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