Tuesday, January 6, 2009
"Gittin' while the gittin' is good": Wanted by the FBI -- Cannon Fodder.
"I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God." -- The FBI Agent's Oath
The FBI, it seems, is about to launch a hiring extravaganza. See a Reuters story here and a CNN story here.
An excerpt from the CNN story:
Despite a bleak economic environment featuring wide-ranging layoffs and rising unemployment, the nation's premier law enforcement agency is touting "one of the largest hiring blitzes in our 100-year history."
The FBI posted openings for 850 special agents and more than 2,100 professional support personnel. Officials say it's the largest FBI job posting since immediately after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The FBI's unexpectedly large number of job openings results more from attrition and a wave of retirements than from growing government appropriations, Bureau officials told CNN.
The FBI currently has about 12,800 agents and 18,400 other employees. And, if we are to believe CNN, they are getting out in droves. Why?
You may recall an essay, Resolve, that I wrote right after Obama's election, found here which included this observation:
It is not only gunnies of various stripes who are panicked at the thought of an Obama presidency. An old friend of mine called me the other day to report that an FBI agent in the west had confessed his fears at church last Sunday. Obama, he worried aloud, was going to shove him and his agency where he did not wish to go. They were, he feared, "entering the grey zone." Now there is more than one way to interpret those words, but he made one thing explicit. He had zero interest in dying for the cause of gun confiscation. No doubt such thoughts are flickering through many minds in the federal law enforcement bureaucracy at this moment. This is something for us Three Percenters to keep in mind. He fears the scenario of my novel "Absolved."
The FBI is hiring agents precisely because the FBI is losing agents at a record rate. Now, the FBI's own policies do not encourage personnel retention. They have a mandatory retirement age of 57. But they have had that for decades. So how to explain "one of the largest hiring blitzes in our 100-year history"?
To use a phrase common in Blount County, Alabama, "they're gittin' while the gittin' is good." They apparently don't like the odds of retirement under the Obama regime.
It is just a thought, but shouldn't the FBI should be honest in their recruitment posters? They should read:
Wanted by the FBI
No Experience Necessary