Federal Government Launches Witch Hunt for Leakers

August 7th, 2013
Updated 08/07/2013 at 3:37 am

The Obama Administration has launched a witch hunt for leakers in the federal government. The effort, called the Insider Threat Program, encourages federal employees to psychologically profile their coworkers then turn in anybody who might be a threat.

Obama and the new Insider Threat Program.The threat isn’t terrorism or treason; it is leaking information that might be politically damaging or embarrassing towards the Administration to the press. The program encourages federal workers to pay close attention to the lifestyles, attitudes, and behaviors of coworkers then report any odd or unusual behaviors to superiors.

The idea here is to spot potential leakers like Bradley Manning or Edward Snowden, who might tell the media about things the President or others want kept secret. Yet from documents that have been leaked to the press, it sounds like a witch hunt.

Profiling Leakers

Paranoid or conformist federal workers will turn in any coworker they don’t like or anybody they consider odd; for example, anybody that voices libertarian sympathies or says that he thinks Edward Snowden didn’t do anything wrong. Or how about law-abiding citizens doing a Google search for pressure cookers, as was the case this past week. As Anthony Gucciardi has reported, laws and regulations now exist that classify 100% of the population as ‘terrorists’ according to the United States government.

I suppose busy bodies will be going through their coworkers’ cubicles at federal buildings looking for dangerous literature such as Watchmen comic books (written by British anarchist Allen Moore) or copies of the Constitution. Others might turn in people for going to websites like this one or reading articles from The Guardian.

The behaviors listed that fit the profile of a potential leaker are also very bothersome. They include being ‘stressed, being divorced, and having financial problems’. Under those criteria, 80–90% of the population of the United States would be a potential security threat.

Worse, this program seems to violate the First Amendment to the Constitution, which guarantees freedom of speech. In other words, Obama wants to deprive federal employees of the basic rights all Americans are entitled to. Freedom of speech only exists when the speech doesn’t embarrass the leader.

This whole plan sounds like something out of Stalinist Russia, where children were given medals for turning their parents in to the secret police. Or perhaps 1950s America, where leftists were effectively deprived of federal employment because of their politics. The security state is taking on the mentality and behavior of the authoritarians and totalitarians of the past. It needs to join Joseph McCarthy and the USSR in the ash heap of history.

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  1. pearler says:

    What i have experienced of federal employee's it will only take a few days to find any honest,faithful to the Constitution and their "Oath of Public Office";).
    They are a sorry worthless group of haters for the American citizens rights and liberties! Promise,got the proof right here.
    Big problem all these talk,talk,talk "investigative Reporters" do not seem to want the story nor evidence;).
    Go figure, and i have all the coffee mugs,t-shirt,water bottles,knapsacks i could ever need.Why buy yours for $50.00 ;)?
    See,no need for either of ;).

  2. joshua says:

    another way to silence the First Amendment… yup

  3. Klaus says:

    They are whistle blowers, not leakers! The criminal government likes to call them leakers, since there is no "leakers protection act". Please don't support their word games!

  4. Editor says:

    The good news is that the US is spying less than in past decades thanks to sensational revelations led by Libertarians and fans. See http://www.libertarianinternational.org for more.

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