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Homeland Security IG Vindicates YouTube Whistleblower

The Department of Homeland Security's inspector general has confirmed some of the allegations of mismanagement at the U.S. Coast Guard, originally posted on YouTube last month by a former Lockheed Martin engineer. The Navy Times reports that DHS inspector general Richard Skinner has "delivered a scathing assessment of the Coast Guard's management over its Deepwater information technology systems." "Deepwater" was the code name of the $24 billion budget project to refurbish and upgrade U.S. Coast Guard patrol boats awarded to Lockheed Martin. Michael De Kort, one of the company's lead engineers on the project, was fired from the military contractor after airing concerns about significant security flaws and deficiencies with the boats on YouTube. Lockheed Martin said there was no connection between the two events. -- Tom Siebert