$1 Million A Month - What Ex-NSA Chief Alexander Charges Wall Street For "Advice"

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Submitted by Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

So what’s a Peeping Tom, anti-democratic, Constitution-trampling intelligence crony to do after leaving decades of “public service?” Move into the private sector and collect a fat paycheck from Wall Street, naturally. Following in the footsteps of some of the other top tier public sector cronies looking to cash out after doing their best to destroy the Republic, such as Banana Ben Bernanke collecting $250,000 per speech and Turbo Tax Timmy Geithner hopping over to private equity giant Warburg Pincus, Mr. Alexander is in good crooked company.

So what is Mr. Alexander charging for his expertise? He’s looking for $1 million per month. Yes, you read that right. That’s the rate that his firm, IronNet Cybersecurity Inc., pitched to Wall Street’s largest lobbying group the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), which ultimately negotiated it down to a mere $600,000 a month. In case you need a refresher on how much of a slimy character this guy is, I suggest you read the following posts:

NSA Chief is Pushing for Legislation to Stifle the First Amendment

NSA Holds “Top Secret” Meeting to Stop Powerful Anti-Spying Amendment

NSA Chief Admits “Only One or Perhaps Two” Terror Plots Stopped by Spy Program

We learn from Bloomberg that:

As the four-star general in charge of U.S. digital defenses, Keith Alexander warned repeatedly that the financial industry was among the likely targets of a major attack. Now he’s selling the message directly to the banks.

 

Joining a crowded field of cyber-consultants, the former National Security Agency chief is pitching his services for as much as $1 million a month. The audience is receptive: Under pressure from regulators, lawmakers and their customers, financial firms are pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into barriers against digital assaults.

 

Alexander, who retired in March from his dual role as head of the NSA and the U.S. Cyber Command, has since met with the largest banking trade groups, stressing the threat from state-sponsored attacks bent on data destruction as well as hackers interested in stealing information or money.

 

Alexander, 62, said in the interview he was invited to give a talk to the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, known as Sifma, shortly after leaving the NSA and starting his firm, IronNet Cybersecurity Inc. He has met with other finance groups including the Consumer Bankers Association, the Financial Services Roundtable and The Clearing House.

 

The ex-NSA chief is leasing office space from Promontory Financial Group LLC, a Washington consultancy that focuses on the banking industry. Eugene Ludwig, Promontory’s founder and chief executive officer, joined Alexander at a meeting with Sifma, Wall Street’s largest lobby group.

 

Alexander offered to provide advice to Sifma for $1 million a month, according to two people briefed on the talks. The asking price later dropped to $600,000, the people said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the negotiation was private.

 

Former U.S. intelligence officials are part of the burgeoning Internet security industry. Michael Morell, who last year was deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency, now works for Beacon Global Strategies LLC and appeared at a Sifma event to warn financial firms about cybersecurity threats. CrowdStrike Inc., a security-technology company that does work for the largest banks, has former FBI officials on its staff.

 

“It’s consumer confidence; it’s consumer protection; it’s the way money is moved,” he said. “It’s the integrity of the entire global system.”

Integrity? Who the fuck do you think you’re kidding.

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Sat, 06/21/2014 - 10:30 | 4880389 Iocosus
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I'm surprised that's all he's charging.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 10:37 | 4880402 CH1
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What a complete piece of shit, and what a sick commentary on the state of American "culture."

The big corps are arms of the state.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 10:41 | 4880413 Greyhat
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“What I’m concerned about is we’re going to have a 9/11 in cyberspace,” he said.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-20/ex-nsa-chief-pitches-advice-on-...

 

Smells like they are gonna trigger the emergency brake... ;)

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 11:03 | 4880451 Divided States ...
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The true effects of inflation isnt just in food, energy and other neccessities, its in the cost of information. And wall street are the only ones who can afford to get ahold of it.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 11:11 | 4880463 Bearwagon
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As long as there's deflation in wages, it should compensate for inflation elsewhere. I am serious.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 11:15 | 4880469 Gen. Keith Alexander
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Isn't capitalism wonderful?  Retirement is looking GOOD!

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 11:18 | 4880472 NidStyles
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Capitalism doesn't allow for public goods, so this wouldn't be taxpayer money if it were a capitalist system.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 11:32 | 4880493 Gaius Frakkin' ...
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People like Alexander are the worst kind of scoundrel. They truly believe they've done no wrong. The hubris to think you deserve +12 million USD a year for selling out your country...

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 11:44 | 4880518 icanhasbailout
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And before you decide not to hire him, remember he has a complete record of all your communications.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 12:00 | 4880548 max2205
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No need for the F word

 

 

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Sat, 06/21/2014 - 12:49 | 4880647 Buckaroo Banzai
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"That's a pretty nice global internet communications infrastructure you have there. Would be a shame if something happened to it."

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 15:38 | 4880994 COSMOS
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They will pay up, this is hush hush money so he won't spill the beans full of evidence on their criminal activities, unlike Snowden this mofos encrypted NSA data (squirreled away somewhere) is FOR SALE to the highest bidder, in this case the Criminals themselves on Wall Street.

LOL his company I am sure has very few employees, and the biggest moneymaker will be him.  Now that is one million a month from one company.  How many companies and hedge funds are on wall street now lol.  This dude is looking at hundreds of millions a month in income....

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 19:26 | 4881426 disabledvet
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this is what i don't understand. "Why pay for the extortion when they already have all the goods on us?" This makes no sense. He doesn't know anything...he doesn't work for the Government anymore.

A far better investment is in a REAL Army. "They will define traitor" and the Government will then respond accordingly. Businesses who pay for "counter-espionage" are simply pouring money down a rat hole. Your "proprietary information" has already been bought and sold many times over. It's value...far from being indeterminite...has in fact already been determined.

The only equation left to figure out is the human one...which given the approaches being used says to me you really don't want to be paying for this. This is like saying yes to Uncle Adolph when he asks you to take charge of the "work camps."

Your answer shouldn't be "how much should i pay for the privilege?"

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 12:00 | 4880549 viahj
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meanwhile another layer of the foundation of a global NWO banking system is being laid:

"In a statement published by the group alongside the leaked draft this week, WikiLeaks said “proponents of TISA aim to further deregulate global financial services markets,” and have participated in “a significant anti-transparency manoeuvre” by working secretly on a deal that covers more than 68 percent of world trade in services, according to the Swiss National Center for Competence in Research"

http://rt.com/usa/167088-wikileaks-tisa-secret-trade/

 

 

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 12:05 | 4880555 WillyGroper
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God please, before I die, let anonymous emasculate this Satan, publicly.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 12:16 | 4880578 icanhasbailout
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Don't hold your breath. "Anonymous" is 50% FBI informant.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 12:33 | 4880611 MASTER OF UNIVERSE
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Anonymous is a proxy front group that is an invention of the Military Industrial Complex/NSA/CIA/FBI et cetera. PSYOPS are

in the biz of winning 'hearts and minds' over to their cause. The

NSA is in the business of making sure you believe their mass marketing and rhetoric. The military industrial complex funds clandestine operations like 'anonymous' and that is how they are

controlled via central planning.

OCCUPY ANONYMOUS - OCCUPY EVERYTHING

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 12:28 | 4880601 Debt-Is-Not-Money
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Except for Lois G. Lerner's emails!

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 13:18 | 4880703 DirkDiggler11
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There is a fiery pit in Hell with the nameplate "Alexander" hanging above it.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 14:36 | 4880867 Debt-Penitent
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Ride the system, step on the Constitution, now charge a mil. a month...

Move this guy towards the front of the Guillotine line.

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 09:10 | 4882423 Scarlett
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in front of Bernanke?

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 11:21 | 4880474 ilion
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Hopefully Putin will ultimately get also to this guy and put a nice fat stick in his ass.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 11:25 | 4880480 Manthong
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Evidently Evil is Expensive.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 11:29 | 4880489 Greyhat
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"Evidently Evil is Expensive"

Thats why the central bankers have to print so much money! :)

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 11:57 | 4880539 boattrash
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My firm is conducting a Cost Benefit Analysis on a .300 Magnum Cartridge.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 13:45 | 4880559 Manthong
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12.7 has greater impact.

but to the point...

people confuse power, money and control.

The most powerful people do not have most of the money..  

The monied ones might have control for a while, but

Real power is all about enabling.

..also known as leverage (or gearing up if you are a Brit) 

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 15:41 | 4880997 COSMOS
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Why waste money on this turd a 22LR is more than adequate or better yet stab him with a bic pen a few times and watch him bleed out...

What I find just incredibly amazing is the in your face corruption and theft compounded by the trampling of The Constitution, and not a even a cricket is heard.....

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 12:15 | 4880504 Manthong
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Looky here at Freaking Fed Fake Funds Funding F’g Fools.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/sep/15/nsa-mind-keith-alexander-star-trek

I WANT MY  F'ING MONEY BACK.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 18:45 | 4881330 IronForge
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Hope that Extortion Trickle lasts for a few months, General.

Some may sue you for Fraud if you can't deliver the goods.  ^_^

 

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 13:30 | 4886148 forensicator
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what better way to cause more loss of freedoms than a cyber 911

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 10:59 | 4880446 john39
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imho, you have it backwards...   the state is just an arm of the corporations and their shadowy owners.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 11:15 | 4880468 Bearwagon
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Money flows towards power, not the other way around. Follow it, and it will always lead you to where the power is (and regularly to some awkward insights).

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 14:20 | 4880830 11b40
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Money IS power.  You just have to know how to use it.

It is also  speech, and corporations are people, too, my friend.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 15:12 | 4880936 Bangin7GramRocks
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He is treasonous and a cunt, but a million per month seems cheap to gain access to all the information in the world. Alexander makes that mary Hoover look like a piker

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 10:36 | 4880404 Greyhat
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Thats the offical part. :)

“What I’m concerned about is we’re going to have a 9/11 in cyberspace,” he said.

I am shure there will be options on new shares after a Cyber-9/11 triggered by old elites in order to get a pole position in the next economic race.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 10:37 | 4880407 CH1
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What I’m concerned about is we’re going to have a 9/11 in cyberspace

Yup, and they'll make sure of it!

Gotta scare the suckers!

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 11:08 | 4880459 williambanzai7
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Sat, 06/21/2014 - 13:30 | 4880733 pakled
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Remind me never to make an enemy of you...

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 17:33 | 4881223 Dugald
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Think of all the top secret shit he will sell to his clients.....and be legal.

Now think on the ones who gave stuff for free and are being punished for it....

Only in America.......

 

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 10:32 | 4880391 rtalcott
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Well..if people are dumb enough to pay it...this is a basic intelligence test...

 

"It's the integrity of the global system."  tough line coming from him.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 10:39 | 4880410 Da Yooper
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"It's the integrity of the global system."

 

Now that is some funny shit


Sat, 06/21/2014 - 10:43 | 4880417 BlindMonkey
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$1 a month is a bargain. Think of all the crap he has on his hard drives.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 11:40 | 4880508 RafterManFMJ
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Dear corporate America,

You can save some random African for 8 dollars a month - or, you can prevent nasty things from "randomly" occurring to your company (or kids) for only 600K per month.

The choice is yours.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 10:32 | 4880393 tostaky06
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More corruption in US than China ... quickly the world changes pls ... and stay away with your war ... 

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 10:39 | 4880412 CH1
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More corruption in US than China

Definitely, but Joe American will defend his ignorance fiercely.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 14:31 | 4880856 11b40
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Hey, now....we here in S.C. resemble that remark.  You can hardly imagine how proud we are of our ignorance.

Yes indeed, we're dumb & we're proud.  You wanna' fight about it?

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 10:33 | 4880396 toady
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Nice work if you can get it.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 12:13 | 4880572 rtalcott
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work?  actually think he does anything?

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 10:34 | 4880398 TeamDepends
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These people think you can buy integrity.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 10:34 | 4880399 hairball48
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I mean really! Who here is surprised that this guy has showed up on Wall Street making millions?

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