With all the travails of US government to put a halt to the blight of terror you would have thought that posting detailed information about the defences of major government buildings online would play right into the hands of any web-savvy jihadist.
But bungling Pentagon officials did just that by allowing all and sundry to have a peek at plans for a Pentagon building annex a few miles down the road from the main building, to be located in Alexandria, Virginia.
A full 30 page narrative alongside hundreds of pages of technical data was discovered by Reuters, describing in-depth bomb proof features that were to be put in place for when 6,400 Defense Department workers descend into the Mark Center building.
The details were erroneously posted on the Army Corps of Engineers website that is open for public viewing, despite every single of one of the 424 pages of the document having a telltale “For Official Use Only” sign slapped on the top and bottom.
And to make matters worse the document detailed that the building perimeter would only resist a bomb carrying up to 220 pounds of TNT, significantly less than other attacks on government buildings such as the 1993 World Trade Center bombing or the 1995 Oklahoma City incident which saw a 4,000 pound bomb detonated.
We guess that civil servants will now be shoring up defences with a few well placed filing cabinets against the walls and electrical tape on the windows.
“This should not have happened. We take it very seriously,” said a spokesperson for the Corps, which after being informed of the presence of the confidential document once again failed to effectively hide it, with latecomer terrorists who were aware of Google cache still able to grab the info.
A Corps official, who confirmed that the plans could have been available for up to two years before becoming aware of their presence, said that an investigation into how the information was posted online – despite its obvious need for protection.