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.