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June 1, 2007

Baghdad Embassy Plans Turn Up Online

Just how did detailed plans for the new U.S. Embassy under construction in Baghdad appear online Thursday in a breach of the tight security surrounding the sensitive project?

The idiots at Berger Devine Yaeger Inc., the Kansas City, Mo.-based architectural firm that was contracted to design the heavily fortified compound in the Iraqi capital. Fortunately, at the time of this writing, the entire site is down, likely after the company removed the images following being contacted by the State Department:

The images were removed by Berger Devine Yaeger Inc. shortly after the company was contacted by the State Department.

"We work very hard to ensure the safety and security of our employees overseas," said Gonzalo Gallegos, a department spokesman. "This kind of information out in the public domain detracts from that effort."

.... And we wonder why our national security is so often compromised. Someone needs to tell 'Mr. Gonzalo Gallegos' that he and his company are too damned stupid and too big a security risk to handle a sensitive government contract.

Our government doesn't protect our borders and can't keep national secrets out of the NYT, and it apparently doesn't even make secrecy an upfront issue when contracting with firms on sensitive projects. Then, of course, to make matters worse, there's morons like those at Berger Devine Yaeger Inc. that can't figure out for themselves that putting up on the Internet detailed plans for the new U.S. Embassy under construction in Baghdad is virtually handing over the plans to the terrorists (not to mention that its a breach of the tight security surrounding the sensitive project that will be America's largest diplomatic mission abroad).

Go figure!



Posted by Richard at June 1, 2007 6:06 AM





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