As a former LCDR in the US Naval Reserves I am not a fan of Edward Snowden. Having kept an oath and never being in violation of my security clearance, I have no practical use for individuals who become rogue regarding their contracts and/or oath.
Sputnik article link
What about Booz Allen Hamilton – mecca of contract employees to our alphabet agencies?
Booz Allen Hamilton
From the above link:
“In 2006, Booz Allen Hamilton, a privately held company based in McLean, Virginia, had a global staff of 18,000 and annual revenues of $3.7 billion. Its work for U.S. government agencies accounts for more than 50 percent of its business. Notably Booz Allen is a key adviser and prime contractor to all of the major U.S. intelligence agencies – the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), the National Security Agency (NSA), and – as well as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the National Counterterrorism Center, the Department of Defense and most of the Pentagon’s combatant commands.”
How does the readership view the contract of Booz Allen with the House of Saud?
New York Times article
Truncated portions of my e mail to a friend yesterday – for judicious use of my own time:
“Booz SHOULD care about their own mission statement, vision, corporate culture and internal compass… We embrace human rights for ourselves. And turn aside when the human rights of others are trampled with our blessing and firm assistance. Booz will potentiate the capabilities of the Crown Prince to oppress his own people. There can be valid reasons why America is considered a curse, rather than a blessing, from the lens of the oppressed. Booz will bring greater curse to the Saudi population. (I find it interesting that the POTUS used the word “control” in his praise of the Crown Prince. “Control” and not “freedom” is the desirable metric and if M. bin Salman is a bastard, then at least he is the leashed bastard of the United States.)
Significant moral action can produce significant financial tragedy. But for (redacted name) and myself, both of us have engaged significant moral actions which have cost us income. There are many others who have done the same and suffered for acts of conscience. Members of the Booz elite may never suffer financial loss. But personal wealth will never stand shoulder to shoulder with sacrificial acts which benefit mankind. The money dies with the man. And what remains is only that which can stand the test of time. If wealth accumulation is the goal for Booz – then it seems that the original mission of the organization has been scuttled. Booz might be awash in talent but it is doubtful they are the progenitor of a Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, or global good. Perhaps their business involves global evil. Not the dirty deeds done dirt cheap, rather, the dirty deeds done with a great paycheck and retirement account in hand. We should – be better than that.
It is wrong, (redacted name) It is wrong across the board for Booz to provide the Crown Prince with the tools to further solidify his grip for domestic terror against his own citizens.”
My freedom of expression ends with a sad realization:
Writing on WordPress is a digital burglary tool.
Opening my e mail is a digital burglary tool.
Using my cellphone provides a digital burglary tool.
Using electronic devices at work and coming home to watch television are also…
digital burglary tools.
What remains private – is only that which is not spoken – kept close to the heart.
The Last English Prince prefers to speak. Because freedom of expression brings societal health.