Why am I not comforted by the recent spate of “privacy” and “civil rights” appointments within the US Federal Government? I guess it is because the principal of Checks and Balances usually invokes independence and empowerment.
Maybe it is my early career in the bowels of the automotive industry. I lived through the annihilation of that industry by Japanese innovators who had discovered that quality not only sells vehicles but lowers costs. In the ‘80s quality inspectors in a manufacturing plant reported to the plant manager whose authority rivaled Jack Aubrey’s aboard HMS Surprise in Master and Commander. A plant manager had one and only one responsibility: ship product. The only reason to reject a part was if it did not fit; even with the assistance of a “helper”, a large hammer. The fundamental innovation coming out of
Recently Alex Joel was named the first “civil-liberties protection officer” for the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence. That is the office that oversees the CIA, FBI, NSA, ETC.
And from a recent WSJ article:
In February, the Justice Department named Jane Horvath its first chief privacy and civil-liberties officer, making her responsible for developing and ensuring compliance with privacy and civil-liberties policies, specifically as they relate to counterterrorism and law-enforcement efforts.