Tuesday, October 15, 2013

What I Said to the BAH Recruiter

A friend suggested that I post this to my blog, even though the e-mail exchange listed here took place months ago.

In case you don't know, Booz-Allen-Hamilton is a major defense and security contractor located near Washington, DC. Ed Snowden, the guy who leaked NSA secrets and now lives in Russia, used to work for BAH.

So, I received the following e-mail from a BAH recruiter:
*****, Christopher (TSC, Inc.) <*****_christopher@ne.bah.com> Wed, Jun 12, 2013 at 4:30 PM
To: "***********@gmail.com" <***********@gmail.com>


Hello. I saw a copy of your resume online and was hoping to connect with you regarding several exciting Developer roles we have available in the DC Metro area. Please contact me at your earliest convenience to discuss these roles. Your background looks like an excellent fit. 

Chris *****, Sourcing Recruiter
Booz | Allen | Hamilton

Here's my response:
From: Mike K <***********@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Jun 12, 2013 at 4:42 PM
Subject: Re: Booz Allen Opportunities
To: "*****, Christopher (TSC, Inc.)" <*****_christopher@ne.bah.com>

Hi Chris, 
Given BAH's complicity in violating our Constitutional rights, there is no way in which I will work with your company.  
Please, rot in hell. 
Mike K

What the NSA has done and continues to do is blatantly unconstitutional - despite the blessings bestowed upon it by the secret FISA court. The fact of the matter is, though, James Clapper and the other bureaucrats at the NSA are incompetent boobs. The only reason that the NSA is able to do what it does is through the consent and assistance of competent people, from individual IT professionals on up to the the powers that be at Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, etc.

There is a word we should be using towards government officials whenever they deny our individual rights: "No". Being just a word, it isn't a strong weapon. But it is the intellectual wellspring from which all other weapons flow.

Saying "no" will always be the first step in fighting for our freedom, be it from NSA spying or any other intrusion from a long bill of particulars.

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