Bombshell: General accused WH of pressuring him to change testimony for Democratic donor

posted at 12:05 pm on September 15, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

With the White House already reeling over the Solyndra collapse, a new scandal may have erupted today that could make the disappearance of $535 million in taxpayer funds look like a paperwork glitch.  Eli Lake starts off his new gig at The Daily Beast with a huge bombshell — an accusation made to members of Congress from a four-star Air Force general that claimed the White House pressured him to change his testimony to boost a big donor to the Democratic Party:

The four-star Air Force general who oversees U.S. Space Command walked into a highly secured room on Capitol Hill a week ago to give a classified briefing to lawmakers and staff, and dropped a surprise. Pressed by members, Gen. William Shelton said the White House tried to pressure him to change his testimony to make it more favorable to a company tied to a large Democratic donor.

The episode—confirmed by The Daily Beast in interviews with administration officials and the chairman of a congressional oversight committee—is the latest in a string of incidents that have given Republicans sudden fodder for questions about whether the Obama administration is politically interfering in routine government matters that affect donors or fundraisers. Already, the FBI and a House committee are investigating a federal loan guarantee to a now failed solar firm called Solyndra that is tied to a large Obama fundraiser.

Now the Pentagon has been raising concerns about a new wireless project by a satellite broadband company in Virginia called LightSquared, whose majority owner is an investment fund run by Democratic donor Philip Falcone. Gen. Shelton was originally scheduled to testify Aug. 3 to a House committee that the project would interfere with the military’s sensitive Global Positioning Satellite capabilities, which control automated driving directions and missile targeting, among other things.

According to officials familiar with the situation, Shelton’s prepared testimony was leaked in advance to the company. And the White House asked the general to alter the testimony to add two points: that the general supported the White House policy to add more broadband for commercial use; and that the Pentagon would try to resolve the questions around LightSquared with testing in just 90 days. Shelton chafed at the intervention, which seemed to soften the Pentagon’s position and might be viewed as helping the company as it tries to get the project launched, the officials said.

As Eli explains, it’s not unusual to distribute prepared Congressional testimony in draft form to other related agencies before giving the testimony.  The review gives everyone a chance to make sure that the facts are correct and the testimony is as accurate as possible.  But sending Shelton’s testimony to LightSquared would raise big red flags on its own — let alone the accusation that the White House attempted to dictate Shelton’s testimony to benefit LightSquared and their big donor.

Rep. Mike Turner told Eli that this was definitely an attempt to influence Shelton, bias his testimony, and essentially mislead Congress.  And that has a watchdog organization drawing parallels between Shelton’s accusation and the Solyndra collapse:

Melanie Sloan, who runs the nonpartisan ethics groups Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, said the emerging allegations about possible White House involvement in LightSquared’s matter seemed to mirror earlier allegations in the Solyndra case.

“With this new set of facts, it starts to sound like a pattern of the White House improperly pressuring people at agencies involving decisions that affect companies tied to donors and fundraisers,” Sloan said. “It’s always a problem when the White House is pressuring anyone’s testimony. I don’t care if you are a four-star [general] or a GS-15 [career employee], you should be giving your true opinion and not an opinion the White House is seeking for political expediency.”

Quite frankly, this would be a lot more blatant and much more troubling.  If the White House has been leaning on the military to mislead Congress in order to benefit Democratic donors, that indicates a whole new level of corruption, one that could seriously damage the non-partisan nature of civilian control of the military.  If Shelton sticks to this accusation, then Congress needs to hold immediate hearings into who exactly pressured Shelton — and from whom that person took his or her orders.

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There is some general claiming the WH tried to get him to change his story to benefit a DEM doner #AttackWatch

gatorboy on September 15, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Chicago Style, Baby.

portlandon on September 15, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Wait, you mean it was for even more than $30,000 ??? I — I’m flummoxed!

cynccook on September 15, 2011 at 12:07 PM

There is some general claiming the WH tried to get him to change his story to benefit a DEM doner #AttackWatch

gatorboy on September 15, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Attaaaaaaack Waaaaaaaaatch!!!

cynccook on September 15, 2011 at 12:08 PM

“I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse.”

kingsjester on September 15, 2011 at 12:08 PM

In a way, I can’t help but wish all these scandals (Solyandra, Lightsquared, etc.) could have kept until October 2012. I love the smell of October Surprise in the morning.

cynccook on September 15, 2011 at 12:10 PM

where can i get one of those $5.4MM green jobs?

gatorboy on September 15, 2011 at 12:10 PM

MOAR ATTAK WASH

blatantblue on September 15, 2011 at 12:10 PM

This is broaching the Impeachment shoreline…

Khun Joe on September 15, 2011 at 12:11 PM

The 4 star General “chafed” at the White House interference.

Jesus, we all know that Obama is a bad guy, but a freaking 4 star Genaral doesn’t have the sack to stand up to this scrawny POS?

there it is on September 15, 2011 at 12:11 PM

“The chickens have come home to roost!” – Rev. Wright

Stupid is as stupid does. Not only was Obbama always unqualified for the job b/c of his extreme lack of experience, but he was always unqualified b/c of his extreme lack of character.

JAM on September 15, 2011 at 12:12 PM

IMPEACH
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THE
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DUMB
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BAASTERD
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NOW !

stenwin77 on September 15, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Funny how Sarah sets the tones, huh

golfmann on September 15, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Obama advisers to Obama: “Houston, we have a problem.”

BuckeyeSam on September 15, 2011 at 12:13 PM

If Shelton sticks to this accusation, then Congress needs to hold immediate hearings into who exactly pressured Shelton — and from whom that person took his or her orders.

So what? Hearings are easily countered by stonewalling or redacting all documents requested by the investigative committee. Contempt of Congress is now the rule rather than the exception.

a capella on September 15, 2011 at 12:14 PM

What did the Capt say,piled so high you need wings to stay above it.

docflash on September 15, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Is there some trick to making the K12.com ad go away? The HotAir Express ads were annoying, but the pop-up could at least be closed.

iurockhead on September 15, 2011 at 12:14 PM

It’s almost like Obama is from Chicago.

gwelf on September 15, 2011 at 12:14 PM

I’ve reported the anti-PBHO comments to #gestapobama, you fools should think about hiding.

Bishop on September 15, 2011 at 12:15 PM

I think this shows that fewer people fear the White House. So this means we will see more stories like this over the next 2-3 years.

jeffn21 on September 15, 2011 at 12:15 PM

The White House has a messaging czar. It is about manipulating the message

seven on September 15, 2011 at 12:15 PM

It looks like an IRS tax audit for the general and anyone who, in any way, publicly supports him!

MaiDee on September 15, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Sorry, I know this is OT, but I wish Hot Air would have a thread about the upcoming vote on Palestine (if there was such a thread previously, I missed it).

I would like to know if anyone thinks, as I do, that making Gaza and the West Bank into the nation of Palestine would require Israel to give up still more land in order to make a geographical link between those two areas. Such a corridor would cut Israel in two.

Again, I apologize for the OT, but I’m just not seeing anybody talk about this. People just seem to think, “Sure, make Gaza and the West Bank into Palestine, and everything will be fine.”

Hot Air, could we please have a thread about “Palestine”? If I’m the one person interested, I’ll zip my lip.

KyMouse on September 15, 2011 at 12:15 PM

a new scandal may have erupted today that could make the disappearance of $535 million in taxpayer funds look like a paperwork glitch.

I’m not seeing much here that’s not easily swept away.

I like the drip, drip, drip of scandal though.

This is the real problem with having a President that “is not feared”.

faraway on September 15, 2011 at 12:16 PM

Is there some trick to making the K12.com ad go away? The HotAir Express ads were annoying, but the pop-up could at least be closed.

iurockhead on September 15, 2011 at 12:14 PM

I spend a lot more time at other sites now. YMMV.

a capella on September 15, 2011 at 12:16 PM

I’ve reported the anti-PBHO comments to #gestapobama, you fools should think about hiding.

Bishop on September 15, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Curse you, Bishop! Turncoat! Traitor!

cynccook on September 15, 2011 at 12:16 PM

If the White House has been leaning on the military to mislead Congress in order to benefit Democratic donors, that indicates a whole new level of corruption, one that could seriously damage the non-partisan nature of civilian control of the military.

Generals have a responsibility to the mission and to be upfront and candid with their testimony. If Congress cannot rely upon this General’s testimony, then it rends the fabric of the civilian-military relationship. If the General is unduly pressured, he certainly should state such. If it is to an extent that it compromises his mission within the organization, then he should resign in protest.

ted c on September 15, 2011 at 12:17 PM

Jesus, we all know that Obama is a bad guy, but a freaking 4 star Genaral doesn’t have the sack to stand up to this scrawny POS?

there it is on September 15, 2011 at 12:11 PM

He didn’t want to get “McCrystalized”. When the honorable men of our Armed Forces are forced to compromise their beliefs because some douchebags in the WH threaten them, it’s time to get rid of the douchebags in the WH.

VegasRick on September 15, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Is there some trick to making the K12.com ad go away? The HotAir Express ads were annoying, but the pop-up could at least be closed.

iurockhead on September 15, 2011 at 12:14 PM
I spend a lot more time at other sites now. YMMV.

a capella on September 15, 2011 at 12:16 PM

Look, Allah and Ed and now Tina have grown accustomed to a certain lifestyle and this is how desperate Salem Communications has become to keep them appeased. Just turn on your mute button and carry on.

cynccook on September 15, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Fight the Smears, Baby!

The level of corruption on the Obama administration is most likely deeper than any of us can imagine. Based solely on the seriousness of the different accusations that have been leveled thus far, it only stands to reason that the things we don’t know yet are much worse.

I always thought El Jefe was a lying sack of crap, unparalleled in modern politics (at least on the Presidential level), who didn’t deserve the title he held. I’ve never agreed with the Democrats on much, but with Clinton, I tried to rationalize what was going on by saying he was simply a bad apple. The rest of the Dems probably weren’t such blatant liars, with a total lack of integrity, etc.

I obviously mean that based in relation to Democrats historically. Mainly, the intensity of their debauchery.

Then along comes a spider… Obama makes “the meaning of the word is is” seem like a concrete physical reality stated in the plainest terms that the English language will allow.

Werd.

preallocated on September 15, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Fake Scandal.

Del Dolemonte on September 15, 2011 at 12:18 PM

In a way, I can’t help but wish all these scandals (Solyandra, Lightsquared, etc.) could have kept until October 2012. I love the smell of October Surprise in the morning.

cynccook on September 15, 2011 at 12:10 PM

I wonder if this is part of a plan… dump all the problems now, all at once. This way none really get the full scrutiny of the public. Then, in Sept 2012 start signing bills, etc that have a short term positive effect so that the most recent news in front of the voting public is mostly positive.

Chitownmom on September 15, 2011 at 12:18 PM


Gen. Shelton was originally scheduled to testify Aug. 3 to a House committee that the project would interfere with the military’s sensitive Global Positioning Satellite capabilities, which control automated driving directions and missile targeting, among other things.

Donk response: “Pppfftttt … what does HE know about GPS?”


The four-star Air Force general … oversees U.S. Space Command …

Donk: “Oh … well … um … YOU’RE A RACIST!”

Tony737 on September 15, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Obama’s White House is nothing but a corrupt gaggle of hoodlums. If they’re allowed to corrupt the military the country is lost. These are sad and dangerous times for the Republic.

rplat on September 15, 2011 at 12:19 PM

If Shelton sticks to this accusation, then Congress needs to hold immediate hearings into who exactly pressured Shelton — and from whom that person took his or her orders.

If Gen.Shelton sticks to his accusation, James Carville might get the White House panic he’s looking for.

tgharris on September 15, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Ruh-rroh!

Knott Buyinit on September 15, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Wow! Now that this has come out, our non-political Department of Justice will bring the full force of the law against the WH. Oh wait…

BitterClinger on September 15, 2011 at 12:20 PM

This seems a bit more serious than the normal daily corruption going on at the Obama White House. Then again, it will get swept under the rug once the goon squad is sent after this General and he is forced to recant.

Its amazing how many scandals this administration has floating around… Fast and Furious, Solyndra, and this, just to name a couple off the top of my head.

alecj on September 15, 2011 at 12:20 PM

latest in a string of incidents that have given Republicans sudden fodder for questions about whether the Obama administration is politically interfering in routine government matters that affect donors or fundraisers.

why yes, the ammo dump is filling quite nicely.

ted c on September 15, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Any bets on when LightSquared goes belly-up? Everything Giggles touches turns to crap.

crazy_legs on September 15, 2011 at 12:21 PM

I’ve reported the anti-PBHO comments to #gestapobama … – Bish

Hahaha you oughta trademark that!

Tony737 on September 15, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Is there some trick to making the K12.com ad go away? The HotAir Express ads were annoying, but the pop-up could at least be closed.

iurockhead on September 15, 2011 at 12:14 PM

I finally broke down and installed FlashBlock for Firefox. It’s awesome.

faraway on September 15, 2011 at 12:22 PM

As more and more corruption is revealed, I’m hoping that the Leaders in Congress can appreciate the courage of these American Patriots that come forward.

And instead of “compromising and working with” those that are destroying our Country would instead DO something about this corruption.

What I have seen is cowardly acts of “trying to get along” and that is shameful.

They remind me of those that will strain at a knat, but will swallow a camel.

bluefox on September 15, 2011 at 12:22 PM

In a way, I can’t help but wish all these scandals (Solyandra, Lightsquared, etc.) could have kept until October 2012. I love the smell of October Surprise in the morning.

cynccook on September 15, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Just so things don’t blow up until its too late to primary the POS In Chief. Beyond that point, sooner is better, IMHO.

iurockhead on September 15, 2011 at 12:22 PM

For the sake of his career, I hope it’s not proved that he changed his testimony.

hawkdriver on September 15, 2011 at 12:23 PM

The General serves at the pleasure of the president. If the president doesn’t approve of the General’s actions regarding this, he has the authority to fire him, or force his resignation as was done with GEN Stan McChrystal.

ted c on September 15, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Is there some trick to making the K12.com ad go away? The HotAir Express ads were annoying, but the pop-up could at least be closed.
iurockhead on September 15, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Yes: download Firefox and Addblock for free.

Count to 10 on September 15, 2011 at 12:24 PM

As more and more corruption is revealed,

bluefox on September 15, 2011 at 12:22 PM

I think it’s time that HotAir replaced “Obamateurism of the Day” with a “Cronyism of the Day” thread.

faraway on September 15, 2011 at 12:24 PM

if you’re giving testimony, to Congress, a court of law, or to anybody–it ought to be without any undue influence or purpose of evasion.

ted c on September 15, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Lightsquared is the company behind 4G LTE, the mobile network that Verizon and AT&T are heavily invested in, among others. It is essentially a big-pipe mobile data solution, and already deployed quite widely by Verizon. You may be familiar with the Droid Bionic commercials on TV–the Bionic uses this network along with three other Verizon phones.

I mention this because the service is quite popular and considered to be the best data network in the US. So while the administration’s crony capitalism and attempt to influence congressional testimony is indeed a BFD, it does lack the element of propping up a doomed company like we see in Solyndra.

Immolate on September 15, 2011 at 12:25 PM

America elects someone who shot up like a rocket in Chicago politics & then we’re supposed to be surprised that his administration is involved in this kind of thing?

Really?

29Victor on September 15, 2011 at 12:25 PM

iurockhead on September 15, 2011 at 12:22 PM

I agree. I think Obama fatique in his supporters is already setting in. It’ll still be a fight, but this thing will not as certain as his first coronation.

hawkdriver on September 15, 2011 at 12:25 PM

I think this shows that fewer people fear the White House. So this means we will see more stories like this over the next 2-3 years.

jeffn21 on September 15, 2011 at 12:15 PM

..if (er, when) this POS gets voted out on 2012, there will be a brown tsunami of tell-all articles, stories, and books about this putrid administration. It will make what happened after Clinton left office look like a fresh Spring shower.

The War Planner on September 15, 2011 at 12:26 PM

In a way, I can’t help but wish all these scandals (Solyandra, Lightsquared, etc.) could have kept until October 2012. I love the smell of October Surprise in the morning.

cynccook on September 15, 2011 at 12:10 PM

I suspect there are more where these come from, so you will get your wish come Oct. 2012. There is a reason I call it “Chicago on the Potomac”.

Mutnodjmet on September 15, 2011 at 12:27 PM

It’s beginning to smell a lot like impeachment….

CatoRenasci on September 15, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Am I the only one who’s having a difficult time keeping track of all the WH scandals? Jeeez Louise, its like these guys are trying to set some kind of record.

joejm65 on September 15, 2011 at 12:28 PM

hawkdriver on September 15, 2011 at 12:23 PM

My thougts, too, hawk.
Does anyone know what he DID say ??

pambi on September 15, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Is there some trick to making the K12.com ad go away? The HotAir Express ads were annoying, but the pop-up could at least be closed.
iurockhead on September 15, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Yes. You need to adjust your rotating phased ad controller which is found near the back of your computer, it’s a little green dial that says “Turn Here”.

Bishop on September 15, 2011 at 12:28 PM

So what? Hearings are easily countered by stonewalling or redacting all documents requested by the investigative committee. Contempt of Congress is now the rule rather than the exception.

a capella on September 15, 2011 at 12:14 PM

I say the video of when Issa was interviewing someone about fast & Furious and they turned tons of pages that were totally redacted

ConservativePartyNow on September 15, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Key #9, check?

Seth Halpern on September 15, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Well, the stock-market is taking an up-swing, for whatever reason. This, I don’t get, everything else news wise is in the toilet, what, Obama didn’t make a speech today? I am not knocking, just confused, on what is, or. isn’t stock-worthy. I don’t do stocks, when inherited a sum, sold off immediately, so, I never get my britches in a lather, either way. Just a curiosity.

betsyz on September 15, 2011 at 12:29 PM

MOAR ATTAK WASH

blatantblue on September 15, 2011 at 12:10 PM

VIGILANCIA de ATAQUE!!!!

UltimateBob on September 15, 2011 at 12:29 PM

“Another fake scandal” – crr5.2
(I’ve downgraded her)

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on September 15, 2011 at 12:29 PM

What other generals have been ‘so advised’ ahead of their testimony to a group of lawmakers?

ted c on September 15, 2011 at 12:31 PM

The General serves at the pleasure of the president. ted c on September 15, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Yep. And, the DOJ is run by Holder. You know, the same one who has authority over the FBI who are now ransacking WI governor Walker’s staff records for evidence of posting on blogs on work time. The same FBI who made third gun evidence disappear in F&F. That FBI.

a capella on September 15, 2011 at 12:31 PM

No surprise. It’s “the Chicago way”.

GarandFan on September 15, 2011 at 12:32 PM

Just so things don’t blow up until its too late to primary the POS In Chief. Beyond that point, sooner is better, IMHO.

iurockhead on September 15, 2011 at 12:22 PM

No, no we want to run against Obawesome. Even Biden could get any number of sympathy votes on account of his being mentally challenged and all.

cynccook on September 15, 2011 at 12:32 PM

Is there some trick to making the K12.com ad go away? The HotAir Express ads were annoying, but the pop-up could at least be closed.

iurockhead on September 15, 2011 at 12:14 PM

I spend a lot more time at other sites now. YMMV.

a capella on September 15, 2011 at 12:16 PM

Get Maxthon 2 or 3 and leave your worries behind. (I like 3)

golfmann on September 15, 2011 at 12:32 PM

This is really not surprising. This is who they are.

I am very curious how much corruption the American people are prepared to tolerate.

I mean, more exactly than “Apparently quite a lot”.

yocheved on September 15, 2011 at 12:33 PM

In a way, I can’t help but wish all these scandals (Solyandra, Lightsquared, etc.) could have kept until October 2012. I love the smell of October Surprise in the morning.

cynccook on September 15, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Don’t you worry, I’m sure there will be plenty more scandals coming our way in the next 13 months.

UltimateBob on September 15, 2011 at 12:33 PM

Yes. You need to adjust your rotating phased ad controller which is found near the back of your computer, it’s a little green dial that says “Turn Here”.

Bishop on September 15, 2011 at 12:28 PM

First you turn to the dark side and now you’re just toying with us? Bishop, you are a bad man.

cynccook on September 15, 2011 at 12:33 PM

A-Rod and Gomez, I mean, someone else, ended their one-year courtship, and that’s the news for tonight folks!

betsyz on September 15, 2011 at 12:33 PM

Here we go: What did Obama know and when did he know it…come on boys, let’s get the party started…

RedSoxNation on September 15, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Obama advisers to Obama: “Houston, we have a problem.”

BuckeyeSam on September 15, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Leave my city out of this. We don’t like the guy any more than you do. :-)

CDeb on September 15, 2011 at 12:35 PM

First Sarah Palin and the Boss Emeritus. Now Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. MOMENTUM –>

As the Boss Emeritus said this morning on FNC, this is just the tip of a big green iceberg.

petefrt on September 15, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Wow. Palin can’t get in this race soon enough!

One thing, Sarah. I’m begging you; keep your campaign offices in Canadian territory, as well as your money.

victor82 on September 15, 2011 at 12:35 PM

I think it’s time that HotAir replaced “Obamateurism of the Day” with a “Cronyism of the Day” thread.

faraway on September 15, 2011 at 12:24 PM

It looks like “Corruption of the Day” might be in order as more and more is coming out.

I think there is a difference between cronyism and this level of corruption. I wouldn’t refer to Fast & Furious as cronyism.

There have been so many actions taken, but very few answering the call to correct them. Issa & Grassley are two, but they can’t do it all.

bluefox on September 15, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Thundercats! HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

mythicknight on September 15, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Well, at least we don’t live in Mexico. I have a feeling that a great many people might end up hanging upside down in trees if we did….

cynccook on September 15, 2011 at 12:36 PM

Is there some trick to making the K12.com ad go away? The HotAir Express ads were annoying, but the pop-up could at least be closed.

iurockhead on September 15, 2011 at 12:14 PM

I spend a lot more time at other sites now. YMMV.

a capella on September 15, 2011 at 12:16 PM

Get Maxthon 2 or 3 and leave your worries behind. (I like 3)

try firefox, I have no annoying ads on this site whatsoever!

screwauger on September 15, 2011 at 12:36 PM

Isn’t Lightsquared periphally related to the ATT/T-mobile issue? as in, they’re potential competitors for broadband wireless?

Puts a whole new twist to that ball of twine. If the administration is intervening on this, what is the DOJ suit potentially about?

JeffWeimer on September 15, 2011 at 12:37 PM

Is there some trick to making the K12.com ad go away?
iurockhead on September 15, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Yep, switch to Firefox.

petefrt on September 15, 2011 at 12:37 PM

Okay, so how is this somehow Bush’s fault?

Chip on September 15, 2011 at 12:38 PM

Isn’t Lightsquared one of those companies touted as ‘closing the digital divide’ by providing free internet/phone access to the underserved?

Over30 on September 15, 2011 at 12:38 PM

I think these are just the beginning. As CYA becomes more and more necessary in the collapse of this regime, more and more people will reveal EVERYTHING they know to be sure to distance themselves from it. I wouldn’t be surprised if another dozen or more scandals of this magnitude errupt over the next year. If the Republicans are smart they’ll have lots of hearing, but not try to impeach. Also, they should expand the scope of the corruption investigations to draw in as many members of the democrat party leadership as possible. Showing the level of taint within the part would be a great good thing

WashingtonsWake on September 15, 2011 at 12:38 PM

Isn’t Lightsquared periphally related to the ATT/T-mobile issue?

JeffWeimer on September 15, 2011 at 12:37 PM

Ruh roh. Time to do a little Googling.

petefrt on September 15, 2011 at 12:38 PM

pambi on September 15, 2011 at 12:28 PM

IKO, wasn’t really in the article.

hawkdriver on September 15, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Thundercats! HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

mythicknight on September 15, 2011 at 12:35 PM

WTH?

nutters

hawkdriver on September 15, 2011 at 12:40 PM

When is it that we cross into impeachment territory? This thug has got to go. At least Biden’s more of an honest idiot.

JSGreg3 on September 15, 2011 at 12:41 PM

As someone on the Headlines version of this story noted, some of the comments at the TPM link blame this on…Bush.

Del Dolemonte on September 15, 2011 at 12:41 PM

Hope and change.

albill on September 15, 2011 at 12:41 PM

I really look forward to the day that the Nixon footnote in the history books has a little company.

By the time the chapters on Obama are written – and hopefully we’ll see someone honest write them – the breadth of corruption in this administration will make it look like something out of the late 19th century.

JEM on September 15, 2011 at 12:41 PM

Here’s a good read on “LightSquared vs. GPS”:
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/236501/lightsquared_vs_gps_raises_big_spectrum_issues.html

My guess is that the LightSquared hypothesis is correct — that GPS receivers are not properly rejecting strong signals on adjacent frequencies. The Garmins and Magellans and TomToms of the world have built an industry on cheap GPS usage, and one place to save money is signal rejection on adjacent frequencies. They could do this while those allocations were unutilized, but now the other shoe is falling.

The ethics problems aside, I expect that the DOD has purchased some equipment which has the same problems civilian equipment has, and hence the problem is quite real for LightSquared. For the North Koreans to have forced one of our planes to land during a military exercise due to GPS interference is a sign that some DOD equipment is not quite ready for wartime use.

It should be noted that LightSquared abandoned their attempts to use the upper band after interference was documented in the laboratory. They have tried to reformulate their business plan around their allocation near the low band, but that band is also used by the DOD for enhancing the resolution of GPS.

We know where this is going. LightSquared will be forced to abandon frequency allocations they paid for at auction, because the alternative would be a recall of existing equipment which would make Toyota look like a paragon of virtue.

unclesmrgol on September 15, 2011 at 12:43 PM

IMPEACH

NOW !“Right Away!”

stenwin77 on September 15, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Fixed.

swellhotair on September 15, 2011 at 12:44 PM

Leave my city out of this. We don’t like the guy any more than you do. :-)

CDeb on September 15, 2011 at 12:35 PM

At least you don’t live in a swing state. Here, in Ohio, Obama seems to show up every other week to tell us how great he is.

OT: The Ohio GOP recently revealed its new redistricting map. Even I’m a little embarrassed. In the southwest corner, Steve Chabot has been fighting off Dems since 1994 (he lost once in 2008), so they’ve essentially given him a decade-lease on life by connecting his currect district by a sliver of land to a GOP-rich section. Then, they apparently sectioned off a lot of Dems in a long district along Lake Erie. The Dems are having a fit.

BuckeyeSam on September 15, 2011 at 12:45 PM

I think we’re seeing that the tipping point has been reached. We’re going to see a cascade of corruption revealed. Still almost 14 months to the election.

Obama should do as Carville says, and hit the panic button.

Or “EJECT”

disa on September 15, 2011 at 12:46 PM

Isn’t Lightsquared one of those companies touted as ‘closing the digital divide’ by providing free internet/phone access to the underserved?
Over30 on September 15, 2011 at 12:38 PM

Hmmmmm, very interesting….. What a tangled web indeed….

* With AT&T/T-Mobile merger still possible, Sprint teams up with LightSquared

* Sprint’s big deal with LightSquared plays out in the shadow of AT&T/T-Mobile

AverageJoe on September 15, 2011 at 12:47 PM

I think we all knew this was going on with this administration, but I am glad someone is finally speaking out and that the media might be paying attention.

bopbottle on September 15, 2011 at 12:47 PM

Wow.

Not only did they appear to strong arm the Gen – but the actual issue is pretty severe considering the safety of military-based GPS… but they then forced the Pentagon to spend $$ and time – within a 90 day window…

Odie1941 on September 15, 2011 at 12:48 PM

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