Politics Trumps Security in Dubious White House Hire

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

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The Obama administration has quietly announced they will hire Laura Callahan for a senior position at the newly created U.S. Cyber Command, the agency dedicated to shoring up security on Department of Defense information networks.

Callahan was the ex-Clinton staffer who famously lost thousands of White House e-mails which were under subpoena, and was also dismissed by the Department of Homeland Security after a Congressional investigation determined she lied about her education and experience credentials.

Callahan had obtained her Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees from a bogus diploma mill prior to taking a position at DHS as chief information officer in 2003.

Callahan had also served as White House computer supervisor during the Clinton administration's tenure, and made attempts to cover up mistakes that led to the loss of thousands of email which were subject to a federal subpoena.

News of Callahan taking a senior level security potion at the U.S. Cyber Command has former colleagues alarmed and concerned.

"It's hard for me, having worked with this individual, to believe that she was able to come in there, do what she did, leave the things in the condition that she left them in and then fly right into an SES (senior executive service) position at the Labor Department. I mean, there's political favors there. It's writ large," said Chip Sparks, a White house computer programmer.

"She's a security risk. I don't know how she got clearance," said a government computer specialist who remained unnamed.

"We're fuming about it. Knowing her, I don't see how she could ever be 100-percent honest," said another anonymous federal employee.

"She's a dubious hire, to put it charitably," said Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, a government watchdog group.

The decision to hire Callahan casts some serious doubts on the Obama administration's commitment to securing the nation's critical information systems, and this in the wake of a potentially catastrophic breach at the Pentagon.

Last week the Department of Defense disclosed one of the largest data loss events to date, which resulted in the theft of around 24,000 sensitive Pentagon documents in March of this year, including avionics specs, satellite systems data, surveillance technology and information on network security protocols.

Also last week, officials announced that a classified US military weapons system will need to be redesigned after specs and plans for the system were stolen from a defense contractor database in a breach earlier this year.

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