Sunday, May 09, 2004

 

Whatever You Do, Do Read That

In a post titled "Wouldn't want them to get too far ahead of the SecDef," Mark A. R. Kleiman links to a story about a Pentagon memo.

I really liked the last part of the following about not complicating the investigative processes by seeking information.

Ironies are so cute sometimes.

"This leakage will be investigated for criminal prosecution. If you don't have the document and have never had legitimate access, please do not complicate the investigative processes by seeking information."
So reads an memo from the Pentagon to personnel ordering them not to try to obtain and read the Taguba report from the Fox News website.

"ALL ISD CUSTOMERS SHOULD:

1) NOT GO TO FOX NEWS TO READ OR OBTAIN A COPY
2) NOT comment on this to anyone, friends, family etc.
3) NOT delete the file if you receive it via e-mail, but
4) CALL THE ISD HELPDESK AT 602-2627 IMMEDIATELY

....

Again, THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS REPORT IS CLASSIFIED; DO NOT GO TO FOX NEWS TO READ OR OBTAIN A COPY."
In a funny way, you know, that the-person-who-wrote-the-memo-just-doesn’t-get-it sort of way, the memo reads like directions about where to obtain and read the Taguba report.

But in that all too serious sort of way, it’s the Pentagon culture at to it’s most opaque as it attempts to stifle information and prevent people from knowing what’s going on.

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