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Fri Oct 11, 2013, 05:35 PM

NSA Veterans: The White House Is Hanging Us Out to Dry

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Source: Foreign Policy

Gen. Keith Alexander and his senior leadership team at the National Security Agency are angry and dispirited by what they see as the White House's failure to defend the spy agency against criticism of its surveillance programs, according to four people familiar with the NSA chiefs' thinking. The top brass of the country's biggest spy agency feels they've been left twisting in the wind, abandoned by the White House and left largely to defend themselves in public and in Congress against allegations of unconstitutional spying on Americans.

Former intelligence officials closely aligned with the NSA criticized President Obama for saying little publicly to defend the agency, and for not emphasizing that some leaked or officially disclosed documents arguably show the NSA operating within its legal authorities.

"There has been no support for the agency from the President or his staff or senior administration officials, and this has not gone unnoticed by both senior officials and the rank and file at the Fort," said Joel Brenner, the NSA's one-time inspector general, referring to the agency's headquarters at Ft. Meade, Maryland.

The weak backing from top administration officials has aggravated the relationship between Alexander and the White House, where he has never been warmly embraced. The NSA now finds itself without the strong, visible support of the President at a time of extraordinary political vulnerability, with the agency's secrets laid bare and its future in doubt....



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Indi Guy Oct 2013 OP
Downtown Hound Oct 2013 #1
christx30 Oct 2013 #2
Warpy Oct 2013 #3
AnotherMcIntosh Oct 2013 #9
Turbineguy Oct 2013 #4
niyad Oct 2013 #5
OneCrazyDiamond Oct 2013 #6
muriel_volestrangler Oct 2013 #7
Indi Guy Oct 2013 #13
AnotherMcIntosh Oct 2013 #8
Blue_Tires Oct 2013 #10
rwsanders Oct 2013 #11
1000words Oct 2013 #12
bemildred Oct 2013 #14

Response to Indi Guy (Original post)

Fri Oct 11, 2013, 05:37 PM

1. Glad somebody is. n/t

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Response to Indi Guy (Original post)

Fri Oct 11, 2013, 05:39 PM

2. I have little to no sympathy for the NSA.

They don't need to be defended. They need to be defunded.

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Response to Indi Guy (Original post)

Fri Oct 11, 2013, 05:41 PM

3. Hey, Buster, you don't think your violation of the Fourth Amendment has anything to do with it?

Honestly, the way these guys are whining, it reminds me of bankers who've been caught with their hands in the till--"You can't mean US! Why the whole system would fall apart without us! You can't do this to us!"

Maybe some systems need to fall apart so they can be rebuilt without the deluded and dishonest running them.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #3)

Fri Oct 11, 2013, 06:15 PM

9. Befehl-ist-Befehl

 

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Response to Indi Guy (Original post)

Fri Oct 11, 2013, 05:47 PM

4. Maybe Mr. Obama

doesn't want a "Heck of a job Brownie" moment.

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Response to Indi Guy (Original post)

Fri Oct 11, 2013, 05:49 PM

5. dear whiny bastard--try actually reading and understanding the constitution, and then, maybe,

just MAYBE, you might understand what the fuss is about. what in the HELL is wrong with you people that you can defend your massive, intrusive spying on US???

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Response to Indi Guy (Original post)

Fri Oct 11, 2013, 05:51 PM

6. Yeah right,


The President did state numerous times that no one is reading your email, and the people who do this work are dedicated to protecting America.

Also, this is security related. Doesn't The President have obligations on what can be said about security related matters.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #7)

Fri Oct 11, 2013, 09:52 PM

13. Thanks...

...I thought for sure that I posted the link in the OP. ...will revise.

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Response to Indi Guy (Original post)

Fri Oct 11, 2013, 06:14 PM

8. He should know, not everyone is sympathetic to the Befehl-ist-Befehl defense.

 


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Response to Indi Guy (Original post)

Fri Oct 11, 2013, 06:17 PM

10. Why is a General surprised to see the WH not heavily support something

that is incredibly unpopular right now?

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Response to Indi Guy (Original post)

Fri Oct 11, 2013, 08:47 PM

11. If we really have people this pitiful in positions of power, we are in big trouble. He needs to...

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Response to Indi Guy (Original post)

Fri Oct 11, 2013, 08:53 PM

12. Trying hard to give a fuck ...

 

Nope, not happening.

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Response to Indi Guy (Original post)

Sat Oct 12, 2013, 08:33 AM

14. To quote Mr. Cheney: "So?"

I mean look Buddy, if anybody deserves an ass-whuppin in this country, it's you, so get used to it, it's coming. I realize you-all are not in the reality based community, but believe me, we ARE still out here.

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