Thursday, February 08, 2007
This one won't die
I heard today (AD Level) John Mitchell DID have classified data on his laptop at home. Don't lose site of this one because LANS would sure like us to forget it!
Mike needs to address this during his all-hands meeting next Monday. If he ignores it, then we will know that the rumor is most likely true. If he openly addresses it, and says that the rumored event did not occur, then he owes us an explanation of why Mitchell really did quit after just 5 months on the job. The FBI investigation findings are just months away, so an outright lie, or a lie by omission will only purchase that much time. If, by some remote chance someone has the courage to ask him a question about the purported security infraction and Mike says that he cannot comment because of the ongoing investigation, then we will know that Mitchell probably did in fact have classified material on a computer at his home.
Pretending that his rumor is not circulating, as LANS has chosen to do to date, will only cause more damage, although LANS' credibility really can't sink very much lower.
Nanos' reward for lying: a big, fat golden parachute. What do you suppose Mikey's reward will be?
LANS has remained tight-lipped, except for the perfunctory Kevin Roark-lipped lie that claimed Mitchell had left after just 5 months on the job when he suddenly discovered that he had a family.
Somewhat on the topic, when Nanos was the Director I provided him with a comment in an upward appraisal to the effect that the little people always know eventually. That was before the disk fiasco, shutdown, etc. I would do the same again, but I really don't think there is much desire on the part of LANS for any type of appraisal other than for the Award Fee.
Many posters on the old blog told LANS they had no clue what they were getting into with LANL.
Someday, someone will turn the past 10-15 years at LANL into a case study in organizational dynamics.
If I were Mike, I'd seriously be considering how to break my contract too.
No worries. If Mitchell really did get caught with LANL classified material on a computer at this home, none of the top LANS management will need to worry about fulfilling the terms of their contracts. Congress will take care of that for them.
Pat, that's just crazy talk. Why I just looked up credibility in the dictionary, and there was a picture of the "Fab Five" right there.