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Federal Employees News Digest : Nov 11, 2013
Kristi Dougherty General Manager Phil Piemonte Managing Editor Sherkiya Wedgeworth Online Managing Editor Becky Fenton Circulation Manager Nathan Abse Writer Mike Causey Columnist Edward Zurndorfer Columnist Published by 1105 Government Information Group, Anne Armstrong, President. 1105 Public Sector Media Group is part of 1105 Media, Inc. Neal Vitale, CEO. 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Technical inaccuracies may result from printing errors and/or new develop- ments in the industry. This publication's subscriber list, as well as other lists from 1105 Media, Inc., is available for rental. For more information, please contact our list manager, Merit Direct. Phone: (914) 368-1000; E-mail: 1105media@ meritdirect.com; Web: www.meritdirect.com/1105. November 11, 2013 Vol. 63, No. 17 2 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com Although nobody in the intelligence community came at me directly, trying to find out the name and location of the dis- gruntled retiree, I can sense, in hindsight, that they wanted the information. Wanted it bad. In fact, I was (still am) prepared to go to jail rather than reveal her name. I can play hardball too. And now, my suspicions are confirmed. Thanks to the revelations of former gov- ernment contractor Edward Snowden, we know (or think we know) that the NSA is, was and will be spying on just about every- body who is anybody. For the record, governments spy on other governments and their leaders all the time. The British had a major spy opera- tion in Washington during World War II, even though we were allies. They were spying on us. They did a much better job of getting information than our then ene- mies, the Germans and Japanese. Foreign governments---both friend and foe---spy on us big-time, all the time. Everything that German Chancellor Angela Merkel---the most powerful leader in Europe—uttered or texted on her per- sonal cell phone was recorded and trans- lated by the NSA. (Which, come to think of it, is about 14 miles from where I am now. The CIA is even closer, across the river, in a different direction. And if I could get to the top floor of this building, I could see the FBI headquarters. Sorry, creeping paranoia.) And now the Washington Post reports that NSA hacked into Yahoo and Google sites overseas. Yipes! That means they've got me, probably you too, in their sights. And on their earphones. During the many years I spent as a Post reporter and columnist, I worked alongside colleagues who were sure their office and home phones were tapped, and that they were being tailed by the feds. Turns out that in a few cases, they were actually correct. If you watch or read "All The President's Men" (great book, great movie) about the Post and Watergate, you will see the kinds of precautions that were thought necessary to protect a source or sources. These were also the years of the Vietnam war protests, civil rights protests, and the Pentagon Papers. Any journalist worth his or her salt was sure that somebody in some government agency was bugging or following them. Due to the big ego that often accompa- nies being a high-profile professional jour- nalist, a lot of people who probably weren't ever candidates for bugging felt sure they were on the A list. Now thanks to the revelations of Snowden, we are learning more about who is doing what to whom. The "why" is often harder to figure. Sometimes not... Turns out that the president of one country, a major supplier of illegal drugs to the U.S. market, was officially saying they were going to crack down on the drug lords. But unofficially he told friends and supporters there would be no crackdown. That's the kind of thing policymakers like to know. It's like seeing the other guy's poker hand in a mirror. The biggest why of all may be Edward Snowden himself. Why did a high-school dropout with a GED and a spotty record wind up working briefly for U.S. intelli- gence? Why was he able to get a $200,000 job as a private contractor? Now a private company that investi- gates many U.S. workers and government contractors for security clearances is itself under investigation. Some employees have said the clearance procedures allegedly were sloppy and less than secure. That may be the understatement of the decade. Meantime, I have to wrap this up. There is a suspicious-looking white van that's been parked across the street for at least an hour. The driver is staring straight ahead with a blank look on his face. And he's wearing ear buds. That can only mean one thing... INSIGHT by Mike Causey continued from page 1
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