In an effort to crackdown on whistleblowers and leakers, federal employees have been ordered by the Obama administration to spy and report on their co-workers using debunked behavioral profiling techniques, as part of the "Insider Threat Program."
According to previously undisclosed Obama administration documents obtained by McClatchy News, government federal employees and contractors who do not report “high-risk persons or behaviors” could face criminal charges.
The Insider Threat Program is an executive order signed by President Obama in October 2011, not an actual law voted on by Congress.
Government employees and contractors can also be investigated when “suspicious user behavior” is found by computer network monitoring personnel.
The Insider Threat Program requires that federal employees and contractors watch the lifestyles, attitudes, behaviors, financial troubles, odd working hours or unexplained travel of their co-workers.
Ironically, the U.S. government debunked these techniques in 2008.
"There is no consensus in the relevant scientific community nor on the committee regarding whether any behavioral surveillance or physiological monitoring techniques are ready for use at all,” stated a 2008 National Research Council report on terrorists and terrorism.
Source: McClatchy News