Friday, March 21, 2008

Security Breached on Obama's Passport Data

Passport Photo by Artist John Ho Lee on the Flickr Website Reprinted under Creative Commons Copyright
According to a Washington Times article, passport data on Barack Obama was leaked to three State department employees who had accessed his passport data without authorisation. Two were fired and one person was "disciplined. The security breach was detected by an electronic tripwire, which notified investigators in the State department, who promptly launched an investigation.
It seems from reading the report that the Bush administration took the initiative in tracking down a threat to Barack Obama's privacy. The Bush administration is to be commended for guarding the privacy of their opponents.
It is reasonable to expect that the Obama campaign would thank the State department for guarding Barack Obama's privacy. Unfortunately, according to the Washington Times, "The Obama campaign denounced the accessing as "an outrageous breach of security and privacy, even from an Administration that has shown little regard for either over the last eight years."
In my opinion , the Bush Administration passed this test with flying colours. The announcement of the Obama campaign was unfair and not merited by the facts. They are trying to make hay out of astroturf. The Republicans have nothing to be ashamed of.
Please click on the title to this post to read the Washington Times article.
Copyright 2008 by Magdeburger Joe

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