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Have I mentioned lately what an asshole Obama is?

Obama encourages Federal workers to inform on each other:

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?

NOTE Hat tip, amazingly enough, to Digby.

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Submitted by Rainbow Girl on

When will this be on the NY Times and Daily Kos, I wonder?

Jon Stewart's summer replacement could work this for the next 2 months and then some.

"“indicators” that include stress, divorce and financial problems ... ": why not just have each agency head send out a blast email to all employees this Monday:

"Any one of you who is experiencing stress, divorce or financial problems, please report immediately to HR to provide an affidavit attesting to same. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. This is an order; compliance is not optional, under penalty of immediate termination. Agency Chief."

Next Obama will have Psych Profile Navigators -- individuals hired from private sector "consultancies" to roam federal government offices at will to observe employee behavior and make secret reports of these "observations" to the Agency Chief."

Because stress and financial worries really are very limited in this, the Fifth Year of the Major Recession. And divorce, we've now learned, may skyrocket amongs potential consumers of ObamaCare Insurance Products because ACA shafts "marrieds" with special shaft-the-married provisions relating to subsidy-eligibility, etc. (that's another one of ObamaCare's buckets -- The Shafted Marrieds Bucket).

Submitted by cg.eye on

when employees must report suspicions, no matter how slight, about other employees being disgruntled?

And, when will this be adopted by defense contractors, which now includes any company providing goods or services for the Empire?

And, don't ya think the execs at Wal-Mart are kicking themselves, for not thinking of this first?

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Submitted by DCblogger on

Where is the American Federation of Government Employees? What is the point of a union if they are not going to stand up to stuff like this?

Where are the Senators from Maryland and Virginia? Aren't they going to stand up for their civil servant constituents? Where are the congressional representatives from the DC suburbs?

Submitted by jawbone on

This guy is scarier than I ever, ever, ever dreamed he could be -- and I knew I could not vote for him well before he won the Dem primary, based on how he catered to big bidness.

He is scary Corporatist.

He is scary paranoid.

He is...well, just plan scary.

Boy, did he and his promoters (Wall St, Bad Big Banksters, some of the worst of the One Percenters, Corporatist Dems, etc.) pull off the Con of the Century -- maybe the biggest political con in US history.

And, who knew his exemplars included East Germany's Stasi??? St. Ronnie, yes. Nixon, it appears as well, in that he believes that when the president does something illegal it is not illegal, Bush/Cheney and the NeoCons. Yes. But, damn, the STASI????


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Submitted by Alexa on

and Greenwald blew Gregory out of the water (no surprise, there!).

And Senator Durbin actually had the temerity to equate American citizens' posting (of their own free will, of course) very personal details on Facebook--with the US Government's right to spy on its citizens.

BTW, the Sunday Shows are reporting that Snowden's destination is Venezuela--maybe they've been duped again by the "near-idiot" [not Durbin's words, but his implication, IMO], as described by Dick Durbin during a Senate hearing--you know, the dumb a** who never finished H.S. (received only a GED equivalency diploma), never completed his military stint, and never finished community college.

Wonder what Durbin thinks about Mr. Snowden's mental acuity and capacity, now, LOL!

They speculated that he would fly from Moscow, to Cuba, to Venezuela.

This is really beginning to get interesting . . .

Greenwald was "Tweeting" practically before he got "off the air."

I have never seen anyone "best him" [Greenwald] in any debate.

Oh, and one "shill" on George's show actually thinks that Snowden's fleeing with defeat the "left and right" coaltion who's supporting him.

Say what?

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Submitted by jo6pac on

Yes. The Constitution (Article VI, clause 3) requires that Senators and Representatives take an oath of office to support the Constitution. The specific language of the oath has changed several times since it was first administered in 1789. It is set by statute (5 U.S.C. 3331), enacted by Congress. It now reads:

I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.

Congresscritters must cross their fingers when they have to say this
On his way to Ecuador and I hope he makes it.

Submitted by Alcuin on

What I find interesting in these responses is that not a single one addresses the fact that what Obama has done is every-day behavior in corporate America. Does anyone have any idea of how common GPS is on corporate vehicles used by field personnel? Or how GPS is used to control the usage of air conditioning and idling time? Some corporations use GPS to shut off the vehicle if it is idling for longer than they want. Or how GPS is used to monitor the speed of the vehicle, which can result in disciplinary action if the speed limit in the area monitored is exceeded? Or how failure to perform to expected numeric expectations will result in discipline or termination? Even if those numeric expectations are completely unrealistic and do not take into consideration any extenuating circumstances? Ever hear of Quintile 5 and You're Out? I recall that Corey Robin wrote on this topic some time ago. People, it isn't Obama that you should be scared of, it is your corporate masters. Obama is just publicizing what has been going on in corporate America for the last 5 years, minimum. It is out of control and it is long past time for us to organize to stomp this obscenity out of existence.