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FWEE!: F-117A post considered harmful
[ disclaimer: I don't work on classified projects anymore. My experience
as an aircraft mechanic is with helicopters. I read a lot. ]
I believe that the recent anonymous "whistle" purporting to reveal
information about the F-117A aircraft:
a) didn't reveal any "real" information, and in fact
contained several factual errors. For example, the
Tacit Rainbow program has been cancelled for some time.
Flight characteristics of the F-117A are very similar to
the A-7, which is markedly subsonic.
b) created the appearance of distributing classified
information. Whistleblowing on fraud/waste/abuse is one
thing. Disclosing classified information, however-
especially when it's not relevant to revealing fraud,
waste, or abuse- is probably not a good way to keep
the whisteblower group safe from the Three-Letter Gang.
c) created the appearance that the whistleblowers group
is for posting anything too "sensitive" for normal,
attributed posting. I didn't think it was; from reading
this list, I thought it was for blowing the whistle- not
Perhaps a charter for alt.whistleblowers was posted, and I missed it.
If not, I submit that we should try to develop one.
Paul Robichaux, KD4JZG | May explode if disposed of improperly.
Mission Software Development Div. | I'm not white- I'm Euro-American.
New Technology, Inc. | RIPEM key on request.