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Snowden’s Passwords

In the movie Wall Street the classic line to cue an inside sale was “Blue Horseshoe loves Anacott steel” because it meant that Gordon Gekko had some insider trading information and everyone down the line needed to get in on the stock trade.

In that same movie, Gordon Gekko turns to Bud Fox and says, “The most valuable commodity I know of is information, wouldn’t you agree?” It’s based on the same premise that ” loose lips sink ships!”

Those quotes came to mind as I read about all the damage that Eric Snowden has done to our United States’ intelligence. The intelligence community is still trying to assess the amount of damage that has been done.

Up until now, it has been difficult to grasp how Snowden, as a contract employee for the National Security Agency, could possibly have secured all that information. Now, there might be an answer to explain it.

Reuters News  is now reporting that fellow workers unwittingly provided their passwords to Snowden, allowing him to access material that otherwise would have been blocked.  It is estimated that over 25 employees gave their passwords to him after he convinced them that he needed the passwords, because he needed access as a computer systems administrator.

Even employees who had been trained and warned, still let their guard down. They made the mistake in believing that everyone was an insider; and therefore, everyone was trustworthy.

On this Veteran’s Day, we stop to thank the estimated 23 million veterans in this country who have served, with the other 2.3 million who are in active duty. They are the opposite of what Snowden stands for, in that they have protected us and our freedoms.

The story of Snowden is not over. He will be brought to justice. At the same time, it is also a reminder that the enemy does not rest.

DID YOU KNOW that in West Virginia, no one may walk a lion, tiger or leopard; even on a leash. Of course it is also law that anyone who curses or swears in public will be fined one dollar for each offense.  (I just came back from West Virginia and I did not see anyone break the first law, but I may have heard the second law violated)

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