Friday, March 21, 2008

Obama's Passport "Breach"

"...The State Department says it is trying to determine whether three contract workers had a political motive for looking at Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's passport file.

Two of the employees were fired for the security breach and the third was disciplined but is still working, the department said Thursday night. It would not release the names of those who were fired and disciplined or the names of the two companies for which they worked. The department's inspector general is investigating.

State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said that for now it appears that nothing other than "imprudent curiosity" was involved in three separate breaches of the Illinois senator's personal information, "but we are taking steps to reassure ourselves that that is, in fact, the case." (source)

Here's my question... Wouldn't Obama's travels (especially considering he is a United States Senator) fall under the Freedom of Information Act? Are Congressmen supposed to have a high level of transparency? Why shouldn't Americans be privy to their excursions? These aren't rhetorical questions. I don't know if someone would be allowed to look up my passport records if they felt so inclined, but I would assume that would be a given if I was in a high-level government position.

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