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Obama passport files violated; 2 State Department workers fired (On Drudge)
Washington Times ^ | March 20, 2008 | by Bill Gertz

Posted on 03/20/2008 5:51:22 PM PDT by jdm

** EXCERPT **

Two State Department employees were fired recently and a third disciplined for improperly accessing electronic personal data on Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, Bush administration officials said yesterday.

~snip~

A similar data breach took place in 1992 when State Department officials looked up data on presidential candidate Bill Clinton, in an attempt to find out information from the late 1960s, amid unfounded political campaign rumors that Mr. Clinton had sought to renounce his citizenship to dodge the draft during the Vietnam War while a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford.

That incident triggered a three-year investigation by a special prosecutor, who found that no laws were violated but officials exercised poor judgment. The 1992 search of Mr. Clinton's passport records was part of an effort to speed up Freedom of Information Act requests.

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Asked whether a political candidate or party is behind the incidents, Mr. McCormack said: "None at this point in time that we have determined."

Mr. McCormack declined to provide the names of the employees or the contract, but he said they were hired by the contractor involved in producing, processing and approving passports.

"This is supposed to be a transaction between an individual and the government, and this is private information that we take a lot of steps to protect, and we take that responsibility seriously, not only for high profile individuals but for everybody," he said.

Mr. McCormack said the incidents took place at consular affairs facilities in the Washington area.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


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1 posted on 03/20/2008 5:51:22 PM PDT by jdm
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To: jdm
Those who do such a thing should have to spend the rest of their lives staring at photo of Hitlery.

That's just wrong, no matter who it is.

2 posted on 03/20/2008 5:53:24 PM PDT by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: jdm

Wonder whether the “fired” employees got jobs with another federal agency thanks to Hillary..........just sayin’......


3 posted on 03/20/2008 5:53:46 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: jdm

Those contractors will be named, shortly.


4 posted on 03/20/2008 5:54:03 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: jdm

someone is going to try and kill him.


5 posted on 03/20/2008 5:55:01 PM PDT by cdchik123
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To: jdm

Three separate incidents; three employees. I don’t think this is anything except the entertainment value of watching Olberman soil himself.


6 posted on 03/20/2008 5:56:31 PM PDT by Pinetop
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To: jdm

Osama Obama probalby put them up to it himself so he can play the victim.


7 posted on 03/20/2008 5:57:03 PM PDT by balch3
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To: Conan the Librarian
Those who do such a thing should have to spend the rest of their lives staring at photo of Hitlery.

Just having that face show up in the media repeatedly is one of my main reasons for opposing her. I'm hoping she will quickly fade away after this fiasco.

8 posted on 03/20/2008 5:57:40 PM PDT by capt. norm (Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups.)
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To: yldstrk

It looks like those “contractors” sent the stolen information to Hillary’s buttboy Joe Conason at Salon...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1989137/posts


9 posted on 03/20/2008 5:57:47 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: jdm

Plans within plans within plans.

Obama looking for distraction from the “wright stuff”?


10 posted on 03/20/2008 5:57:48 PM PDT by listenhillary (There's more people in the wagon, than there is pushin')
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To: jdm

It may have been just plain, dumb curiosity.

Seems to me that it’s a breach of security to explain how they were caught. Future data fishers will be more cautious, I expect.


11 posted on 03/20/2008 5:57:56 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: jdm

McPain sucks...but Clinton and Obama are fighting to see who can surrender the fastest, who is the bigger socialist, who can play the PC gender/race card better, who can abort the most babies...It takes these 2 crappy liberals to make McPain almost look ok.


12 posted on 03/20/2008 5:58:27 PM PDT by Rosemont
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To: jdm

The FBI should be talking to Joe Conason about what he knows about this...

http://www.joeconason.com/feedback


13 posted on 03/20/2008 6:00:04 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: jdm

no big deal its not like stuffing top secret records down your pants like Sandy Burglar..


14 posted on 03/20/2008 6:00:05 PM PDT by rolling_stone (same)
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To: jdm

HILLARY AT HER BEST!!!!!!
Too bad she wasn’t able to dig up any dirt................. or maybe she did. LOL


15 posted on 03/20/2008 6:00:07 PM PDT by Fox_Mulder77
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To: jdm

This is on H&C now. Obama wants to change the subject bad!
Watch his campaign TRY VERY HARD to make an issue of this.


16 posted on 03/20/2008 6:01:53 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: jdm
Obama will be trying to push for an investigation to get the focus off him and his pastor.
17 posted on 03/20/2008 6:01:57 PM PDT by tobyhill (The media lies so much the truth is the exception)
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To: jdm

could it be obama’s own camp, burnishing the image of “victim” on the one side, “white devil” on the other?


18 posted on 03/20/2008 6:03:02 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Osama: the ultimate superdelegate.)
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To: Conan the Librarian
That's just wrong, no matter who it is.

It's interesting that no one gets fired in a Dem administration when official records get looked at.

900 FBI files, Linda Tripp's records ,etcetera...

19 posted on 03/20/2008 6:04:52 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Conan the Librarian

I agree it’s terrible. What’s surprising is that Hannity is implying Obama is trying to distract us from Wright. Ridiculous.


20 posted on 03/20/2008 6:06:31 PM PDT by StarFan
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To: cdchik123
someone is going to try and kill him.

You gathered that from this article because...?

21 posted on 03/20/2008 6:06:40 PM PDT by mplsconservative
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To: Anti-Bubba182
Watch his campaign TRY VERY HARD to make an issue of this.

As well he should. Put yourself in his shoes.

22 posted on 03/20/2008 6:08:05 PM PDT by StarFan
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23 posted on 03/20/2008 6:08:20 PM PDT by omega4179 (Olympics=Tyrrany inc.)
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To: StarFan

He should not, hes just distracting us from his disastrous race card speech and ongoing relationship with Wright.


24 posted on 03/20/2008 6:09:10 PM PDT by omega4179 (Olympics=Tyrrany inc.)
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To: jdm

clintonistas


25 posted on 03/20/2008 6:09:36 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: rolling_stone

“I think this is just maybe a case of being sloppy”(sarc)


26 posted on 03/20/2008 6:10:07 PM PDT by The Forgotten Man (He works, he votes, generally he prays--but he always pays....)
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To: jdm

ALREADY POSTED —

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1989099/posts?q=1&;page=1#1


27 posted on 03/20/2008 6:11:27 PM PDT by SilvieWaldorfMD (Obamanation = Abomination)
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To: cdchik123

what are you talking about ?


28 posted on 03/20/2008 6:11:34 PM PDT by ncalburt
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To: Shermy
Could this be related to your post here?
29 posted on 03/20/2008 6:11:38 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (Senator McCain, what did GWB promise you back in 2000? And you believed him? BWAHAAAAA!)
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To: StarFan
What’s surprising is that Hannity is implying Obama is trying to distract us from Wright. Ridiculous.

I don't think it's so ridiculous, when it is juxtaposed against the presidential polls that reflect Obama in a free fall as much as 20 percentage point swings.

30 posted on 03/20/2008 6:11:39 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: jimbo123

Jimbo— good linkage with Joe Conason...Being that it happened to Clinton,it is likely that they would have stored away this little trick. The Clintons also got all those FBI files on their enemies. We’ll see if it leads to Clinton.


31 posted on 03/20/2008 6:11:45 PM PDT by Pinetop
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To: StarFan

Sure I would too! It looks like the snooping was done by curious contract employees and not political operatives.
I don’t think he will have luck “Blaming Bush” or otherwise changing the subject on this one.


32 posted on 03/20/2008 6:12:32 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: jdm

They won’t prosecute traitorious war protesters who travel back and forth to Cuba and denounce the U.S. while on speaking tours in the mideast, but hey, they have their priorities....


33 posted on 03/20/2008 6:13:19 PM PDT by Albion Wilde (The best argument against democracy is a 5-minute conversation with the average voter.óWChurchill)
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To: Anti-Bubba182
Susan Estrich, barf. Where is Powers. Can't stand her smokers voice....

Isn't she another democrat campaign manager loser(Dukakis)....

34 posted on 03/20/2008 6:13:36 PM PDT by The Forgotten Man (He works, he votes, generally he prays--but he always pays....)
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To: listenhillary
exactly what i think ?
a set up to get the wright story off the headlines and he can play victim again.!
Have you notice how drudge report carefully ignored most of the anti-oabama coverage but has blow up anything that helps him.
35 posted on 03/20/2008 6:13:58 PM PDT by ncalburt
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To: Albion Wilde

Obama will release his passport records when Hillary releases her tax records.


36 posted on 03/20/2008 6:14:02 PM PDT by SilvieWaldorfMD (Obamanation = Abomination)
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To: IllumiNaughtyByNature

Could be, that’s why I posted the article from last year.

Jus’ googled obama passport...came right up.


37 posted on 03/20/2008 6:14:13 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: Red Steel

The polls may change as a result of his race speech and I pray they do as I DO NOT want to see Hillary as the nominee. However, a security breach definitely warrants a full investigation and his outrage is justified.


38 posted on 03/20/2008 6:14:16 PM PDT by StarFan
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To: Red Steel

I think Hannity is onto something !


39 posted on 03/20/2008 6:15:09 PM PDT by ncalburt
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To: StarFan

I agree with you that it is a security breech that needs to be dealt with.


40 posted on 03/20/2008 6:17:14 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: jimbo123

That Salon article from December explains a lot!


41 posted on 03/20/2008 6:18:03 PM PDT by Teflonic
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To: jimbo123; IllumiNaughtyByNature; Pinetop; Shermy

Definitely worthy of an email to Obama’s camp with a link to the Conason story. I’m sure they’d find it interesting. Add fuel to the fire, let Obama’s peeps know what might be up.


42 posted on 03/20/2008 6:19:15 PM PDT by enough_idiocy (Holding my nose in 2008. I disagree with McCain on lots of issue, but with the Democrats on more.)
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To: Shermy

Nice digging. Wonder when we will hear that the two fired hacks are old Klintoon leftovers?


43 posted on 03/20/2008 6:19:17 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (Senator McCain, what did GWB promise you back in 2000? And you believed him? BWAHAAAAA!)
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD
ALREADY POSTED —

No, this Washington Times story hasn't already been posted. What you linked to was a single sentence vanity, not an article.

44 posted on 03/20/2008 6:19:22 PM PDT by jdm ("You only live once and usually not even then." - Michael O'Donoghue)
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To: enough_idiocy

Gettin-r-did as we speak.


45 posted on 03/20/2008 6:20:57 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (Senator McCain, what did GWB promise you back in 2000? And you believed him? BWAHAAAAA!)
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To: jdm

Ok


46 posted on 03/20/2008 6:21:45 PM PDT by SilvieWaldorfMD (Obamanation = Abomination)
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD
Obama will release his passport records when Hillary releases her tax records.

And Kerry's Form 180. Don't hold your breath waitin'!

47 posted on 03/20/2008 6:21:59 PM PDT by Albion Wilde (The best argument against democracy is a 5-minute conversation with the average voter.óWChurchill)
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To: enough_idiocy

just post it on the daily obama—(daily kos).


48 posted on 03/20/2008 6:23:40 PM PDT by Pinetop
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To: jdm

Hillary’s behind it, I’ll bet. The State Department is riddled with Clintonistas.


49 posted on 03/20/2008 6:24:04 PM PDT by Dionysius (Jingoism is no vice.)
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To: Albion Wilde; jdm

Someone needs to cache that Conason column before it disappears!


50 posted on 03/20/2008 6:25:11 PM PDT by SilvieWaldorfMD (Obamanation = Abomination)
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