Saturday, December 02, 2006

Reyes Update

I haven't been able to find the egregious part of the Reyes' NPR interview. What NPR has online is not complete and a Lexus Nexis search just had a written version of the incomplete All Things Considered interview.
Fortunately Reyes' web site confirms his diversity fetish:

From a speech delivered July 24, 2006 at the University of Maryland

That began a long process of pushing the intelligence community – inch by inch – to make a sincere commitment to diversity. As you can imagine, it was not easy. With generations of hiring and promotion practices, both formal and informal, firmly imbedded in the intelligence agencies, there was a huge amount of cultural and institutional reluctance to making that change. Ultimately, I had to threaten to box off portions of the intelligence budget before the community responded with human resources plans that made diversity a priority.
I am proud to say that the Intelligence Community Centers of Academic Excellence program is part of that response.
I’m not sure what our committee’s intelligence community witnesses thought when I confronted them time and time again about diversity. In my day, I have been confronted by a lot of narrow attitudes toward the issue.
A large part of my reason for promoting diversity was indeed to give under-represented minorities and women an opportunity to work in the intelligence community when they would not have been able to break in otherwise. For too many minorities, looking for employment and promotion was a story of closed doors and old boys’ networks. For the sake of millions of Americans looking to serve their country and earn a government salary, I knew I had to challenge the system.


Anonymous said...

What is wrong with this?

CultMan said...

What's wrong is that you're 1st statement about priorities should entail real priorities. If his job, role, and function is simply as one more multi-cultural facilitator, appoint him to the obselete UN.

And the quote from the MD speech certainly smacks of big government, tax-paid entitlements. No surprise there, under Bush II!