Sen. Nelson says Tampa was site of another Booz Allen Hamilton contractor who shouldn't have had access to classifed information

Here's an excerpt from Nelson's missive to Feinstein:


In 2008, Scott Allan Bennett was hired to work as a counter-threat finance analyst at MacDill. As a Booz Allen Hamilton employee, Bennett had one of the highest level of security clearances available — Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmentalized Information, also known as TS/SCI Clearance.

Yet just months prior to his being hired, Bennett was convicted of lying to government officials and sentenced to three years of probation. I am enclosing a 2011 Tampa Tribune article that raised questions about how a Booz Allen Hamilton employee with such a conviction received a security clearance.

Serious quality control questions have been raised here. These men and women have access to some of our most sensitive national security information. I agree with you that we may need legislation to limit or prevent certain contractors from handling highly classified and technical data.


Nelson is also calling for a Senate committee investigation to determine how private contractors — like Booz Allen Hamilton — screen, hire and monitor employees who need top secret clearance from the government to handle highly-classified information.


Nelson's letter comes a day before a coalition of progressive groups intends to protest in front of his Tampa District office on North Florida Avenue because of the senator's comment that Snowden is a traitor, as well as to show their anger about the extent of surveillance on Americans undertaken by the National Security Agency.

  • Bill Nelson

Although several members of Congress have blasted whistle-blower/leaker Edward Snowden, few have straight out called him a traitor.

Bill Nelson is one of them.

Now, the Florida Democrat said there could be another Booz Allen Hamilton employee with a top-secret clearance who illegally revealed classified information, and he worked at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa when he did it.

Nelson made that revelation in a letter he sent to Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Diane Feinstein, alluding to an article written by the Tampa Tribune's Howard Altman back in 2011.

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