Friday, December 30, 2011

Oversight

It's like something out of a John Grisham novel. the commisioner of an oversight group being targeted by politicians who have strong ties to the industry being overseen. Trumped up charges and false accusations being made to discredit a man who is trying to regulate safety for Americans. And strange coincidences between this most recent attack and one made over a decade ago against a different man in the same position. It has intrigue, conspiracy, and grave consequences for all involved.

Actually, it's happening now. Seems the head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Gregory Jaczko, has been getting some fire for not working closely enough with Congress. Read this great article to see just how this coup is being pulled off, and decide for yourself if Jaczko should be removed from his position.

What struck me in this article, though, were the similarities between this latest attack on Jaczko and one that was performed against Terry Lash in 1998, who was appointed to the same position that Jaczko is in now, and who was accused of almost identical charges.

The thing is, in both cases, the accused was found to be well within the law to act as they had and, at least in Jaczko's case, was found to be operating as they were expected to. The thing that's most interesting in these cases is that the major push for removal, the major criticisms, and the most devastating accusations, all seemed to stem from the industry that the NRC oversees. Also, in both cases, the targeted individuals had no ties to the industry and were actually active in restricting it and promoting safety over profit.

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