Here’s a fun new computer game: It’s called “Can you spot the predator drone?” Anyone with an Internet connection can play.
That wasn’t necessarily Josh Begley’s intention when he began mapping all of the United States’ military bases for his latest data visualization project, Empire.is. But as he gathered data from the Department of Defense’s 2013 Base Structure report and started plugging in the locations to Google Maps and Bing, he began to appreciate different angles of satellite imagery—especially where covert and overt warfare intersect.
Rooney had demurred on whether the Navy Department could meet the statutory deadline of September 2014 to get key budget documents in shape to pass an audit. When Sen. McCain pressed for an answer again this morning, she demurred again, saying she still lacked enough “detailed information” to address such a complex issue.
(Pro tip: Do not piss off John McCain.)
“Until you find out, I will not be supporting your nomination,” McCain interrupted. “I want an answer whether the Navy can meet its legal obligations. If you don’t know the answer then you’re not qualified for the job yet.””
“It bears repeating: The office that oversees the most powerful military in history (not to mention the best-funded) is unable to project when its single fax machine will once again be operational.”
The fax machine to receive Freedom of Information Act requests at the Pentagon is broken and there won’t be a replacement until November. The fact that the office uses a fax machine and not email to receive these requests is already ridiculous, but they also can’t fix or replace their only fax machine?
Update 4:52 p.m. - Apparently the fax machine is fixed. It’s amazing the things you can get done when you start yelling about them. https://twitter.com/OSD_FOIA/status/380697383715098624