An Air Force General who suggested that any airmen talking to Congress about the A-10's capabilities would be committing treason has come under fire for his comments.
According to the military blog John Q. Public Major Gen. James Post, in speaking with a group of officers in late January, said “If anyone accuses me of saying this, I will deny it … anyone who is passing information to Congress about A-10 capabilities is committing treason”. Although the Air Force has said that the comments are mere hyperbole, at least one senator is worried that the general's comments may be an attempt to stamp out any voices of dissent at the proposed elimination of the A-10.
The Air Force has already been accused of misrepresenting facts and figures in relation the the A-10's service record, when they selectively declassified information for this USA Today article which suggested that the A-10 was the most deadly aircraft to civilians and friendly forces, with the B-1 bomber coming in second.
According to the Project on Government Oversight, the statistics were purposefully picked to present the aircraft in a negative light. Some of the cherry-picked statistics include:
With this seemingly purposeful misrepresenting of facts to paint the A-10 in a negative light, Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) has asked the Secretary of the Air Force, Deborah James, for an update on the Inspector General's investigation of General Post. The USAF has said that they will hold off on any conclusions about Post's actions or comments until the investigation is completed.