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YouTube Used for Whistleblowing 407

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the when-they-don't-listen-find-a-bigger-megaphone dept.
fightmaster writes "A Lockheed Martin engineer with concerns about the safety and security flaws in a fleet of refurbished Coast Guard patrol boats turned to YouTube in order to publicize concerns he felt were being ignored by his employer and the government. From the article: 'The 41-year-old Lockheed Martin engineer had complained to his bosses. He had told his story to government investigators. He had called congressmen. But when no one seemed to be stepping up to correct what he saw as critical security flaws in a fleet of refurbished Coast Guard patrol boats, De Kort did just about the only thing left he could think of to get action: He made a video and posted it on YouTube.com.'"
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YouTube Used for Whistleblowing

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  • by BadAnalogyGuy (945258) <BadAnalogyGuy@gmail.com> on Tuesday August 29, 2006 @09:35PM (#16004186)
    That's like so Web2.0! He can even toss together a mashup of the boats' locations and some Google maps and have active video links pop up when you hover your mouse over the tags.

    Or he could have just sent an anonymous tip to the press who would have loved to pick up on something like this...
  • by StikyPad (445176) on Tuesday August 29, 2006 @09:38PM (#16004204) Homepage
    OMG.. you killed YouTube.
  • Too you (Score:5, Funny)

    by dotslashdot (694478) on Tuesday August 29, 2006 @09:39PM (#16004216)
    I guess when your youboat is going to sink, you need a youtube to keep you afloat.
  • by LiquidCoooled (634315) on Tuesday August 29, 2006 @09:46PM (#16004248) Homepage Journal
    He could even setup a podcast of the commander in chief saying "You've sunk my battleship!"
  • by voice_of_fate (998696) on Tuesday August 29, 2006 @10:23PM (#16004428) Journal
    If this had occurred in Great Britain, De Kort would have been a loyal Myrmidon and refrained from causing such a scene. A British company would not have made such a mistake as Lockheed Martin's engineers. Also, the system used in the so-called "United States" is inferior. In Britain, such disloyalty would have caused De Kort's disappearance before he had a chance to release such material.

    Britain will use this knowledge when it moves to take back its colonies.

    De Kort is correct: his government is incompetent. The solution is obvious: Americans, subject yourselves to superior British rule.
  • by voice_of_fate (998696) on Tuesday August 29, 2006 @10:37PM (#16004495) Journal
    In spite of modern attempt at historical revision, it is clear to honest historians that Britain won all the battles of 1776 and then left a humbled America to govern itself as punishment for disloyalty. Shortly thereafter, the country spiralled into civil war and went further downhill from there: freedom of its slaves, freedom of speech, and that snake in the grass: "democracy".

    So far from England, the Green and Pleasant land, America struggles under inferior governance.

    Because of their inferior education, Americans have inferior intellects. This corruption began before the country broke away from British governance. The colonists believed their British brothers had added more tax to their their tea when in fact the wise governors in England had enabled the colonists to purchase tea at a lower price than even smugglers could offer. This allowed the colonists, whose economy had suffered due to their grumblings against Britain, to purchase superior British tea without breaking superior British law.

    Our superior tools, dentistry, and teas have made Britain the proud ruler of the world it is today. Our enemies crumble at our feet, as emphasized in the way we single-handedly defeated Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti and hanged, drew, and quartered him at Tyburn.

    I have heard CNN and Fox News have been lapse in reporting this to Americans. No surprise, they are inferior news corporations. If you had been watching BBC News, you would know this already.
  • by psxman (925240) on Tuesday August 29, 2006 @10:41PM (#16004517)
    You bastard!
  • by blake213 (575924) <blake,reary&gmail,com> on Tuesday August 29, 2006 @10:48PM (#16004545) Homepage
    I think we all know that with the internet and all the videos available now, attention spans are getting far too short for most people on the net to be able to actually *read* something. Countless times I've seen posts (mostly on digg) that say something along the lines of: "TFA too long...anyone have a summary????". I can understand why he'd post a video, especially on the most popular video hosting site. People are just too lazy to read more than a paragraph. Or for that matter, write more than----
  • by voice_of_fate (998696) on Tuesday August 29, 2006 @10:51PM (#16004558) Journal
    Just as Zulus' pointy sticks were inferior to British muskets, anti-ballistic missle defense systems are inferior to Britain's defenses. The British, who invented RADAR, have since moved on to using superior detection systems.

    Raytheon is another inferior company. It is no surprise such poor engineers needed bailing out of their ship. Lockheed Martin is an inferior company, but does have the capacity to design a fine bucket fitted for such a purpose. It would, however, be inferior to buckets of British manufacture.
  • Screw media (Score:4, Funny)

    by suv4x4 (956391) on Tuesday August 29, 2006 @10:56PM (#16004590)
    From the video:

    "I will not share my name on this video to avoid harassment to my family".

    From the article:

    "Michael De Kort was frustrated."
  • by voice_of_fate (998696) on Tuesday August 29, 2006 @10:59PM (#16004611) Journal
    You say that out of jealousy and spite because you recognize Britain's superior nationalism. It is America's nationalism that is liken unto claptrap. British nationalism is a pure, noble thing refined by our centuries of experience. You could crush together the nationalism of 50 Americans and still fail to muster the superior nationalism that marches through my veins.

    No, my poor, delusional, inferior friend. It is not my nationalism that is at fault, it is your failure to recognize and reward a country for its superiority.
  • by a_nonamiss (743253) on Tuesday August 29, 2006 @11:03PM (#16004629)
    You clearly don't understand the complexities of the Internet.

    You see, the Internet is not something you just dump something on. It's not a truck. It's a series of tubes. And if you don't understand those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and it's going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material. Ten movies streaming across that Internet and what happens to your own personal Internet? I just the other day got, an Internet was sent by my staff at 10 o'clock in the morning on Friday and I just got it yesterday.
  • by BadAnalogyGuy (945258) <BadAnalogyGuy@gmail.com> on Wednesday August 30, 2006 @01:31AM (#16005192)
    He could slip in that maybe he was with JonBenet when she died. Or that his boss was.
  • by OldManAndTheC++ (723450) on Wednesday August 30, 2006 @02:54AM (#16005433)

    I think we all know that with the internet and all the videos available now, attention spans are getting far too short ...

    Way too long. Anyone have a summary?

  • by cp.tar (871488) <cp.tar.bz2@gmail.com> on Wednesday August 30, 2006 @04:36AM (#16005762) Journal
    apparently no one else would listen to these boobs

    I know boobs are for looking at... fondling... sucking... but I never tried listening to one. Or two.

  • by Vengeance (46019) on Wednesday August 30, 2006 @06:43AM (#16006127)
    Honestly, I find mouse+keyboard to be the best controller combination.

Air pollution is really making us pay through the nose.

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