Saturday, June 23, 2007

President and Vice President, "Security Oversight, We Don't Need No Stinking Security Oversight"

Imagine you are a gun carrying member of the CIA, the United States Military, the FBI, the DEA or Homeland Security, and you know that you could end up dead if the wrong people find out the wrong information about your activities. I am sure you would take comfort knowing that the United States Government has well thought out security policies and comprehensive oversight. The Government has your back. All you have to worry about is the enemy in the front.

Imagine your concern when you heard that the Israelis and Saudis have close contacts with the utterly naive and hopelessly self-important neocons running the Vice President's office and with other neocons high up in the White House. Imagine the deepening concern when you read that well known Iranian spy Ahmad Chalabi, long the darling of the neo-conservative movement, had the ear of the Vice President and neocons in the White House. Now imagine the horror you must have felt when the White House and Vice President's office (and the highest levels of the State Department) leaked Valerie Plame's name. You must have been shocked to learn that for years the White House has been using the very insecure RNC as its email service provider.

How do you feel today when it is reported in the LA Times that the "White House says the president's own order on classified data does not apply to his office or the vice president's?"

If I were a spook, a policeman, a soldier or anybody else who could end up dead if the wrong people got the wrong information, I would be thinking about early retirement. What about you?

UPDATE: Blue Girl has posted her thoughts on this topic at BGRS.