Archive for the ‘Trump, President Donald J.’ Category

Facebook: Has the storm passed already?

March 21, 2018

A fast trip from ‘hair on fire’ to ‘whatever’

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The follow up to the Facebook story can be summarized in a couple of headlines.

The Washington Post started walking back the Trump angle:

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Of course, one had to read to the bottom couple of paragraphs for the revelation of who the “more” were.

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OMG: Your private Facebook info isn’t so private …

March 20, 2018

And, to boot, there’s some clear evidence of collusion.
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Loyal readers know that I’m not a big fan of Facebook.

I’m amazed by the amount of sensitive information that people post and, for most, the  lack of interest (or sophistication) in protecting the privacy of that information.

So, I wasn’t surprised when yesterday’s “shocking” headlines started rolling about FB’s massive data breach.

By mid-day, the previous “no big news” climate shifted to near market hysteria

Why?

Bang … a Trump connection headlined in the NY Times:

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In a nutshell, a data outfit called Cambridge Analytica “harvested” the personal information of more than 50 million Facebook users … and fed the information to Trump digital campaigners.

OK, data breaches are bad … it’s horrible to have your private info fall into the wrong hands (i.e. Trump’s)

Hmmm.

But, Trump and his supporters are all Neaderthals, right?

How did they do it … and where did they get the idea?

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Hey, McCabe: You’re fired !

March 17, 2018

Here’s what you need to know …
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Last might, around 10 p.m., AG Sessions issued a press release indicating that Andrew McCabe was being fired.

Here’s Session’s statement (with my emphasis added):

After an extensive and fair investigation and according to Department of Justice procedure, the Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) provided its report on allegations of misconduct by Andrew McCabe to the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR).

The FBI’s OPR then reviewed the report and underlying documents and issued a disciplinary proposal recommending the dismissal of Mr. McCabe.  Both the OIG and FBI OPR reports concluded that Mr. McCabe had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor − including under oath − on multiple occasions.

The FBI expects every employee to adhere to the highest standards of honesty, integrity, and accountability.  As the OPR proposal stated, ‘all FBI employees know that lacking candor under oath results in dismissal and that our integrity is our brand.’

Pursuant to Department Order 1202, and based on the report of the Inspector General, the findings of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility, and the recommendation of the Department’s senior career official, I have terminated the employment of Andrew McCabe effective immediately.

The key points:

1) Inspector General Horowitz – applauded by all (before last nite) as a straight arrow – found that McCabe committed serious transgressions.

2) The IG forwarded some of his conclusions to the OPR – an internal watchdog group with a reputation for cutting transgressors a lot of slack.

3) The OPR recommended to AG Sessions that McCabe be fired for his transgressions.

4) Sessions  – acting on the OPR’s recommendation – fired McCabe.

Note:  It was the OPR that recommended that Sessions recuse himself from the Russia probe.

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I flipped between Fox ,CNN and online news sites when the announcement came down.

Talk about different worlds and different views …

A couple of headlines tell the story:

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