The Snowden Scandal: Blazing Incompetence

Posted by: Phineas on October 11, 2013 at 3:49 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Obama foreign policy advisers

Our national security watchdogs

This reminds me frighteningly of the communications breakdowns that enabled the 9/11 attacks. Has no one learned anything?

Apparently not:

Just as Edward J. Snowden was preparing to leave Geneva and a job as a C.I.A. technician in 2009, his supervisor wrote a derogatory report in his personnel file, noting a distinct change in the young man’s behavior and work habits, as well as a troubling suspicion.

The C.I.A. suspected that Mr. Snowden was trying to break into classified computer files to which he was not authorized to have access, and decided to send him home, according to two senior American officials.

But the red flags went unheeded. Mr. Snowden left the C.I.A. to become a contractor for the National Security Agency, and four years later he leaked thousands of classified documents. The supervisor’s cautionary note and the C.I.A.’s suspicions apparently were not forwarded to the N.S.A. or its contractors, and surfaced only after federal investigators began scrutinizing Mr. Snowden’s record once the documents began spilling out, intelligence and law enforcement officials said.

“It slipped through the cracks,” one veteran law enforcement official said of the report.

No sh… er… kidding, genius.

Forget firings. Someone needs to be shot over this. And I don’t mean just Mr. Snowden.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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8 Responses to “The Snowden Scandal: Blazing Incompetence”


  1. The details of Snowden’s and Aaron Alexis’ (Navy Yard shooter) so-called background checks is frightening. In Snowden’s case the only people consulted about his character, or lack thereof, were his mom and girlfriend. WTF?

    When I was screened for a top secret clearance with the Navy, the FBI visited my hometown, interviewed my teachers, parents, and local law enforcement. Everybody thought I was the next Clyde Barrow or something. One of my squadron buddies had his clearance held up because he was a “known associate” of some rough characters in his hometown. He was eventually cleared. But, bottom line is we were put through the wringer.

    This is a trademark of Obhammud and his administration, to put forth a half-as*ed effort at every given opportunity.

  2. Tex says:

    It’s a good thing these morons weren’t running the country back during WWII or we would all be speaking either German or Japanese.

  3. Steve Skubinna says:

    Accountability… heh heh, good one.

    Yeah, sure, they’ll get right on it. After they investigate Holder for Fast and Furious and the Black Panther whitewash, and Hillary for Benghazi, and Lerner for the IRS harassment… in the meanwhile, there are still Barrycades to place. Come on, these monuments and parks aren’t going to close themselves!

  4. Carlos says:

    “It slipped through the cracks,” one veteran law enforcement official said of the report.

    Hate to tell you this, Mr. My People’s lackey, but those weren’t “cracks,” those were chasms as wide as the Grand Canyon. You know, that gaping gash in Arizona, owned by the people of this country, and prevented by your boss’ Gestapo from enjoying?

    When the history of this administration is written fifty or more years from now by some relatively honest people, the hallmark won’t be ObamaCare, it will be the incredible incompetence that lies like a blanket over the entire federal government, from top to bottom.

  5. Brontefan says:

    It is no secret that BIGGER government–massive, to be clear—does not mean more safety or more secure. We can see examples with the IRS and the EPA. Oh, they can go after conservatives–target anyone who has a different perspective of our Constitution, but what they cannot do is be more efficient or make us more secure. The old adage of trading civil liberty for security is true—you end up with neither. How many terrorists have the TSA caught? What about the Boston Bombers? There’s a prime example of government so BIG and massive they ignored the warnings and offered sanctuary, citizenship, and tax dollars to actually NURTURE these guys! Security clearances–which I had in the Navy [1971] were much more thorough back then, when our government was smaller. And just like 0bamaCare—the government NEVER improves anything it controls. Prime example is the Post Office, the Student Loan program, Fannie & Freddie, etc.

  6. jeff says:

    Just so we’re clear on that last line, Phineas, you’re advocating that Mr. Snowden be shot?

    Kinda like the unarmed mother in DC, the other day? Shoot to kill all those who threaten the Leviathan, sort out the details afterward?

    Not saying that his actions were righteous and pure. But, he exposed the NSA’s spying program, right? Which is a bad thing (the systematic spying on Americans), even if you don’t agree. Perhaps I missed it, but did he do anything to actual Americans as egregious as his lying to regarding a promise not to expose their misdeeds?

    Who among us believes that keeping an oath to defend the Constitution fails to trump a lie to wannabe tyrant’s apparatus?

    I know the NSA is happy to paint Snowden as a traitor. And I am sure he truly is an enemy to them. But, I daresay he’s at least erred on the side of Liberty.

    How deep is your love for this government, that you won’t give someone the benefit of the doubt who stands in opposition to it?

  7. Steve Skubinna says:

    So Snowden is a champion of liberty, Jeff? That must be why he beelined it to the PRC and ended up under protection in Russia.

    He talks the talk, but when the crunch came he skedaddled to the most repressive regimes (outside of North Korea) on the planet. That puts the lie to his heroic stylings as he “errs on the side of Liberty” in Moscow. Maybe he can live in Alger Hiss’ old apartment.

    As for your last asinine question, I certainly do not love my government. I have my entire adult life served under an oath to protect and defend the Constitution. You love the government, I will continue to love my nation, which your idol Snowden worked to harm.

  8. Carlos says:

    As has been stated many times, many ways, from our nation’s founding, love your country but FEAR your government.

    The current rush to make government the all-knowing, all-seeing god of the people has been taught in the government indoctrination camps (i.e., “public” schools, which are neither “public” nor places of education) for decades.

    Amazing what putting statists/socialists in charge of “educating” teachers will do to actually being able to teach.