After hearing an endless barrage of news over the last few days about the 1,000 or so missing laptops belonging to the Commerce Department many of which contained census data I was reminded of a Latin proverb that states “To blunder twice is not allowed in war”.
What are the two blunders you ask? Could it be the fact that this is not the first time the government has lost a few laptops? Or the fact that five years into the war on terror things have apparently not improved? If you remember the 400 missing laptops in 2002 belonging to the Justice Department, or perhaps even the more sensitive laptops that went missing from U.S. Central Command that same year, you may think that’s the second blunder I am referring to. But it’s not.