Trigger warning: This article contains unfathomable sadness.
You’re definitely going to want to get a box of Kleenex out before you read the incredibly haunting tale of the people who work at the NSA. It seems their morale is down now that Edward Snowden has blown the whistle on a vast range of clearly unconstitutional abuses at the agency.
Morale has taken a hit at the National Security Agency in the wake of controversy over the agency’s surveillance activities, according to former officials who say they are dismayed that President Obama has not visited the agency to show his support.
A White House spokeswoman, Caitlin Hayden, noted that top White House officials have been to the agency to “express the president’s support and appreciation for all that NSA does to keep us safe.”…Supporters of the NSA say staffers are not feeling the love.
“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, NSA inspector general from 2002 to 2006. “They feel they’ve been hung out to dry, and they’re right.”…
Morale is “bad overall,” a third former official said. “The news — the Snowden disclosures — it questions the integrity of the NSA workforce,” he said. “It’s become very public and very personal. Literally, neighbors are asking people, ‘Why are you spying on Grandma?’ And we aren’t. People are feeling bad, beaten down.”
I bet the Watergate burglers felt hung out to dry when their crimes were exposed. Poor people. I’m gonna send them a fruit basket. Or maybe a singing telegram. Anyone know where I can find someone who can sing this song?