Waxman Demands Card Testify on White House Security Breaches

23 de abril de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Waxman Demands Card Testify on White House Security Breaches</h1><p>April 23 (EIRNS)--House Government Oversight Committee Chairman Henry Waxman has sent a letter dated April 23 to former Bush White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, saying he and his staff have "received new information that suggests that there have may have been a systemic failure to safeguard classified information at the White House during and after your tenure... Multiple current and former White House security personnel have informed my staff that White House practices have been dangerously inadequate with respect to investigating security violations, taking corrective action following breaches, and physically securing classified information. I urge you to cooperate with the Oversight Committee's investigation into these security lapses by testifying voluntarily before the Committee...."</p><p>In the five-page letter posted on the Committee's website, Waxman charged that the White Hosue regularly ignored security breaches, blocked security inspections of the West Wing, and condoned mismanagement at the White House security office.</p><p>The alleged violations have serious ramifications for national security and violate Executive Order 12958, which requires the White House to "investigate security breaches, implement prompt corrective action to deter future violations, and punish violators."</p><p>"In practice, these requirements appear to have been routinely ignored by the White House," Waxman wrote.</p><p>Waxman noted that current and former security officials "were highly critical" of the director of White House Security Office, James Knodell, and his deputy, Ken Greeson. Because of their poor management, Waxman wrote, "more than half of the White House Security officers have left within the past year."</p><p>Waxman concluded his letter with, "It would be regrettable if you were to resist responsible oversight of these alleged abused and require the Committee to issue a subpoena to compel your attendance at a Committee hearing."</p></div></body>