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Ken Adelman
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Ken Adelman

A Reagan-era Ambassador and Arms Control Director, Ken Adelman is co-founder and vice-president of Movers and Shakespeares, which offers executive training and leadership development.

Justifications for Looking Backwards

Of course, move ahead and leave the past to historians or personal recollections. This general principle should prevail, with two key provisos.

First, if the behavior (in some form) is likely to recur since it's part of the institution's "corporate culture." And second if the behavior was illegal, or strikingly against the organization guidelines.

Now in this instance, of the CIA misconduct, there's suspicion of both a recurring pattern and of allegations of illegality. Hence the justification for looking back on this matter rather than charging ahead.

By Ken Adelman

 |  July 14, 2009; 3:31 PM ET
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With the history of the Bush administrations known dihosnesty, the outright lies told to the Congress and the public, while dismantling the Constitution I believe that a concerned look back, even with an eye to prosecution, is absolutely warrented.

With what appears historically to be an agenda meant to destabilize the middle east, conceived by the PNAC during the Clinton administration, and boldy sold during the Bush administration as a contemporary solution to Al Queda, the extent of the deceptions must be exposed. Those who broke federal law should be as culpable as would be any ordinary citizen.

Posted by: teddensign | July 15, 2009 10:22 AM
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