Sunday, December 5, 2010

Government employees forbidden to visit the Wikileaks site without proper security clearance

From The New York Holy Times:

WASHINGTON — In a classic case of shutting the barn door after the horse has left, the Obama administration and the Department of Defense have ordered the hundreds of thousands of federal employees and contractors not to view the secret cables and other classified documents published by Wikileaks and news organizations around the world unless the workers have the required security clearance or authorization.

“Classified information, whether or not already posted on public websites or disclosed to the media, remains classified, and must be treated as such by federal employees and contractors, until it is declassified by an appropriate U.S. Government authority,” said the notice sent on Friday afternoon by the Office of Management and Budget, which is part of the White House, to agency and department heads, urging them to distribute it to their staff.

I guess if they want to know what's in the Wikileaks cables, they'll have to get a neighbor or any literate 8th grader to tell them.....

The directive applies to both government computers and private devices that employees or contractors might have, as long as they are accessing the documents on nonclassified government networks. It does not advise agencies to block WikiLeaks or other websites on government computer systems, a White House official said Saturday. And it does not prohibit federal employees from reading news stories about the topic. But if they have “accidentially” already downloaded any of these documents, they are being told to notify their “information security offices.”

And on a slightly unrelated but equally ridiculous topic, Wikileaks is slowly starting to reveal documents about the Climate Scam:
Go here for details. 
This is amazing.  Truly amazing. 

It's kinda like the TSA body scans, or any other illegal government search and seizure, but reversed. 
Come on, Uncle Sam !!!   You shouldn't worry about breaches of privacy if you have nothing to hide !!! 

The pic of the horse that got through the barn door came from here.  This lady makes some great pics, BTW.  The picture of Uncle Sam having his privacy violated came from Daily Kos. 

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