The diplomats cited the “ continual Syrian violations of agreed upon ceasefires and the “overwhelming” of U.S. foreign policy by the Syrian civil war.” This type of pushback has not been seen since the State Department set up its “dissent channel” during the Vietnam War. The purpose of the channel was to encourage diplomats to express their opinions without fear of retribution.
- In 2014, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, a single, unidentified Federal agency was hit with a whopping 1,370 computer hacking attacks of its most important computer systems.
- These attacks resulted in 516 so-called “data leaks,” about a 40% success rate for those trying to hack the entity.
- This level of incompetence comes despite the 2014 successful hack when 4.2 million personnel files of past and former U.S. federal civil servants from its Office of Personnel Management (OPM) were stolen by China-based intruders.
- The data for the GAO report came from a survey of 24 Federal organizations, in other words the results were self reported, meaning that the hacking crisis could be far worse than the self reporting agencies are willing to admit to.
- Eighteen of the 24 Federal entities are pretty important since they have so-called “high impact” systems, systems defined as those systems where “the loss of confidentiality, integrity, or availability can have a severe or catastrophic adverse effect on organizational operations, assets or individuals.”
- The GAO was also critical of the processes for cyber security that were in place across the Federal government since the GAPO claimed all agencies of the Federal government “had lots of guidance on how to protect themselves, but even now are still not doing enough to make sure the guidance was followed.”
- Also, it was clear in the GAO’s mind that necessary cyber security training of pertinent personnel had not been carried out and no Federal agency had fully implmeneted identified remedial plans to fix what was wrong with their cyber security.
- 45 million Americans still need Federal food assistance every month despite us being six years into Obama’s tepid economic recovery.
- Tens of millions of Americans can either not find a job or cannot find a full time job.
- The number of young adults living with their parents is at an all time high.
- About 50,000 Americans die every year from drug addiction.
- The number of homeless Americans at any one point in time is at least in the hundreds of thousands range.
- Many of our armed forces veterans are not receiving the medical care they need and deserve.
- The Federal government spends $19,884 of taxpayer wealth for every refugee that comes into the country.
- This computes out as a result of 95,000 new refugees coming into the country divided into the $1.8 billion annual budget.
- We take in 67% of refugees referred by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
- This is obviously more than the rest of the world combined.
- The $19,884 cost is just for resettlement of refugees, the actual cost is far higher since 74% of refugees are on food stamps, 47% receive cash benefits from the Federal government, 56% are enrolled in Medicaid, and 22% receive some form of housing subsidy.
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