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  •  I noted Alexander's concern for contracted leakers (2+ / 0-)
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    but saw no concern or even discussion (I may have missed it but I don't think so) for those same contractors using their positions to tap into anyone's info, which was one of the points Snowden made, that HE could do so.

    •  It was clear (5+ / 0-)
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      that he did not think insourcing was the solution.  

      Another orchestrated question between Sen. Collins and Gen. Alexander was very interesting.  I am almost certain that the way they worded it made it very misleading, though they tried to make it look like a very simple true or false question.

      Collins asked him if what Snowden said about being able to "tap into" anyone's calls was true or false.  Alexander said: "False. I know of no way to do that".

      Well I'm pretty sure that Snowden said he could access anyone's communications and did not say that he could "tap into" live phone calls, which is what Collins and Alexander were saying.  Snowden said he could access anyone's information, even a president's, if he had a personal email.

      Anyway, that hearing was theater -- emergency damage control theater. I'm sure some of the senators were sincere in wanting to get info but others seemed to have a clear agenda of calming down the public, parsing words, ring fencing the discussion to the meta data, etc.


      "Justice is a commodity"

      by joanneleon on Thu Jun 13, 2013 at 05:00:25 AM PDT

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      •  tap (1+ / 0-)
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        there does need to be some sort of education given to the congresspeople on the proper wording so that there can be more truthful or less untruthful answers to the questions asked.
        I used the wrong wording myself. :)

      •  Insourcing has been lost as the solution (0+ / 0-)

        It came in as a relatively simple solution for what was perceived as a simple problem.  (I know you know its history, so I won't prattle on.)  I remember when NASA came on board with it in the 1970s.  Budgetary flexibility and all that.

        We've now done it so long we've forgotten what the virtues of a regular, non-contracted workforce are.

        Sort of like losing the plans for the Saturn V booster.  It seems we can't go back again.

        (-7.62,-7.33) Carbon footprint 11.3 metric tons. l'Enfer, c'est les autres.

        by argomd on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 02:44:00 PM PDT

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