NSA Morale is Down After Edward Snowden Leaks

Current and former NSA officials say the spy agency hasn't gotten enough support from the White House

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Morale at the National Security Agency has taken a hit ever since former contractor Edward Snowden leaked troves of details about the agency’s sweeping surveillance operations earlier this year, according to a new report.

Current and former NSA officials told the Washington Post that morale suffered in the wake of Snowden’s revelations, and that many employees feel President Barack Obama hasn’t done enough to publicly support their efforts. The Post cited several current and former officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity, but the agency’s former inspector general echoed the complaints.

“The agency, from top to bottom, leadership to rank and file, feels that it is had no support from the White House even though it’s been carrying out publicly approved intelligence missions,” said Joel Brenner, the NSA’s  inspector general from 2002 to 2006. “They feel they’ve been hung out to dry, and they’re right.”

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

[Washington Post]

16 comments
Tommy34684
Tommy34684

It ain't just the NSA.  I am old school and I have to say prior to retiring I feel that moral is down in comparison to the sixties and seventies. Look to your left. Look to your right. Do you think your peer at work has high morale/expectations. I doubt it. Ever since the Reagan era began, the time when homemakers had to go to work, the beginning of the fall of the middle class, the end of wage increases and especially the decline of benefits and "loyalty" between employer and employee, moral took a hit. This whining from NSA can be said about any department of government and the real world as well. I am betting if the POTUS position were two six year terms few if any POTUS would run the second time.

shepherdwong
shepherdwong

"...many employees feel President Barack Obama hasn’t done enough to publicly support their efforts."

Sure, the President should definitely, publicly, state his unqualified support for government spying on it's citizens. I mean, he really hasn't been explicit enough on deciding to violate his oath to protect and defend the US Constition.


The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/barack-obama/my-position-on-fisa_b_110789.html

magnetik
magnetik

boo f'ing hoo.  Let me bust out the waaaaahhhhmbulance. 

BruceS78
BruceS78

If NSA employees had done their jobs and prevented Snowden from stealing all their little secrets, they and their agency wouldn't have the morale problem they have.  Do a better job and stop whining.  No one cares about the morale of federal employees or they wouldn't be kicked and screwed with by every jerk from the President on down to the slimiest congressman.

JosephDillard
JosephDillard

This is the saddest thing I've read in...well...two minutes? Those who work for the NSA are extremely well-paid thieves and liars and accomplices to thieves and liars. And they want sympathy? What they need is social ostracism for violating the first and fourth amendments on orders.

noway22
noway22

Yea for real.  NSA is depressed?  Really?  Who else is depressed?

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@shepherdwong You are still wrong, Mr Wong. Can you point out at least one private citizen whose privacy was violated ? Sure they shouldnt have abused the info they collected. But under Dubya there never was any report of violation. Plus important thing Mr. Wrong, these people protect your butt. They are on the front lines. Please have more respect for them.

noway22
noway22

Nah, they just want to blame it all on Obama.  Obama needs to answer to the people about this and NSA is making sure to say, "We were just following orders."

noway22
noway22

Even if this is true, I'm not believing it.  We have the ability to become psychic and it's only being used to torture?  Nah, no way humanity has gotten that dark, right?  Right?  I mean MKUltra is one thing, but we learned from our mistakes right?

shepherdwong
shepherdwong

ReneDemonteverde  "Sure they shouldnt have abused the info they collected."


They shouldn't have "collected" it in the first place, brownshirt.  What about "...secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated...," are you incapable of understanding?


"Those who would sacrifice freedom for security deserve neither" - Benjamin Franklin.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@shepherdwong I told you Mr Wrong, this only happened under Obama. Please include that in our argument. Bush and his people never abused that power. 

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@shepherdwong Just how much do you love your butt ? I would trust our intelligence and military men over the liberal people like Obama. The CIA and the rest have been there for so many years collecting info from suspicious citizens and the like. Nobody heard of the unlimited treasure trove collected until now. Dont quote Benny Franklin. He had no idea of the enemies of his country like today.