The lead story on last Friday’s front page of the print edition was about the Obama administration’s Insider Threat Program, which has been in place since 2011. In short, it requires federal employees to watch their collegaues for possible security breaches. Some more in-depth information about it can be found here.
I’ve spoken to a number of readers who want The Star to continue to follow the program, as they see it as a larger danger for the public in general.
“This will chill almost all whistleblowing/leaking at all levels of government and will filter down to workplaces also,” emailed one reader. “I hope the Star will watch and report on this often.”
One caller had a different opinion, though, calling the story “overblown and reactionary anti-Obama hyperventilating.” She says there’s nothing illegal about the program, which is in place only to keep classified infomation classified.
As with many topics dealing with how government works, I think many readers let their personal opinions of the leaders implementing the programs color their perception of how they’re executed. But I see both sides of the coin, and have conveyed all these opinions to the newsroom.