Wednesday, June 05, 2002

Jonathan Alter is right on the money when he points out that the only good way to address homeland security concerns is to demand accountability by getting information out in the open. Writing in the latest issue of Newsweek, Alter says:
The basic Bush attitude toward accountability seems to be: stuff it. This distaste for what he considers “Monday-morning quarterbacking” predates September 11. Allow historians continued access to old unclassified presidential documents? Nope. Release the names of those corporations that had private audiences with Vice President Cheney’s energy task force? Not gonna happen without a court order. Come clean at long last on the contacts between the White House and Enron? In your dreams.

(...) [T]he only way to secure our safety—at the FBI or the chemical plant down the road—is holding people accountable for performance. Bush understands that in the field of education. It’s about time he starts raising standards for homeland defense too.

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