by AuxBeacon News Reader
Civil Air Patrol Iowa Wing Mission Pilot Capt Kim Kirschman transported Chuck Grassley and Tom Harkin across the Hawkeye State to view flooding damage.
This CAP perk flight provided both lawmakers with a birds-eye view of the damage in Ankeny, Mason City, Charles City, Nashua, Waverly and Des Moines, Iowa.
“The extent of the damage is mind-boggling,” said Sen Chuck Grassley. “My fellow Iowans can rest assured that relief is on the way.”
“This was an important job for the Civil Air Patrol,” said Civil Air Patrol pilot Capt. Kim Kirschman. “We were able to meet their needs on short notice.”
As the author of the 1989 Whistleblower Protection Act, Sen Chuck Grassley has campaigned to increase protection and provide support for whistleblowers who expose government fraud, waste and abuse. While he supported a number of FBI whistleblowers (Coleen Rowley, Sibel Edmonds, and Jane Turner) he did not support Department of Defense whistleblower Noel Koch.
Sen Tom Harkin is noted for his May 1999 opposition to the US Air Force takeover of a demonstrably corrupt Civil Air Patrol.
“I am opposed to the Air Force taking over the CAP,” Sen Harkin said. “A takeover by the Air Force is unwarranted and will not be approved by Congress.”
Soon after Tom Harkin’s statement opposing Air Force takeover of Civil Air Patrol, the FBI raided Civil Air Patrol Headquarters in July of 1999 and a few years later former CAP-USAF Inspector General Lt Col Allan Stein would expose Civil Air Patrol corruption and excesses in Chapter 12 of his autobiography “Into the Wild Blue Yonder: My Life in the Air Force”.
Lt Col Allan T. Stein, USAF Retired wrote:
“It finally came to me why the Wing Commander, a CAP colonel who was an obscure air force reserve captain, had a mobilization assignment in Washington D.C. He was the senator’s ‘number one boy’ who was buying votes for the senator with the misappropriated air force property. I contacted my commander and explained the situation to him…. the senator was too powerful… I left with political thieves openly stealing from the air force.”
“A few of the air force’s senior officers who were involved and about to retire saw the CAP as a possible way of feathering their nests after retirement. They put themselves at the service of the more wealthy and influential members of the CAP…
In the September 1999 issue of Air Force magazine, the following article appeared:
Federal agents with search warrants seized Civil Air Patrol records, data, and computer files in five states on July 21. The FBI and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations confiscated records at the CAP national headquarters at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, and at wings in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and West Virginia in conjunction with ‘the alleged misuses of appropriated funds by CAP personnel,’ said AFOSI spokesman Major Steve Murray.
According to Donna Leinwand of Gannett News Service
“The Air Force accused the 60,000 member group, known for its search and rescue operations, of mismanaging federal money, traveling first class on the taxpayer tab, retaliating against members who pointed out abuses and losing track of its equipment. Auditors said they could not account for 70 percent of the federally purchases communications equipment in one branch of the group.”
At the time, Civil Air Patrol officials denied the allegations.
Lt Col Stein concluded his assessment with:
The inspection and seizure of these records is long overdue. While there have undoubtedly been some changes in the operations and control of the CAP, the principle is still the same: Get all you can from the government.