Friday, September 19, 2008

*It was a bureaucracy--a large, interlocking boat that didn't want to be rocked.

People's lives were at stake.

The way things were being done, the established routine, ensured more deaths.

When the new kid mentioned deadly flaws to his immediate superiors, they explained that because of a history of inter-agency conflict, because of the personalities of those in charge, he should, above all, not rock the boat.

Sometimes he couldn't stand the prospective deaths and found ways to change, not everything, but something.

[continuation intended]

--information from "Between Silk and Cyanide: A Codemaker's War 1941-1945" by Leo Marks