I presume letters such as everyone in my family received today have been arriving in mailboxes all over Arkansas and the world.
It's old news by now that the National Archives and Record Administration learned last spring that a hard drive with backed up information from the Clinton Administration was missing from a storage facility in Maryland and presumed stolen.
Now, about nine months later, the Archives is informing certain people that they have "determined that personal information identifiable to you, including your Social Security number, may have been exposed to others as a result of this incident." My family attended some White House social functions. We had to supply personal info. I presume that's how we made the list.
But, wait, THERE'S MORE in this special mass mailing (which I almost discarded without opening because it looked like a credit card solicitation or similar) besides sincere apologies from a concerned government. We have been offered free credit monitoring, identity theft insurance and fraud resolution assistance for one year through Experian's "Triple Alert" Credit Monitoring program. FREE No harm will come to my credit score, the letter promises.
I think I'd prefer a Popeil pocket fisherman.
The Archives, the letter explains, found me in the first place with the help of the Experian credit monitoring company. "Experian has not disclosed your address or any other credit information to us."
Whew, thank goodness. The less the National Archives knows, the better.
More seriously. A criminal investigation about the missing hard drive continues. More important, probably, than Brantley family data in the missing server are "working files from various components within the executive office of the president, including the office of administration and the presidential personnel office." The missing two-terrabyte hard drive, last seen between October 2008 and February 2009, contained data from 113 4mm tape cartridges.