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Why The Hell Was Secret White House Helicopter Data Found On A Computer In Iran?

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

By Stuart Whatley
The Huffington Post


It is a case of perverse but predictable irony that the first administration to truly harness the Internet's full power likewise faces the greatest threat from it. Nothing underscores this reality more acutely than a report this week that confidential mechanical data regarding the VH-60 presidential helicopter were found on a computer in Iran.

But then again, the new administration is perhaps fortunate to be furnished with such a thudding wakeup call as it leads the nation further into the Information Age -- the biggest mistake now would be to respond by hitting the Snooze button.

The leak, according to Reuters, was discovered by a peer-to-peer file sharing monitor company, Tiversa, based in Pennsylvania. Tiversa spokesman Keith Tagliaferri did not divulge the name of the defense contractor whence the files were leaked nor the Iranian computer wherein they were discovered, but he assured interested parties that the necessary government bodies had been notified.

One of the most discomfiting elements of this incident is that, according to Tagliaferri, the leak was most likely unintentional -- resulting from the data being stored on a personal computer, wherein it was compromised by music, movie, or any other number of file sharing conduits. Thus, rather than being some isolated, vile act of treason, the problem arose from an unforeseen systemic failure.

Now under investigation, it is safe to presume that this specific incident has been nipped in the bud. However, the larger implications of such an egregious slip will not be so ephemeral. Paralleling what we recently saw in the financial sector with 'exotic instruments' (of the derivative and credit default swap ilk), information-sharing technologies and practices may be outpacing the necessary regulatory safeguards that should accompany them. Elevate this to the level of national security, and it becomes an exigent prerogative -- a prompt and honest appraisal, followed by respective overhauling of the nation's cybersecurity infrastructure is in order....(Click for remainder).

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CNN Manufactures Threat to Sebelius Nomination

By mcjoan
Daily Kos


There's been a lot of ink spilled on Sebelius and abortion over the past few weeks, since she emerged as a major contender for HHS Secretary. Now that it's official, CNN is stirring the pot some more.
(CNN) -- The congressional showdown over Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' nomination to President Obama's Cabinet may focus less on her qualifications than on the issue of abortion, analysts said....

Analysts suspected that Obama would face a battle over abortion if and when he makes a nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, but religious conservatives could use Sebelius as a warm-up for the seemingly inevitable fight.

Calling Sebelius an "enemy of the unborn," Catholic League President Bill Donohue said the Kansas governor's nomination is particularly disturbing because the health and human services secretary is one of the few members of the administration who can directly affect abortion policy.

This despite the fact that CNN is reporting in their own story: rabid abortion foes Senators Sam Brownback and Pat Roberts are on record supporting the home state nominee.
The senators said they expect to have several differences of opinion with the Obama administration -- especially on health care funding and nationalized health care -- but they make no mention of the abortion issue.

David Brody, who covers the White House for the Christian Broadcasting Network, said the omission could pose a problem for anti-abortion advocates hoping to down Sebelius' nomination.

"It's a problem, and Sam Brownback has been in long step with them on the abortion issue. That's a setback for them," he said.
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