If you are, I have the cure for it.
Current and former agents in the DOE’s Office of Special Operations (OSO), which is tasked with protecting the secretary and other senior officials, allege a stunning lapse in security guidelines and procedures intended to deal with a catastrophic situation, according to a recent letter sent to lawmakers and obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.
Let me be perfectly clear here and state a couple of things. This is NOT about politics. I have enough experience with federal agencies (outside of the military) to have developed the strong opinion that the primary job goals of most federal employees are 1) Not to make a decision for which they might be held responsible. 2) Bury everything in mounds of paperwork to the point where people just give up trying to sort through it all. 3) Do nothing that will endanger their pensions. My experience with the military is much more limited, but most of the soldiers, sailors, and airmen I have dealt with are serious about their jobs and responsibilities. Remember, it was the military that came in to New Orleans (with little fanfare or recognition) to help people when the various local, state, and even federal agencies charged with that stuff did nothing.
No doubt people in the military see more than I do and have a much better perspective. There are no doubt screw ups in the military, but I’d hope that they aren’t rewarded and promoted.
Read the entire article at the link.
It would be nice to be able to say to myself that this is just one part of one agency, but I’m beginning to wonder
Secret Service alcohol and prostitute scandal
Department of State screw ups in Libya, Egypt
Intelligence lapses in Iran and Afghanistan
Can we trust any federal agencies to do their jobs correctly? Has the federal bureaucracy become so large that is exists solely to perpetuate itself, often at out expense?
More importantly would the nations, people, and organizations that want to do us harm be able to exploit any of this to kill Americans and harm our nation?