The Pardu

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Of Background Checks, Glenn Greenwald, Edward Snowden And Company!


Little Green Football has published a condensed Twitter thread related to people who are hyper-defensive of criticism of the US spy/defector: Edward Snowden.   There are actually more dialog added to the thread over the past 24 to 32 hours. 

The piece focuses on Glenn "Snowden Facilitator" Greenwald. Greenwald and his sycophants are now railing about a Time Magazine piece that pictured Edward Snowden, (Chelsea) Manning, Aaron Alexis, and Fort Hood shooter Hassan in the same article. Frankly, even without reading the Time piece, I assume the article relates to background checks.  Snowden and Manning's spying do not compare to the taking of lives such as Alexis and Hassan. Nonetheless, Greenwald's Twitter page is full of hyper-liberal and anti-US Greenwald followers. 

Little Green Football 
USIS, the Falls Church government contractor that handled the background check for National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, said Thursday that it also vetted Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis for his ­secret-level clearance in 2007. 
The company, which is under criminal investigation over whether it misled the government about the thoroughness of its background checks, said earlier this week that it had not handled Alexis’s case. 
USIS spokesman Ray Howell said the company got new information Thursday. 
“Today we were informed that in 2007, USIS conducted a background check of Aaron Alexis” for the Office of Personnel Management, Howell said in a statement. “We are contractually prohibited from retaining case information gathered as part of the background checks we conduct for OPM and therefore are unable to comment further on the nature or scope of this or any other background check.”
In the strange mind of Glenn Greenwald, the vetting of Edward Snowden was not a “clearance failure” at all; in fact, hiring Snowden for the NSA was one of the only good things Booz Allen ever did.
Nice little tactic to keep mentioning Snowden & Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis in same breath re: clearance failures 

Washington Post@washingtonpostb                                                                   

  1. @ggreenwald knee jerk "tactic" crap doesn't help your cred. you should be on clearances as hard as anything. money flow rules this story.

@TimRussoCLE There is no remote way in which Snowden was a clearance failure, and he's certainly not comparable to a mass murderer

  1. @ggreenwald Booz has gotten off way too easy. throw some heat at them, the whole thing could collapse. which is what u say u want.

@TimRussoCLE Hiring Snowden was one of the few good, constructive things Booz has done.

  1. cc @ggreenwald MT @Mediaite: Same Government Contractor Vetted Both Snowden and Aaron Alexis  via @Mediaite
@tommyxtopher @Mediaite I've long viewed people who bring transparency to powerful institutions as comparable to cold-blooded mass murderers
Wow, what an amazingly twisted concept of national security this guy has.
End Little Green Football

Privacy Rights; understood.  Heavy-handed snooping; got it. We have it! 

How is it possible people completely ignored the 2001 and 2006 validation our government would use and did use electronic INTEL to combat an enemy that has no battle lines, claims no territory and is out to kill Americans (and others) as deep-rooted pathology?  

How could so many completely forget the San Francisco AT&T/FBI Room 641A reports (I, II, III, IV)  of 2006. Have we grown so far away from 2006 (and 9/11) we have actually (and typically)  American washed it out of our minds? 

Before turning the piece over to Washington Post and Fair Dot Org links, I want to say, "Live safe, live free, and know what your enemy is doing."

Ineffective background investigations lead to dangers for the nation. Snowden, Manning, Alexis and Hassan prove the point. We are spending billions to trillions on national defense, cutting programs from the needy, and subsidizing Big Oil, yet we live with incompetent and slacking background checks which lead to a $10.00 USB drive carting-off secrets off to Russia.

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