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None of Vermont's congressional delegation has addressed these or other serious issues with any intellectual integrity.  Welch has no reference to the F-35 on his website and Sanders has nothing more substantive than links to a few brief news stories. 




"I am concerned that some fears have become exaggerated throughout this debate," Leahy wrote in December, relying on the unscientific, unsupported opinion of an Air Force officer.  In the same letter, without providing a factual basis, the former county prosecutor added, "I would strongly oppose basing the F-35 in Vermont if I believed its noise would make Winooski or South Burlington unlivable." 


One commenter on the POGO Blog story wondered:  "When will we bring to justice the flag officers and SESs [senior executive service], past and present, who presided over this abortion? Courts martial, criminal indictments, please? And what about the contractor's violations?


So while some observers are calling for criminal investigations of a boondoggle, Vermont's congressional delegation is still calling for basing the plane in Burlington.   

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