The New York Times is still capable of bravery.
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Eric Lipton's piece in today's paper is evidence of this. In it, he "outs" over 90 former Homeland Security officials who left the Bush administration, mostly to cash in on their experience with lucrative lobbying gigs, cushy seats on corporate boards and other velvety-soft landing spots, in many cases earning multiples of what they made in government.
It's a good story. And a big one: because homeland security is such a new field, and it's had so much money dumped on it, Washington got turned upside down for a few years by people trying to make their millions on the phenomenon. And DHS has seen such incredible turnover, a huge chunk of its institutional memory now resides in the plush offices of private consulting firms, tech companies and lobby groups.
That means the men and women who were once charged with protecting you (and you can see how well that's worked out) are now facilitating the transfer of billions of dollars to private pockets.
I covered DHS for two-plus years, and I watched it happen. Many reporters did. The story's been practically crying out to be written. But no one (to my knowledge) has had the guts to do it comprehensively until now.