English: United Airlines Flight 175 crashes into the south tower of the World Trade Center complex in New York City during the September 11 attacks (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
This is what happened when Washington attempted to improve the way its security agencies vetted hundreds of thousands of workers needed suddenly after the 9/11 attacks to pursue counter terror tasks and oversee heightened secrecy requirements.
Soon after its hiring binge began, the government’s ambitions collided with a creaky system for conducting the background checks needed to approve job applicants for security clearances. By 2004, the backlog of contractors awaiting approval had reached the size of a small city: at least 188,000. Complaints by federal agencies and job-seekers alike grew so intense that policy makers and legislators in Washington became fixated on finding a solution.
Some additional personnel were added to the investigations process, but Washington largely chose a different path that promised to be cheaper and quicker — shortening the time allowed for the reviews, by law. In its wisdom, Congress passed the 2004 Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act, which required that by 2009, agencies must process 90 percent of clearance applications within an average of 60 days, less than a sixth of the average 375-day wait in 2003.
The above was an extract and the full story with links is on the following link, it is a good read: http://www.publicintegrity.org/2013/10/01/13489/security-clearance-lapses-stemmed-washington-s-heedless-emphasis-speed-over-quality
Such measures as this document shows, should have made the system full proof and not open to any form of abuse, In fact it left the ability for such people who wanted to undermine the security of the US , able to do so through various loop holes ,namely the speed at which they implemented this section of the act. The fact it was deemed safe, was their first and undeniable act of sheer stupidity, as they did not then take account of the reason’s behind any person or person’s applying for such a job in aviation ,for the sole purpose of crashing an aircraft into a high-rise building!
Even though years later it comes out about the fact they were aware it could happen, given the right circumstances prevailing at the time. This then led to a virtual panic mode after the 911 disaster, and the fact that no one in the security services at the time, had any understanding of how to combat this type of terrorist. So they heightened security, found their scape-goats and blindly started building in ways to prevent it happening again.
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Of course this led to the rise of the activist and such groups as anonymous and of course Julian Assange and Edward Snowden stating the fact that the government was curtailing their right to freedom by stealing private data and not disclosing how this information was being used! This of course did not take into account, that many years before and even back as far as the Vietnam War that political manipulation of the truth, was taking place!
So we reach today or at least some day in the future ,where wars are fought not with sticks and stones, as they really can break your bones, or even with weapons, be they chemical or not, but simply with words or knowledge, or as the security services state, to protect our interests!
The question l ask daily, from what?
The only conclusion l can come to is that we are being protected from ourselves, our ability, if that is really what it is, to do what is right and tow the party line, be a good little citizen and know stepping out of line is treason! Well me l have stepped over the line so many times, and cannot even see the party line! That is for all those that believe in the “American Dream” if such a thing ever really existed, l just would like simply to see “Peace In The World” and not even the threat of war! But of course many corporations and governments get rich from the proceeds of war, armaments and the sale of such weapons; that will strip the skin of the man but still leave him alive, or blow of his arms and his legs, just so he cannot bear arms, fighting for his version of truth and justice!
Is this really how we fight for truth and justice with a bomb or molotov cocktail in hand, it does not ever lead to peace, just more violence.
So if company, government department or person thinks haste will improve quality ,l can tell you now it will not -only:
More Haste Less Speed – Will Improve The Quality – and Lead to Peace and Prosperity – In the End
Would like to spend a few hours trawling the 2004 Terroist Act well here is the link, really interesting what is written: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/PLAW-108publ458/pdf/PLAW-108publ458.pdf