Heather Ginsberg

Apparently the Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, has been living under a rock for the last couple weeks. Yesterday she made the claim that the federal government does not depend on the private sector for security and intelligence operations. Ummm has she completely missed the last two weeks where we all found out that is a complete lie?

Napolitano’s speech at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars was supposed to be one that highlighted the importance of public-private sector partnerships in helping cybersecurity. She said,

“It’s very interesting in this area, this is going to be at this point an experiment and an important one, because where security is concerned — law enforcement or security — we normally don’t depend on the private sector. We really view that as an inherently governmental function.”

“We don’t depend, or outsource, our national defense to the private sector. We don’t depend or outsource our intelligence gathering capability to the private sector.”

In her keynote address Napolitano obviously forgot that we all know the NSA has been partnering with private industry for quite some time now in order to watch American citizens. It is pretty painful to have someone in charge of homeland security that has absolutely no experience in law enforcement or military. Does she not remember that we are all also aware of the fact that we use government contracted companies to aid in our military battles?

Eisenhower first warned the country in 1961 about the establishment of the military-industrial complex that had arisen out of necessity following World War II and the Korean War.

Obviously there is a big disconnect between Secretary Napolitano and the real world. Can someone please inform her that she doesn’t have to keep covering up the NSA thing? It’s over. We know what you guys are doing over there! Don’t forget this woman makes nearly $200,000 each year for this great work she is doing…


Heather Ginsberg

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