Well, the right side of the blog world is foaming at the mouth about the use of military transport by Speaker Pelosi's family members. Judicial Watch kicked it off, Doug Ross added some froth, and those two have been cited by Hot Air and Instapundit, with the latter going for "if true, looks like a scandal" escalation points.
Ross went hyperbolic with:
Pelosi must resign. Or she should be forcibly removed out of office. These activities, if not outright criminal, smell to high heaven.
There are only a few little problems with Ross' reasoning, and the hysterics of the right, on this particular issue. Each of the travel documents reviewed by Judicial Watch cites DoD Directive 4515.12 or DoD Directive 4515.13R. Note that I've provided links to those source documents, which none of the sources linked above felt the need to do. Unlike Ross, or any of the rest of these frothers, I actually spent 10 minutes giving those directives a once-over...and, lo and behold, I discovered that the various service Secretaries, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, the Chiefs of Staff of the Army and Air Force, the CNO, and the Commandant of the Marine Corps are permitted to authorize military travel for:
"C10.5.2.2. Dependents of members of the Congress and employees of the Congress, to permit them to accompany their principal in the 50 United States when essential to the proper accomplishment of the mission, desirable because of diplomatic or public relations, or necessary for the health of the individuals concerned. When reimbursement is appropriate, it shall be at the same rate as applicable to the principal."
That seems pretty clear to me; if it's good PR/diplomacy to have the Congresscritter's family with them, they can fly military air. Furthermore, Judicial Watch had to correct Ross' wild assertion that Pelosi's family was traveling on military flights unaccompanied by the Speaker:
We saw your analysis of the recent Pelosi flight documents Judicial Watch obtained from the Air Force.
Double-checking, we found documents we obtained last year on this issue. The other documents seem to show that the Speaker was on most if not all of the flights in question.
In short, they're all frothing--up to and including "if not criminal, smell to high heaven"--about something that Congresscritters routinely use, and which is explicitly authorized by DoD regulation.
Whether this regulation should exist is a completely valid discussion, but the wild assertions that exercise of a specifically legal and proper privilege "stinks to high heaven," or hints that it might be criminal, are nothing more than froth. Do some fact-checking, guys. 10 minutes' research isn't that tough...