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A Suspicious Federal Employee

Dear Mr. President,

I’ve come to understand from the Drudge Report and the McClatchy News Service that as part of an Insider Threat Program you have encouraged federal employees to monitor other federal employees for any suspicious behavior, specifically:

Federal employees and contractors are asked to p…

  1. Matthew Gilley

    Take a bow. Bravo! (By the way, why on Earth has this post not been fast tracked to the Main Feed?)

  2. Western Chauvinist

    Yes, Main Feed!

    I had the title for a post, “When do Liberals Fear Big Government?”

    But, this is much better and to the point.

  3. Bemused Canuck

    There are a number of non- , and potential-, Ricocheti to whom I would like to forward this post – it needs to be on the Main Feed ASAP.

    BW – this was an inspired post, and wonderful reading!!

  4. Brian Watt
    Bemused Canuck: There are a number of non- , and potential-, Ricocheti to whom I would like to forward this post – it needs to be on the Main Feed ASAP.

    BW – this was an inspired post, and wonderful reading!! · 4 minutes ago

    Thanks, BC (and everyone). You can share the post by simply clicking on the “tweet”, “share” and “email” buttons above. Cheers!

  5. KC Mulville

    Biden.jpg And while we’re at it, the potential damage of his hand picked right-hand man is worth monitoring as well.

  6. Franco

    Totalitarianism. When you see something, say something.

    Thanks fo saying something Brian, well played!

  7. das_motorhead

    Genius, Brian. Keep ‘em coming.

  8. Pablo

    Post of the year!

    I would like to suggest that whilst the investigation is taking place we send this suspicious Federal Employee to live in the Gobi Desert (say for 3 years and 6 months). No need to stop his salary check thought, just do not allow him to have any telephone, mail or internet contact. And no media visits either… And of course his spouse can go and stay with him as long as she wants…

  9. Hartmann von Aue

    Inspired, Mr. Watt. I will share it immediately.

  10. Susan in Seattle

    Very nicely done.  Thank you.

  11. Bemused Canuck
    Pablo: Post of the year!

    I would like to suggest that whilst the investigation is taking place we send this suspicious Federal Employee to live in the Gobi Desert (say for 3 years and 6 months). No need to stop his salary check thought, just do not allow him to have any telephone, mail or internet contact. And no media visits either… And of course his spouse can go and stay with him as long as she wants… · 32 minutes ago

    I’m not sure this is a good idea.  How much did his last trip to Africa cost the U.S. taxpayers?

  12. tabula rasa

    Brian:  as a low-information kind of guy, I must admit I haven’t a clue who this person could be.  Has anyone informed the president?

  13. Pablo
    Bemused Canuck

    Pablo: Post of the year!

    I would like to suggest that whilst the investigation is taking place we send this suspicious Federal Employee to live in the Gobi Desert (say for 3 years and 6 months). No need to stop his salary check thought, just do not allow him to have any telephone, mail or internet contact. And no media visits either… And of course his spouse can go and stay with him as long as she wants… · 32 minutes ago

    I’m not sure this is a good idea.  How much did his last trip to Africa cost the U.S. taxpayers? · 1 minute ago

    Well, if he is really going to stay with his mouth shout (and no pen in hand to sign more absurd bills), it will probably be the best use of taxpayer money in the last 5 years. Otherwise I am sure we can all pitch in a few dollars and get him some surplus army tent that he can share with Michelle. I will even throw some MREs in at my own expense! We will just tell him it was because of the sequester!

  14. Duane Oyen

    I agree with all of the above, but need to add information to the background.  The initial news story telling Federal employees, under potential threat of penalties, to report possible leaker types, describes something that is not new.  It is the application of nasty penalties and the broad target base that is new and threatening.

    Most of what they describe as suspicious behavior-  “like financial troubles, odd working hours or unexplained travel” is- and has been for decades- as standard part of security training in the government.  The operative term is “adverse information”, and you hear it in  your initial security briefing, as I did when getting my “Secret” clearance more than 3 decades ago, and in your annual mandatory security training update.

    It is not a terrible idea for those who access classified national security information to note “adverse information” in the professional context- simply good practice.  What is ugly is the application to political matters- as we know, this bunch applies everything to politics first and all the time, whether or not national security is involved. 

    The McClatchy failure to point that out, or explore basic Federal security processes is typical of what passes as “journalism” these days.

  15. Colin B Lane

    Memo

    TO: POTUS

    FROM: Susan Rice, National Security Adviser

    SUBJECT: Ricochet Member Brian Watt

    DATE: July 10, 2013

    Mr. President, as you know, I and others in the Administration have for some time believed a certain website called “Ricochet” to be engaged in domestic terrorism activities (not the least of which is its repeated harsh criticism of you and your Administration).

    Recently, a member of Ricochet who goes by the moniker “Brian Watt” posted a piece clearly intended to embarrass you.  With your permission (which, of course, we can always deny later), I would like to ask Eric to begin investigating this “Mr. Watt” to see what his affiliations might be. Once we have a sense of his email and phone traffic, I’ll be in a better position to make recommendations to you for how to dispose of Mr. Watt . . . I mean Mr. Watt’s case.

    Of course, Commissioner Werfel also has people on this, so be assured we are leaving no stone unturned in our efforts to keep the country secure.

    Will keep you advised.

  16. Kay of MT

    I have shared with my local newspaper blog.

  17. barbara lydick

    Was placing the flag pin on his lapel a way of further obscuring his identity?

  18. DocJay

    What a perfect article. Well played sir!

  19. Philopus

    If one is to rule like and Emperor, shouldn’t he be allowed to live like one?

  20. Dave Carter
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    Perfect!!  I hope they catch the nefarious no-account too!!  

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