DHS Remains Tight-Lipped on The Manhattan Project


Homeland Security Blogwatch
May 5, 2008

WIRED’s Ryan Singel reports on the continued secrecy of the Department of Homeland Security’s so-called “Manhattan Project” that has prompted members of the Senate Homeland Security Committee to “beg” for more details on the cybersecurity initiative.

The government’s new cyber-security “Manhattan Project” is so secretive that a key Senate oversight panel has been reduced to writing a letter to beg for answers to the most basic questions, such as what’s going on, what’s the point and what about privacy laws.

The Senate Homeland Security committee wants to know, for example, what is the goal of Homeland Security’s new National Cyber Security Center. They also want to know why it is that in March, DHS announced that Silicon Valley evangelist and security novice Rod Beckstrom would direct the center, when up to that point DHS said the mere existence of the center was classified.

Those are just two sub-questions out of a list of 17 multi-part questions centrist Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Connecticut) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) sent to DHS in a letter Friday.

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