President Obama has finally, if unwittingly, kept a powerful campaign promise. During August of 2007, in a press release, Barack the candidate pledged “the most transparent….administration in history”.
The big time hacking of his Office of Personnel Management has moved that ball forward in a hurry. With this historically unprecedented cyber security breach of federal employees, and those with whom they may be connected, Obama kept his vow. Congratulations!
CNN reported, “The personal data of an estimated 18 million current, former, and prospective federal employees were affected by a cyber breach at the Office of Personnel Management-more than 4 times the 4.2 million the agency has publicly acknowledged. The number is expected to grow, according to U.S. officials briefed in the investigation.”
China’s warfare unit comprised of “specialized units devoted to wage war on computer networks.”
So now millions of Americans, many in highly sensitive positions, have had their most critical, and perhaps embarrassing personal information stolen by the Red Chinese. Social Security numbers could wind up being the least of it. Key forms snatched were also loaded with detailed “background” material required by the feds. Thus the exponential explosion of people affected by OBM’s inexcusable failure will continue to metastasize.
Peoples’ back accounts and credit cards are at risk. We can’t assume the very safety of our nation hasn’t been being compromised. Folks who are privy to top secret material, now have an enemy who’s privy to top secret intelligence about them. That kind of leverage could become deadly.
How’s Mr. Obama handling all this? By supporting his appointee, the lost ball in short grass, OPM Director, Katherine Archuleta. And what’s been her response? She refuses to apologize, give clear answers, or hold anyone in her office directly accountable. Ms. Archuleta gave some testimony before the House of Representatives that was almost incomprehensible.
We can’t really expect the president to be too hard on Katherine. He promised us unparalleled openness to the workings of our government, and she, along with Barack and the other incompetents in his administration, have provided it.
The problem is that dramatic increase in transparency have benefited those living in the People’s Republic of China a whole lot more than it benefited those of us living in the United States. Given it’s upside down application, this would have been one campaign pledge better left unkept.