House Oversight Committee Chairman Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) argued that the OPM hack has “sort of an act of war” and that there is “sort of this ghost war” involving hacking and security on Friday’s “America’s Newsroom” on the Fox News Channel.
Chaffetz called for the firing of OPM Director Katherine Archuleta (note: After the interview was conducted and aired, Archuleta resigned). He added, “Well, in large part, they shouldn’t have this information. I mean, part of the data goes back to people who applied for a security clearance back in 1985. If there’s not an active investigation, why is the government continuing to hold this information? They should purge that information. They should wall this stuff off. So, the basic cleanliness that the government is putting into the system, it’s just not there. And it really does beg the question of why should you ever trust the federal government?”
Chaffetz later stated, “in many way[s], it’s sort of an act of war to come in and try to steal that information, what they do with it. It’s going to be…some real tough policy implications. But there is sort of this ghost war that’s going on back and forth. You don’t see it, it’s going over the wires, but I’m telling you, it’s pervasive on every American.”
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