Never before have so many U.S. intelligence workers been hired so quickly, or been given access to secret government information through networked computers. In recent years, about one in four intelligence workers has been a contractor, and 70 percent or more of the intelligence community’s secret budget has gone to private firms ... But in the rush to fill jobs, the government has relied on faulty procedures to vet intelligence workers, documents and interviews show. At the same time, intelligence agencies have not hired enough in-house government workers to manage and oversee the contractors, contracting specialists said.If the national security buffs in our Federal government were serious about keeping such programs classified, why allow private contractors to be so heavily involved? And when private companies have such access to our private information, where are the protections to our liberties? And with the secrecy involved with these programs, private fraud is made that much easier. The situation created by this privatization run amok is something only Dick Cheney could love.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
NSA Leak – Privatization Run Amok
Is Edward Snowden a hero for protecting our liberties or a traitor for undermining our national security? This is indeed a difficult issue for most Americans but as I watched Snowden describe his actions, it struck me that the privatization of our national security may have undermined both noble goals. Some excellent reporting from the Washington Post shocked me as to how far this privatization has gone: