Security Required Cover Ups

The lesson of the following headline on security, or the lack of it, is that, when soulless, ethically-devoid power politics is supreme, you can never trust the government. Period. End of story.

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For your reading today is a headline from the Daily Signal: “Government Insider Warned of Security Risks: ‘I Am Tired of the Cover Ups’

Government insiders who flagged security issues prior to the launch of were right to be concerned. That’s according to a new audit by the Government Accountability Office, which concluded that security weaknesses are putting “the sensitive personal information” contained by and its related systems at risk.

As the Obama administration prepared to launch the website last fall, one of those insiders voiced concern about the vulnerabilities and complained about “cover ups” masking the severity of the problems.

The findings run counter to claims by Obama administration officials who have long insisted there’s no reason for any concern regarding the website’s security.

The news comes in advance of a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing at 11 a.m. today examining the security vulnerabilities. GAO Director of Information Security Issues Greg Wilhusen will testify. His report concludes, “Until these weaknesses are addressed, the systems and the information they contain remain at increased risk of unauthorized use, disclosure, modification, or loss.”

The story gets worse from there, documenting the allegations of the bureaucracy’s work covering up the security flaws they were imposing on the American people.

The primary job of American civil government—Job One—is to protect citizens. In this case, they clearly demonstrate they had other priorities. You can imagine all of the toadies up and down the chain of command, every one of them bowing to the pressure being piled on from the White House to “make the boss look good.”

[See also, “ Still Has No Security, Designed Without It.”]

Well, they didn’t make Barack Obama look good, they made him appear as a sociopath with no concern for harming the Americans he was allegedly trying to help with Obamacare. His basic working philosophy can be summarized thus:

“Here, let me give you substandard health care—burnishing the bottom-line of the insurers and medical concerns that donated to my campaign—while leaving your most personal health information exposed to easy hacking by criminals outside of government.”

Yet another gem, for prominent placement in the Government Workers’ Hall of Shame:

In an Oct. 5, 2013, email, CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner forwarded a subordinate a complaint from a White House adviser and then instructed, “Please delete this email.”

For that one incident, Ms. Tavenner and her underling should be unemployed, this morning. Let me interpret for you: “Please violate Federal Law on my behalf by deleting this email.”

The cancer among bureaucrats has apparently reached epidemic stage as bad as or worse than Ebola. I suggest we put virtually every government agency under Obamacare’s “end-of-life counseling,” and prepare them for what should be a quick (and not necessarily painless) employment death.