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To Protect Obama Donor, White House Pressures General to Alter Testimony
ricochet ^ | Sep 15, 2011 | Diane Ellis

Posted on 09/16/2011 7:50:55 AM PDT by KeyLargo

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

Diane Ellis, Ed.

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.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Conspiracy; Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: california; dailybeast; fccchairman; gps; juliusgenachowski; lightsquared; moneylaundering; nationalsecurity; newsweak; newsweek; obama; obamanation; ohio; philfalcone; snoozeleak; solyndra; virginia

Emails Show Wireless Firm's Communications with White House as Campaign Donations Were Made

1 posted on 09/16/2011 7:51:03 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

If these were Rs instead of Ds, they’d all be behind bars by now.


2 posted on 09/16/2011 7:54:21 AM PDT by bgill (There, happy now?)
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To: KeyLargo
At this point, one has to look back at Watergate and ask, "Nixon resigned? Over that?? That was nothing!"
3 posted on 09/16/2011 7:54:27 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The USSR spent itself into bankruptcy and collapsed -- and aren't we on the same path now?)
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To: KeyLargo

If you love me you will alter your testimony.


4 posted on 09/16/2011 7:54:58 AM PDT by Boardwalk
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To: Tijeras_Slim; FireTrack; Pukin Dog; citabria; B Knotts; kilowhskey; cyphergirl; Wright is right!; ..

AVIATION PING

Study: LightSquared network ‘incompatible’ with GPS

By Dan Namowitz

A special advisory committee will issue a report that validates the aviation community’s concerns about threats to GPS by a proposed broadband communications network.

The committee, part of the not-for-profit organization RTCA that serves as a federal advisory panel on navigation and air-traffic management policy, issued a summary of its report May 26 stating its conclusion that elements of the cellular network proposal by LightSquared are “incompatible” with aviation because of potential GPS signal interference. It added that modifications could be made “to allow the LightSquared system to co-exist with aviation use of GPS.”

Read at:

http://www.aopa.org/advocacy/articles/2011/110601lightsquared_network_incompatible_with_gps.html


5 posted on 09/16/2011 7:56:36 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

Y’know, the good General already has his fourth star. He could become a national hero by submitting his retirement papers and taking this public at the first opportunity.


6 posted on 09/16/2011 7:57:59 AM PDT by tgusa (Gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger......)
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To: KeyLargo

FUBO


7 posted on 09/16/2011 7:58:21 AM PDT by Fred911 (YOU GET WHAT YOU ACCEPT)
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To: Boardwalk

What the heck is going on? Obama is becoming mired in scandals such as this and Solyndra??? And these are being reported in the MSM??? What the heck???

Nancy Pelosi said that the Republicans had a culture of corruption. What does she think of this? Obama is a good Democrat.


8 posted on 09/16/2011 7:59:14 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Tijeras_Slim; FireTrack; Pukin Dog; citabria; B Knotts; kilowhskey; cyphergirl; Wright is right!; ..

AVIATION PING

Study: LightSquared network ‘incompatible’ with GPS

By Dan Namowitz

A special advisory committee will issue a report that validates the aviation community’s concerns about threats to GPS by a proposed broadband communications network.

The committee, part of the not-for-profit organization RTCA that serves as a federal advisory panel on navigation and air-traffic management policy, issued a summary of its report May 26 stating its conclusion that elements of the cellular network proposal by LightSquared are “incompatible” with aviation because of potential GPS signal interference. It added that modifications could be made “to allow the LightSquared system to co-exist with aviation use of GPS.”

Read at:

http://www.aopa.org/advocacy/articles/2011/110601lightsquared_network_incompatible_with_gps.html


9 posted on 09/16/2011 8:00:56 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

How many times do I have to hear; “this is gonna bring Obama down”?


10 posted on 09/16/2011 8:02:11 AM PDT by vanilla swirl (We are the Patrick Henry we have been waiting for!)
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To: vanilla swirl
I think Obama has a solid lock on the "worse than Jimmy Carter" Award.

At this point, he 's probably going to win the "worse than Warren G. Harding" Award -- because people will remember that Harding got a slow economy to turn into a boom.

11 posted on 09/16/2011 8:06:03 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The USSR spent itself into bankruptcy and collapsed -- and aren't we on the same path now?)
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To: Boardwalk

Emails Show Wireless Firm’s Communications with White House as Campaign Donations Were Made

More than 300 pages of documents detail trail of LightSquared requests for meetings with White House officials, some citing friendships

Hedge fund owner Philip Falcone, the majority owner of LightSquared Kevin Wolf/AP

Wireless firm LightSquared pressed its case for government approval of a new national broadband network in numerous contacts with presidential aides, at times citing its fundraising for Democratic causes and President Obama, White House emails show.

On the day that LightSquared CEO Sanjiv Ahuja made a $30,400 contribution to the Democratic Party, two of his deputies appealed to the White House for meetings with top technology advisers to Obama, according to emails obtained by iWatch News .....

Read at:

http://www.natlawreview.com/print/article/emails-show-wireless-firm-s-communications-white-house-campaign-donations-were-made


12 posted on 09/16/2011 8:06:42 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

Take a look here also:

http://www.aviationtoday.com/av/categories/commercial/No-Compromises-on-LightSquared-Plan_74169.html


13 posted on 09/16/2011 8:08:22 AM PDT by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur: non vehere est inermus)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

What the heck is going on? Obama is becoming mired in scandals such as this and Solyndra??? And these are being reported in the MSM??? What the heck???
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I think the MSM has their marching orders to do this from the DNC. Dems are imploding and they want Zero gone. JMO


14 posted on 09/16/2011 8:10:43 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Attaaaack Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaatch!!!!! XD)
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To: KeyLargo

FUBO


15 posted on 09/16/2011 8:12:08 AM PDT by Fred911 (YOU GET WHAT YOU ACCEPT)
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To: ClearCase_guy

“At this point, one has to look back at Watergate and ask, “Nixon resigned? Over that?? That was nothing!” “

You are absolutely right. It’s so funny that we hear all the time about how being a minority targets you for police harassment etc., but one of the most profound preferential treatment issues in the US is that between people with a D vs. an R after their name.


16 posted on 09/16/2011 8:13:13 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: KeyLargo

Oh man! Jennifer Griffin just reported on this on Fox News, and it certainly appears that the Regime favored yet another big donation bundler, this time directly compromising National Security.

Fast and Furious, Solyndra, unemployment, and one security compromise after another......


17 posted on 09/16/2011 8:15:52 AM PDT by Bean Counter (Obama got mostly Ds and Fs all through college and law school. Keep repeating it.....)
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To: KeyLargo

I also read that berry had invested $50,000.00 dollars in this company back in 2005. Did he get out of this or does he still have skin in the game?


18 posted on 09/16/2011 8:27:04 AM PDT by woodenickel
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To: Dilbert San Diego
"And these are being reported in the MSM??? "

Oh, this is nothing. Dan Quayle misspelled "potatoe" and remember, he was a Republican.

Now that's a real scandal!

19 posted on 09/16/2011 9:14:24 AM PDT by eCSMaster (Democrats: the Party of NO!)
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To: eCSMaster

He “misspelled” it because a teacher gave him the flashcards.


20 posted on 09/16/2011 1:59:16 PM PDT by TwoSue
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To: ClearCase_guy; All

I agree. Watergate was nothing compared to this..


21 posted on 09/16/2011 2:04:11 PM PDT by KevinDavis (What has Ron Paul done in Congress??)
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To: ClearCase_guy; All

He is heading towards worse than James Buchanan award.


22 posted on 09/16/2011 2:05:55 PM PDT by KevinDavis (What has Ron Paul done in Congress??)
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To: KeyLargo

These kinds of scandals only threaten Republican Presidents and Republican Congressmen (Abramoff). How many people know that Bernard Madoff was a major fundraiser for Democrats? I’ll wait...


23 posted on 09/16/2011 2:09:38 PM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: KeyLargo

Everyone in the aviation community seems to be against Lightsquared’s plan.

“...The FAA assessment, according to The Wall Street Journal, also said LightSquared’s plan could hurt U.S. leadership in international aviation by eroding confidence in commitments made to ICAO to maintain the GPS system’s safety and availability. “Study after study has shown that LightSquared’s plan is simply ‘incompatible’ with GPS,” said AOPA’s Fuller.”

http://www.avweb.com/avwebflash/news/GAGroupsFileProtestsOverLightSquared_205143-1.html


24 posted on 09/16/2011 5:22:56 PM PDT by zipper
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Oh no, another Republican smear! This is worse than the time they just made up Monica’s dress and tried to... wait, what?

Thanks KeyLargo.


25 posted on 09/18/2011 9:00:31 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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