Sarah Palin: Yet Another Shoe Drops

USAF General William Shelton Photo: AP

By Gary P Jackson

On Wednesday Sarah Palin ripped Barack Obama and crony capitaism in an article entitled Crony Capitalism on Steroids from GE to Solyndra. She has now posted an update that is even more troubling:

UPDATE: Yet another shoe drops in the ongoing crony capitalism problems now engulfing the Obama administration. Yesterday, we learned that the Obama White House allegedly pressured a four-star Air Force general to change his testimony about a company linked to a major Democrat donor.

Sarah links to a story that Four Star Air Force General William Shelton, who oversees Air Force Space Command, was pressured by the White House to change his testimony to make it more favorable to a company tied to a large Democratic donor: Philip Falcone.

Read about it here.

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5 responses to “Sarah Palin: Yet Another Shoe Drops

  1. arlenwilliams

    This kind of event is where the music in everyone’s heads should go “da-da-daaaaaaaaa” (down the scale with crescendo).

  2. Takes courage to speak up against the “powers that be!” Kudo’s to Gen Shelton! May the TRUTH surface quickl!!!

  3. Seattle

    Not only that but the head of the FCC, Julius Genachowski, was a top campaign bundler for B.H.Obama, raising at least half a million in donations. He was also the top tech advisor to the Obama campaign-
    [WSJournal article/ Jan.13 2009, http://tinyurl.com/3uvq8st ]

    Genachowski also is pushing net neutrality, “media-ownership rules that encourage more diversity”, and implementing the National Broadband Plan, according to that above article.

    The current head of the wireless bureau of the FCC, Rick Kaplan, used to be the chief counsel and senior legal advisor for FCC head, Julius Genachowski. Kaplan was just appointed to this position in the wireless bureau in June ’11. Just before he became head of the Wireless bureau, Kaplan was running around promoting the National Broadband Plan too, at the Law Seminars International convention in Seattle in April 2011, as an example:
    http://tinyurl.com/422vzld

    As you can see, both FCC’s Genachowski and Kaplan have a lot of interest in the furtherance of wireless and broadband technology.

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    And remember that in late 2009, General Electric agreed to sell control of NBC-Universal over to Comcast.
    http://preview.tinyurl.com/4x9sdmf

    Approximately a year later or so, the FCC chairman Julius Genachowski backed the Comcast/NBC deal, as long as Comcast did not “harm consumers or unfairly disadvantage its competitors”.
    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2013753858_comcastdeal24.html

    Yet, “There is particular concern that Comcast, loaded with NBC Universal content, will have too much power in determining how the Internet develops as a video medium.”

    Around this time, the FCC was trying to “[push] through controversial rules meant to prevent the owners of high-speed lines and airwaves from favoring their services over competitors and to preserve open access to the Internet.”

    “That company would be 51 percent owned by Comcast and 49 percent owned by General Electric and would be housed inside Comcast, which is the nation’s largest cable and broadband provider. Comcast has almost 23 million cable subscribers and 16 million broadband subscribers.”

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    Interesting, too, is that around the time that Rick Kaplan was named as head of the Wireless Telecommunications bureau at the FCC, General Electric’s HabiTEQ and EnOcean (the latter headquartered in Munich, Germany) announced their partnership:
    http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20110606006519/en/Wires-Batteries-Intelligent-Building-Easier

    This relies heavily on wireless tech and broadband. We are basically talking about SmartGrid technologies.

    At any rate, one article that came out about the LightSquared/GPS issue in April of 2011,
    http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20110401_3075.php?oref=topstory
    began thusly:
    “Top officials at the Defense and Transportation departments sharply criticized the Federal Communications Commission for giving the go-ahead for a new hybrid cellular and satellite network that could interfere with Global Positioning System navigation and timing elements. FCC failed to consider sufficient input from federal stakeholders, they said.

    In addition, Deere and Co., which manufactures farm and construction equipment, told FCC the network planned by Reston, Va.-based LightSquared could cause “devastating interference” to the GPS systems it has developed for precision farming. Those systems reduce the cost of food production in the United States by as much as $3 billion a year, the company said. […]”

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    I see that the command of JFCC SPACE [Joint Functional Component Command for Space] was presented to General Shelton in 2006
    http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Support_Unit_Stands_Up_At_Vandenberg_999.html

    ” […] Today, USSTRATCOM JFCC’s area of responsibility include: space; integrated missile defense; global strike and integration; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; and network warfare.”

    ——————

    In June 2011, LightSquared was going to take a new look at its wireless network, and promised the FCC it would try harder to protect GPS systems.
    http://www.liquidlevelsensors.co.uk/company-seeking-to-build-a-national-wireless-network-outlines-plans-to-protect-gps-system

    But July 2011 shows there are still problems,
    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/07/01/lightsquared_gps/

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    questions: Food production in the U.S., and also JFCC’s area of command, seem pretty important things to me, for the success of our country. Why would the FCC want to even conditionally allow LightSquared’s network to interfere with GPS? And, what is more important to these folks: broadband, wireless technology, crony capitalism, the SmartGrid, and controlling Americans’ lives, — or continuing to keep certain aspects of our national security on solid ground?

      • Seattle

        Thanks! Took some researching, and then it was hard to find a stopping point, there seems so much. It’s like turning corners in a maze, sadly.

        There are at least 200 companies, apparently, that now belong to the “EnOcean Alliance” [EnOcean: smart grid technology]. That might be interesting to look into, as well. Just to see where it goes.

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