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US House Democrats are asking Republicans to subpoena the State Department over its decision to shut down a key government cybersecurity office. Reps Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and Robin Kelly (D-IL) penned an open letter [PDF] to Oversight and Government Reform committee chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) this week asking that he issue a …

  1. malle-herbert Silver badge
    Facepalm

    We all know the US doesn't need cyber-security...

    It's not as if they're being hacked by the russians or anything...

    Oh wait...

    1. Will Godfrey Silver badge

      Re: We all know the US doesn't need cyber-security...

      It's not that. It's just there's nothing left worth stealing.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: We all know the US doesn't need cyber-security...

        It's not that. It's just there's nothing left worth stealing.

        Is that because it is already in the NSA archives and they are afraid someone will find their spying tools?

    2. elDog Silver badge

      Re: We all know the US doesn't need cyber-security...

      And vlad promised donnie that russia would take good care of any secrets stolen from the us.

      Fortunately the israeli's are looking into all of this, as are the chinese, spectre, and plutonians.

    3. phuzz Silver badge

      Re: We all know the US doesn't need cyber-security...

      If it doesn't make money for Donnie, what's the point?

    4. a_yank_lurker Silver badge

      Re: We all know the US doesn't need cyber-security...

      Somebody forgot to tell Hilary about cybersecurity as if her homebrew server was ever secure.

      1. Mike Moyle Silver badge

        Re: We all know the US doesn't need cyber-security...

        "Somebody forgot to tell Hilary about cybersecurity as if her homebrew server was ever secure."

        And if this were a Clinton administration, your comment might be relevant. As t is, it's just whataboutism to distract from the issue at hand.

        1. Mark 85 Silver badge

          Re: We all know the US doesn't need cyber-security...

          And if this were a Clinton administration, your comment might be relevant. As t is, it's just whataboutism to distract from the issue at hand.

          Actually, I find it very relevant. Seems that too many in power seem to believe that they are above everything and everyone else and thus, don't need cybersecurity as no one would dare hack them.

          1. DCFusor Silver badge

            Re: We all know the US doesn't need cyber-security...

            As mentioned above - at least in the domain of the pols, there's nothing left to steal after the Awans, Hillary, and Feinstein's driver. I'm sure there are a few more than the "official narrative" admits, those aren't even in doubt.

            Heck, I'd tell them it was atill running, but start a real one in secret and bust those leakers.

            Instead of defending them with some ridiculous "whataboutism" as though the kettle wasn't as black as the pot. If it's not criminal because it's in the past, why the current fuss about past actions by the Cheeto?

            The cognitive dissonance is strong in this world...

            1. Mike Moyle Silver badge

              Re: We all know the US doesn't need cyber-security...

              "Instead of defending them with some ridiculous "whataboutism" as though the kettle wasn't as black as the pot. If it's not criminal because it's in the past, why the current fuss about past actions by the Cheeto?"

              Because he IS in the office right now and his historic pattern of behavior is relevant to anticipating possible decisions on the future direction of the country, unlike a failed candidate who has no ability to set policy.

        2. Tree

          What is "whataboutism"??

          Is this HOMOPHOBIA or being deplorable and irredeemable? A new word in hate speech.

    5. Soruk

      Re: We all know the US doesn't need cyber-security...

      It's an off-site cloud backup.

  2. asdf Silver badge
    Mushroom

    F**k Tillerson.

    Tillerson deserves the derision for years to come. So much for the myth about CEOs being supermen at everything. His boss undercutting him was a symptom not the disease. Only good thing about the guy was his reign of incompetence was short. Still did plenty of damage to the state dept.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      'So much for the myth about CEOs being supermen at everything.'

      That's long been disproven. Only the US still believes in it kind-of:

      "Stories which grossly inflate pay for the CEOs of failing companies have become the norm. The rationale is that high level of compensation helps make corporations more competitive and productive. There is little evidence that this is actually true, but this does not prevent companies from giving executives obscenely high rates of pay, all the time working hard to scrape back pay and benefits from lower-level employees. The compensation boards who decide on this are often made up of CEOs from other companies who, to nobody’s surprise, share the belief that CEOs are worth millions."

      https://www.rte.ie/eile/brainstorm/2018/0724/980685-should-your-employer-get-rid-of-managers/

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Security Apocalypse

    Yet another Fall-Of-Rome moment for America Inc...

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  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Another 'Desert The Sinking Ship' Moment For The US

    How many Americans believe they're still going to be able to retire someday... Why not take the balance of that classic scam called a 401k, and exit. Your $$$-USD will go far further in other parts of the world. The irony here for some is that you'll need to be able to speak a little Spanish....

    ---

    https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-12-28/what-tillerson-won-t-admit-the-u-s-has-no-leverage

    https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-08-08/many-americans-still-feel-the-sting-of-lost-wealth

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-35406324

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44152533

  6. Kev99 Bronze badge

    да, товарищ. Orange promised us the rushkies could be trusted. Closing the cybersecurity office was his way of proving it.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      @Kev99

      That's hilarious :)

      Donald FaP Trump and cohort of white collar crime may say that, but they don't believe it.

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