US Gov't Strategy To Prevent Leaks Is Leaked

from the not-quite-getting-it-yet dept

There's something rather ironic that the US government's document on how to get various US government agencies to prevent future leaks (a la Wikileaks) was quickly leaked to the press. But, it's not really that surprising, is it?

Of course, the main thrust of the document isn't to question whether or not so much secrecy is really necessary, but to send out a memo to various government agencies suggesting they use psychiatrists and sociologists to sniff out workers who might be disgruntled (full memo embedded below). Among a variety of (pretty unsurprising) suggestions for keeping confidential information confidential, the checklist of things that organizations are supposed to do includes:
  • Do you use psychiatrist and sociologist to measure:
    • Relative happiness as a means to gauge trustworthiness?
    • Despondence and grumpiness as a means to gauge waning trustworthiness?
I didn't realize that you needed to use such professional help to figure out if you had a disgruntled worker on your hands. Isn't it the role of managers themselves to have a sense as to whether or not their employees are disgruntled? Though, I'm somewhat amused by the idea that the US government thinks that a psychiatrist or sociologist can accurately pick out who's likely to leak documents.

Not that it's a bad thing to try to figure out if there are disgruntled workers or to make sure secure systems really are secure. I'm all for that. I just think it's a bit naive to think any of this will actually prevent future leaks. You just need one person to get the info out, and there's always someone and always a way to do so -- as demonstrated by the fact that this document itself "leaked" so quickly. It seems a better situation would be to focus on making sure that any damage from such leaks is minimal.

Filed Under: disgruntled workers, leaks, strategy, us government

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    The Mighty Buzzard (profile), 5 Jan 2011 @ 2:38pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: BETTER IDEA

    Really? You must have experience of a different government than I do if you've had an experience different than voting for politicians that you know with every fiber of your being are going to screw you.

    See, I live in a little thing called the real world. In it we trade control of our nation and certain aspects of our personal lives for security, economic oversight, and a host of other things. We know full well we're going to get screwed by any power we allow the government but we do it anyway. For over 200 years. You included.

    Representative governments have always been this way. They will always be this way. The very fact that there is a government at all is an act of trust placed in a system out of necessity. You will always be screwed by any power you allow them but if you don't allow them any they don't have any to use on your behalf.

    Seriously... drop the idealism and grow the hell up already. You compromise your ideals every single day for a lot less benefit than a strong national government gets you. Get off your anti-establishment soapbox until you have a clue about what would happen with perfect transparency or even about your own actions.

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