This Could Be Beginning Of End For Orrin Hatch

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    The following appeared in RISKS-FORUM Digest 23.26

    Date: Fri, 5 Mar 2004 13:41:26 -0500 From: "James Bauman"
    <[email protected]> Subject: U.S. Senate
    security shenanigans

    If an independent or Justice Department investigation occurs
    beyond the one by the U.S. Senate sergeant-at-arms, the
    security issues (and their possible accompanying illegal
    and/or unethical issues) should be interesting to read
    about. Right now, there are a lot of questions about the
    incident and not much clarity.

    According to a *Chicago Tribune* article, a Senate
    Republican clerk, Jason Lundell, watched a system
    administrator gain access to Democratic folders on a
    network. Then, Mr. Lundell, repeated the administrator's
    actions and "downloaded more than 4,670 files" from those
    folders. Lundell gave the

    files to Manuel Miranda, who was a staffer for Majority
    Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.). Lundell said "Miranda told him
    that it was common knowledge that staff could access each
    other's files". [Then, I suppose?... Republican

    staffers could access Democratic files and Democratic
    staffers the Republican ones.]

    A Question" If each side could look at each other's files,
    then why did Jason Lundell need special knowledge about
    network security to download the files?

    Regarding this: "Republican committee Chairman Sen. Orrin
    Hatch of Utah condemned the actions of the staff members,
    who no longer work for the Senate." "'I am mortified that
    this improper, unethical and simply unacceptable breach of
    confidential files occurred," Hatch said Thursday as he
    released the report. "There is no excuse that can justify
    these improper actions.'"

    Later in the article is this: "Furthermore, Mr. Lundell
    recalled that
    Mr. Miranda had told him that Sen. Hatch wanted the staff to
    use any means necessary to support President Bush's
    nominees," the sergeant-at-arms reported.

    Seems that the two Republican staffers took "any means
    necessary" in the

    most literal of senses, and Lundell's assertion in the
    previous paragraph could be an embarrassment for Hatch given
    Hatch's latest statements of outrage.

    Anyway, it's got the earmarks of a good future read as more
    facts develop and the smoke clears.

    Source: Kristina Herrndobler, GOP staffers accused of taking
    senators' files, *Chicago Tribune*, 5 Mar 2004