wack wack wrote:Francis Di Domizio wrote:As to your assertion that non-government workers can't be trusted with these secrets, get real. These people have to go through the same security background checks as their government counterparts (usually when they worked for the government).
Yes, the same security background checks outsourced to and controlled by private corporations.
As more and more information comes out, it becomes clear that the level of privatization in national security is outrageous.
The best thing that can come of this is the American people start to understand some of the downsides to "privatization."
Because back when the government did security background checks all on their own, there was never classified information leaked to the press or foreign nations. ever. at all.
Not saying there are not downsides to privatization (for one I am guessing we pay a lot more in the long run), but the only way I can see getting away from privatization would be to either increase the intelligence and military budgets for staffing in intelligence areas so that it's not more lucrative for a government employee to go into private service, or given what they are doing with our money, pare back the responsibilities of these agencies so they need less staff.
Not seeing either happening anytime soon. Especially since our senior elected officials seem to see no problem with what the NSA has been doing, or the process itself.