In my response to my comment (i.e., "give me specifics of what the hell happened and who's responsible!"), someone posted a link providing background information regarding the screwup and some possible answers to my questions.
My comment: http://news.livejournal.com/99650.html?thread=50738242#t50738242
DISCLAIMER: I can't attest to the accuracy or truth of the information discussed in the following post, so please read it with the appropriate grain of salt. But I thought you guys might be interested. ^_^