The keepers of the nation's secrets soon will be evaluated against common standards on how well they analyze problems, share information and stand behind their professional judgments.Because NCLB is working so well for our childrens.
Those job performance standards and others will apply to all rank-and-file civil service employees in the government's intelligence community, according to a directive issued last month by the director of national intelligence, Mike McConnell.Because Rule Number 2 rules. [rule #1: the boss is always right. rule #2: when the boss is wrong, see rule #1.]
Because no country needs 16 spy agencies, we'll start rolling them all into one. Kinda like the unitary executive; who needs redundancy? [actually, 16 does seem excessive.]
It marks the first time that the employees, across 16 agencies, will be evaluated according to the same performance requirements.
Intelligence agencies have been faulted in Congress and by independent commissions for missing opportunities to detect the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists and for a flawed analysis of the threat posed by Iraq under Saddam Hussein. In a bid to pull intelligence agencies closer together, Congress approved a law in 2004 that permits the director of national intelligence to set policies for managing intelligence employees.It's been awhile, and I haven't been paying attention lately, but didn't we decide that the underlings repeatedly tried to warn Bush about all those people taking their flying lessons only half-seriously? Learning to take off but not bothering to learn how to land?
It's also been awhile since I read The One Percent Doctrine, but ever since 9/11 [and perhaps even before then] Cheney's worldview has essentially been: If there's a 1% chance that Iraq has nukes... if there's a 1% chance that some guy's a terrorist... if there's a 1% chance that some other guy knows a terrorist... if there's a 1% chance that ___insert your favorite fear here___, then we have to act as if it's true and we're in imminent peril.