Nearly 100,000 Pentagon Whistleblower Complaints Have Been Silenced (between 2013 and 2018, per the DoD Inspector General)

Lee Camp, Apr 17, 2019 Opinion | TD originals

Nearly 100,000 Pentagon Whistleblower Complaints Have Been Silenced

I don’t know if I’d have the nerve to be a whistleblower. I’d like to think I would. We all like to think we would, just like we all like to think we could catch the game-winning touchdown, triumph on “America’s Got Talent,” and fold a fitted sheet quickly and without cursing.

But to blow the whistle on a huge organization with a lot of power, likely drawing that power to come crashing down on your head— that takes some serious spine-age. Now, imagine the organization you’re calling out is arguably the largest, most powerful, most secretive and most violent organization on planet Earth. I’m speaking, of course, of the U.S. Department of Defense.

Yet thousands, even tens of thousands, of people have taken that step over the past five years. (More on this in a moment.)

(Yes, and as a brand new 2nd LT at W-P AFB near Dayton OH, I witnessed what happened to a high-ranking civil servant when he blew the whistle on a developing C-5A landing gear’s problems. He couldn’t officially be demoted but could be re-assigned to a comparatively meaningless position. That lesson stayed with me as I later ran into a flagrant case of contractor rip-off of millions of dollars on the F-111 program that our negotiators simply gave away without investigating the evidence I had laboriously acquired. I simply shut up and buried myself, not pursuing the whistleblower process. ~ Don Chapin)

All the while our organized human murder machine continues its work around the world. Every day. Every hour. Never a moment of rest. Never pausing to clip their toenails or scratch their ass. Bombs dropped. Buildings blown up. People killed or imprisoned. No end in sight.

By the way, that’s the term I like to use instead of “military”— Organized Human Murder Machine.

It has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? “Mili-tary” sounds too boring, too banal. Sounds like a super-lame couple you met at a party. “Yeah, Millie and Terry over there are accountants. If I have to hear one more joke about capital gains taxes, I’m gonna kill myself.”

But that’s not what the military is. The military is a gigantic organized human murder machine, and even if you “support” every action our military has ever taken, you can still acknowledge it’s an organized human murder machine. (You would just bizarrely argue that all the murder has been just and sound and pure.)




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