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NSA feeling "down;" morale is "bad overall" from Snowden revelations

[No mention of guilt, only feeling low.]
NSA morale down after Edward Snowden revelations, former U.S. officials say
December 7, 2013

Morale has taken a hit at the National Security Agency in the wake of controversy over the agency’s surveillance activities, according to former officials who say they are dismayed that President Obama has not visited the agency to show his support.

A White House spokeswoman, Caitlin Hayden, noted that top White House officials have been to the agency to “express the president’s support and appreciation for all that NSA does to keep us safe.”

It is not clear whether or when Obama might travel the 23 miles up the Baltimore-Washington Parkway to visit Fort Meade, the NSA’s headquarters in Maryland, but agency employees are privately voicing frustration at what they perceive as White House ambivalence amid the pounding the agency has taken from critics.

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How would you feel if you swore an oath to uphold the Constitution and thought you were serving your country and found out that the organization was corrupted and misused to do the opposite?

I'll bet there are plenty of genuinely disgusted employees in the NSA who envy Snowden for having been the hero they wished to be.

Others, of course, still don't get it--they took the oath but failed to read the Constitution or understand it. They may have been well-intended or just too trusting, but don't understand that they were part of the problem.

It is a reminder that each is an individual, however. And many voters bear responsibility, too. And non-voters can't escape blame, either.

The good news is, none of it is Snowden's fault. Nobody wants cancer, but the odds of surviving it are better with an accurate diagnosis.

What do you think? http://consequeries.com/

SteveMT's picture

Deceived idealists become the harshest critics.

You are right about that.



With all due respect, I will no longer be a voting prostitute for Constitution rejecting harlots.

I'm not gonna be Stockholm Syndromed

into having any pity on the NSA or its employees. The NSA should be smashed into 1000 pieces just like the CIA. Fake CIA terrorism lead to overreach by the NSA and back again. Get rid of them both.


They're waiting for Obama to travel "23 miles" LOL. I wonder if Obama is willing to put that expense on the taxpayers.

I am Ron Paul

Awww... poor NSA

nice little doggie

I am Ron Paul

In my opinion the Washington

In my opinion the Washington Post really sucks, to base a stupid hit peace on what "formal officials" have to opine is less than bad reporting, it's disgusting. People there are doing their jobs, and it is the congress and the administration who should be feeling "down" because their inaction to straighten out and reel in excess collections when lobbied to collect 'Everything' is the reason behind the uproar. They do not know the meaning of "morale" and neither does the Post. Sarcastic BS is all I see in this story.

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The Washington Post got this interview w/the NSA.

That fact alone tells me that they are government apologists owned by the government.

Imagine what success Glenn Greenwald would have requesting an interview with the NSA?

Greenwald interviews employee from CIA & NSA (simultaneously)

Edward Snowden: whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations.
The 29-year-old source behind the biggest intelligence leak in the NSA's history explains his motives, his uncertain future and why he never intended on hiding in the shadows

Q&A with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden: Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill and Laura Poitras in Hong Kong
The Guardian, Sunday 9 June 2013

Edward Snowden: 'I don't want to live in a society that does these sort of things.' The individual responsible for one of the most significant leaks in US political history is Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA and current employee of the defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. Snowden has been working at the National Security Agency (NSA)for the last four years as an employee of various outside contractors, including Booz Allen and Dell.
While this is familiar to you, reminder yourself it already happened.

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

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I forgot to add the most important word.

Imagine what success Glenn Greenwald would have requesting an interview with the NSA NOW,?

You are right Mark, GG had the most important first scoop from the NSA & CIA.

NSA Employee...wanna feel better?

Then read the US Constitution and the Holy Bible. Then BELIEVE what you read. Then fight tooth and nail to enforce what you read. The end.

The Constitution should be

The Constitution should be sufficient.


Widdew Eye of Mordor got his widdew feewings hewt :(

The smallest violin on Earth is playing just for them tonite.

One does not simply...

...express support into the NSA.

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How could they ever have anything but bad morale, although I'm

not surprised that now it's even "badder".


I wonder

If the gestapo, in a rare moment of clarity, suffered a morale problem.

"Hell is empty, and all the devils are here" (Shakespeare)
RP 2012~ Intellectual Revolution.

Would it cheer them up to hang their bosses until dead?


Free includes debt-free!

grumpy cat says


"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe."-- Albert Einstein

Here at the CIA, your NSA exuberance is seen as a plus! Join us!

Recruiting qualified candidates for our Happy New Year! ~ Minding the world's business. Sincerely yours, CIA

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

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Now that realization should really cheer them up!

lol. Good one, bharder07.

NSA do your job and tell me who is manipulating...

Gold and silver prices so they can get their heads bashed in? Now that would be justifiable! why the hell are you NSA employees checking what websites i log on to? what a waste of my tax dollars.

Shouldnt the president be

Shouldnt the president be weary of making those unhappy who look at all his data?

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

Looks like the president has some more required reading


Since I know he'll never read the constitution.

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I don't think Obama ever read the Constitution.

Even though he is supposedly a "Constitutional lawyer," like Glenn Greenwald and Ted Cruz both are, I doubt that he ever read it.

Feeling down NSA employees? I can make the pain go away.

In just three easy steps:

1. Find cliff.

2. Jump of cliff.

3. Pain gone.

Be brave, be brave, the Myan pilot needs no aeroplane.

get up outta their seats and join the revolution.


With all due respect, I will no longer be a voting prostitute for Constitution rejecting harlots.

Cliffs may be hard to find. If in event of no cliff in sight,

pick a bridge, or failing that, the tallest building you can find - preferably over 10 stories for surety. (or not, and suffer what you deserve you traitorous bastards)

better yet, use a 6-shot revolver...

...and play Russian Roulette with five full chambers and only ONE empty!!

Do ya feel like one of the lucky 16.67 percent??

Do the lucky ones go free, or do they have to jump?

I vote for jump.