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Snowden and Alexis: Just what is it with these lousy post-9/11 defense contractors?

Edward Snowden. Aaron Alexis. Two young defense contractors. Both vetted by USIS. Both did terrible damage to the U.S. government. I suspect the problem is the government panic after 9/11. Standards were thrown out the window, along with accountability. For a decade it was raining money around the Beltway, as long as you were able ...

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Edward Snowden. Aaron Alexis. Two young defense contractors. Both vetted by USIS. Both did terrible damage to the U.S. government.

I suspect the problem is the government panic after 9/11. Standards were thrown out the window, along with accountability. For a decade it was raining money around the Beltway, as long as you were able to deliver warm bodies with the right credentials. And now, in various unhappy ways, we are seeing the consequences.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com.

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