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Obama's Passport Data Breached; State Dept Investigation, 2 Fired

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  1. PosterChild

    PosterChild New Member

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    DIRTY TRICKS FEAR AFTER STATE DEPT. FIRES TWO FOR UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO BARACK OBAMA'S PERSONAL PASSPORT FILE... MORE... WASHINGTON TIMES SET TO SPLASH THE DEVELOPMENT, NEWSROOM SOURCES TELL DRUDGE REPORT... MORE...

    http://drudgereport.com/

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  2. PosterChild

    PosterChild New Member

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    I really need to focus in on the Mav game but I had to post this...Ladies, Germs, I think we has us a real live conspiracy theory cooking here.

    Discuss.
  3. Heisenberg

    Heisenberg Pow! Pow!

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    I'm not real sure what this means. So someone, without permission, was going through Obama's passport records? I guess?
  4. PosterChild

    PosterChild New Member

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    Someone fishing around for info...could just be a snoopy worker with access for their own amusement or something more sinister. Some could be interested in where Obama has traveled to though, couldn't they? You know, just checking to see if he might have traveled somewhere perceived to be controversial. And then make a big deal of it. Just wondering aloud here.
  5. PosterChild

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    By Bill Gertz
    Washington Times





    Two State Department employees were fired recently and a third disciplined for improperly accessing electronic personal data on Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, Bush administration officials said yesterday.

    The officials, all contract workers, used their authorized computer network access to look up files within the department's consular affairs section, which processes and stores passport information, and read Mr. Obama's passport application and other records, in violation of department privacy rules, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said.

    Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was notified of the security breach yesterday, and responded by saying security measures used to monitor records of high-profile Americans worked properly in detecting the breaches.

    Mr. McCormack said the officials did not appear to be seeking information on behalf of any political candidate or party.

    "As far as we can tell, in each of the three cases, it was imprudent curiosity," Mr. McCormack told The Washington Times.

    A similar data breach took place in 1992 when State Department officials looked up data on presidential candidate Bill Clinton, in an attempt to find out information from the late 1960s, amid unfounded political campaign rumors that Mr. Clinton had sought to renounce his citizenship to dodge the draft during the Vietnam War while a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford.

    That incident triggered a three-year investigation by a special prosecutor, who found that no laws were violated but officials exercised poor judgment. The 1992 search of Mr. Clinton's passport records was part of an effort to speed up Freedom of Information Act requests.

    One administration official said the FBI is conducting a preliminary inquiry into the officials involved in the unauthorized access incidents related to Mr. Obama, Illinois Democrat. An FBI spokesman could not be reached for comment.

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    Government records of political candidates are tightly restricted because of concerns they could be used against candidates or the data could be altered as part of campaign dirty tricks.

    In this case, it does not appear that records were copied or altered, Mr. McCormack said.

    Passport application data includes such details as date and place of birth, e-mail address, mailing address, Social Security number, former names and travel plans. Mr. Obama was born in Honolulu in 1961 to a Kenyan father and American mother. He lived in Jakarta, Indonesia, from age six to 10.

    Computer-monitoring equipment detected the activities by the three employees on Jan. 9, Feb. 21 and March 14, triggering alarms in each case, Mr. McCormack said.

    Mr. McCormack said the officials accessed Mr. Obama's records "without a need to do so."

    "In each case, we immediately contacted our contractors, their employer, and two were fired and one was disciplined," he said.

    "We have strict rules restricting access to passport records," Mr. McCormack said.

    Each time an employee logs on to the passport-records network, they are informed that the records are protected by the Privacy Act and are "available only on a need-to-know basis," he said. But no technical bar prevents a person, once he is in the system, from gaining access to Privacy Act-protected records to which he has no "need-to-know" rights.

    But the network has an electronic monitoring system that is tripped when an employee accesses a record of a prominent person, like Mr. Obama. The alarm then triggers an inquiry into the incident, and "when the answer is not satisfactory, a supervisor is notified."

    Such records can be accessed when it is part of an official inquiry, but in the case of Mr. Obama, it was not, Mr. McCormack said.

    Asked whether a political candidate or party is behind the incidents, Mr. McCormack said: "None at this point in time that we have determined."

    Mr. McCormack declined to provide the names of the employees or the contract, but he said they were hired by the contractor involved in producing, processing and approving passports.

    "This is supposed to be a transaction between an individual and the government, and this is private information that we take a lot of steps to protect, and we take that responsibility seriously, not only for high profile individuals but for everybody," he said.

    Mr. McCormack said the incidents took place at consular affairs facilities in the Washington area.






    http://www.washingtontimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080320/NATION/541139809/1001
  6. Heisenberg

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    What sort of bothers me about the whole thing is that it took this long before word got up the chain. Plus, the fact that the direct supervisors kept the info from going up the chain, decided it was just curiosity, and fired the offenders. Them being fired means the government investigation is just that much harder because the two employees that are no longer there aren't under the jurisdiction of the Inspector General.

    Lots of weirdness here.
  7. ThreeSportStar80

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    Tell me how contract workers have access to such important information in the first place!
  8. PosterChild

    PosterChild New Member

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    Tell me how a crime wasn't committed.
  9. Jon88

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    Tell me...something.
  10. PosterChild

    PosterChild New Member

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    Something
  11. Jon88

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    Thanks
  12. zrinkill

    zrinkill Diamond surrounded by trash

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    Wonder if Obama suspects anyone?
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  13. Cajuncowboy

    Cajuncowboy Preacher From The Black Lagoon

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    :lmao2:

    Perfect!

    Hillary's got that whole "I don't recall" look down, hasn't she?
  14. Dallas

    Dallas Old bulletproof tiger

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    Can we get some Caption This posts up for this pic? Allow me


    Her: Dude..SBD !

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  15. Cajuncowboy

    Cajuncowboy Preacher From The Black Lagoon

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    Who's the wiener standing behind looking at her?
  16. silverbear

    silverbear Semi-Official Loose Cannon

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    Chuckle... if anybody is likely to be responsible for this, it's the Republicans, not Hillary... she doesn't have any stroke within the State Department, and of course, we know the GOP did this exact same thing to her hubby when he was running for office, too...
  17. silverbear

    silverbear Semi-Official Loose Cannon

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    Anybody who believes this is nothing more than innocent, inappropriate curiousity is too naive to be allowed to live...

    This is political dirty tricks, plain and simple...
  18. zrinkill

    zrinkill Diamond surrounded by trash

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    Yup ..... usual liberal tactics.
  19. Cajuncowboy

    Cajuncowboy Preacher From The Black Lagoon

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    Why in the name of all that is holy would the republicans do ANYTHING to hammer Obama now? Between his own pastor and Hillary they are doing enough damage on their own.

    The GOP will get into this at some point if they have to but not until the nomination process is over.

    Right now, McCain enjoys a 6 point lead over Obama and he hasn't had to do anything yet because Shrill Hill is doing all the dirty work.
  20. Sasquatch

    Sasquatch Lost in the Woods

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    It occurred awhile ago. The Obama camp is furious that nothing was done sooner.

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