NSA Director Offered to Resign Over Snowden Revelations: Should Have Been Fired Instead

Keith AlexanderThe Hill, citing a behind the paywall
Wall Street Journal story, reports that National Security
Agent director Keith Alexander offered to resign over the Edward
Snowden revelations that Alexander had overseen a massive
warrantless surveillance program aimed against American citizens.
The Hill

The National Security Agency’s director, Gen. Keith Alexander,
offered to resign from his post shortly after Edward Snowden began
leaking classified government documents, according to
The Wall Street Journal

According to the report, the Obama administration rejected his

Snowden, a former NSA contractor, began disclosing documents
detailing the agency’s surveillance programs in June.

Top administration officials’ confidence in Alexander was
shaken, the Journal reports, because he oversaw the agency
during the security lapse, an unidentified former senior defense
official told the paper. 

But an Alexander resignation, the official added, would indicate
Snowden won, and wouldn’t solve the security problem.

Certainly wouldn’t want to be seen as admitting to violations of
the Fourth Amendment rights of Americans to remain secure in their
persons and papers against unreasonable search and seizure.

Rather than merely accepting Alexander’s resignation, President
Obama should have fired him and that
bald-faced liar
to Congress, James Clapper, the Director of
National Intelligence. Frankly, it appears that President Obama
doesn’t fire incompetent and mendacious minions out of fear that it
will make him look weak. Actually, the opposite is true. In
addition, the president should immediately
pardon Edward Snowden

from Hit & Run http://reason.com/blog/2013/11/25/nsa-offered-to-resign-over-snowden-revel

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