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Air Force Wants to Use Millions of Anti-Terrorism Funds to Build Luxury Comfort Capsules

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posted on Jul, 20 2008 @ 01:58 AM
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Over the past three years, according to the Washington Post, the Air Force has asked to pull $16.2 million from counter-terrorism funds to build "comfort capsules," sealed rooms installed in large military planes decked out with beds, a couch, 37-inch flat-screen monitor, and other amenities "to reflect the rank of the senior leaders using the capsule." The Project on Government Oversight says that these capsules actually have "no special communications or work capabilities beyond those already available for top officials." And yes, they already have two high-end add-ons for top brass, as well 100 special VIP planes. But they don't have swiveling leather chairs custom-designed by top generals.

Just how special are these chairs? It's specified that that they must swivel so that "the longitudinal axis of the seat is parallel to the longitudinal axis of the aircraft" no matter which direction they're facing in. And they've gotta have Air Force blue leather and seat belts. Not brown, according to emails. Changing the seat color only cost $68,240.

Originally, ten of these capsules were ordered, but it's been cut to three, plus four Senior Leader Intransit Pallets with those awesome chairs. So, in all, it'll only cost $7.6 million. That might seem like a lot, but realize that, in the words of Gen. Robert H. McMahon, the Air Force's deputy chief of staff for logistics, they're trying to "create an environment that whoever was riding in that would be proud of" and that the "the people of the United States" would be proud of too.

Take that terrorism!

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