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[ISN] Look who Obama's hired for cybersecurity team
July 18, 2011
An elite team of computer technicians assembled by the Obama
administration to protect Pentagon networks from cyberattack shockingly
includes a former Clinton official who "lost" thousands of archived
emails under subpoena and who more recently left the Department of
Homeland Security under an ethical cloud related to her qualifications,
WND has learned.
The administration in May quietly hired Laura Callahan for a sensitive
post at the U.S. Cyber Command, a newly created agency set up to harden
military networks as part of an effort to prevent a "cyberspace version
of Pearl Harbor."
The move raises doubts about the administration's vetting process for
sensitive security positions. In 2004, Callahan was forced to resign
from Homeland Security after a congressional investigation revealed she
committed rÃsumÃ fraud and lied about her computer credentials.
Investigators found that Callahan paid a diploma mill thousands of
dollars for her bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees in computer
science. She back-dated the degrees, all obtained between 2000 and 2001,
to appear as if she earned them in 1993, 1995 and 2000, respectively.
She landed the job of deputy DHS chief information officer in 2003.
Previously, as a White House computer supervisor, Callahan threatened
computer workers to keep quiet about an embarrassing server glitch that
led to the loss of thousands of archived emails covered by federal
subpoenas pertaining to multiple Clinton scandals.
Former co-workers say they're shocked that Callahan passed a security
background check and landed another sensitive post inside the federal
"She's a security risk," said a government computer specialist. "I don't
know how she got clearance."
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