We’re living in a renaissance of information. Information is now so readily available online that one can even attain a legal degree online, no doubt something lawyers hate. But the fact is, if you’d like to know something, it does not take a monumental effort to learn about it via Google.
Governments don’t like its people to have such unmitigated access to information. ISIS makes villages burn books. The terrorist group Boko Haram shares its name with a phrase that means ‘Western education is a sin.’ One has to wonder: Is there a war, however subtle, being waged by our government against the flow of information in our society? Wikileaks and Edward Snowden think so. I do believe, wholeheartedly, that information compromising our national security or putting someone at risk shouldn’t be freely accessed.
How many SF86s were exposed in the OPM hack? They reveal every place someone has lived for up to 10 years, and the details of the people who can corroborate that. They reveal the names of friends, family, and former bosses. That’s sensitive for sure. It’s beyond unacceptable that it was breached, and now that information is out there. You’ve only got one life and only one identity. Identity theft haunts people every day, as there are always those who are corrupt and seeking ways to exploit such information. There aren’t enough people to take them all down and there likely never will be.
But the real purpose of this article is to discuss the recent case of retired General James Cartwright.