whole program.

I support the NSA program and I'm sorry that it's cover was blown. It's part of fighting the War on Terror.

What NSA was doing pales in significance to the domestic spying that was done during the Cold War against Communist sympathizers and left-wing fellow-travelers (did conservatives object to that?). Or to the domestic spying that was done during World War II.

I don't even believe you're sincere, frankly. You're just mad about the NSA program because of the way the IRS went after the Tea Party during the Obama Administration.

Because when the Bush Administration started the NSA program and other domestic surveillance (public libraries, etc.) under the PATRIOT Act, you had no problem with either the PATRIOT Act or the domestic surveillance.

Now you're freaking out about all this stuff just because you don't like Obama.

Well, I'm sorry. We can't turn national security on and off depending on whether you voted for the current POTUS or not.

Get over it.
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"It’s official. The U.S. is no longer engaged in a “war on terrorism.” Neither is it fighting “jihadists” or in a “global war.”

President Obama’s top homeland security and counterterrorism official took all three terms off the table of acceptable words inside the White House during a speech Thursday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank."

Washington Times, August 6, 2009. So, was he lying? I have far more problems with this administration than their views on Edward Snowden. I think they are using this to divert attention from all the other scandals they have managed to produce.

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FYI, the Cold War was over decades ago. The snooping then was against a known enemy, against known self-declared Communist sympathizers, not regular citizens. You have to dig all the way back to justify the NSA snooping of private citizens. Pathetic.

Btw, Obama declared the War on Terror was over, progressives never acknowledged the silly war anyway. No war, no snooping.
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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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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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The fact of the matter is that Snowden revealed that ALL Americans are being spied on. In other words, since Obama Inc has eviscerated the ACTUAL means to spy on Islamic terror within America, then how exactly are they protecting Americans? - http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/06/18/the-purging-an-omerta-re-islam-terror-within-americas-power-centers-eviscerates-nsas-domestic-spying-say-what-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/

They couldn't stop the Chechens in Boston's attack, even with ALL the spying and info from several sources, including Russia, therefore, how effective are they? But if the goal is to collect data for other purposes....

Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
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Oh BS. North Korea has been laughing in our faces since the daze of dealing with the Clueless Jimmy Carter, making empty promises on the one hand while proceeding down its merry path and developing its nuclear program on the other.

To enlighten the BOOZ guy, Syria is a pastiche of competing groups that NO ONE understands and the Taliban will be re-surging in Afghanistan as soon as the US pullout is complete, esp. under the weak and corrupt Karzai.

It's a weird world indeed when I consider Snowden more friend than foe to America.
39 weeks ago
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Where's Han Solo? He could get Snowden out of the Moscow airport.
39 weeks ago
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The cases of Snowden and Zimmerman are in a very large sense quite similar. Both are enemies of the Obama State that the Obama State has/is going after ... and personally. In a very large sense those who hate Snowden are of similar mentality to those who hate Zimmerman. Even if they won’t admit it, even to themselves, it’s still true.
39 weeks ago
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