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"Booz Allen Hamilton," The New York Times reported Sunday, "has become one of the largest and most profitable corporations in the United States almost exclusively by serving a single client: the government of the United States." The word "serving" might

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Kit B (276)
Tuesday June 11, 2013, 9:49 am

I wonder if this will cause the majority of Americans to really investigate and demand their own House member and Senators begin to answer for these abuses? I've seen far too many already saying this action is needed to hunt down terrorist. A very tiny number of people fit that description. So few that it does not justify infringing on the rights of the many to find the few.

And...the obvious does come into play here. With this massive system of tracking through computer programs already in place, what happened in Boston? To get to the heart of these strangely self-deluded ideas of martyrdom, we actually need human intelligence and in the Boston case, the lack of human intelligence is profound. A computer can track us, maybe all of us, a computer can highlight when something is said that has been keyed in as words or phrases for an alert. A computer can not speak to you, question your deeply held beliefs, follow your routine and discover your goals for nefarious deeds, that still requires human intelligence, and yes, a court order.

Mike H (252)
Tuesday June 11, 2013, 9:54 am
He is a true American. The government has become unAmerican

Tim C (2420)
Tuesday June 11, 2013, 2:18 pm

Stephen Brian (23)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 1:17 am
I hope we don't see a repeat of what happened the last time the U.S.'s methods of communications-espionage were publicized. That was when al Quaida's leaders switched from phones (tracked and effectively bugged from the service-provider end) to email, and the organization got its first real successes against the U.S., culminating in the 9/11 attacks.

The internal spying was absolutely inappropriate. There are proper ways for countries to spy on themselves (through allies who share only security-relevant information and lack the incentive to provide governments with the tools to silence dissent) and those should be used. Still, I get worried every time there is a leak, after the consistently bloody history of those leaks, whether by newspapers or WikiLeaks. A lot of "whistle-blowers" have no idea what the consequences of their actions will be. Still, I understand Snowden knew what he was doing and redacted his leak to prevent bloodshed. If he managed to report the matter without releasing dangerous secrets as others have, then I would very much like to see him stands trial and be acquitted.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 5:07 am
Now all we need are millions more like him and big oil would go down!

Vita P (40)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 5:26 am
Today it is a huge dilemma for the world's to protect "ordinary" people against criminals and terrorists!...
The criminal world develops more and more sophisticated methods to act and if the societies (countries) want to get a chance to avoid some of the many horrible deeds it is necessary to (try to) track down the criminals before innocent people are hurt...or murdered!!
Today we have cameras "watching us"...and now ...we are also "watched" all through the internet....but now we KNOW!! ...and for doesn't matter!... I have nothing to hide!!.....and next time I sit on a plane...I am thankful for the "research" behind the flight!!....
Thank you.


Bryna Pizzo (139)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 1:18 pm
Thank you! I agree with Kit. This whole thing is Orwelian. We do not live in a democracy in the U.S. which is tragic.

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 1:20 pm
Noted, thanks.

Joanne Dixon (0)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 1:25 pm
Stephen Brian - "stand trial and be acquitted"? What touching faith you have. Unfortunately it is undeserved. If he stands trial he will be convicted. Period.

Sheri Schongold (7)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 4:59 pm
Say what you want, this guy could and was bought and to me is a traitor and should be charged with treason as well.,

Stephen Brian (23)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 11:22 pm
Hi Joanne,

I have a better idea of how bad the U.S. justice-system can be than most, I think. Still, I o not expect him to be tried in absentia, and if he returns to the U.S. after those whose careers he jeopardized are out of the way, he might actually get something close to a fair trial. For now, it's a high-profile case so prosecutors with their eyes on the bench and judges who want to sit at a higher court will look for a conviction, regardless of the facts, but after the politics around the problem die down, then he might at least get an impartial judge.

Katie & Bill D (107)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 10:04 am
Very Interesting Article, Thank You

Lois Jordan (63)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 6:00 pm
Thanks so much for posting, Nancy. I've long been reading of The Carlyle Group's involvement in and profit from the 2 illegal wars, and wondered why no one was complaining when they bankrolled so much on PBS. Now, I find out that it's the parent company of Booz Allen Hamilton. "Aha!" moment for me.
I consider Mr. Snowden a patriot and hero, along with the likes of Bradley Manning, Daniel Ellsberg, Thomas Drake and other whistleblowers. It's definitely way past time for Americans to be allowed access to these hidden spy laws passed initially during the Bush Admin. As the article states, our tax dollars are paying for them to spy on us.

Helen Porter (39)
Monday June 17, 2013, 12:19 am
There are millions of us who are not for sale.

Did you ever wonder what your price is?

I can almost guarantee you, the price of millions of individual Americans........ is..... no price is high enough.
We were born into America for a reason.


Teresa Cowley (274)
Monday June 17, 2013, 1:14 am
I, too, consider the whistle-blowers to be heroes.
I consider much of our government, politicians and their corporate companions to be twisted and evil beyond redemption.
Thank you for a most enlightening article, Nancy.

Arlene Morrison (1)
Monday July 15, 2013, 10:58 am
No doubt everything we are are saying 'is being taken down and may be used inevidence against us".I think the price of so called 'security against terrorism" is too high and the fact that the UK govt courtesy of GCHQ is turning all its info on UK and EU citizens over is making our govt a true 'lapdog'.To be honest if this is what the so called' Special relationship' means then thanks, but no thanks! Our own government has done nothing but bluster that it is all legal!I would love to see the law and when it was passed.Would that there were more like Snowden to tell us what is happening.I don't think he would live two minutes if he is ever turned over to the US authorities.

. (0)
Monday August 12, 2013, 5:07 pm
but he is hiding in Russia with a price tag on his head
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