Letter: Are HSPD-12 objections about privacy or secrecy?

I'm concerned about those who wish to "challenge" HSPD-12 implementation. Are they concerned about privacy, or is their real intent to block their background checks? Are they hiding something? That’s what I suspect is the case.

From an incident commander’s point of view, I want to know everything about the individual whom I am placing in charge of a specific module within my incident command systems framework. I don't want an inflated bio and/or resume or one that is filled with nonauthorized courses and/or training. In a crisis, lives depend on our response effort, and if I have folks who are not trustworthy or who conceal their background, it means I and other commanders are unprofessional.

Just my 2 cents, not my employers’.

Ed Kostiuk


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