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Behind every great fortune is a great crime, said French novelist Honore Balzac. What crime lies behind Booz Allen? Fraud, mostly.
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HOW serious is the terrorist threat that justifies the National Security Administration's surveillance of Americans? ... Matthew Yglesias: "Approximately zero lives per year are saved by airport security measures."
He forgot Booz Allen! Yes, dear reader, he left out the main supporters of the terrorist fantasy: the zombies. The New York Times reports:
Stephen Walt is a bit less hyperbolic, but he agrees that terrorism simply isn't the kind of danger that could merit the level of response America devotes to it. Unless terrorists get nuclear weapons, he says, they really can't do much damage in America...
"post-9/11 terrorist plots have been mostly lame and inept, and Americans are at far greater risk from car accidents, bathtub mishaps, and a host of other undramatic dangers than they are from 'jihadi terrorism.'" He uses the Boston bombing in April as a case in point, describing it as tragic but less lethal than the factory explosion that took place that same week down in Texas.
Mr Yglesias and Mr Walt are right: conventional terrorism poses no major threat to America or to its citizens...
But we're not likely to get calmer about terrorism, because too many people are trying to keep us frantic. At least three parties stand to gain from exaggerating, rather than minimizing, our reactions to terrorist strikes. The first is the media, which wins viewership by whipping up anxiety over terrorist strikes. The second is politicians seeking partisan advantage...
Finally, the third party trying to exacerbate our responses to terrorist attacks are the terrorists themselves, who have generally proven quite effective at choosing targets that provoke widespread media coverage.
Leaker's Employer Is Paid to Maintain Government Secrets
Pretty good gig, no? The company earned $1.3 billion pretending to protect approximately nobody from a mostly non-existent threat. What it was actually doing was helping the feds snoop on the law-abiding people who pay the bills. The company shareholders get rich. Its executives get rich. Public servants walk through the revolving door into the company's plush offices...and they get rich too. What's not to like? And who's going to oppose more terror spending?
WASHINGTON - Edward J. Snowden's employer, Booz Allen Hamilton, has become one of the largest and most profitable corporations in the United States almost exclusively by serving a single client: the government of the United States.
Over the last decade, much of the company's growth has come from selling expertise, technology and manpower to the National Security Agency and other federal intelligence agencies. Booz Allen earned $1.3 billion, 23 percent of the company's total revenue, from intelligence work during its most recent fiscal year.
As evidence of the company's close relationship with government, the Obama administration's chief intelligence official, James R. Clapper Jr., is a former Booz Allen executive. The official who held that post in the Bush administration, John M. McConnell, now works for Booz Allen.
But wait, there's more! Louis Basenese:
...totally lost among the Snowden headlines yesterday - the Pentagon just announced a new cyber security budget.
Who gets that money? No doubt, Booz Allen will get a big chunk of it.
It calls for $23 billion in spending through 2018.
That includes cyber terrorism spending of $4.6 billion in the next fiscal year - up 18% on the $3.9 billion allocated this fiscal year.
In fiscal 2015, the spending rises yet again - to $4.7 billion!
Bill Bonner is the President & Founder of Agora Inc, an international publisher of financial and special interest books and newsletters.
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