“WALK THE WALK” ON TRANSPARENCY, GOVERNOR …
We don’t agree often with the uber-liberal editorial page of The (Spartanburg, S.C.) Herald-Journal. On most issues, its left-leaning authors have their heads firmly implanted in their rear ends – not unlike the opinion leaders who write for the SHJ’s parent paper, The New York Times.
We wholeheartedly concur, however, with the Herald-Journal‘s call for S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley to immediately release a report prepared by her administration in the wake of the 2012 #SCHacked scandal – in which her Department of Revenue colossally failed to protect our most sensitive personal information.
“The financial lives of 5.7 million South Carolinians and 700,000 businesses were put in jeopardy by the state,” the SHJ editorial stated. “We deserve to know how and why.”
Actually there are only 4.5 million South Carolinians last time we checked. For those of you keeping score at home, SCDOR coughed up 3.8 million Social Security numbers, 3.3 million bank account numbers, tax info for more than 650,000 businesses and nearly 400,000 credit and debit card numbers to as-yet-unidentified hackers during a weeks-long intrusion beginning in August 2012.
Haley’s management of the #SCHacked scandal has been atrocious. After waiting sixteen days to inform the public, she initially claimed that “there wasn’t anything where anyone in state government could have done anything” to stop the breach – and that the Palmetto State used “industry standard” data security methods. Both of those claims turned out to be completely false.
Funny how that works …
No one involved in the heist has even been identified, let alone held accountable – prompting some lawmakers to question exactly what went down.
Hence the pressure to release a report on the hacking incident prepared by the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) – which is part of Haley’s cabinet.
“The governor should support releasing the report,” the SHJ editorial continues. “Trying to keep it secret makes it look as though the government has something to hide.”
Haley campaigned on transparency in government – and her administration insists she’s lived up to her promises. However her refusal to release this report is the latest in a long line of anti-transparent moves she’s made dating back to the 2010 election.