Joyce Preston has transitioned from victim to apprentice spy. In her Journeyman stage, she betrayed by someone she trusts.
She has,” paid her dues.” She has the respect of her peers. She is at the point of her career where monotony interrupted by moments of sheer terror.
Joyce plods away at her job, she notices an ISIS recruiter post, she notified her supervisor.
Joyce recalled reading a transcript of a press conference:
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld; and General Pace, Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs Of Staff
May 11, 2004
SEC. RUMSFELD: General Pace — and it is this; as I’ve reflected over what’s taken place and thought about the fact that this is an enormous institution — you know, we have
700-plus-thousand civilian employees, and 1.4 (million) men and women on active duty, plus all the Guard and Reserve we will move up to close to two and a half to three million people. And we have to, to do our business, develop procedures and a process, and habits, so that the work gets done, and so that we serve our country well. And that’s understanding, and it’s understandable.
And then we move into the 21st century, and we moved from a peacetime to a wartime environment. And we moved from a(n) industrial age to a digital age. And suddenly, the habits, the process, the procedures we use may not be quite appropriate. And when one thinks about the impact that this thing has had on our country and on our department, and on the men and women in uniform, on all of us, one has to ask how might we adjust our procedures and our — the processes we use to be able to extract up from down low those things that might have an impact like this is having, and understand it down low enough that it can be moved up, not with the normal speed of weeks or months, but in a way that recognizes the danger to this institution and to the country? I don’t know the answer to it. I know we — that this — clearly everyone will be very sensitive about the problem of prisoner abuse for the period ahead. I wonder if there are other habits or procedures or processes we’re using that –You will all know what you do. And you know I don’t know what you do. You know that there’s no way in the world for Pete Pace or Dick Myers or other people to understand what you do when you get up in the morning and come here and do your work. What I’m asking is that you think about it in the 21st century and think about it in the information age and ask yourself are there things happening in what you’re doing that somebody else needs to know that they didn’t need to know in the last century and they didn’t need to know in the industrial age. But with news at 24/7 or with the impact that something like this can have, you may see things that ought to be elevated, or we ought to find better ways to drill down, or to drill up and communicate it so that what you know, and you’d normally handle in the normal order of things ought not to be handled in the normal order of things and — and move it up in some way. So I just leave that as a thought. I don’t — obviously, there’s no way I’m smart enough to know what it might be, but I worry that there’s something else like this down there that we haven’t adjusted this big institution’s procedure or habits to account for.
Her conclusion was:
When something is important; make sure it makes it up and down the chain of command; push the point if it is not getting through.
She took matters into her own hands. Does she save the world, or does she get fired?