June 28, 2014

EX-NSA HEAD TO MAKE BIG BUCKS IN CONSULTING, BUT SOME ARE UNHAPPY: Lawmaker Slams Ex-NSA Chief: ‘Nothing to Offer’ but State Secrets.

Keith Alexander, since stepping down from his position as National Security Administration (NSA) and U.S. Cyber Command chief following last year’s mass surveillance revelations, has gotten himself in the business of cybersecurity consulting.

And not everyone’s comfortable with that. Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fl.) yesterday published letters he sent to the “Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, the Consumer Bankers Association, the Financial Services Roundtable and the Clearing House—all of which Alexander reportedly has approached about his services,” according to Wired. The congressman, who sits on both the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, gave a roundabout warning to former spy chief.

It’s always disturbing when Alan Grayson says something sensible, but you know, broken clocks and all that. But if he’s serious here, he should introduce a bill to implement my revolving-door surtax.