“Judicial Watch” Once Again, Gets Upset Over Nancy Pelosi’s Use of “Air Force 3″ – FOIA Request, Once Again, Reveals Nothing

First off, get up-to-speed on the whole House Speaker Nancy Pelosi military jet issue right here at Snopes.

Now, take a look at what Judicial Watch has “uncovered” in their release from this morning, below.

Basically, it says that Nancy travels around a lot under the rules set up under George W. Bush. Does this surprise you? Of course she’s required to fly on military aircraft in this post-9/11 world, so she flies on military a/c. Does this surprise you? And when she flew with a congressional delegation to Iraq, somebody on the plane drank, wait for it, beer! Does this surprise you? Would you like to know which brand? Corona! Does this surprise you? Now, did it come with a lime wedge? Natch! How could it not? But sadly, the report contains no confirmation regarding this important issue…

The crappy C20B military jet that Nancy Pelosi sometimes uses, with noisy, archaic low-bypass engines that would look comfortable hanging off a plane from the 1950′s. This thing is the K-Car of private jets. It’s older than you – it’s straight out of the 1970′s:

(Personally, I’d rather fly coach on JetBlue or the Virgin America. And that way I could land in the bay area at SFO or OAK instead of freaking Solano County, East of the East Bay)

Anyway, maybe I’m missing something so check my work by reading along right here. This report is just a nothing burger with a side-order of nada:

Judicial Watch Uncovers New Documents Detailing Pelosi’s Use of Air Force Aircraft

Records Indicate Pelosi Used Air Force Aircraft for 85  Trips Covering 206,264 Miles from March 2009 through June  2010

Pelosi’s Family Members Included on at least Two  Flights

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 / –Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes  government corruption, announced today that it has obtained new documents from  the United States Air Force detailing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s repeated use  of United States Air Force aircraft.   According to the documents, obtained by Judicial Watch through the  Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Pelosi used Air Force aircraft on 85 flights  from March 2009 through June 2010.   Members of Pelosi’s family were guests on at least two  flights.

Among  the highlights from the documents, obtained pursuant to a FOIA request filed on  January  25, 2009:

   –  Pelosi used the Air Force aircraft for a total of 85 trips, covering
       206,264 miles,  from March  2, 2009 through June 7, 2010.  Pelosi, her
       guests and Air Force  personnel logged a total of 428.6 hours on these
       flights.
   –  Members  of Pelosi’s family were guests on at least two flights.  On
       June  20, 2009,  Speaker Pelosi’s daughter, son-in-law and two grandsons
       joined a flight from  Andrews Air Force Base to San Francisco
       International Air Port.  That flight included $143 in on-flight
       expenses for food and other items.   On July  2, 2010,  Pelosi took her
       grandson on a flight from Andrews Air Force Base to Travis Air  Force
       Base in Fairfield,  California,  which is northeast of San  Francisco.

According to previous documents uncovered by Judicial  Watch, Speaker’s military travel cost the United States Air Force $2,100,744.59  over a two-year period –  $101,429.14 of which was for in-flight expenses,  including food and alcohol.  For  example, purchases for one Pelosi-led congressional delegation traveling from  Washington, DC, through Tel Aviv, Israel to Baghdad, Iraq May 15-20, 2008  included:  Johnny Walker Red scotch,  Grey Goose vodka, E&J brandy, Bailey’s Irish Creme, Maker’s Mark whiskey,  Courvoisier cognac, Bacardi Light rum, Jim Beam whiskey, Beefeater gin, Dewar’s  scotch, Bombay Sapphire gin, Jack Daniels whiskey, Corona beer and several  bottles of wine.

On it goes, after the jump.

Judicial  Watch also previously uncovered internal Department of Defense documents (DOD)  email correspondence detailing attempts by DOD staff to accommodate Pelosi’s  numerous requests for military escorts and military aircraft as well as the  speaker’s last minute cancellations and changes.  For example, in response to a series of  requests for military aircraft, one Defense Department official wrote, “Any  chance of politely querying [Pelosi's  team] if they really intend to do all of these or are they just picking every  weekend?…[T]here’s  no need to block every weekend ‘just in case’… The email also notes that  Pelosi’s  office had, “a history of canceling many of their past  requests.”

“Pelosi’s abusive use of military aircraft demonstrates a  shocking lack of regard for the American taxpayer and the men and women who  serve in the U.S. Air Force.   Speaker Pelosi may have a frequent flyer record for taxpayer-financed  luxury jet travel,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

Visit www.JudicialWatch.orgto access records related to Judicial Watch’s investigation of Speaker Pelosi’s  military travel.

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