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State Department “Spy Scandal” Looms

March 20, 2008

statedeptscandal.jpgSenator Barack Obama’s passport file has been accessed by three different contract workers without authorization through State Department computers. Breaches occurred January 9, February 21 and March 14. Strangely, only lower-level personnel and mid-level managers at the State Department seem to have known anything about the breach until March 20. The State Department has confirmed that no investigation has been launched to-date. According to various press agencies, Obama’s campaign at an undisclosed location was notified through a phone call by a low-level State Department employee. The manner of conduct that has been reported at every step seems suspicious at best and incompetent at worst. Doubtless, all of the facts are not in place and you will hear much more about “Electiongate 2008”.

“This is an outrageous breach of security and privacy, even from an administration that has shown little regard for either over the last eight years,” said Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton in a statement. TNTalk!, as a promoter of American civil liberty, has reported on privacy concerns where the government is concerned. What is more important is how the stock and value of America, the American public, sees the scandal. The fact that contract employees had access to personal information on “high-level” Americans is troubling enough. The fact that these contract employees had access to your personal records without any supervision is not any better. Protection of personal information is doubtless the blight of the computer age.

P.S. ~ The State Department also revealed, almost as if to remove pressure from a potentially racial scandal, that each candidate had each suffered an invasion of privacy at the State Department by employees. The investigation continues in an effort to discover the details and resolve the security issue.

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