Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Hope and Change: Obama encouraging informants again

The Obama personality cult has taken many cues from the propaganda playbook of such dictators as Josef Stalin.

And now they're back to utilizing a favorite tool totalitarian societies--utilizing informants.

Remember the White House request for "fishy" emails about ObamaCare? Or his campaign's Truth Teamn site, Attack Watch?

Now federal workers are the next target.

From McClatchey:
In an initiative aimed at rooting out future leakers and other security violators, President Barack Obama has ordered federal employees to report suspicious actions of their colleagues based on behavioral profiling techniques that are not scientifically proven to work, according to experts and government documents.

The techniques are a key pillar of the Insider Threat Program, an unprecedented government-wide crackdown under which millions of federal bureaucrats and contractors must watch out for "high-risk persons or behaviors" among co-workers. Those who fail to report them could face penalties, including criminal charges.

Obama mandated the program in an October 2011 executive order after Army Pfc. Bradley Manning downloaded hundreds of thousands of documents from a classified computer network and gave them to WikiLeaks, the anti-government secrecy group. The order covers virtually every federal department and agency, including the Peace Corps, the Department of Education and others not directly involved in national security.

Under the program, which is being implemented with little public attention, security investigations can be launched when government employees showing "indicators of insider threat behavior" are reported by co-workers, according to previously undisclosed administration documents obtained by McClatchy. Investigations also can be triggered when "suspicious user behavior" is detected by computer network monitoring and reported to "insider threat personnel."

Federal employees and contractors are asked to pay particular attention to the lifestyles, attitudes and behaviors – like financial troubles, odd working hours or unexplained travel – of co-workers as a way to predict whether they might do “harm to the United States." Managers of special insider threat offices will have "regular, timely, and, if possible, electronic, access" to employees' personnel, payroll, disciplinary and "personal contact" files, as well as records of their use of classified and unclassified computer networks, polygraph results, travel reports and financial disclosure forms.
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Cal Skinner said...

I guess Willard Hoadly, the Small Business Administration's Budget Officer when I was the Budget Bureau's SBA Budget Examiner would be in trouble today.

Once he figured out I was a Republican, he opened the bottom drawer of his steel desk and showed me a six-pack of Goldwater.

It was 1965 and Lyndon Johnson was in office.

John Ruberry said...

Goldwater paved the way for Reagan. Easily the most influential loser of a presidential race since Henry Clay.