It’s Not Just Spying – How the NSA Has Turned Into a Giant Profit Center for Corrupt Insiders

It’s Not Just Spying – How the NSA Has Turned Into a Giant Profit Center for Corrupt Insiders (Liberty Blitzkrieg, Oct 20, 2014):

Dear NSA Employees, You Now Have a Green Light to Loot and Pillage. It’s Time to Get Paid:

Are you just another one of those frustrated NSA employees who feels that unconstitutionally spying on your fellow citizenry under false pretenses isn’t giving you same thrill it once did? If so, have no fear.

Are you are sick and tired of having to spilt your precious working hours defending the destruction of our nation’s founding document to those pesky terroristic media dinosaurs who still think investigative journalism belongs in Amerika? If so, have I got a solution for you. 

While it may sound too good to be true, trust me it’s not. You see, in recent years almost all crony-capitalist criminal activities have been deemed legal in the land of the free (to pillage). This incredible opportunity allows you to directly leverage your intelligence skill-set to earn the big bucks you know you’ve always deserved. You can now do just that by working in the private sector without having to give up that cushy government day job! I mean if we’re going to have this banana republic thing going we may as well GET PAID. Am I right?

Keep at it patriots,
Michael Krieger

If the above sounds like a joke, unfortunately it is not. Last week, two very important stories came out; one from Reuters and the other from Buzzfeed. They both zero in on how current NSA employees are using their expertise and connections to make big money in the private sector while still working at the NSA. Let’s start with the Reuters story, which covers former NSA-head Keith Alexander’s business relationship with the NSA’s current Chief Technical Officer, Patrick Dowd.

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Wall Street Teams Up With U.S. Intelligence Cronies In Bid To Form Fascist ‘Cyber War Council’

Wall Street vs Main Street

Wall Street Teams Up with U.S. Intelligence Cronies in Bid to Form Fascist “Cyber War Council” (Liberty Blitzkrieg, July 8, 2014):

Want to hear the worst idea in the history of horrible ideas? How about we take the industry responsible for destroying the U.S. economy and wrecking the lives of tens of millions of people, and then allow it to create a “government-industry cyber war council.”

It appears that trillions in taxpayer bailouts simply wasn’t enough for Wall Street. Noting that it can seemingly get whatever it wants whenever it wants, the industry is now positioning itself to overtly control U.S. “cyber” policy. What could go wrong?

The man behind the push appears to be ex-NSA chief Keith Alexander, who as I reported on last month, is now: Pimping Advice to Wall Street Banks for $1 Million a Month. As I mentioned in that post, one of Mr. Alexander’s most high profile clients is Wall Street’s largest lobbying group the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA). Unsurprisingly, SIFMA is behind the latest push to formally merge Wall Street with the government intelligence apparatus. Mr. Alexander isn’t wasting any time.

Bloomberg reports that:

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Wall Street Gets Former NSA Chief To Help Banks Create ‘Cyber War Council’

Keith Alexander Custom Keyboard

Wall Street gets former NSA chief to help banks create ‘cyber war council’ (RT, July 8, 2014):

The top trade group on Wall Street wants the White House to assemble a “cyber war council,” according to a new report, as America’s banks continue to brace for hackers to hit their computer systems with an unprecedented attack.

Bloomberg News reported on Tuesday this week that its journalists have viewed an internal document from the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, or Simfa, calling for the United States government to create such a council “to stave off terrorist attacks that could trigger financial panic by temporarily wiping out account balances” by way of a cyberattack previously unseen on US servers.

According to Bloomberg journalist Carter Dougherty, the unpublished Simfa draft proposes that executives and deputy-level representatives from no fewer than eight US agencies join forces to ensure that the banking industry can withstand a severe cyberattack.

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$1 Million A Month – What Ex-NSA Chief Keith Alexander Charges Wall Street For ‘Advice’

–  $1 Million A Month – What Ex-NSA Chief Alexander Charges Wall Street For “Advice” (Liberty Blitzkrieg, June 20, 2014):

So what’s a Peeping Tom, anti-democratic, Constitution-trampling intelligence crony to do after leaving decades of “public service?” Move into the private sector and collect a fat paycheck from Wall Street, naturally. Following in the footsteps of some of the other top tier public sector cronies looking to cash out after doing their best to destroy the Republic, such as Banana Ben Bernanke collecting $250,000 per speech and Turbo Tax Timmy Geithner hopping over to private equity giant Warburg Pincus, Mr. Alexander is in good crooked company.

So what is Mr. Alexander charging for his expertise? He’s looking for $1 million per month. Yes, you read that right. That’s the rate that his firm, IronNet Cybersecurity Inc., pitched to Wall Street’s largest lobbying group the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), which ultimately negotiated it down to a mere $600,000 a month. In case you need a refresher on how much of a slimy character this guy is, I suggest you read the following posts:

NSA Chief is Pushing for Legislation to Stifle the First Amendment

NSA Holds “Top Secret” Meeting to Stop Powerful Anti-Spying Amendment

NSA Chief Admits “Only One or Perhaps Two” Terror Plots Stopped by Spy Program

We learn from Bloomberg that:

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Glenn Greenwald Goads NSA Over ‘Staged Leaks’

Greenwald goads NSA over ‘staged leaks’ (RT, March 31, 2014):

Reeling from the leak of classified data, NSA officials have anticipated future leaks by sometimes announcing them to the media preemptively, a minimization tactic according to one of the journalists still holding the intel agency’s documents.

Glenn Greenwald, formerly of The Guardian and now of First Look Media, penned a column Monday criticizing both US National Security Agency brass and what he sees as complicit reporters for their role in repeating unverified claims about the intelligence agency.

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NSA Chief Pushes Legislation To Stifle The First Amendment

NSA Chief is Pushing for Legislation to Stifle the First Amendment (Liberty Blitzkrieg, March 5, 2014):

“Recently, what came out with the justices in the United Kingdom … they looked at what happened on Miranda and other things, and they said it’s interesting: journalists have no standing when it comes to national security issues. They don’t know how to weigh the fact of what they’re giving out and saying, is it in the nation’s interest to divulge this.”
– General Keith Alexander, Director of the NSA

Although General Alexander states the above with regard to the UK justice system, he clearly agrees with the assessment. Read the passage above again and think about how scary that statement is. It becomes clear that one of the reasons abuses at the NSA are so egregious is because of the attitude of the person in charge. Alexander genuinely thinks that intelligence officials know best, and should not be subject to any sort of accountability. You don’t need to be a card-carrying member of the ACLU to see how dangerous this perspective is. To endorse this notion that “journalists have no standing when it comes to national security issues,” is to effectively make illegal one of the most important free speech rights in any democracy. This sort of attitude represents the antithesis of American values.

Not only does General Alexander see things this way, apparently he is lobbying for Congressional legislation that would solidify this authoritarian view within the law itself.

For example, the Guardian reported yesterday that:

General Keith Alexander, who has furiously denounced the Snowden revelations, said at a Tuesday cybersecurity panel that unspecified “headway” on what he termed “media leaks” was forthcoming in the next several weeks, possibly to include “media leaks legislation.”

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WTF? NSA Chief Says Phone Records Were Swept Up As Part Of A NATO Defence Program, Not NSA Spying

WTF? NSA chief says phone records were swept up as part of a NATO defence program, not NSA spying (InvestmentWatch, Oct 30, 2013):

The director of the National Security Agency says millions of telephone phone records of European citizens were swept up as part of a NATO program to protect the alliance’s member nations and military operations.

Gen. Keith Alexander told a House Intelligence panel Tuesday that the U.S. did not collect the European records alone, as was reported over the last week to an outcry of criticism across Europe.

Alexander said NSA slides of the phone programs outlined intelligence that the U.S. was given from NATO partners.

http://www.vancouversun.com/news/chief%20says%20phone%20records%20were%20swept%20part%20NATO%20defence%20program/9098431/story.html

Russia ‘bugged gifts to G20′;, including Australia’s ex foreign minister Bob Carr

http://www.news.com.au/technology/russia-bugged-gifts-to-g20-including-australias-ex-foreign-minister-bob-carr/story-e6frfrnr-1226749348820?from=public_rss

Is China Spying On Russia Via Bugged Clothing Irons?

http://www.popsci.com/article/gadgets/china-spying-russia-bugged-clothing-irons

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NSA Head Keith Alexander Stepping Down

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NSA Chief Admits: ‘Only One Or PERHAPS Two’ Terror Plots Stopped By Spy Program

Meet The Man In Charge Of America’s Secret Cyber Army (In Which ‘Bonesaw’ Makes A Mockery Of PRISM)


Keith Alexander, NSA Head, Stepping Down (ZeroHedge, Oct 16, 2013):

After eight years at the helm of “America’s secret cyber army“, NSA head Keith Alexander, has decided to spend more time with his family and less time with yours, and is stepping down. According to US officials, the director of the NSA and his deputy are expected to depart in coming months, in a move that almost certainly would not have happened without the involvement of America’s most infamous whitsleblower currently self-exiled in Russia, Edward Snowden in a development which according to Reuters, “could give Obama a chance to reshape the eavesdropping agency.”

It is unclear what he would “reshape” it into: at last check the Stasi headquarters in Berlin did not have quite the capacity to house the Cray supercomputers needed to make sure that anyone and everyone caught selling stocks gets a lifetime audit guarantee from the IRS.

We are confident, however, that with the surge in government-employed architects coming back to “work” from their 17 days paid vacation, someone will have an idea or two.

From Reuters:

Army General Keith Alexander’s eight-year tenure was rocked this year by revelations contained in documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden about the agency’s widespread scooping up of telephone, e-mail and social media data.

Alexander has formalized plans to leave by next March or April, while his civilian deputy, John “Chris” Inglis, is due to retire by year’s end, according to U.S. officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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NSA Collects Millions Of Email Address Books Globally


Video: In June, President Obama said the NSA’s email collecting program “does not apply to U.S. citizens.”

NSA collects millions of e-mail address books globally (Washington Post, Oct 14, 2013):

The National Security Agency is harvesting hundreds of millions of contact lists from personal e-mail and instant messaging accounts around the world, many of them belonging to Americans, according to senior intelligence officials and top-secret documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.The collection program, which has not been disclosed before, intercepts e-mail address books and “buddy lists” from instant messaging services as they move across global data links. Online services often transmit those contacts when a user logs on, composes a message, or synchronizes a computer or mobile device with information stored on remote servers.

Rather than targeting individual users, the NSA is gathering contact lists in large numbers that amount to a sizable fraction of the world’s e-mail and instant messaging accounts. Analysis of that data enables the agency to search for hidden connections and to map relationships within a much smaller universe of foreign intelligence targets.

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NSA Chief Admits: ‘Only One Or PERHAPS Two’ Terror Plots Stopped By Spy Program

NSA Chief Admits “Only One or Perhaps Two” Terror Plots Stopped by Spy Program (Liberty Blitzkrieg, Oct 3, 2013):

Pressed by the Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee at an oversight hearing, Gen. Keith B. Alexander admitted that the number of terrorist plots foiled by the NSA’s huge database of every phone call made in or to America was only one or perhaps two — far smaller than the 54 originally claimed by the administration.
– From Today’s Washington Times

“One or perhaps two.” Or perhaps zero. The guy has the nerve to say “perhaps.” How do you not know? What a bunch of lying assholes. How the heck does 54 turn into “one or two,” and I’ll tell you something else, I don’t believe the one or two figure for a minute. I mean there’s no way he would say “zero” when he is fighting to keep his petty little Stasi state intact. Furthermore, how about some details here. What was the one plot the NSA foiled? Some teenager throwing firecrackers on the White House lawn? These guys need to get lost already.

From the Washington Times:

The Obama administration’s credibility on intelligence suffered another blow Wednesday as the chief of the National Security Agency admitted that officials put out numbers that vastly overstated the counterterrorism successes of the government’s warrantless bulk collection of all Americans’ phone records.

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