Robert Novak, the longtime Washing-ton columnist and pundit who died recently famously said, "Always love your country - but never trust your government."

His caution about lack of trust referred to sinister motives, I think, but sometimes it seems our government is just inept. That rings true with the recent indictment of former Secret Service informant Albert Gonzalez, 28, now infamous as the mastermind behind the attacks that harvested more than 130 million credit and debit card numbers from Heartland Payment Systems, 7-Eleven, Hannaford Brothers, and others. It seems Gonzalez became a Secret Service informant around 2003, as part of the FBI's takedown of Shadowcrew. At the ripe old age of 22 he was trusted to recruit Shadowcrew members to join his VPN, which was monitored by Federal agents, and reportedly resulted in the arrest of 28 other hackers.

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