Category Archives: Pentagon refuses to cooperate

Ye olde Daily Bullshit…

Kate Whitley flap continues, as well it should..Via TPMmuckraker:

Yesteday, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) wrote a letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates urging the department to comply with the Congressional subpoena issued for Whitley.

“We believe the Department’s actions are completely without justification. The Department has provided no valid legal basis for its decision to prevent a witness from complying with a duly authorized congressional subpoena. The President has not asserted executive privilege over the testimony of Dr. Whitley. During the hearing, Subcommittee Chairman Tierney asked Mr. Dominguez whether there had been any assertion of executive privilege, and he testified that there had not been.

In addition, the committee also wants to know precisely why officials didn’t want Whitley to testify. The letter to Gates also asked for all emails and other internal communications relating to the request for Whitley’s testimony.

If the Pentagon does not comply, the committee threated to subpoena three high-ranking Pentagon officials to a hearing on Sept. 12 to testify about the Defense Department’s legal rational for not allowing Whitley to testify.

Late Update: Gates has agreed to let Whitley testify

Most US Corporations paid no taxes…wtf??

About two thirds of U.S. corporations paid no federal taxes between 1998 and 2005, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), who was among the Democratic lawmakers who requested the study, said it proves that many corporations are using “tax trickery” to send profits overseas and avoid paying U.S. taxes. (New York Times)

If that shit doesn’t piss you the hell off, your not paying attention.

Sexual Abuse in the Military? Pentagon refuses to allow Kaye Whitley to talk about it.

Congress attempted to hold an oversight hearing about sexual assaults in the military and to that end, a subpoena was issued for the head of the sexual assault program to testify.

The Pentagon refused to allow her to attend the hearing. Yep, they really don’t want the word to get out about what is going on within their ranks. From TPM Muckraker:

The House panel had issued a subpoena for Dr. Kaye Whitley, the director of the Defense Department’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office.

But Pentagon officials ordered her not to testify and instead sent her supervisor, Michael Dominguez, a principal deputy undersecretary for defense, in her place.

Whitley’s absence came on the same day a federal judge rejected the White House’s claim to blanket immunity from Congressional oversight in an unrelated case.

Dominguez told the committee the Pentagon was not citing executive privileged but had simply instructed Whitley not to show up.

A Pentagon spokeswoman, Cynthia O. Smith, provided a statement today in response to questions about Whitley’s defiance of the subpoena.

It is inappropriate to question Dr. Whitley about the program when Mr. Dominguez, the decision maker responsible for the program and for the program’s results, is available to answer those questions.

Mr. Dominguez has full accountability and responsibility for the Sexual Assault Prevention Office and he has the full authority to discuss and answer all questions regarding the SAPRO and the Department’s sexual assault policies. Dr. Whitley is responsible for implementing the policy….

Dr. Whitley has been on the Hill numerous times discussing the DoD’s sexual assault program and she will continue to do so.

Lawmakers interpreted the move as an affront to Congressional authority and said they had specifically sought Whitley based on her knowledge of how the military’s sexual assault programs actually work in practice.

Ain’t that a load of horseshit. The hearing was held on the day that ABC News reported that a GAO report states that sexual assault is being under-reported by at least 50 percent.

Below is a video of the testimony of a female soldier, Ingrid Torres at Waxman’s oversight hearing courtesy of the The Real News Network.