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The little people are important. Be they the ones that wash your clothes. Scrub your toilets. Trim your trees. Or operate your giant secret spying apparatus. What they do is important.

Even if you don't think so because they will never join you at the "club" to drink cocktails and discuss how you can make your stocks grow with that choice insider information.

If there had not been Republicans determined to punish America for electing a Black man president we may have never know how our Bill of Rights had been shredded.

Sequester.

Edward has said he took his final government contracting job with Booz Allen Hamilton in Hawaii to gain access to sensitive NSA information. But his father said Edward told him that his previous contracting job had been eliminated because of the federal budget sequestration.

As if the big, bad sequester wasn’t already playing the mustache-twirling villain — blamed for just about every woe around — it turns out that the across-the-board-cuts are also responsible for that darned massive leak of government secrets that’s got everyone so hot and bothered.

In our colleague Jerry Markon’s interview with Lon Snowden, the father of NSA leaker Edward Snowden, the senior Snowden says it was the sequester that led his son to take the private-sector contracting job that allowed him access to the secret NSA data that he would ultimately make public.

Originally posted to Horace Boothroyd III on Wed Aug 07, 2013 at 09:33 PM PDT.

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  •  If it took the sequester to find out, then it was (5+ / 0-)

    worth it. That being said, I personally don't think the sequester had a thing to do with it.

  •  I Cannot Support Every Person (3+ / 0-)

    The little people are important. Be they the ones that wash your clothes. Scrub your toilets.

    ... scrubbing a toilet.  ;)

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    by JekyllnHyde on Wed Aug 07, 2013 at 09:48:35 PM PDT

  •  The logical inconsistency, of course, would reside (8+ / 0-)

    between what Edward Snow is quoted to have said about his motivation for seeking employment with Booz Allen Hamilton and what his father reports in the WaPo link...

    ...at the very least, he certainly worked quickly, because the Sequester cuts didn't take effect until 1 March 2013, and Snowden was supposedly making contact with folks like Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald prior to that implementation date...

    I grok all of this stuff because I and all of my wildland resource management coworkers have been profoundly and professionally affected adversely by the Sequester, but I struggle with blaming the Sequester in this particular situation...

    "In a nation ruled by swine, all pigs are upward mobile..." - Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    by Jack K on Wed Aug 07, 2013 at 10:11:38 PM PDT

  •  Congress has got very good at eliminating (2+ / 0-)

    options and generating demands so the bureaucracy has only one way to satisfy the requirements of the law. It's the same strategy that drafts the requirements of a job so narrowly, specifying prior education and employment history, that only one applicant will be qualified to get hired. It's how sole source contractors are defined. It's why the Pentagon has to use drones to hunt terrorists from the air, since there are no other options when Congress has decreed no live personnel should be at risk. Assassination by remote control is all that's left.
    There is nothing unusual about the sequester. It's a new word to define an old habit. Congress has been rationing and restricting the distribution of dollars to advantage supporters and pet projects for decades. The sequester is supposed to be across the board (every agency gets hit equally), but of course, it's not. Priorities persist and some functions can't be cut, but the choices are shoved off to the Administration so Congress can wash its hands of the results. ("It's not my fault your children have no food at school. Blame the President") If there is not enough money to carry a particular function out, then a private contractor's promise to do the same work for less not only looks attractive, but presents an argument that can't be refuted. If it costs more later, it doesn't really matter because the original intent, to direct an income stream to a favorite supporter has been achieved. Just as there are more ways than one to skin a cat, there is more than one way to privatize.

    It is really amazing in how many ways the Party of No is an accurate moniker for the thieves in Congress. It's not just that they do no work for the country and do not provide for welfare (general or particular) and do not carry out their obligation under the Constitution, it's that by ruling out (saying "no") they manage to arrogate absolute rule unto themselves. By ruling out alternatives, they leave no choice and relieve themselves of all responsibility for what does or does not get done. The dictatorship of no. Obstruction works because change is a constant and something will get done. But, the obstructionists won't be responsible and can't be charged with any crime. Never mind that continuing to hold a public office, which is what they are ultimately about, can't be held against them.

    Wanting to be a public servant is an honorable ambition, after all! If "public service" is a euphemism for dominion, whose fault is that? If the public is deceived, then that's their own fault, isn't it, as it has been since Eve believed?

    Satan's genius is putting the blame on the victim.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Thu Aug 08, 2013 at 03:45:42 AM PDT

  •  sub-contracted revenge (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Horace Boothroyd III
    In our colleague Jerry Markon’s interview with Lon Snowden, the father of NSA leaker Edward Snowden, the senior Snowden says it was the sequester that led his son to take the private-sector contracting job that allowed him access to the secret NSA data that he would ultimately make public.

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

    by annieli on Thu Aug 08, 2013 at 07:08:17 AM PDT

  •  A "Private Sector" Job (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Horace Boothroyd III

    Should never have allowed someone to access secure information period.  This is all the Government's and Republicans who ran the Government's fault.  They are just throwing Mr. Snowden under the bus.

  •  Totally off topic (though it was an interesting (0+ / 0-)

    diary).

    Just dropped in to congratulate you on your fifth bar. Yay!

    At least half the future I've been expecting hasn't gotten here yet. Sigh.... (Yes, there's gender bias in my name; no, I wasn't thinking about it when I signed up. My apologies.)

    by serendipityisabitch on Thu Aug 08, 2013 at 11:37:58 AM PDT

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