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February 09, 2004

Making Defense Dept a Patronage Machine

As is clear after the WMD debacle, what is needed from the defense department is lower level officials fearful for their jobs that if they contradict their superiors, they will lose their jobs. That is obviously the best way to produce accurate information for the public and for our soldiers fighting overseas.

That at least must be the logic of announced plans by the Bush administration to destroy civil service protections for defense department employees and gut the functioning of unions in the department:

AFGE spokesman John Irvine said the union is concerned about a provision that would allow the agency to conduct reductions in force, or layoffs, without considering veterans preference, and eliminate all provisions of the old labor-relations system at the agency, which was governed by chapter 71 of Title 5 of the U.S. Code.
The civil service was created to prevent one political party from stocking the executive branch with toadies who would serve reelection goals, rather than goals of serving the public first and foremost.

The corruption of the intelligence services that led to the WMD lies is just a first taste of what will happen to all public services and information if the Bush administration is able to destroy civil service protections throughout the defense department.

Posted by Nathan at February 9, 2004 08:04 AM