Paranoia unbound: Obama orders government workers to spy on one another, The Insider Threats Initiative

spy cc ccAnd this is where the bureaucratic snake starts to eat itself. Actually it began in 2011 after Bradley Manning did his thing, but it’s being reported now by McClatchy in the wake of Snowden’s revelations.

Obama began the “Insider Threats Initiative” 2 years ago. 

Basically it works like this. Watch your co-workers and if they’re acting the slightest bit strange one had better report them, or face disciplinary or even legal action.

Is Bill working late? Better report him. Coming in late? Better report him. Did he say the wrong thing? Better report him, or else you are on the hook too and you don’t want that do you?

We give government workers a hard time all the time on this site, but living under the “Insider Threats Initiative” sounds pretty hellish. Even they shouldn’t have to look out over their shoulders every time they fill out a TPS report and toss it into the black hole which rotates in the center of DC.


Federal employees and contractors are asked to pay particular attention to the lifestyles, attitudes and behaviors – like financial troubles, odd working hours or unexplained travel – of co-workers as a way to predict whether they might do “harm to the United States.” Managers of special insider threat offices will have “regular, timely, and, if possible, electronic, access” to employees’ personnel, payroll, disciplinary and “personal contact” files, as well as records of their use of classified and unclassified computer networks, polygraph results, travel reports and financial disclosure forms.

Nancy Lee
Nancy Lee 5pts

Maybe they will pay the national debt and get real one day

Nick McDanel
Nick McDanel 5pts

You haven't a clue. You Marxists somehow think more government and regulations is the cure for corruption when history shows that government is the disease. If you had your way we would all be shoveling shit while government looters eat caviar just like every other country who let their government swell up big enough to eat them. You fuckers all have the same idiotic gleam in your eyes as you fall right into the left-right paradigm set up by those who wish to enslave everyone. All you can see is democrat vs republican, just like a good little serf.

Janice Foundas
Janice Foundas 5pts

He doesnt trust anyone he thinks everyone is like him!

Antonio Sosa
Antonio Sosa 5pts

Has Obama already transformed the U.S. in another poverty-stricken, enslave, commie country where workers (and people in general) are made to spy on one another?!

Gini Garcia
Gini Garcia 5pts

So you are for the corporate America the Republicans have established? Like hooray for Wall street and down with main street. Figures.

Terry Riney
Terry Riney 5pts

Sounds like the old Soviet Union under Stalin. Of course Putin probably does the same thing.

Scott W Wolford
Scott W Wolford 5pts

This is nothing new. I spent 27 years in classified work and insider reporting was standard practice. Yes, it was hellish.

Mitch Samuels
Mitch Samuels 5pts

There are signs of the birth of a dictator. If these signs are ignored, the price to each and every American is his freedom and liberty. Unless each and every cancer cell is completely destroyed, it has the knack of springing up again and again until it consumes the host.

Marcus Aurealeus
Marcus Aurealeus 5pts

LoL, this page is sounding more and more like Alex Jones' paranoia InfoWars page everyday.

Richard Vaughn
Richard Vaughn 5pts

The most transparent presidency can't take any chances that it really is!

Oh Be Newman
Oh Be Newman 5pts

This is so funny... they are going completely insane. I mean, I thought they were already but now they take absurdity to new levels. I guess the sky ain't even the limit.

Jon Ogilvie
Jon Ogilvie 5pts

Sounds like Germany in the 30's and 40's!?

Greg Alan Zimmerman
Greg Alan Zimmerman 5pts

At this point I am just praying that Our form of Government will hold together! I do not want to see our Government of the people, to the people and for the people destroyed. Especially, not with what all those men did in Gettysburg fighting for this country!!! A representative Democracy/ Federal Republic with an electorate that is voted in by the people is so ingenius that hopefully this form of government will last eternally, infinitely, continuously and forever. Any other form of government would be a shame.

Aidan Haggerty
Aidan Haggerty 5pts

This infighting is detrimental to the American People.

Nick McDanel
Nick McDanel 5pts

Gino, you're such a moron I feel sorry for you. I have read all your posts and they make me want to vomit. Good day

Nick McDanel
Nick McDanel 5pts

All corrupt governments in history have had to watch their own. The more evil they get, the more likely the minions are to have a crisis of conscience and threaten the Borg.

Ken Culp
Ken Culp 5pts

makes me so proud of our government... not! every son of a b**** involved needs to lose their job and be prosecuted! how dare them!

Billy Cook
Billy Cook 5pts

The sort of things the Reds did.

Joshua Allen Donini
Joshua Allen Donini 5pts

you know that can't make for a healthy work environment... the potential to falsely accuse coworkers who might be competing for a promotion... the potential for abuse is unlimted!

Kip Martin
Kip Martin 5pts

Ok so by your standards we shouldn't have security measures practice in the FBI, CIA ? Shall we take advantage of the free market and outsource most of those jobs to China ? I hear that is some good cheap labor.

DaveWu1 5pts

THe only government workers that needs spying on is Congress, The White House, and The SCOTUS

David Hinkley
David Hinkley 5pts

definitely big brother-ish Better check the bathroom stalls to make sure the cameras aren't in there. They will count how many sheets of tp you use. and report you if you use more than two.

Lee Sebel
Lee Sebel 5pts

Amazing what people will do when they don't have to worry about being re-elected. Doomed and doomeder!

Jean Leach
Jean Leach 5pts

he needs to lay off the choom this POS is so paranoid1 if someone said Boo he would crap himself! Please go the hell to Kenya...

Chris Fretwell
Chris Fretwell 5pts

Charles Mackay's Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, published in 1841, is the history of popular folly in three parts: "National Delusions", "Peculiar Follies", and "Philosophical Delusions". These break down into: economic bubbles, alchemy, crusades, witch-hunts, prophecies, fortune-telling, magnetisers (the influence of one's imagination in curing disease), shape of a person's hair or beard (in its influence on politics and religion), murder by poisoning, haunted houses, collective foolishness of great cities, popular admiration of great thieves, duels, and relics.

crawdadian 5pts

@Gini Garcia Oh, yes...No rich Democrats out there that love corporate America, right? You're deluded if you think Repubs have screwed us over by themselves. It's the whole "political class" that set up the current relationship between big government and big business.

NickSorrentino 5pts

@Kip Martin I must say Kip- I respect at least that you care. But defending the NLRB is pretty much a non-starter. Time to start reading and stop watching MSNBC. ---This is fun to watch though I have to say.

crawdadian 5pts

@Michelle Knoetgen Taylor He thinks he's the anointed one. BUT, that title is already taken, by Christ (which means "Anointed One).