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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Second Witness To White House Coercion

There should be an Investigation with charges brought to ANYONE guilty of this.

Hey folks,

This past Sunday, I posted this, Obama Pushed, Pressured General To Lie This is all about LightSquared, A new Start Up Company of which Philip Falcone, BIG TIME Obama supporter, Contributor to the Democrat Party, has invested $3 BILLION Dollars in it. What they are attempting to bring to Market is a NEW and CHEAPER 4G Network. Turns out, it interferes with GPS. Not just that little box on your dash, or on your Phone, but also Ships, the Military, Air force, Comical Air Flights, ETC. It actually FRIES their systems.

So of course, in no Sane World, would they be approved of this. Witnesses, Like a Four Star Air Force General William Shelton, who oversees Air Force Space Command, would Testify of the FACTS that this is DANGEROUS, and a potential THREAT to National Security, and Life itself. He would be listening to. LightSuared would be denied, and YES, Investors, no matter who they are, would lose out. Lightsuared would have to go back to the Drawing Board. Either FIX it so that it doesn't interfere with GPS, or complete fold and go away.

HOWEVER, as I pointed out to you, Philip Falcone, BIG TIME Obama supporter, Contributor to the Democrat Party, is the Investor with the most to loose. SO? Obama called Four Star Air Force General William Shelton, and told him to CHAGE his Testimony.

In walks Four Star Air Force General William Shelton, who oversees Air Force Space Command, and says the White House tried to pressure him to change his Testimony to make it more favorable to LightSquared. Would this NOT be tampering with a Witness. Is this NOT a Crime?
But Pete, Pete. This is just one guy. Most Likely a Racist. We can believe just one guy. Besides, he was probably paid off by Verizon. OK, now we have THIS. According to The Daily Beast - White House’s Testimony ‘Guidance’ Sep 19, 2011 11:44 PM EDT

First it was a four-star general, and now a federal agency official says the White House sought changes to his testimony on a wireless project tied to a prominent Democratic donor. Eli Lake reports.

Philip Falcone, the billionaire political donor whose hedge fund owns a majority financial stake in the satellite-wireless company LightSquared, says he told anyone in the federal government willing to listen that testing his company’s signal for GPS interference on commercial and military equipment “should not take that long.”

“Everything is already set up, the labs are set up. All we need are the list of devices that need to be tested. We have been telling the people who are asking for the testing of this for months now,” he said in an interview Monday.

Not all the bureaucrats who deal with GPS for the military and the federal government agreed. Still, the White House’s Office of Management and Budget urged federal officials testifying before two House oversight hearings in the last month to say they hoped testing for GPS and LightSquared interference would take only 90 days, according to interviews.

The Daily Beast obtained the paragraph the OMB asked government witnesses to insert into their recent congressional testimony, which says in part, “We hope that testing can be complete within 90 days.”

The issue of LightSquared and the OMB’s interest in testimony came to light last week when The Daily Beast reported that Gen. William Shelton, the four-star general in charge of the Air Force Space Command, told House lawmakers in a classified briefing that he felt pressured by the White House to change his testimony on LightSquared. Shelton ultimately rejected the White House suggestions and delivered his own testimony last week.

On Monday, a second witness, Anthony Russo, director of the National Coordination Office for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing, told The Daily Beast that he too was asked by the OMB to insert the 90-day timeframe into his testimony before the House Science Committee, but he refused. The hearing originally was scheduled for Aug. 3, then rescheduled for Sept. 8.

“They gave that to me and presumably the other witnesses,” he said. “There is one sentence I disagreed with, which said that I thought the testing could be resolved in 90 days. So I took it out.”

Russo said he objected to that language because “I have low confidence that we can complete all of the testing in 90 days.” He estimated that such testing would take at least six months. Russo called the White House efforts to alter his testimony “guidance rather than pressure.”
{Laughing} Is it not Guidance for "Joe the Nose" to "Suggest" a Witness include or exclude something in their Testimony? {Smile}

House Republicans now want to know whether LightSquared has received special treatment because Falcone and his wife have made tens of thousands of dollars in contributions in the last few years to the Democratic party. The White House has said the process for vetting Shelton’s testimony was routine. And Falcone and LightSquared have denied getting any special treatment.
{Laughing} Who us? Now. Of course we didn't get special treatment. Of course, in the old days, The Mass Media Drones would repeat that and say, "OK." But NOW? I guess we will have to see. But this ALSO tells you all you need to know.

Nonetheless, the issue of the timeline for testing is crucial to LightSquared, which wants to build a new wireless broadband service on a spectrum close to GPS signals as part of President Obama’s mandate to expand wireless access for Americans.

“The FCC mandated the most aggressive build-out in the history of telecommunications,” Falcone said. “We expect that we will have consumers on this network by the second half of 2012.”
So like everything else with this Administration, they have an Agenda, for Votes, and REALITY is standing in their way. They do not care what it takes. They WANT it and they WANT IT NOW. This goes on to say this is nothing new and just Politics as usual. However?

Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA), the chairman of the House Science Committee’s subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight, said he was troubled that four out of the five government witnesses before his Sept. 8 hearing had “identical language in their written testimony reflecting the administration’s view of the LightSquared project. The language diminished the otherwise blunt assessments the witnesses articulated during the hearing when pressed by committee members.”

Last week, the Center for Public Integrity first reported a batch of emails between LightSquared executives and staffers of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). The nonprofit investigative journalism organization reported that LightSquared CEO Sanjiv Ahuja met with the chief of staff for OSTP just eight days before Falcone and his wife gave $30,400 each to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC). Ahuja also contributed $30,400 to the Democratic Party, though he made the same contribution to the Republican Party in 2009.
{Sigh} Who me? What? No I made the Donations because, uh, my Wife. Yeah, that's it. My Wife made me do it. {Laughing} He actually said that. Then we find out that this Administration, did here, what they ALWAYS do. They KNEW that they could not get what they want through normal channels, so they attempted to circumvent it.

Furchtgott-Roth questioned the process by which the FCC granted a waiver to LightSquared so that it may use its initial license for satellite bandwidth to service terrestrial mobile devices. “In January the commission said LightSquared could use its license for exclusive terrestrial purposes,” he said. “That decision from January was an unprecedented and surprising development. That they would make this decision at the bureau level and not at the full commission level is just stunning.”
There is A LOT more to this than meets the Eye, but it is NOT out of character for this Administration. This IS Politics as usual. Chicago Thuggery. Make no mistake about it.
Peter

Sources:
OPNTalk -Obama Pushed, Pressured General To Lie
The Daily Beast - White House’s Testimony ‘Guidance’

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