The next time a leak occurs, the national security state’s defenders should blame themselves for failing to bring about a system that can adequately police itself. If their historical and recent track record weren’t so dismal they’d have more legitimacy. —
The F-35 “will be too small to serve as an effective bomber, not maneuverable enough for aerial dogfights and too fast and vulnerable to do well at supporting troops on the ground.” —
William Hartung of the Center for International Policy in a new editorial from the New York Times about the problems plaguing the F-35.
See our report on fear and retaliation at the VA
“Magic Helmet” for F-35 ready for delivery -
Software fixes, new sensors on helmet that let pilot see through plane ready for action.
Documents detail VA mistreatment of vets -
In 2003, a veteran who had served in the Vietnam War entered a Veterans Affairs live-in treatment facility after trying several times to kill himself including by stabbing himself in the stomach.
Whistleblowers 'Hung Out to Dry' -
NPR reporter David Welna profiled two of those whistleblowers, Bill Binney and Thomas Drake, for Morning Edition this week. He also spoke to POGO’s executive director about the complicated politics of whistleblower protections.
Stars may be aligning for transparency legislation -
House Republicans and Senate Democrats may finally have found something on which they are both so exercised about that they may actually get together and do something: transparency. Republican anger and distrust over lost IRS emails, bipartisan upset over secret National Security Agency surveillance and concerns about the White House’s failure…
Report: Retaliation by Supervisors Common at VA -
A pharmacy supervisor at the VA was placed on leave after complaining about errors and delays in delivering medications to patients at a hospital in Palo Alto, California. In Pennsylvania, a doctor was removed from clinical work after complaining that on-call doctors were refusing to go to a VA…
ISOO Report to the President
The Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO), established in 1978, is responsible to the President for overseeing the Government-wide security classification program, and receives policy and program guidance from the National Security Council. ISOO has been part of the National Archives and Records Administration since 1995. You can learn more about ISOO at www.archives.gov/isoo
The 34th Annual Report to the President covering 2013 was released earlier this month.
Read the full post on the AOTUS blog.