Lawmaker pushes release of Pentagon misconduct reports →

The Pentagon’s internal watchdog occasionally investigates misconduct by the military’s top brass, but right now the public doesn’t get to see those reports. A new amendment would fix that. Read more.

When Congress is deciding how to spend more than half a trillion dollars of the taxpayers money, it needs to do so in public. It is deeply troubling that the Pentagon’s budget (the National Defense Authorization Act or NDAA) that last year authorized more than $625 billion in spending—is drafted and voted on by the Senate Armed Services Committee almost entirely in secret.

The bill—usually more than 1,000 pages long—is often then voted on with little or no chance for public debate and amendments by the full Senate.

The public has a right to know how Congress is conducting the people’s business, particularly when so many taxpayer dollars and important wide-ranging policies are at stake.

It’s time to bring the Senate NDAA into the light of day.

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Here’s one take on why conservatives should support cutting wasteful defense spending. Read more at Reason.tv.

Next time someone tells you the defense budget is in the $500 billion range, don’t believe them.

“It may not have been his intent, but with this signing statement, the president appears to be thumbing his nose at Congress, whistleblowers, and taxpayers.”

POGO Director of Public Policy Angela Canterbury on President Obama’s signing statement to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that criticized some expanded protections for federal whistleblowers. Read more at The Washington Post.

Is President Obama really waging, as critics contend, a war on whistleblowers? →

There has been great progress in protection for whistleblowers, but the unprecedented Espionage Act prosecutions of whistleblowers and a new signing statement by Obama objecting to expanded protections brings previous gains into question.

Obama objects to whistleblower protections in defense bill →

The expansion of whistleblower protections to contractor employees was a huge win in the NDAA. Unfortunately, President Obama used a signing statement to object to the expanded protections, which could help uncover billions more in waste and fraud.

Even the Secretary of Defense is Calling for Cuts to the Pentagon Budget →

That’s when you know spending is truly out of control. From the article,

In both the House and Senate versions of the legislation, defense lawmakers have inserted $74 billion toward a number of weapons programs “those that have outlived their usefulness” to the department, Panetta said in a speech at the National Press Club in Washington.

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