Tuesday, August 15, 2006


Security Theater, Computerized Version

Of course the GOP/Media Complex is much more interested in recycling RNC blast-e-mails about What A Tragedy It Is That Lieberman Lost The Primary than in actually recounting Democratic responses to Republican screwups, so I'm betting that this will be the first time that you, Gentle Readers, have seen this little ditty published nearly a week ago:

The Senate's top Democrat says Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson should resign, calling his leadership a threat to national security after the VA lost another computer containing veterans' personal data. "Enough is enough," Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Tuesday. "Less than a month after promising to make the VA the 'gold standard' in data security, Secretary Nicholson has again presided over loss of the personal information of thousands more veterans." Reid is the third Senate Democrat - joining Sens. Patrick Leahy of Vermont and John Kerry of Massachusetts - who has called for Nicholson's ouster following high-profile data thefts at the government's second largest agency.
Oh, and the big irony of this? The computer was stolen from the offices of a private contractor, Unisys. What was that again about private industry being better than Evil Gummint Bureaucrats? And what are Jim Nicholson's qualifications to run the VA, anyway? Um, besides being the former head of the Republican National Committee? Are Useless Party Hacks and Corporate Board Chair-Warmers and Campaign Contributors somehow better than, y'know, actual government professionals?

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