Lax security in the White House
One of the shortest, most succinct reports I’ve seen recently about happenings in the White House comes from an unexpected source — Ars Technica, a computer tech magazine I learned about some years ago. Its Friday report echoes my own concerns by discussing, among other things, Trump’s continuing Twitter tirades on an unsecured, consumer-grade Android phone. The story, “Trump’s apparent security faux-pas-palooza triggers call for House investigation,” begins:
Representative Ted Lieu, a congressman from Los Angeles County, California, led fourteen other House Democrats on Friday in urging the House Government Oversight Committee to investigate “troubling reports” of President Donald Trump’s apparently poor security practices and the potential danger to national security posed by them—including his continued use of an unsecured Android device to post to Twitter, discussion of sensitive information (including nuclear strategy) in the restaurant at his Mar-A-Lago resort, and leaving classified material unlocked while visitors were in the Oval Office.
I don’t expect much from a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chaired by Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), but at least the Ars story was a clear, concise, “just the facts” summation of the situation. A pleasant change from all the mainstream media’s bloviation.
(Don’t get me wrong. I have great respect for the longtime, well-respected media outlets that are the only thorough, accurate reporting we get these days. I’m thinking particularly of the New York Times. It leans a little left, but it’s run by professionals who know their jobs are now more important than ever. It’s easy, however, to be overwhelmed by the endless flood of information from all mainstream sources which includes not only normal news but endless speculation, panel discussions, hypothesizing, etc. That’s why I enjoyed the story from Ars Technica, particularly with its focus on phone security. Modern technology is their bailiwick.)
Frankly I don’t understand why, on Day One of his administration, the Secret Service didn’t seize Trump’s personal phone and replace it with a secured government phone like Pres. Obama used, hopefully one incapable of running Twitter.