In November, 2005, SASA was renamed the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA), and McConnell, then the executive vice president of Booz Allen, was chosen to spearhead the new organization as chairman of its board of directors. INSA’s founding corporations–BAE Systems, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Lockheed Martin, Booz Allen Hamilton, Mantech International, SAIC and the Potomac Institute, a Washington think-tank with close links to the intelligence community. The other two founding companies, Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft, never belonged to SASA, as the others did….
Bill Binney’s list of the most likely surveillance nodes:
By the end of the 2013 fiscal year Booz Allen Hamilton reported $5.76 billion in revenue, 99 percent of which came from government contracts, and boasted a win rate of more than 89% on re-competed contracts. The company’s dependence on contracts is so great that threats to their relationship with the US is the primary risk listed in their annual shareholder report.…
As part of our investigation of Booz Allen Hamilton, we delved a bit deeper than the officials that are frequently cited as revolving door examples, like Clapper and McConnell, mapping the connections between Booz’s executive ranks (down to the level of vice president) and government in order to understand where Booz’s institutional connections are strongest. The results are not surprising, but they yield a rich picture of Booz’s interlocking relationships with government:
- NSA. Nine Booz executives have previously worked at the NSA, including McConnell. Other notable ties: Jim Allen, who served as deputy director for analysis and production; Richard Wilhelm, former director of information warfare;Terry Thompson, former deputy director for support services. Thompson is now striking “electronic gold” in the United Arab Emirates as he invents the country’s “own NSA,” according to Intelligence Online.
- Army, Navy, Air Force. Booz’s ties to the Navy, Army, and Air Force are far more deep and extensive than its ties to any other government institutions. The Navy leads the pack, with 20 Booz executives who are former officers and employees. The Army is close behind with 17, and the Air Force is third with 12. Notably, Booz has its longest-running contracting relationship with the Navy (70+ years), followed by the Army (60+) and Air Force (20+).
- CIA. Seven Booz executives have ties to the CIA. Senior executive advisor Joan Dempsey spent 33 years at the CIA and retired after serving as Director, Imagery Systems Acquisitions and Operations – a position which involved “acquiring and operating the nation’s classified imagery satellites.”
- Department of Defense. Henry Obering served as director of the Missile Defense Agency and served as acquisition executive for DoD’s $10 billion missile defense portfolio. Ronald Sanders, a Booz VP, was director of civilian personnel and Steve Soules, an SVP, served as “Director of the Joint C4ISR Decision Support Center, an independent research and analysis center directly assisting senior leaders in the DoD in making investment decisions for integrated command, control, and intelligence systems.” https://leaksource.wordpress.com/2013/08/30/page/2/
- 9-15-13 Further NSA documents from 2010 show that the NSA also targets the transactions of customers of large credit card companies like VISA for surveillance. NSA analysts at an internal conference that year described in detail how they had apparently successfully searched through the US company’s complex transaction network for tapping possibilities.
Their aim was to gain access to transactions by VISA customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, according to one presentation. The goal was to “collect, parse and ingest transactional data for priority credit card associations, focusing on priority geographic regions.”…
But even intelligence agency employees are somewhat concerned about spying on the world finance system, according to one document from the UK’s intelligence agency GCHQ concerning the legal perspectives on “financial data” and the agency’s own cooperations with the NSA in this area. The collection, storage and sharing of politically sensitive data is a deep invasion of privacy, and involved “bulk data” full of “rich personal information,” much of which “is not about our targets,” the document says. http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/spiegel-exclusive-nsa-spies-on-international-bank-transactions-a-922276.html