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Air Force General Should be Held Accountable

Reporting misspending, fraud, waste, or abuse to Congress is a good thing. Just as important is reporting when programs are working well and should continue to be funded. Our elected officials are there to make sure money is spent as it should be and the programs we fund are working.

So, when Air Force Major General James Post says that any service member who passes information to Congress about the capabilities of the A-10 aircraft is committing treason, it’s a statement that should not be tolerated.

Today, the Project On Government Oversight was joined by a group of concerned organizations and individuals in writing Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James to express our concern about this statement and the implications it has on military whistleblowers.

This follows earlier allegations of retaliation against military whistleblowers in violation of the Military Whistleblower Protection Act. Major General Post’s comment may be indicative of a larger problem of whistleblower treatment within the Air Force. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) also raised concerns to Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh in a hearing last week about whether the Air Force was trying to identify pilots who may have communicated with Congress.

While the Air Force is investigating these comments, Major General Post remains in his position. We recommend that, at the very least, he be suspended while the investigation is conducted.

By: Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz
Policy Counsel, POGO

Photograph of Elizabeth Liz Hempowicz is Policy Counsel for the Project On Government Oversight.

Topics: Whistleblower Protections

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Authors: Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

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