"The worst hack of all time." That's what Steven Vaughan-Nichols called the incredible breach of up to 32 million people's personal data at the U.S. government's Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Erin Kelly called it "the biggest and most devastating cyberattack against the U.S. government." The breach, perpetrated by what were probably Chinese hackers sponsored by their aggressive communist state, affects all current and former federal employees. The worst part is that we don't know precisely how many government records were breached, as our government has repeatedly lied about the problem.
The OPM's director, Katherine Archuleta, has displayed the sort of incompetence we've come to expect from those in charge under Obama's regime. National Review's Jim Geraghty termed this Obama's "politicization of the federal bureaucracy," and he's absolutely correct. The Obama administration has never encountered an issue they would not immediately distort and politicize, spinning reality and stating outright lies in asserting that their wishful thinking is more important than reality. "Archuleta had no background in the kind of work the agency does," Geraghty points out (singing a song only too familiar when it comes to the progressives Obama puts in charge). "Like the president, she has roots in 'community organizing.' ... Nothing in [her resume] suggests any expertise in the vitally important human resources and record-keeping functions OPM is supposed to serve."
According to Slate, OPM has been aware of security vulnerabilities and the failure to encrypt sensitive personal data for years. Archuleta, for her part, told the American people there was nothing to worry about (yet another song only too familiar when it comes to Obama's fabled "transparent" administration). Last summer, Archuleta claimed, "No personal identification information was compromised. ... Again, we did not have a breach in security. There was no information that was lost. We were confident as we worked through this that we would be able to protect the data."
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Congress has held multiple hearings about this issue. You may not be aware of that, however. This is because the OPM hack has not just been downplayed by Archuleta and those working for her, but by a complicit media that hates to criticize President Obama. In June, Archuleta made a series of excuses for the OPM's failure to protect federal employees' personal information. The facilities are old, she said. Even if the data were encrypted, why, that wouldn't have stopped the hackers, because ... well, that's not clear. The answer seems to be that every single person working for and appointed by Barack Obama and those beneath him are bad at their jobs and unqualified to have them. This is what you get when community agitators and progressive activists are promoted far beyond their abilities to positions of power.
In this, Archuleta is no different than Obama himself. America's would-be emperor went so far recently as to say that America's standing in the world has somehow skyrocketed during his disastrous tenure. "People don't remember ... when I came into office, the United States in world opinion ranked below China and just barely above Russia," he said. "And today, once again, the United States is the most respected country on Earth." Setting aside for a moment that the measure of a nation's stature is not, or should not be, the opinion of its enemies, this remarkably delusional proclamation is belied every day by Obama's foreign-policy failures. From the Benghazi scandal to Obama's repeated snubs of Israel to the shambles that is the rest of the Middle East – not to mention the ratcheting up of tensions with both China and Russia on Obama's watch – our standing in the world is far worse than it was under Obama's predecessors.
But then, what else should we expect from a man who honestly seems to believe that the United States is uniquely wrong and bad? Trampling the bodies of the victims of the church shooting in Charleston, a breathless Obama rushed to his bully pulpit to call for more gun control (because, by Democratic logic, the way to prevent mass shootings is to make sure that victims of them are unarmed). He actually said, "Let's be clear: At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries."
Perhaps realizing his mistake, Obama tried to mitigate the statement by muttering something about the rate at which these incidents occur, but the lie had already been told. (And yes, mass shootings and violence do occur in other countries, but Obama is too busy watching ESPN and making finger-wagging victory laps on gay marriage to notice them.) This is a man who actually claimed chlorine is not a chemical weapon (because admitting that it is would make his foreign policy on Syria look like yet another failure). There is nothing Obama and his supporters won't lie about, no specious logic they will not embrace, when it comes to insulating Glorious Leader Obama and the Democrats from the consequences of their incompetence.
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This is why the OPM hack has not been bigger news. This is why government agencies and their unqualified leaders, including Archuleta, have repeatedly downplayed the danger of the data breach and the extent of their culpability in it. This is why yet another massive scandal demonstrating just how little the Obama administration cares for the rule of law and the rights of American citizens has not kneecapped Obama's legacy or damaged the political prospects of high-profile Democratic presidential candidates. It's also why those candidates, such as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, remain viable contenders for 2016.
Hillary Clinton ran a private, unsecured email server as secretary of state, allowing her to delete thousands of emails revealing her poor decisions ... and nobody cares. Obama lies constantly about America and its standing in the world ... and nobody cares. The government lied about the OPM hack ... and nobody cares. This apathy is the direct result of the politicization, by the Democrats, of every branch of our governmental infrastructure and of a complicit mass media protecting progressives at every opportunity. It will not stop, and our national security will remain at risk, until the Democrats lose political power.
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