Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Carly Fiorina Supplies Servers for Snooping

 In an interview with Yahoo News’ Michael Isikoff, Carly Fiorina (left)  boasted about collaborating with US intelligence agencies during her tenure as CEO of Hewlett-Packard.
Fiorina’s close, if little-known relationship with the intelligence community dates back to the weeks after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, when she got an urgent phone call from then National Security Agency director Michael Hayden asking her to promptly provide his agency with HP computer servers – and which she did.
The servers were needed for a massive warrantless wiretapping surveillance program, including the bulk collection of American citizens’ phone records and emails – codenamed “Stellar Wind” – that had been secretly ordered by then President George W Bush.
And Fiorina said she felt it was her "duty."
After Hayden became CIA director in 2006, he named Fiorina as chair of an agency external advisory board consisting of former top intelligence officials, generals and business leaders. In that capacity, she made regular trips to CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, including overseeing one specific project requested by Hayden: Provide advice on how the CIA could maintain their undercover espionage mission in a culture of increasing government leaks and demands for greater public accountability and openness.
[Note: Fiorina made a name for herself in the tech industry, climbing the ranks at AT&T and becoming the CEO at HP – and the first female head of a Fortune 500 company – in 1999, before being forced to resign in 2005. And HP's stock went up 7% the day she left].
This is the woman who has stoutly defended the torture practice of waterboarding as a way to "keep our nation safe". Enough said!
On Monday, I was at the See Hoy Chan office in PJ to attend the Phoenix Toastmasters meeting. I delivered a CC #7 speech titled “Women Prefer Cold Hard Cash” – a good well-researched speech actually that even had humor! I was voted Best Speaker.
A good turnout even if guests outnumbered members. We started six minutes late and we finished just before ten o’clock. I would score this meeting a 4 over 10.


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