As you know, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security was created to provide greater security for the U.S. citizenry. This week Brian Doyle, 55, a deputy press secretary for the department was charged with using a computer to seduce a child after authorities said he struck up sexual conversations with an undercover detective posing as a 14-year-old girl.
In the sting operation, Doyle found the teenager’s profile online and began having sexually explicit conversations with her on the Internet on March 14. He sent her pornographic movie clips, photos of himself and even his government-issued cell phone numbers. Very intelligent, highly reputable guys we hire to protect our citizens, huh?
Now what terrorist is it we are trying to save the homeland from? Wow, this troubles me. Earlier this week I read about two air marshals (also hired to protect the citizenship) who used their government-issued credentials to get cocaine smuggled onto an airline. Geesh, the good old homeland security department.
And while I’m on my high horse … The part of the sting operation against Doyle that bothers me in a different way — and I’m really glad they got Doyle, obviously — concerns the thousands upon thousands of young women (men, too) sharing their information online. The wildly popular Facebook allows tens of thousands of collegians and high schoolers to share their personal information. Maybe I’m an overly protective dad, but it gives me pause. Entry is secure, and looking at a person’s information takes a personal invite, but students can read the profiles of anyone from their college and high school.
Some of my young adult friends were showing me their Facebook pages. They were interesting, but boy was their a lot of information about them on their page.
Reading about guys like Doyle — hired to protect our citizens — makes me darned well convinced once again that the heart of man is deceitful above all things and beyond understanding. Makes me want to say to young people — Be Careful, be wise, be shrewd. I may trust you; other people I’m not so sure.