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Written by Mark Nichols   

People really don’t like working for the Department of Homeland security very much. Recent surveys indicate less than half of the agency’s more than 200,000 workers like their jobs.
Maybe it has something to do with a boss telling employers what they’re allowed to read and what they’re not allowed to read. Quite frankly, that seems rather “un-American.”

According to recent media reports, t he Washington Post recently obtained a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memo that warned staff not to read articles printed in the Washington Post that covered whistleblower revelations about classified information.

DHS sternly warned employees that that there could be legal repercussions for employees who read Washington Post stories about whistleblowers and the information that they disclose.  In particular, a DHS memo prohibited reading of such articles from any computer outside of the DHS office:

From the Washington Post article:
The Department of Homeland Security has warned its employees that the government may penalize them for opening a Washington Post article containing a classified slide that shows how the National Security Agency eavesdrops on international communications.

An internal memo from DHS headquarters told workers on Friday that viewing the document from an “unclassified government workstation” could lead to administrative or legal action. “You may be violating your non-disclosure agreement in which you sign that you will protect classified national security information,” the communication said.

The memo went on to tell workers that if somehow by accident they saw a news story on a non-DHS computer they should report the incident as a “classified data spillage.”

As a website TechDirt commented: "Got that? Working for the government and merely reading the news about things the government is doing might subject you to legal action."  

But it gets worse. Not only could DHS employees that read the paper get in trouble for doing so, they might also be labeled a credible terrorist threat. If a co-worker who is an "Insider Threat" informant sees another employee reading a whistleblower-related article in a print newspaper, he or she may report that individual as a threat to national security.

Operation "Insider Threat" (formally known as the National Insider Threat Policy), is the Obama administration's program to turn the hundreds of thousands of people who work in the surveillance state apparatus into rats that spy on each other while they’re spying on us.
Needless to say this Kafkaesque nonsense is setting off some serious alarm bells.
Follow up articles on the "Insider Threat" program have revealed that it is so poorly constructed that all it really does is sets up an environment of co-workers fearing each other.  

So there’s national security in the homeland security age for you. The government employees charged with protecting Americans are not allowed to read the wrong newspapers.

The founders would be proud.


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