Even I can don a shiny hat for this one, though I read about this over the summer and am not quite sure why the information is coming out again now, other than for political reasons.
According to Ken Timmerman in an article published today by Newsmax, President-elect Barack Obama’s top intelligence adviser, John Brennan, heads an organization involved in an early 2008 security breach at the State Department’s passport office. From the piece:
During a State Department briefing on March 21, 2008, McCormack confirmed that the contractor had accessed the passport files of presidential candidates Barack Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and John McCain, and that the inspector general had launched an investigation.
Sources who tracked the investigation tell Newsmax that the main target of the breach was the Obama passport file, and that the contractor accessed the file in order to “cauterize” the records of potentially embarrassing information.
“They looked at the McCain and Clinton files as well to create confusion,” one knowledgeable source told Newsmax. “But this was basically an attempt to cauterize the Obama file.”
At the time of the breach, Brennan was working as an unpaid adviser to the Obama campaign.
“This individual’s actions were taken without the knowledge or direction of anyone at The Analysis Corp. and are wholly inconsistent with our professional and ethical standards,” Brennan’s company said in a statement sent to reporters after the passport breach was made public.
The passport files include “personally identifiable information such as the applicant’s name, gender, social security number, date and place of birth, and passport number,” according to the inspector general report.
The files may contain additional information including “original copies of the associated documents,” the report added. Such documents include birth certificates, naturalization certificates, or oaths of allegiance for U.S.-born persons who adopted the citizenship of a foreign country as minors.
First, if I’ve learned anything over the past few months, merely “knowledgeable” sources … generally are not. I want names. Secondly, the article is hardly objective, and is clearly meant to arouse suspicion about Obama’s identity and constitutional qualifications to serve as president of the United States.
That being said, I’m all for it.
From the beginning, this controversy to me has not been about Barack Obama. It’s never been a question of Democrat versus Republican, conservative versus Marxist. It’s been about the Constitution and the guidelines set forth by our founders in Article II, Section 1. It’s been about simple yet unanswered questions as to straightforward and innocuous aspects of the personal history of the man who next week will be the most powerful man in the world. Nothing groundbreaking. Just standard information generally known about high-profile world leaders, especially in this age of technology.
Good on Ken Timmerman and Newsmax for picking up on the story and bringing it out again at such an appropriate time. I had known about the breach–and may have written about it here a few months ago–but did not know that an Obama surrogate was there in the background. I may be a skeptic by nature, and I still may be unsure about the conspiratorial aspects of many of the claims put forth by Philip Berg and Leo Donofrio and Orly Taitz and others, but this just seems a little too convenient, even for me.