Investor's Business Daily
September 19, 2011
Scandal: The Air Force's Space Command chief was pressured to alter testimony about the danger of a wireless project developed by a Democratic donor's company. Are lives as well as money being put at risk?
Crony capitalism, which has been rampant in President Obama's push for green energy, is one thing. Rewarding donors with stimulus dollars is merely the "Chicago Way" brought to Washington, D.C.
But when ideology combines with cronyism to place American lives and the nation's security at risk, it's quite another thing.
At issue is a plan by Reston, Va.-based satellite broadcast communications company LightSquared to build a next-generation 4G wireless phone network. Many at the Pentagon, including Space Command chief Gen. William Shelton, think the system would seriously hinder the effectiveness of high-precision GPS receiver systems on which the military and many others depend.