On Sunday morning, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported that former US National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster will return to Stanford’s Stanford’s Hoover Institution Institution as a senior fellow this autumn.
During a campus talk Tuesday evening, former National Security Advisor and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice ’86 expressed regret that Obama administration never closed Guantanamo Bay but said she has no misgivings about its policy in Syria.
Stanford political science professor Scott Sagan has found in a new study that although the possibility of “insider threats” to an organization’s security on a daily basis is low, the consequences increase dangerously with each breach.
Hagel’s exit does owe its genesis to party politics: With the Democrats reeling from the 2014 midterm elections, something had to be done, and making a change at Defense became a priority, if only because the White House needed to create the illusion of action. “For good or ill, Hagel’s [the only change],” a current administration official told Politico. A former spokesman for the State Department even likened it to a sports owner firing a coach to please angry fans, even though the team is years away from being good regardless of the coach. The general consensus is indeed that Hagel is President Obama’s sacrificial lamb.
In his October 8th talk at Stanford University, General Hayden explained that, if faced with another great terrorist attack, the American people may feel compelled to renounce their rights in the name of security. However, according to General Hayden, the NSA cannot thwart another attack without encroaching upon some of our freedoms.
Before we can have an educated discussion about security and liberty, we need transparency.