The US military is one of the few institutions that the vast majority of the public praises, but its strategic failures on the battlefield and lack of accountability in its ranks expose an organization that is deeply flawed and out of step with 21st-century needs. This according to Tim Bakken, the first civilian promoted to professor of law in West Point’s history. He eventually blew the whistle on corruption at the military academy and, after the Army retaliated against him, became one of the few federal employees to win a retaliation case against the US military.
A 19-year Navy veteran, Sanchez had watched as technicians replaced the ship’s traditional steering controls a year earlier with the new navigation system. Almost from the start, it caused him headaches. The system constantly indicated problems with steering. They were mostly false alarms, quickly fixed, but by March 2017, Sanchez’s engineers were calling the system “unstable,” with “multiple and cascading failures regularly.”
One of the whistleblowers is a former Boeing employee who worked on the 737 MAX program. His pleas to shut down the production line fell on deaf ears.
Pat Tillman, Jessica Lynch stories: Call it “spin” or flat out LIES by the DoD? This trio of reposted articles show that while the connection between NFL and military is troubling, even more so is the spin on Pat Tillman’s and Jessica Lynch’s stories and how they are used to discourage another’s freedom of speech.
Pat Tillman’s is indeed an all-American story, it’s just not the kind that Trump and his supporters want it to be. Few episodes of the post-9/11 era have called down more disgrace upon the military than its handling of Tillman’s death and its treatment of his family in their search for answers.
“…family and other critics allege that the Department of Defense delayed the disclosure for weeks after Tillman’s memorial service out of a desire to protect the image of the U.S. military.” And I thoroughly agree with that contention! Many war atrocities are covered up to ‘protect the image.’ This characteristic of warfare became obvious during Vietnam’s Operation Phoenix, a CIA-run effort. My contention is that this was no “accident” but Pat was basically murdered over arguments within the ranks. ~ Don Chapin
Nearly 100,000 Pentagon Whistleblower Complaints Have Been Silenced between 2013 and 2018, per the DoD Inspector General. REPOST of Truthdig article by Lee Camp
Smedley Butler and the 1930s Plot to Overthrow the President: REPOST of article detailing a 1930s plot to overthrow the US President and install a fascist government.
A top watchdog investigated 190 cases of alleged retaliation against whistleblowers—and found that intelligence bureaucrats only once ruled in favor of the whistleblower.
Friendly Fire: What REALLY happened to Pat Tillman? Pat Tillman Murdered? Posted on Jul 26, 2007 Defense Department documents handed over to the Associated Press under a Freedom of Information Act request raised the possibility that the “friendly-fire” death of...
Whistleblowers - Betrayers? Part 5 It’s Time to Let Edward Snowden Come Home By John Cassidy, June 3, 2015 The President and others have praised the U.S.A. Freedom Act, but haven’t mentioned the blindingly obvious fact that without Edward Snowden the law wouldn’t...
Whistleblowers – Betrayers? Part 4: Article by John Cassidy about why the US government should let Edward Snowden come home.
Whistleblowers – Betrayers? Part 3: This article by Hayley Tsukayama reports on Edward Snowden’s Google Maps entry for Edward’s Snow Den, at snowboarding shop located at the White House
Whistleblowers – Betrayers? Part 2: This article by Charlie Savage reports about a declassified report that revealed doubts about the NSAs warrantless spying in 2015.
Whistleblowers – Betrayers? Part 1: This document tells the story of CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling