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Um: Sensitive Romney security documents were among Macy’s T’Day Parade confetti?

posted at 8:45 am on November 28, 2012 by

I have no idea, and disturbingly, neither do police:

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Police are investigating how shredded documents revealing confidential information, including details about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s motorcade, wound up as confetti on a Manhattan sidewalk during the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Bits of shredded paper from the Nassau County Police Department could still be found on Monday afternoon in the cracks of the sidewalks along Central Park, according to Saul Finkelstein, the eyewitness who first alerted authorities to the problem.

The Finkelsteins were able to pick up handfuls of sensitive information about Romney’s motorcade to the Oct. 16 presidential debate at Hofstra, which also included personal information and Social Security numbers for police and other personnel:

“It was everywhere,” Saul Finkelstein said, estimating the scraps piled three inches off the ground. The Finkelsteins scooped up and took home several handfuls, a small percentage of what was on the ground, Ethan Finkelstein said.

The Nassau County Police Department on Monday reiterated its statement from Saturday that it was very concerned and would investigate how the documents got to Manhattan and review how it disposes of sensitive documents.

Authorities could not say how shredded paper from a Long Island police force ended up along the parade route. The confetti Macy’s uses in the parade is multicolored and commercially manufactured confetti, not shredded bits of printer paper, a Macy’s spokesman said in an email.

The confetti used in the parade is multicolored and commercially manufactured, parade authorities said, but people sometimes bring their own confetti to throw:

Parade spectators often bring homemade confetti to the parade. Both spectators in the crowd and participants in the parade were throwing the shredded Nassau County documents at each other, Saul Finkelstein said.

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Trampling on other peoples privacy? I thought that was the Media’s job?

EnglishRogue on November 28, 2012 at 9:05 AM

That’s easy, check the shredding floor of the NYT. It’s all one big happy collaboration between them and the DNC, right? And we know how they love to recycle.

CitizenEgg on November 28, 2012 at 9:15 AM

It seems the only way that this could happen is if the documents were fed into the shredder the wrong way. If fed the standard way..top to bottom..there would be unconnected words because the lines would be torn vertically. If fed sideways, you would get fragments of sentences.
This seems so obvious, that it’s hard to believe that anyone in “security” or “intelligence” would not be aware of it.

Mimzey on November 28, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Quality and commercial shredders crosscut so the orientation doesn’t matter. Low cost and personal shredders give you those long shreds. So it’s not documents that went out for destruction, but copies that an assistant or lower level volunteer had and just wanted to get rid of, never considering the implications.

RINOs are people too on November 28, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Oh, no, I am positive they considered the implications. I’m guessing this was done on purpose, by way of a bit of celebration about the election results.

Bob's Kid on November 28, 2012 at 10:31 AM

So it’s not documents that went out for destruction, but copies that an assistant or lower level volunteer had and just wanted to get rid of, never considering the implications.

RINOs are people too on November 28, 2012 at 9:57 AM

True, but why were such documents in the hands of someone who didn’t know any better and why has this not happened before? The quality of the shredding machines does not address my point.

Mimzey on November 28, 2012 at 10:34 AM

The Nassau County Police Department on Monday reiterated its statement from Saturday that it was very concerned and would investigate how the documents got to Manhattan and review how it disposes of sensitive documents.

They took the Long Island Railroad. Duh.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on November 28, 2012 at 12:47 PM