Booz Allen Hamilton, the firm that employed whistleblower Edward Snowden, is now looking to make sure they prevent anymore security disasters. The new job, called “Insider Threat Analyst”, was posted on January 17th of the this year and describes a position that requires over 5 years of experience with “insider threat issues” with a background in “counterintelligence, information assurance, security, network engineering, or data science.”
So Booz Allen, likely as part of a government contract, is being tasked to find people who will catch other Edward Snowdens – what could go wrong?
Though the company that supposedly conducted the background check on Snowden seems to be falling on even harder times than Booz Allen. The Justice Department has claimed that US Investigation Services (USIS) defrauded the government of millions of dollars by submitting more than 650,000 investigations that had not been completed.
In addition to Mr. Snowden, the company performed the background check for Aaron Alexis, a 34-year-old military contractor who killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard last year. Mr. Alexis, who died in a shootout with the police, left behind documents saying the government had been tormenting him with low-frequency radio waves.
USIS is the “largest outside investigator for government security clearances.” Good news for journalists.
But the larger question is – why does the national security state need so many people? There should not even be enough jobs for 650,000 background checks to be completed. Al Qaeda is mostly destroyed and has been reduced to a minor threat, what do these people do all day besides suck up taxpayer money?
Now we are going to pay Booz Allen to police its own unnecessary contractors? All while conservatives whine about bloated government yet fund this and President Obama claims we need the surveillance state while his own review panel and now a second one has said the NSA programs do not stop terrorism. But yes, let’s cut food stamps and unemployment benefits because, dependency.