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Rep. Darrell Issa could make Target’s security breach look like child's play
CourageCampaign.org Gathers Over 16,000 Petition Signatures Demanding GOP Congressman Not Leak Sensitive Information for HealthCare.gov
VIEW PETITION HERE: http://act.couragecampaign.org/sign/IssaObamacare/
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA -- Last month, Republican Congressman Darrell Issa, the Chairman of the House Oversight and Reform committee and outspoken critic of the Affordable Care Act, subpoenaed confidential documents from the federal contractor that built the healthcare exchange website, including computer code and technical information. If the information is leaked -- which Rep. Issa’s history indicates is a strong possibility -- it would provide hackers with a roadmap of how to attack the website. HealthCare.gov would suffer “irreparable harm” and Americans’ privacy and security would be compromised.
In response, CourageCampaign.org, launched a petition demanding Rep. Issa keep these documents private so that HealthCare.gov does not become the next Target. The petition has gathered over 16,000 signatures in two days. (http://act.couragecampaign.org/sign/IssaObamacare/)
Dr. Paul Song, Executive Chairman of CourageCampaign.org, said “Rep. Issa issued the subpoena with zero grounds to suspect any security breaches and refused to allow the website’s contractor to redact the most sensitive details, despite adamant warnings about the extreme security risks.” Song continued, “The Chairman has already released portions of the documents in a public letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and there is no telling what else he might reveal. This latest political stunt is just another blatant example of how right-wing extremists in Congress are willing to do whatever it takes at whatever cost -- in this case, the privacy and security of millions of Americans -- to concoct fear about the new healthcare law.”
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