Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Often They Float

A 22-year veteran CIA undercover operative is suing in Federal Court to declassify reports he filed from the field proving that Iran had stopped its nuclear weapons program. The reports were suppressed by CIA management, which appears to have been under orders to think differently at the time.

"On five occasions he was ordered to either falsify his reporting on WMD in the Near East, or not to file his reports at all," his lawyer said. So the agent was fired. So he sues.

Much later, of course, the CIA released a finding that Iran had, in fact, stopped their nuclear program in 2003, just as the agent had reported. He was canned for telling the truth. So now he sues again.

The CIA doesn't want to know what it doesn't want to know. (But Google knows everything.)


Guy walks into a bank with a check that somebody from eBay sent to pay for an auction. It is twice what the auction was for. Asks the bank to check its validity. Bank checks. Manager whispers to guards. Police come in and pounce on the guy. Arrest him. Out on $4500 bond, he has to spend $14,000 to get the mess untangled. All because he had a doubt about a check.

The bank never reimburses him for its mistake. Ooops...
"Bank of America refused to reimburse Shinnick, and so Shinnick took his story to a consumer advocate radio show host, Clark Howard. Lots of Bank of America customers were disgusted by BofA's callousness and have closed their accounts with the bank. Howard says they've pulled $50 million from B of A."
In the comments section following the story in BoingBoing, readers pull another $900,000 in disgust at the bank's behavior. That's money that will never return.

Big corporations sometimes forget to tiptoe through the tulips.

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