To Protect Obama Donor, White House Pressures General to Alter Testimony

In January, the Federal Communications Commission granted a license to a satellite broadband company in Virginia called LightSquared to build tens of thousands of ground stations for a wireless network.  However, the Pentagon has since raised concerns that the proposed wireless service could interfere with the military’s GPS capabilities, which have not only replaced maps for millions of drivers, but also serve a crucial role in missile targeting and other defense-related tasks.

Gen. William Shelton, a four-star Air Force general who oversees U.S. Space Command was scheduled to give testimony on Aug. 3, in which he would air the military’s concerns before a House Committee.  However, before he could appear to testify, his testimony was leaked to LightSquared.

From there, the White House intervened and attempted to pressure General Shelton to alter his testimony, making it more favorable to LightSquared.  The Daily Beast reports,

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.

Now an important note about LightSquared.  The majority owner of the company is an investment fund headed up by Democratic donor Philip Falcone.  Between Falcone, his wife, and LightSquared CEO Sanjiy Ahuja, more than $90,000 has been given to Democrats since they applied for the license.

Chairman of the House Armed Services subcommittee Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) will be leading a panel to explore issues between the Pentagon and LightSquared today, during which Gen. Shelton will deliver his belated testimony.

Turner confirmed that Shelton told his committee that LightSquared had obtained his earlier prepared testimony and that the general will be asked about the pressure from the White House at Thursday’s hearing. “We are going to ask Gen. Shelton that the testimony we are receiving is unaltered and unbiased,” he said. “We have to make certain our national security is protected without financial influence or interference.”

It appears that Solyndra was not an isolated incident, but only the tip of the iceberg.

  1. Mel Foil

    Someone needs to tell these guys, “sorry Dorothy, you’re not in Chicago anymore.”

  2. Jerry Carroll

    I’d say it’s just the tip of a continent of thievery.

  3. Paul A. Rahe
    C

    This is the Chicago way.

  4. KC Mulville

    In the most recent podcast, Peter Robinson predicted that this week’s big news will be a White House shake-up. If I’m not mistaken, Peter’s prediction was based on the poor jobs speech and other political gaffes.

    However – maybe Peter knew something we didn’t. Maybe there will be a shake-up driven by law enforcement and/or ethics violations.

    Oh please let the Plouffes, Jarretts, and Axelrods fall on their swords for Barack! (Leave Biden; he’s good for a few laughs.)

  5. Percival
    Paul A. Rahe: This is the Chicago way. · Sep 15 at 11:23am

    With all due respect, Dr. Rahe, it isn’t really.  It’s an amateur-hour version of the Chicago Way.

    In a properly constructed Chicago-style operation, the General would have been co-opted or compromised already.  He’d be on the team, and pressure would be unnecessary.   He would get his taste somewhere down the line, through a “disinterested” third party. You never leave details like this where it devolves to honest, honorable individuals.  And if things still went sideways, there would be a designated fall guy to feed to the investigators.

    The incompetence of this Administration is mind-boggling: they can’t even follow the script on how to fleece the taxpayers without fingerprints.

  6. Bryan G. Stephens

    An yet the press does nothing!

    The death of the MSM cannot come fast enough.

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