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That’s classified

integrity diagram

Fandango’s One-Word Challenge of the day is classified.

I watched a 2017 documentary on Frank Serpico last night made in 2017. It’s been over 45 years since he shook the NYPD and its network to the core. One of the standouts from the many things he said over this show was that it was never his intention to malign the street cops but he wanted the hierarchy at the levels above to be held accountable for knowing about the street extortion, etc. but doing nothing about it. Being a government worker for 25 years, it’s easy to see it closeup. It is the administration, its policies, and the enforcement – or lack of enforcement – that affects the integrity of the workplace. Unfortunately, the full force of those policies are turned against ANYONE who tries to interrupt the plots and plans of those at the top. I don’t know what it’s like in the private sector, with corporations, but I’m guessing it is as bad, if not worse, than government institutions.

Corporate hierarchies

where we’re classified

by function and

who commands who.

Theory only,

but I believe that a person’s

ethics are inversely

proportional to the

position they hold.

3 thoughts on “That’s classified

  1. As “bad, if not worse,” in corporations — or probably worse yet in private companies/businesses — I agree.

    I was listening recently to a podcast about people giving up normal citizen rights when they sign up for military services — and that it has been compared in the Supreme Court to women becoming wives and giving up their rights. (I know this isn’t the same thing you were talking about.) The person sharing the information said we would see this as wrong in other settings, like in business. I think he is right that we would see it as wrong. But most of us are not aware that people sign NDAs privately putting them in similar kinds of positions of having little to no power.

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    1. Exactly! They have their ways…. I know that the military *owns* you once you sign on the line. One of my brothers who is just a little younger than me did more than a few in the army, then was accruing time in the reserve. He quit when his now-ex-wife left him with their kids, then signed back up years later to finish out the 20. He was signed up in one city, but put in a request to have home base be another city, which somehow set in motion the military’s order to send him to Iraq as a 50+ year old man. 😦

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