I am more than a little curious myself as to why Marc Leas was unable to obtain the information he requested last year from the DOD. For the complete story, you can read Mr. Leas’ diary in the sidebar.
I rather suspect that the reason such a brouhaha was stirred up over whether or not Mr. Leas was a “freelancer” for Digger was a DOD feint to avoid the requested disclosures.
While DIgger may be justified in taking umbrage with Mr. Leas invocation of their name; whether or not Mr. Leas was officially working for Digger is really beside the point.
In a world of non-traditional news related writing venues, the lines of distinction cannot be clearly drawn, but if the DOD can share information with the conventional press for the purpose of dissemination to the public, there is absolutely no reason why that information should not also be made available to representatives of less conventional venues.
What is the DOD argument here; that it is a matter of national security? How is it any more secure to provide information to the conventional press than it is to provide that information to anyone else who might share it?
Is it a matter of the DOD not wanting to “waste its time” on unaffiliated writers and opposition activists? That hardly passes muster as a reason to deny a FOIA request.
I still have not heard any compelling answer to the question of “why?”
Some GMD readers would very much like to have the straight story on this FOIA request, and I have a feeling that is still to be told.
It would be in the best interests both of the supporters of the F-35 siting and of its opponents to clear the air by bringing all the requested data into the open or providing a reasonable explanation of why that is not possible.
I don’t want to hear any more about Mr. Leas or his credentials.