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Well, VA Secretary Nicholson is mad as
hell according to some reports and has made his big political move to deal
with the problem he appointed a new advisor on information security!
Who is this paragon of
Does he have a degree in
Did he invent a new kind of
firewall or a new encryption scheme?
Did he used to work for
Symantec or another security firm?
Does he have a certificate
Well, to tell the truth, I
didnt really check any of those things after I learned that Richard Romley is
an attorney with big political ambitions.
The only qualifications I have
seen mentioned for him focus on the fact that he is the former Maricopa County
I did locate a published report
for a grand jury audit and investigation of the Maricopy County Justice System
during Richard Romleys tenure, one focusing on on-going financial and ethical
problems. Now I have no idea how accurate that is, but the charges are
something I thought you might be interested in.
Then there is the book The
Rogue Federal Judge, which claims:
If one happened to
be a Hispanic or an African American, Richard M. Romley as the Maricopa County
Attorney made sure the person was taken off the streets and targeted for law
enforcement activities, claims author Anant Kumar Tripati. When Tripati
obtained in excess of 150,000 pieces of evidence to challenge the numerous
corrupt practices, Romley allegedly had Tripati arrested so as to make sure the
challenges against Maricopa County did not advance or
I dont personally know about that either – I’m a technology reporter, not a court reporter – but when Tripati sued in Federal Court (Los
Angeles), Mr. Romley requested that the case be moved to Phoenix, Arizona and
this was done with some interesting consequences.
“The Rogue Federal Judge” (ISBN: 141845141X ebook, or ISBN:
1418451401 paperback, published by AuthorHouse. See www.corruptarizonacourts.com
for more information.
Now, as I say, I really dont know anything about Mr. Romley that I didnt
read and he may be a wonderful person. He might even be a real expert in IT security.
My real problem with appointing him to fix
security problems at the VA is that I havent been able to find a single scrap
of evidence that he is qualified in any way to analyze or fix data security
But I’m certain that all the veterans affected by the horrendous loss of personal information will get a warm fuzzy feeling of confidence in the VA when they learn that a big time political lawyer from Arizona has been appointed to make certain that nothing similar happens again.