It seems to me that a system designed to protect people and state secrets was abused in the FDA case mentioned above. While I do not condone this kind of abuse, I do understand how it could very easily happen. More than one time and at risk to my career, I have personally refused to allow access to this information flow because I had concerns it would be used to mount witch hunts.
Integrity is critically important. With access comes responsibility. My concern is that FDA leadership and employees allowed themselves to be tempted into spying on their own people – extending beyond safety / security into politics. It looks to me like they used their security system to hide wrong doing and manipulate the information environment. This is really ugly stuff.