TSA manual misstep leads to discipline
By Spencer S. Hsu
Thursday, December 10, 2009
The Department of Homeland Security has initiated unspecified actions against personnel involved in the bungled online posting this spring of a government document that revealed airport screening secrets, Secretary Janet Napolitano told senators Wednesday.
A contract employee was responsible for not properly redacting a 93-page Transportation Security Administration operating manual that was put on a government procurement Web site, allowing computer users to recover blacked-out information by copying and pasting it into other documents, Napolitano said. TSA supervisors were also involved, she said.
“The security of the traveling public has never been put at risk,” Napolitano assured the Senate Judiciary Committee at an oversight hearing, repeating earlier TSA statements that the document was out of date, never implemented and had been revised six times after the breach.
This is a direct result of bozos building empires.
Before 9-11, long before, we had the FBI to investigate internal American security matters and the CIA to work abroad. Now, as merely a partial list,
we’ve added, in our infinite wisdom and thirst to do something;
- National Security Agency
- National Reconnaissance Office
- National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
- Defense Intelligence Agency
- Department of Homeland Security Office of Intelligence and Analysis
- National Security Council
- President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board
- Office of National Drug Control Policy
- Justice Department
- Office of Intelligence
- Justice Intelligence Coordinating Council
- Drug Enforcement Administration
- National Drug Intelligence Center
- U.S. National Central Bureau
- Bureau of Intelligence & Research
- Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
- Counterterrorism Office
- Bureau of Diplomatic Security
- Treasury Department
- Office of Intelligence Support
- Office of the Under Secretary for Enforcement
- Financial Crimes Enforcement
- Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
- Information Security Oversight Office
Apparently the Information Security Oversight Office was busy elsewhere, when Homeland Security beached its mission of keeping us all safe, warm and dumb. Understandably in a bloated and useless bureaucracy, those involved don’t share information among one another, so their uselessness can remain undiscovered and budget intact.
But one might posit (if one were inclined toward positing) that what brought the Twin Towers down was not a lack of information, but the inability to share this knowledge. That was then, this is now.
Now we are hopelessly twaddled by well-meaning twaddlers into a morass constructed almost entirely of more asses. Hardly a week escapes some Senate committee or another, hauling before itself another wide-eyed apologist for sensitive data gone missing or, in this case, being posted on the Internet.
Too many cooks and too many recipes can only result in collisions in the kitchen, heartburn, indigestion and no one to blame for a meal gone wrong.