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Re: Pentagon linked to shaming attack on RMS

From: Jacob Bachmeyer
Subject: Re: Pentagon linked to shaming attack on RMS
Date: Fri, 02 Apr 2021 21:17:08 -0500
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Daniel Pocock wrote:
Its all in the last picture

Paul Tagliamonte, seconded the motion in Debian, with the co-founder of
Rebellion Defense and the top brass at the Pentagon.

I do not know where you are located, so perhaps you are unaware that that is a fairly tenuous link in the USA -- the "military-industrial complex" that President Eisenhower warned us about in his farewell speech has grown very large and the "revolving door" between government and private industry has been long-lamented and long-pilloried.

Tagliamonte, whose actions are legitimate to discuss because he has publicly promoted a position on the issue, would have been hired in 2015, based on the email you quote in that article. He was thus hired under the Obama administration and was among the large set of employees carried over through most of the Trump administration. It is possible that Tagliamonte's hiring may have been unduly influenced by political considerations, as the USDS is very closely associated to the Presidential administration -- the Executive Office of the President that contains USDS is the nearest nonpolitical organization to the President of the United States.

As such, Tagliamonte would have been considered a civil service employee, and was supposed to have been hired on an apolitical basis. I do not know how familiar you are with ongoing political controversies in the USA, but there has been considerable controversy over claims of politicizing the civil service and I remember a running pattern of these claims being made by whichever side was not currently in power for the past few administrations at the least. (Democrat President? Republicans complain. Republican President? Democrats complain.)

In conclusion, while asking his employer if they are being paid to help instigate a mob against RMS seems to be an amusing example of "sauce for the gander", Tagliamonte's previous government employment and trip through the "revolving door" to the private sector does not stand out as reason to suspect that the government is somehow behind the attacks on RMS. The "revolving door" is simply too widespread to support a claim of that type of corruption.

-- Jacob

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