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HHS tells Darrell Issa: You cannot be trusted with securing sensitive documents

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Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa has a well-deserved reputation for leaking documents that that serve to advance his ambitious agenda.

What is Issa's ambitious agenda?

Issa's ambitious agenda is the embarrassment and the eventual bringing down of the Obama administration and Obama himself.

The Health and Human Services Department told Issa "no" today, it will not turn over to him and his committee documents related to the security of the Healthcare.gov website.

Issa cannot be trusted.

The documents, if leaked, could give hackers a roadmap to wreak havoc on the system, POLITICO reports.

Issa had issued a subpoena to the government contractor, MITRE. Issa wanted unredacted copies of security-testing documents by noon Friday. Issa has been given access to the documents, says POLITICO. He saw the document "in camera" — meaning committee staff in a room viewed them but not keeps them — but no physical copies.

In a letter sent to Issa on Thursday, Asst. Sec. for Legislation Jim Esquea told Issa that "the committee’s unwillingness to commit to undertake measures to address the security risks associated with further disclosure is troubling, particularly in light of reports that sensitive materials were disclosed through various investigations."

Esquea continued, "As you are aware, MITRE shares our assessment regarding the risks from public disclosure of these documents and has warned, most recently in its letter of December 4, 2013, that the information they contain could be used to hack the system … and may pose a risk to the confidentiality of consumer information accessible through healthcare.gov if disclosed."

Esquea offered to allow a third party determine whether their publication could imperil the website.

"However, if you do not accept MITRE’s or our assessment of the risks from disclosure of these documents, we will make them available, with appropriate parameters governing the use of the material, for other independent security experts to judge the potential impact," he added.

Issa pushed back. "It’s an unacceptable violation of law and a dangerous precedent for any Administration to tell a private company not to respond to a lawful subpoena," Issa spokesman Frederick Hill said in an email.

Sources:

POLITICO

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John is the author of an award-winning book, the 2010 Winner of the USA National Best Book award for African American studies, published by The Elevator Group, Mr. and Mrs. Grassroots. Also available an eBook on Amazon. John is also a member of the Society of Midland Authors and is a book reviewer of political books for the New York Journal of Books. John has volunteered for many political campaigns.

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