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Old 03-20-2008, 08:29 PM
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State Department: Someone snooped in Obama's passport file

(CNN) -- On three occasions since January, Sen. Barack Obama's passport file was looked at by three different contract workers, said State Department spokesman Sean McCormack.

The contractors accessed information in the file in an unauthorized way, he said. Two contractors were fired and one was disciplined by the contractor's company, McCormack said.

He said the contractors are not linked.

The breach seems like "imprudent curiosity" among the contract workers, said McCormack, adding that senior management at the State Department was not aware of the incidents until Thursday afternoon. Breaches occurred January 9, February 21 and March 14.

Obama's campaign is asking for a complete investigation to find out who looked at Obama's passport file and why.

"This is an outrageous breach of security and privacy, even from an administration that has shown little regard for either over the last eight years," said Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton in a statement.

"Our government's duty is to protect the private information of the American people, not use it for political purposes."

State Department: Someone snooped in Obama's passport file - CNN.com

I can't believe they did not know "who" Obama is.what next?...
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I can't believe they did not know "who" Obama is.what next?...
It's not even a matter of just knowing who the person is...It's a "curiosity killed the cat" thing...

When I worked at a bank (almost 20 years ago!), I handled the signature cards...Every once in a while I'd get a local celebrity or someone I knew...I have no problems admitting I broke the tape, looked at something like the city where the celebrity lived or how much they opened an account with, then taped it back up...

Do I use it for evil?...Nope...Did I pass any info along?...Nope...Did I have intentions of getting that job to look them up?...Nope...

It was just a "While I'm here" sort of thing...I didn't write anything down nor could I give a list of names or amounts or locations...Just a passing curiosity...

This, obviously, is on a larger scale and could cause way more harm, but until there's anything concrete, I wouldn't go around placing blame...
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I deal with this kind of issue from a medical standpoint. I am very limited as to what I am allowed to look at and why (HIPPA or however it's abbreviated). Anywhere I go in the computer system has my tag on it, so if someone sees me snooping in a program I don't normally use on a patient that is not in our department without a justifiable explanation and signed records release then I can expect to lose my job. And especially if that patient is one of notoriety in some way or other there will be folks checking up on who's accessing the records.

A couple of celebrities have contacted me for information on their children's appointments and I have provided it at their request no problem. But random snooping is a major no-no these days. My medical privacy was invaded several years ago by (albeit well meaning) family members before these laws were implemented, so I can understand. Not all of it is for purposes of malice, but when celebs and politicians are involved the potential for abuse is so great.
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Update...

It's not just Obama...it was all 3 candidates...

3 candidates' passport files breached

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WASHINGTON - The passport files of the three presidential candidates — Sens. Barack Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton and John McCain — have been breached, the State Department said Friday.

State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said the breaches of McCain and Clinton's passport files were not discovered until Friday, after officials were made aware of the privacy breach regarding Obama's records and a separate search was conducted.

McCormack said the individual who accessed Obama's files also reviewed McCain's file. This contract employee has been reprimanded, but not fired. The individual no longer has access to passport records, he said.

"We are reviewing our options with that person" and their employment status, McCormack said.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spoke with at least Obama and Clinton on Friday and expressed her regrets. State Department officials also planned to brief the staffs of all three candidates on Friday.
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Obama's campaign is asking for a complete investigation to find out who looked at Obama's passport file and why.
Ummm...

I think Obama's campaign should be careful what they wish for...

Passports probe focuses on worker

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The State Department investigation of improper computer access to passport records of three presidential candidates is focusing on one remaining employee — a contract worker with a company headed by an adviser to the presidential campaign of Sen. Barack Obama

The probe by State's inspector general will include polygraph tests for supervisors in the passport section to find out whether the three contract employees who accessed the records had a political motive or were part of a political operation to obtain personal data on Mr. Obama, Sen. John McCain or Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Two of the three contract employees had been fired before The Washington Times first reported Thursday on security breaches involving Mr. Obama's passport records. The furor expanded yesterday to incidents involving the passport records of Mr. McCain and Mrs. Clinton.

The third employee, who has not been fired, worked for The Analysis Corporation (TAC), which is headed by John O. Brennan, a former CIA agent who is an adviser to Mr. Obama's presidential campaign on intelligence and foreign policy.

The TAC employee is the only individual to have accessed both Mr. Obama's and Mr. McCain's passport information without proper authorization, a State Department spokesman said. That employee, who was not named, triggered an electronic alarm system, officials familiar with the probe said.
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I would rather have accessed their FBI files.....Oh thats right the Clintons already did. Nevermind it was no big deal since they only got caught accessing a thousand or so.
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The update is that the same people went into the files of Hillary and John. Any confirmation?

If that is the case, maybe we need to seize the contractors and find out who they are working for.

We are on a slip and slide now for surveillance thanks to Bush and Cheney. Time to rein in all the rogue elements AND THEIR EMPLOYERS.
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The update is that the same people went into the files of Hillary and John. Any confirmation?
No...

The person that works for TAC looked up McCain & Obama...There was one who looked at Hillary's and one other that looked at Obama's...

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If that is the case, maybe we need to seize the contractors and find out who they are working for.
I doubt there was a plan...

And I doubt it was malicious...The TAC thing raises an eyebrow, but as far as speculation for evil goes, I'd bet it was more of a "Let's see if there's anything I can sell to TMZ" sort of thing...

And the percentages of that are low IMO...

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We are on a slip and slide now for surveillance thanks to Bush and Cheney. Time to rein in all the rogue elements AND THEIR EMPLOYERS.
Oh yeah...Blame Bush...
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Passport Investigation Scrutinizes Employee of Firm With a Tie to Obama

The State Department investigation into how and why the passport files of three presidential candidates were breached is scrutinizing an employee at a Virginia-based company, which is headed by an adviser to Barack Obama’s campaign.

Passport Investigation Scrutinizes Employee of Firm With a Tie to Obama - America’s Election HQ

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