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Laughing And Crying Over Our National Secrets

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 Edward Joseph Snowden is straight out of Mad magazine. He put a target on his own back and given every spy agency and fame seeker in the world a free pass because his death would immediately be accrued to the CIA. In spycraft, who could resist such a target? He goes to Hong Kong, because of its tradition of free speech while ignoring its legacy of intrigue and disappearances.

Why was an untrained, inexperienced temporary contract employee, who a few years ago was a security guard, given unparalleled access to America's intelligence secrets? The comedy and tragedy of this episode is that no one is watching the door!

Two points: it lays bare the myth that the private sector can provide superior performance at lower costs for the tasks of government (proper or improper!). Who thinks Booz, Hamilton, and Allen's hiring review and training were trumped by a patriotic rogue--who had access without any safeguards to the nation's most sensitive intelligence data?

Secondly, it exposes the security breaches that the system is supposed to fix! This is keystone cops. The national fury should be exceeded by its embarrassment.

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