CBC's The Fifth Estate aired one of its all time best episodes tonight, "Runaway Fighter." The programme laid bare the rank dishonesty and duplicity of the Harper government and its obsession with Lockheed's aerial "turkey." Clips showed both Harper and MacKay lying through their teeth about fictional competitions and supposed contracts to order 65 F-35s.
The episode takes a critical look at the deeply flawed warplane that suffers from substandard speed, agility, range and payload, all for the sake of supposed stealth invisibility that one retired U.S. Defense Department expert denounced as a "scam" technology.
Another point the programme brought out was the claim by the 35's Canadian boosters that it will serve our country for 50 years. A half-century lifespan for a frontline "fighter" ranks right up there with immaculate conception.
If you missed the first airing, be sure to watch out for the next broadcast or visit The Fifth Estate web site and view it there.