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McCain wants Alexander to be held accountable for NSA leaks

Senator John McCain shared some strong opinions about the recent U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) leaks, saying that Keith Alexander should resign (or be fired) and that Edward Snowden certainly shared NSA secrets with the Russians. 

In an interview with German newspaper Der Spiegel, McCain (R-AZ) said that Keith Alexander, director of the NSA, should absolutely take responsibility for the leaks by leaving his position. 

"Of course, he should resign, or be fired," said McCain. "We no longer hold anybody accountable in Washington."

McCain also placed blame on President Barack Obama, the NSA and the congressional intelligence committee for the NSA leaks. 

McCain also had a lot to say about former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who worked as a computer systems administrator for the NSA and used employee login credentials to access and download classified documents. He then leaked them to the media earlier this year. 


"And now we have a contractor employee, not a government employee, who has access to information which is, when revealed, most damaging to the standing prestige of the United States and our relations with some of our best friends," said McCain. "Why did Edward Snowden have that information? And what are we doing as far as screening people who have access to this information? It's outrageous, and someone ought to be held accountable."

McCain further believes that Snowden has certainly shared NSA secrets with the Russians during his asylum in Russia. 

"[Russian president Vladimir] Putin will grant him asylum indefinitely," said McCain. "The Russians know if they send him back that's a lesson to other people who might defect. I'm sure that Mr Snowden has told them everything that he possibly knows.

"If you believe that Mr Snowden didn't give the Russians information that he has, then you believe pigs fly."

Just last week, it was revealed that Snowden conned between 20 to 25 NSA employees to give him their login credentials and passwords while working at the NSA regional operations center for a month in Hawaii last spring. Snowden reportedly told the NSA employees that he needed their passwords in order to do his job.

Source: The Guardian



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RE: He said during the 2008 campaign
By tayb on 11/11/2013 3:35:45 PM , Rating: 3
The Patriot Act existed before he was in office but that doesn't mean he had continue spying or expand the spying. He is in control of the executive branch and has had authority for 5 years to shut down NSA spying. He isn't interested in shutting it down.

This is particularly egregious because Obama campaigned on promising to end this kind of unconstitutional surveillance. And instead he has overseen the largest expansion of spying in world history. You can't blame Obama for passing the Patriot Act but you can absolutely blame Obama for lying to our faces over and over and over again.

History will likely look back on the 16 years of Bush and Obama as the two worst presidencies in the history of the United States.


By retrospooty on 11/11/2013 3:49:00 PM , Rating: 2
Totally agreed. Every word.


RE: He said during the 2008 campaign
By Reclaimer77 on 11/11/2013 5:21:00 PM , Rating: 2
There is NOTHING in the Patriot Act that grants the Government the power to spy on millions of Americans, and collect nearly EVERYONE'S digital information, en mass.

Bringing up the Patriot Act is a pathetic attempt at yet another "Blame Bush" strategy by Obama and the Liberal media. Stop repeating the lies and debate from honestly.

If you don't believe me, listen to the guy who wrote the damn thing

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20130612/18210323...


RE: He said during the 2008 campaign
By retrospooty on 11/11/2013 5:31:04 PM , Rating: 2
And we should believe that guys take on his own bill, because a politician would never try and cover their own ass?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patriot_Act

"The scope and availability of wiretapping and surveillance orders were expanded under Title II. Wiretaps were expanded to include addressing and routing information to allow surveillance of packet switched networks[35]"

"Various provisions allowed for the disclosure of electronic communications to law enforcement agencies. Those who operate or own a "protected computer" can give permission for authorities to intercept communications carried out on the machine, thus bypassing the requirements of the Wiretap statute"


RE: He said during the 2008 campaign
By Reclaimer77 on 11/11/2013 5:43:02 PM , Rating: 1
Retro with all due respect, you're out of your element.

What the NSA is doing is illegal: spying on American citizens.

The Patriot Act in NO WAY grants the NSA the ability to spy on all Americans and collect their data.

The Patriot Act is VERY specific. The only agencies granted these extra surveillance provisions is the FBI etc etc, NOT THE NSA.

The Patriot Act also makes it pretty damn clear these powers were only to be granted for a specific INVESTIGATION. Now I'm pretty damn sure nearly EVERY AMERICAN isn't under investigation, so the NSA is full of it.

It's not like I'm defending the Patriot Act. But these are the facts. It cannot be logically stated what's happening with the NSA spying is because of the Patriot Act. It's flatly illegal, through and through, and NOTHING is granting them this authority.


RE: He said during the 2008 campaign
By retrospooty on 11/11/2013 6:01:47 PM , Rating: 2
"What the NSA is doing is illegal: spying on American citizens."

Totally with ya there. It makes me ill to even think about it. There is verbiage all over the patriot act about warrantless wiretaps and warrantless monitoring... Was it meant to be what it is? Probably not, but that is how it is being perverted by the NSA head who was appointed in 2005. Make what you want of that.

"Retro with all due respect, you're out of your element."

Honestly bro, you are too far to one side to even make that call. I feel your pain and I share your anger, but its 1/2 directed at the wrong element. What is happening in the US inst the politicians on the left pulling strings against the innocent victim politicians on the right... What is happening is both of them pulling strings ( choreographed in perfect unison ) on the public with a specific goal to keep the public "divded and conquered" barking at each other rather than addressing the real issues.


RE: He said during the 2008 campaign
By Reclaimer77 on 11/11/2013 6:11:10 PM , Rating: 2
You know I feel like you didn't even read my post, you rather just judge me and ignore the facts.

Meh...

YOU voted for Obama yet you question my perspective on things...right, okay!

quote:
What is happening is both of them pulling strings ( choreographed in perfect unison ) on the public with a specific goal to keep the public "divded and conquered" barking at each other rather than addressing the real issues.


LOL!!!

Conspiracy theory BS. The partisanship in Washington in real and palpable, it's so thick you can cut it with a knife. This silly idea that it's all for show, and they meet secretly in smoky rooms to choreograph our destruction, is such nonsense.


RE: He said during the 2008 campaign
By superstition on 11/11/2013 6:38:38 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
The partisanship in Washington in real and palpable, it's so thick you can cut it with a knife.

No matter how many times the facts are put to you you continue to believe that.

www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/taibblog/iowa -the-meaningless-sideshow-begins-20120103

Explain why the same 1% donors bankrolled both candidates.
Explain why the person backed by 1% money always "wins."


By superstition on 11/11/2013 6:40:59 PM , Rating: 2
You can also explain why James Clapper, who lied to Congress -- a crime that carries a felony -- still has a job while whistleblowers who blew the whistle on financial fraud are in prison.


RE: He said during the 2008 campaign
By Reclaimer77 on 11/11/2013 6:49:52 PM , Rating: 2
The fact that you cite Rolling Stone magazine as a political source tells me all I need to know.


By retrospooty on 11/11/2013 7:35:53 PM , Rating: 2
Use the same methodology that would be used in any crime... follow the money. Its all the same.


By superstition on 11/11/2013 7:51:07 PM , Rating: 2
Another ad hominem pass... shocking.


RE: He said during the 2008 campaign
By bodar on 11/12/2013 9:58:07 PM , Rating: 2
One could almost give Obama a pass for not dismantling the Bush legacy programs (e.g., Gitmo, Patriot Act, NSA wiretapping) during his first term. After all, in today's political climate of "just attack the other guy and spin, spin, spin", such moves would have been thrown in the faces of a frightened American populace as "look how soft Obama is on terror", all but confirming the wild conspiracy theory that he's the greatest Muslim sleeper agent of all time. So, fine. He'll fix it all in Term 2, right? *BUZZ* Wrong, he just doubled-down on that BS (well, Gitmo was a freebie), then tacked on some more and that's what is inexcusable. I'm Jack's Broken Heart.


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