Locus Technology's Gregory Dempsey condemns the Academy's security policies. Seems fair enough, especially since Sente's own residence was broken into last night.
Academy Master Sente Kiteway has been arrested on the Academy grounds on the very night of the third anniversary of the Receda Cube's theft. This, then, seems like a good time to reflect upon the status of the missing Cube, the state of security at the Academy, and the measured deliberations of the Academy Oversight Committee.
Part of Kiteway's argument against prosecution for the Lancewood revelations, a matter still under investigation, is that the Academy is historically entrusted by the City Council with weighty matters that are best removed from the public's prying eyes. This argument, though, belies the poor vigilance with which Kiteway's administration has been marked. Officials from within the Academy have repeatedly assured the public that security has been addressed.
The Academy Security Director, Henrik Tanner, once said of his security system that "Our job is to make it as difficult [to bypass] as possible within the constraints of realism and budget." But in the past three years, the Cube has been stolen, a slow trickle of automotive parts has been making its way from the Academy to the black market, and the data link to Earth has been both sabotaged and subsequently infiltrated. Hardly the profile of a security system "as difficult as possible" to circumvent.
Indeed, security at the Academy is so poor that Kiteway's own home on Milamont Parade has reportedly been broken into and ransacked, just last night, though the Master's daughter, Scarlett Kiteway, refused to offer comments to the press regarding it. Security for the house falls under the same blanket as does campus security.
Senior Fellow Inari Ekeba of the Academy Oversight Committee has said that the group is taking these factors seriously. But some now believe the committee, heavily salted with Kiteway loyalists, is incapable of taking the actions that are now necessary. "The Academy needs a clean slate," said Locus Technology's Gregory Dempsey. "The only recommendation I see the committee making is to sack Henrik and the rest of this sad lot and bring in fresh eyes. ... No professional organisation would permit those behind such a sievelike security arrangement to continue in employment."