Have I mentioned lately what an asshole Obama is?
President Barack Obama’s unprecedented initiative, known as the Insider Threat Program, is sweeping in its reach. It has received scant public attention even though it extends beyond the U.S. national security bureaucracies to most federal departments and agencies nationwide, including the Peace Corps, the Social Security Administration and the Education and Agriculture departments. It emphasizes leaks of classified material, but catchall definitions of “insider threat” give agencies latitude to pursue and penalize a range of other conduct.
Look, I'm happy to see the Obots devour each other, but what Obama just did was create the most hellish workplace imaginable for the entire Federal Government:
The program could make it easier for the government to stifle the flow of unclassified and potentially vital information to the public, while creating toxic work environments poisoned by unfounded suspicions and spurious investigations of loyal Americans, according to these current and former officials and experts. Some non-intelligence agencies already are urging employees to watch their co-workers for “indicators” that include stress, divorce and financial problems.
The policy, which partly relies on behavior profiles, also could discourage creative thinking and fuel conformist “group think” of the kind that was blamed for the CIA’s erroneous assessment that Iraq was hiding weapons of mass destruction, a judgment that underpinned the 2003 U.S. invasion.
"Insider threats" based on behavior profiles like "he looked at me funny." Kidding, except not, right?
Employees must turn themselves and others in for failing to report breaches. “Penalize clearly identifiable failures to report security infractions and violations, including any lack of self-reporting,” the strategic plan says.
Must turn themselves in?!
For failure to report, say, if they thought colleague looked stressed? Some event that takes place in their minds only? Isn't that thought crime?
I'm seeing Starbucks Gift Cards for dropping a dime on your threatening co-worker. Especially the threatening co-worker who's got the job you wish you had, say. What could go wrong?