FAA Pilot Registry Has Discrepancies Hindering Terror Checks of Foreign Applicants
It has come to the attention of the Transportation Department’s Inspector General that U.S. registries of pilots and aircraft contain incomplete data. This missing information could prove detrimental when it comes to screening for terrorists. The lack of information can also interfere with investigations of aviation accidents. The report also illuminates the fact that data on approximately half of foreign-owned aircraft, registered with the Federal | Read More »
DOJ Attempts to Have Fast & Furious Lawsuit Tossed Out
The Department of Justice filed court papers on Monday in an attempt to have the House Oversight Committee lawsuit dismissed. The lawsuit would force Attorney General Eric Holder to finally release documents related to the Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation. Within the legal brief, it is alleged that federal courts lack the authority to intervene, once the executive branch has wielded executive privilege in response | Read More »
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Inspector General situation updates.
Pride of place probably goes to this interview of SIGTARP (and Obama ’08 supporter) Neil Barofsky by Jake Tapper (via Hot Air). Barofsky engaged in a strong pushback to the White House / Treasury Department’s attempt to contradict his release of numbers indicating that the administration was planning to spend 23.7 trillion dollars to repair our financial system; the best quote from that was probably | Read More »
Former IG Walpin suing to get good name back.
You may remember Gerald Walpin. He was fired from his position as AmeriCorps Inspector General a few months ago for either: pushing an investigation against one of the President’s cronies; no particular reason; or diminished mental capacity. These three possible answers are, respectively: an assumption based on an acquaintance with objective (if cynical) reality; what the White House went with before Senator Grassley reminded them | Read More »
American Spectator’s quick update on the IG Scandals.
The short version: it’s moving along. “We’re not there yet,” one Democratic source on Capitol Hill said last week, when asked about the prospect for hearings on the Obama administration’s firing of AmeriCorps inspector general Gerald Walpin. Congressional investigators are still conducting interviews in the case, so the question of whether to “pull the trigger” on a full-blown inquiry — with subpoenas for witnesses to | Read More »
The Report that triggered the Weiderhold ‘retirement.’
[UPDATE] In honor of Troglopundit’s request for respect for the KISS principle, here goes: Fred Weiderhold quit rather than tell Congress he was under Biden’s thumb. If you don’t have time to read the report that apparently triggered the Weiderhold matter (said report is also available via Senator Grassley’s office, as part of his ongoing investigation) – or even Stacy McCain’s article – here’s a | Read More »
The latest on the latest IG situation.
It turns out that former Amtrak IG Fred Wiederhold quit right after Senator Grassley started asking some questions. As a senior member of the United States Senate and as the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Finance (Committee), it is my duty under the Constitution to ensure that Inspectors General, which were created by Congress, are permitted to operate without political pressure or interference | Read More »
‘Act of political courage.’
Actually, when you look at this passage about the Gerald Walpin situation something else should be highlighted. It’s the little things that are revealing about this administration: In one exchange, according to the GOP aide, the White House lawyers explained that inspector general Walpin was not working well with the board of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees AmeriCorps, and the administration | Read More »
Did the White House interefere with more Inspectors General?
Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action. – Ian Fleming, Goldfinger Being an inquisitive sort, Dan Riehl went looking for other instances where the White House may have been interfering with the Inspectors General, and lo! – he found some. Two more, both of which are involved executive branch officials allegedly interfering with investigations and one of which involved a sudden | Read More »
Let us recap the Gerald Walpin situation.
We can begin with this video, which goes over the basic points: Short version: Walpin was investigating Obama crony’s involvement in an AmeriCorps-related scandal involving misappropriation of funding. Case was settled, to the mild detriment of crony*. Walpin disagreed with settlement. Complaint made against him. So far, this is all he-said, he-said.