A quickie, I think
I say 'I think' because the format here at 'blogger' has certainly changed. It does look a litle odd, but I may find it an improvement once I have the opportunity.
Anyway, just saw Victoria Clark on CNBC. Who is the new pentagon spokes person? Why don't I find that name at the tip of my lip? Anyway, it was kind of reassuring to watch. Until you realize she comes with the title 'Ex_...'. Well, she was commenting on the photographs which have recently hit the air, showing our soldiers committing acts on Iraqi prisoners of which the American culture in general tends to disapprove.
She made a point pf presenting that American service people across the armed services are taught that they are required to refuse to comply with an illegal order, and certain guidelines are provided. I know this to be factual.
On the other hand, I know of studies (and I say 'I know of studies', because I'm to lazy right now to surf the sites for the cites, and why I'm posting it here and not Rogue Analyst: "Information Metric"
. Several of the sociological and psychological studies I've read agree that subjects divided into two classes, with one superior in control of the overall environment, that superior in contol group begins to treat the subjects with lower environmental control with disdain and abuse.
This is not an anti-military stance in that way, it is more a criticAnd, it either happened with command influence, in which Tory's comments concerning the 'illegal order' vs something totally different in the information environment, that the chain of command failed. Period. It either failed, or what it did is intentional. Because this is not a case that can be easily ignored.
It also is part of the reason that I think "David Brin's
" "The Transparent Society: Will Technology Force Us to Choose Between Privacy and Freedom?" went into great detail, but I truly think the very fact that this information was released in spite of any intent on the part of the participants is re-enforcement of the trend that I believe will become more and more common, I might oughta' get ahead of the game, and get buttons, cloth badges, T-Shirts and bumper stickers made taht say, "Transparency Happens!". Well, it might sell.
I think that was a pretty disjointed entry. Later...