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The letter pretty much sums it up.  From Congressman Waxman to former Chief of Staff Andrew Card, by letter, today:

Following the hearing, my staff heard from multiple current and former security officials who work or worked at the White House Security Office. These security offrcials described a systemic breakdown in security procedures at the White House. The statements of these officials, if true, indicate that the security lapses that characterized the White House response to the leak of Ms. Wilson's identity were not an isolated occuffence, but part of a pattern of disregard for the basic requirements for protecting our national security secrets.

Each of the multiple security officers who spoke with my staff had firsthand knowledge of the irurer workings of the White House Security Office. Although they asked for anonymity to protect themselves from retaliation, they each gave consistent accounts. According to these security officers...

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-- The White House regularly ignored securÍty breaches. The security officers described multiple instances of security breaches that were reported to the White House Security Office by concerned officials, such as Secret Service agents, but ignored by the White House Security Office. Several of the security violations involved mishandling of "Sensitive Compartmentalized Information" (SCI), the highest level of classified
information, such as leaving SCI materials unattended in a hotel room.

-- The White House blocked security inspections of the West Wing. According to the security officers, they were prohibited from conducting unannounced inspections of West Wing offices, which undermined their ability to assess compliance and deter violations. In addition, they reported that the White House denied the Information Security Oversight Offrce of the National Archives permission to inspect the West Wing, despite the fact that Executive Order 12958 gives this Archives offrce the authority to inspect all executive branch offrces to ensure the effectiveness of security programs.

-- The White House condoned mismanagement at the White House Security Office. The security officers described the leadership of the White House Security Office as poor managers who habitually flouted basic security procedures and allowed other White House offrcials to do the same.

Remember the (real) spy working inside Cheney's office?  How hard did they work to smoke him out?  Or did they?

It makes Craig Livingstone's activities in the Clinton White House look quaint.  

And with Karl Rove and cronies lobbing all government e-mail outside of the official system and into RNC servers, you really do have to wonder if they've opened the US Government up to widespread foreign intelligence spying as I speculated about a month ago while the story was breaking.

Not a crew you can trust.

Originally posted to citizen92 on Mon Apr 23, 2007 at 11:57 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Following procedures and rules (1+ / 0-)
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    are not in Bush's job description.

  •  And they are the law and order party (2+ / 0-)
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    citizen92, Neon Mama

    What a joke.

  •  NOW may we pretty please seize RNC hard drives? (1+ / 0-)
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    We must verify just zaxtly what classified info this crook e-mailed on your non-secure, refuse to let security experts do their JOB and thus obstructed justice preventing detection of spy which sounds like high crime  and/or emboldening treason by allowing link to offshore area where terrorists operate. Almost sounds like conspiracy to commit.  Suggested head -- GOOPERS bend over backwards to aid terror suspect steal classified docs. inside Whitehouse.     Wasn't that Chiquita banana veep, Joe Hagin, bragged on in his official bio posted online by in charge of Whitehouse terror security? Heckuva job Joe bananas.
    (Please apply several layers of Waxman daily.)

    De fund + de bunk = de EXIT--->>>>>

    by Neon Mama on Mon Apr 23, 2007 at 01:56:03 PM PDT

  •  If there were security in the WH, then there woul (2+ / 0-)
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    peace voter, citizen92

    be a paper trail of all of their criminal acts. This is evidence of criminal intent. This is how the mob operates.

    Security would also get in the way of their illicit deals with their cronies who have no security clearance. And it would really hamper their ability to trade away state secrets for goodies.

    •  They've got it wired, basically (0+ / 0-)

      The White House Security Office (WHSO) is the coordinating point and final arbiter for granting security clearances to White House political appointees.  That office gins up the full field investigations done by the FBI that are a condition of White House employment.  That office "evaulates" all of the data that comes back and decides whether or not to grant a clearance.

      The WHSO is also responsible for taking action should random drug testing come back positive (unless the Bush Administration has eliminated drug testing for its WH appointees, which is possible).

      Remember those embarrassing stories about Clinton staffers who couldn't get a clearances because they failed some aspect of an investigation?  Bush's solution, gain control of the test to suit your needs.  Or eliminate it all together.

  •  Don Young has been in Congress.. (2+ / 0-)
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    peace voter, citizen92

    ....for a very long time.  First elected in a 1973 special election.  This taken in 1974:


    "Every single Democratic candidate is immeasurably better than what we have in the White House now." - Sen. Joe Biden paraphrased

    by Land of Enchantment on Mon Apr 23, 2007 at 03:24:57 PM PDT

    •  Whoops. Posted to wrong diary. (2+ / 0-)
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      peace voter, citizen92

      Hope you like it anyhow.

      "Every single Democratic candidate is immeasurably better than what we have in the White House now." - Sen. Joe Biden paraphrased

      by Land of Enchantment on Mon Apr 23, 2007 at 03:25:37 PM PDT

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      •  Thanks (1+ / 0-)
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        peace voter

        You've got a lot of pictures to share!  

        •  People elected to public office... (2+ / 0-)
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          ...are rarely shy.  Now that we have the internets, many/most of them post a lot of pictures of themselves (or rather they PR/staff people do, they likely don't often look at 'em all).  And some of the stuff that's posted, one wonders what they're thinking.  I sometimes wonder whether it's visual idiocy or passive aggressiveness by poorly-treated staff.

          I've spent a LOT of time combing lots of Congressional websites, copying the pix.  Started with those associated with House Resources first.  So Young was added to the portfolio early on.  An upcoming project is to do ALL the US Embassies, which usually post pix when CoDels come to visit.

          "Every single Democratic candidate is immeasurably better than what we have in the White House now." - Sen. Joe Biden paraphrased

          by Land of Enchantment on Mon Apr 23, 2007 at 03:32:11 PM PDT

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          •  I just wish (0+ / 0-)

            That we'd been able to get those pix off of the CNMI DC rep's website when ol' Pete Tenorio was photo happy.  I can only imagine what the CNMI trip in '02 had on it!

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