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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 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.


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