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Congressman: Benghazi Survivors Forced
to Sign Non-Disclosure Agreements

Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper

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Posted By:Desert Fox, 7/18/2013 11:01:14 AM

Congressman Frank Wolf, a Republican from Virginia, said today on the House floor that survivors of the Benghazi terror attack have been forced to sign non-disclosure agreements: "On Tuesday I raised the question of why none of the Benghazi survivors, whether State Department, CIA, or private security contract employees have testified publicly before Congress," said Wolf. "According to trusted sources that have contacted my office, many if not all of the survivors of the Benghazi attacks along with others at the Department of Defense, the CIA have been asked or directed to sign additional non-disclosure agreements about their

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 7/18/2013 11:07:23 AM     (No. 9430256)

Your signature or your pension. That`s how it works. No need for conspiracies in govn. Just threaten people`s job/pensions an it`s self imposed silence.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: qr4j, 7/18/2013 11:12:03 AM     (No. 9430264)

So filthy. So dirty. So rotten. Adequate words escape me.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Hazymac, 7/18/2013 11:24:30 AM     (No. 9430282)

Elermentary logic tells us that if the whole truth were known about what happened at Benghazi last September 11, the careers of the two most prominent Democrats would be over with a bang, and possibly the clang of a jail door slamming behind them.

Recently we read here that several of the Benghazi survivors were writing a book due for publication in about a year. Did they sign nondisclosure agreements? And are such agreements enforceable under the law? Hillary!and Ogabe didn´t seem too out of sorts, so one must presume that the book will be a whitewash, and that said whitewash will strain to be the official historical record of what might have been the most irresponsible act by the government in our lifetimes. If our "leaders" can get away with piddling away our foreign service members´ lives, what can´t they get away with?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Highvoltage, 7/18/2013 11:28:23 AM     (No. 9430285)

We now live in a police state. Remember knowledge is power when it comes to the government.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: texas_gop, 7/18/2013 11:28:49 AM     (No. 9430286)

Non-disclosure to hold back evidence of possible crime or at least negligence by elected and appointed officials who did not do their job? Not so sure that can hold up in a court (unless it is a lib judge who cares nothing about the law).


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Reply 6 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 7/18/2013 11:28:59 AM     (No. 9430287)

This is considered to be the kinder and gentler "Chicago Way".

Just killing them all is a safer bet but those nasty Republicans would try to find some way to ´Politicize´ it for their own selfish advantage.

You just can´t trust them.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: secondtimelucky, 7/18/2013 11:35:06 AM     (No. 9430300)

Fed employees have always had their careers and pensions dangled over their heads like a sword of Damocles. Military included. Very few opt to turn their backs on established careers or their retirement future. Those who do, do so with full knowledge of the consequences...

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Philipsonh, 7/18/2013 11:36:50 AM     (No. 9430306)

Some comments mention lost pensions. Government contractors do not get Government pensions. However, they can be threatened with loss of their jobs, and their employers with loss of multi- million/billion dollar current and future contracts The DoD spends hundreds of billions of dollars annually hiring contractors and the loss of these funds could actually wipe out companies whose fortunes are based on the Government. Its not just about politicians power, its about an enormous amount of money, probably in the trillions of $. Do you really think that anyone would be allowed to talk under these circumstances. These people are SCARED to talk, and it is not just because they were forced to sign a piece of paper. Many of these individuals who work for contractors in high tech positions can get jobs anywhere, but they cannot replace their health, their safety, and their families. Just my opinion.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: cake crumb, 7/18/2013 11:42:51 AM     (No. 9430321)

Then you KNOW there´s a cover up. Forcing them under duress (threatening to take their pension falls under my definition of duress) to sign non-disclosure agreements proves it beyond a shadow of a doubt.

Now, remove the non-disclosure agreement, because it was signed under duress.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Stlouislaxbros dad, 7/18/2013 11:46:04 AM     (No. 9430327)


It is time for America to find out the names of the persons who ordered this to be done.

The big question to be answered is "Why?"

What is our government hiding?

Honestly...is there anyone out here who trusts this government anymore...other than the leftists?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: zbogwan2, 7/18/2013 11:50:29 AM     (No. 9430342)

All of the Obama Admin´s. skullduggery reminds me of an old movie about Macau:All of the shadowy sleazy evil ghost like creatures, that were killing, shanghaiing, opium smoking and engaging in all things evil. In fact the Obama Gang may be much worse than that depicted in that old flick?

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Reply 12 - Posted by: chance_232, 7/18/2013 11:54:52 AM     (No. 9430351)

The big question to be answered is "Why?"

The answer to that is self evident. The administration did this to ensure that they would not lose an election should their malefeasance become public knowledge.

What is our government hiding?

The "government" was covering up incompetence to win re-election. The coverup continues to prevent criminal prosecutions. I guarantee that there is more to the story than just sheer stupidity.

This junta that occupies the White House has and continues to get away with more outlandish behavior by the day. Carney will literally wizz on your leg and insist that its raining. Worse, the media goes right along with the "its raining" story. Anyone that contradicts the story is labled an extremist, rightwing, mouth breathing, knuckledragging, toothless, inbred racist.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: wsdiego, 7/18/2013 11:57:58 AM     (No. 9430357)

A signature under coercion is not valid!

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Reply 14 - Posted by: mitzi, 7/18/2013 12:00:54 PM     (No. 9430363)

Based on some of the early reports I read online ... if accurate (truthful), I can understand why "they" want to keep the survivors quiet about what actually happened to them.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: ketchuplover, 7/18/2013 12:06:35 PM     (No. 9430368)

Why isn´t Boehner pressing for the select committee? Instead he is dolling himself up to be pretty with such fake moves as repealing Obamacare and pressing for the rights of illegal alien kids, blah blah blah. Are they so out of touch or is it that they are so deep in someone´s pockets that they ignore the will of the people? Extremely frustrating.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Grambo, 7/18/2013 12:07:12 PM     (No. 9430369)

How much more of this transparency can we stand?

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Polecat49, 7/18/2013 12:16:11 PM     (No. 9430391)

REMEMBER. These people are/were employed by the state department which operated under zero and hitlery. NOW, the democrat party wants to hype hitlery to run for president. I have come to the conclusion our present regime has NO HONOR, NO INTEGRITY, NO LOYALTY to the Constitution and NO SHAME.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: snapper451, 7/18/2013 12:18:45 PM     (No. 9430400)

Actually poster 2 - totally Clinton!

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Reply 19 - Posted by: bob913, 7/18/2013 12:22:47 PM     (No. 9430407)

They would lock these people up in jail for telling the truth.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: John318, 7/18/2013 12:33:34 PM     (No. 9430439)

How much more evil will America become before it collapses under its own corruption?

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Reply 21 - Posted by: strike3, 7/18/2013 12:39:13 PM     (No. 9430450)

Obama will not find his incompetence in the Benghazi matter as easy to hide as the non-existence of a US birth certificate. I still picture him, stoned in bed on the night of 9/11 and dreaming about three days of partying in Vegas. His disastrous performance in his debate with Romney demonstrated that his feeble mind was elsewhere.

Somebody will talk. If every one of the Benghazi survivors is that much of a coward, then saving the country isn´t worth the effort so we might as well let it all die and start over. Remember also that congress is under the same threats from the obama regime as all other government workers. That alone explains their inaction.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Jubilationtcornpone, 7/18/2013 12:45:42 PM     (No. 9430465)

Excellent point, #14. I would hope that this information provides some ammunition for Hillary´s Democratic primary opponent and the Republican nominee (I guess I´m assuming PIAPS will be the Dem´s nominee). But as weak-kneed as our nominees have been the last two go-arounds, what difference at this point dies it make?

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Reply 23 - Posted by: bkt23, 7/18/2013 12:59:00 PM     (No. 9430487)

Transparency!

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Grimland, 7/18/2013 1:07:11 PM     (No. 9430494)

Do you think any other American "hero" will ever again put his/her life on the line to save others as Woods and Doherty did if this is allowed to continue.

How can any decent people, no matter the threat, turn their backs on the two men who saved them?

This is beyond comprehension from someone who does not live in the beltway!

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Reply 25 - Posted by: 901AtTheRiver, 7/18/2013 1:16:33 PM     (No. 9430507)

I do believe a congressional investigation trumps any nondisclosure agreement with any government agency, and any influence by that agency to testify falsely is subornation of perjury. Let the games begin.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Johnny Angle, 7/18/2013 1:19:40 PM     (No. 9430512)

You can´t make this stuff up.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Momma Walton, 7/18/2013 1:22:01 PM     (No. 9430516)

The Obama agenda is self-evident. They seek to control without accountability. They are setting up structures whereby they will continue their terror whether in the White House or not.

We need to seek the truth and then deal with it. Our only salvation is to get on our knees and plead our case before Almighty God, the Truth, Who will set US free!

Daily we are inundated with more news that terrifies the average citizen who trusted our elected leaders. We need to hold them fully accountable and the courts need to make a stand for righteousness.

We used to honor God by having everyone who testified in court to swear by God that he tells the truth. How about the governing elect?

Prayer is our only power for God´s will is brought about by a sincere soul that wants only His will to be done on earth just as it is in heaven. Amen

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Reply 28 - Posted by: MDConservative, 7/18/2013 1:34:30 PM     (No. 9430544)

What makes one conclude this is "coercive"? May be "just business" for many/most if not all those who signed. There is apparently a pro quid pro...what did they get for their silence? Who is the bagman? Don´t assume these are government funds - they´re probably not.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: BeatleJeff, 7/18/2013 1:48:02 PM     (No. 9430563)

Business Law 101 - signing a contract under duress makes said contract invalid. And invalid contracts don´t hold up in court. The only thing you have to fear is fear itself, Benghazi Survivors. Now do the right thing. Speak out.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: patrick28nov45, 7/18/2013 1:57:30 PM     (No. 9430572)

Hillary´s campaign! There is nothing she will not say, do or cover-up to get what she wants: glory, celebrity, power. She said she was "heartbroken" over the George Zimmerman verdict.Her legal background tells her the verdict was just. Her presidential ambitions, however, require her to persecute George Zimmerman and thus ingratiate herself with the lowest elements of our society. She did the same with the Defense of Marriage Act --- she and Bill cheered its demise. RE: the gay vote.

From Proverbs (Old Testament of the Holy Bible):

16These six things does the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:

17A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

18A heart that devises wicked imaginations, feet that are swift in running to evil,

19A false witness that speaks lies, and he that sows discord among brethren.

PBT

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Reply 31 - Posted by: dittohead, 7/18/2013 2:18:54 PM     (No. 9430596)

Were their families forced to sign a Non-Disclosure agreement, too? Someone should be singing!

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Reply 32 - Posted by: toodles3956, 7/18/2013 3:08:15 PM     (No. 9430676)

I´d suggest these folks use the Whistleblower routine and talk to one of their congressmen and spill the beans. Whoops! Can´t-nobody around you could trust!

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Reply 33 - Posted by: NRAisFreedom, 7/18/2013 3:10:53 PM     (No. 9430682)

If Congress had any guts AT ALL they would prevent ANY retaliation and threatening of employees pension, etc. NDAs are a bogus distraction to silence the inquiries and muddy the waters. This gov´t is so pathetic and disgusting!

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Shucky, 7/18/2013 3:12:43 PM     (No. 9430686)

the day he promised the most transparent administration in history, he was crossing his fingers behind his back. every day from the very first has been saturated in scandal.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: JediJerry, 7/18/2013 3:17:12 PM     (No. 9430688)

Sign zeee paperz old man!!!!!

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Bla Bla, 7/18/2013 3:19:54 PM     (No. 9430691)

Yes this is the Clintonian way. Hillary (& Bill) have killed people for less (Two boys on the tracks in Mena Arkansas, Bimbos, Foster, Brown, etc.)

Your signature or your pension? How about your signature or a life you hold dear?

I´m starting to think we need an Elliott Ness to take on the organized crime we now call our government.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: Dixie, 7/18/2013 3:26:26 PM     (No. 9430701)

I wonder if a Benghazi survivor, working for a private company under a Government contract, was also found to be working under a Secret or Top Secret Security Clearance which applied to the events in Benghazi.

If so, then disclosure of that protected information could result in something much worse that being fired from the company (with subsequent lose/reduction in whatever pension they may have earned).


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Reply 38 - Posted by: thatsomewhereplace, 7/18/2013 4:01:38 PM     (No. 9430764)

This is so disgusting. I remember seeing the body of Christopher Stevens being dragged out of the embassy. I remember seeing Sean Smith´s mother. The families of the other murdered. Asking for help. Don´t hear them anymore. I guess they have been scourged along with their dead family members. Thanks all of you low info voters. Bet you could give a rat´s behind about your fellow countryman. You´d rather collect your food subsidies. Watch stupid reality shows. And I bet you say Ben Ghazi...never heard of him.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: Fledrmaus, 7/18/2013 4:05:42 PM     (No. 9430775)

Well, that´s it then, right? They promised not to tell, so if any of them breaks their promise, they have to "pay the price" and go to jail. That´s the noble conservative line on Snowden these days, I expect the "by-the-book" purists will demand the same treatment for the Benghazi witnesses.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: ocho reales, 7/18/2013 5:34:56 PM     (No. 9430893)

If there was a special prosecutor there would not be any reason to hide behind a non disclosure or secrecy agreement. The fact that a special prosecutor has NOT been named is due to the cowardice of the Republican leadership who do not want to make a wave for fear of political ramifications in doing so. So we have a stalemate. If any of the CIA or State personnel were to speak to any Congressman and disclose classified information they could be fired by their Agency for divulging classified information to an unauthorized individual. The special prosecutor is the only way around the catch 22 that these employees find themselves in.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: dman, 7/18/2013 6:54:28 PM     (No. 9431034)

Congress has oversight. Nullify the NDAs.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: Udanja99, 7/18/2013 6:54:43 PM     (No. 9431035)

#25, zippy and crew do not want any "heros" unless they are civil rights types. They want a nation of cowardly sheep, easily herded. Subjects, fed and watered like animals, instead of independent self reliant citizens.

This should surprise no one. As we´ve seen this week, zippy was perfectly fine with destroying the life of a private citizen in order to rile up his homie base and get them to the voting booth.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: Italiano, 7/18/2013 7:01:39 PM     (No. 9431050)

Is there anyone out there sitting up late at night and mulling over an oath they took regarding "all enemies, foreign and domestic?"

Evidently not.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: StuartL, 7/18/2013 8:17:52 PM     (No. 9431188)

#20 -- They would kill these people for telling the truth.

On the other hand, coercion might have been unnecessary if the inducements were $ufficiently $izable. With a bonus for whomever agreed to write the Official History.


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Reply 45 - Posted by: altoona, 7/18/2013 9:19:29 PM     (No. 9431275)

Boehner doesn´t want to talk about Benghazi, so I assume McCain, who was so involved in the Libyan action with O from the start, somehow "owns" him. My thanks to Cong. Wolf and the few others willing to buck the RINO tide.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: badrad, 7/18/2013 9:36:19 PM     (No. 9431292)

It´s special investigation time. The democrats invented just such to use on GOP. Since the American dream is going to skip a generation anyway lets use what we have left of our old prosperity, tighten our belts and volunteer time.

Where are the PACs on this? Issues not candidate PACs IMO. But not too hip on dividing the GOP but working from within.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 7/18/2013 9:44:12 PM     (No. 9431308)

It´s always a shell game con. Look ! Over there. The Zimmerman trial could not have happened at a better time.

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Reply 48 - Posted by: geoman, 7/18/2013 9:45:55 PM     (No. 9431311)

You don´t sign NDAs "retroactively." It is also the majority case that the civilian contractors are retired military, thus they face total loss of income and livelihood. Congressional committees can go behind closed doors, principals only, and compel testimony regarding matters that are classified or covered by NDA.

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Reply 49 - Posted by: JediJerry, 7/18/2013 11:06:05 PM     (No. 9431404)

#48 nailed it. This is a classic case of magic misdirection with a political application Never mind what the left hand doing the right hand just stole your watch and wallet. Stunningly amazing and the public is like a herd of cows at pasture. Mmmmoooooo!!!!

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Reply 50 - Posted by: Shelgeyr, 7/18/2013 11:07:57 PM     (No. 9431406)

I´m not sure I really have a problem with this. Here´s why:

Last I checked (you legal scholars please correct me if I´m wrong or the law has changed), an agreement signed under compulsion is null & void, thus these agreements are legally without power and the only thing they serve is to show the hand of those who thought they could ensure silence this way. And that´s a good thing.

I know that, thanks to John Roberts, that debasement of our society and law known as Obamacare has still not been overthrown, but isn´t one of the legal arguments yet to be ruled upon is the "how can you force me to buy insurance? - Insurance is a contract, and you can´t legally enforce a contract unwillingly signed under duress..."

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Reply 51 - Posted by: Heil Liberals, 7/18/2013 11:55:17 PM     (No. 9431443)

FTA - That´s why I, along with 159 of my colleagues, support a Select Committee to hold public hearings to learn the truth about what happened that night in Benghazi."

Why only 159? Are there only 159 Americans serving in the House of Representatives? 435 elected representatives, and only 159 have any interest at all in finding out the truth about Benghazi.

These people make me sick to the point that I am so fearful for my son´s future, I don´t know what to tell him.

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Reply 52 - Posted by: larryp, 7/19/2013 12:27:21 AM     (No. 9431464)

more of running terrorism as a business. Non-disclosure, imo, applies to company secrets. It does not apply to a criminal information or indictment.
that is what Zimmerman should have done then.Sign up non disclosure on what happened with the HO association that hired him.

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Reply 53 - Posted by: TruthAndJustice, 7/19/2013 2:05:15 AM     (No. 9431517)

Great comment #3 Hazymac.

And #13, why o you assume it was incompetence ? When we are aware Obama was shipping illegal arms including missiles to Al Qaeda, part f the Muslim Brotherhood, to take down Assad in Syria. The USA now employs our enemy´s and arms them with 40,000 missiles and Manpads ..(.one an take down a commercial airliner)....Obama s arming those who torture and kill Christians across the Middle East...quite the transformation ...handing power to the IslamoCommunists.

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American Thinker, by Lloyd Marcus    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 7:44:11 PM     Post Reply
What do Herman Cain, Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, Tim Scott, Michele Bachmann, Condoleezza Rice, Allen West, Dr. Ben Carson, and TW Shannon all have in common? Calm down, Joseph. I see your hand, but I want someone else to answer for a change. No takers? Okay, Joseph. You are correct. They are hated by liberals and Democrats. Tell us why? Correct again, Joseph. They are women and minorities who honor God, family, and country. They are self-reliant, extremely successful and do not view themselves as victims. Liberals and Democrats will not tolerate such liberated independent thinking by women and minorities. It threatens the

British Photojournalist Finds
American Gun Owners Don´t
Fit ´Gun-Nut´ Stereotype
Breitbart´s Big Government, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 7:40:04 PM     Post Reply
When British photojournalist Charles Ommanney traveled through six states to photograph American gun owners, he found something he did not expect: they don´t fit the stereotypes. According to PolicyMic.com, Ommanney was sent to photograph American gun owners for the German magazine Stern. In so doing, he discovered "people who are often far from the stereotypical vision of the American ´gun-nut.´" He found a teenager named Elizabeth, who posed with a Walther handgun "in front of a floral wallpaper backdrop." He found entire families--mother, father, daughter, son--who posed with their firearms of choice. Ommanney also found one woman with a pump shotgun for home

Documents: Bill Clinton Feared
Hillarycare Would Cause People
to Lose Insurance
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Warner Todd Huston    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 7:32:59 PM     Post Reply
As the nation awaits Hillary Clinton´s decision of whether or not she will run for president in 2016, a cache of 7,500 pages of newly released documents from Bill Clinton´s years in the White House show some familiar political themes. One revelation is that Bill Clinton worried that a massive new healthcare scheme would cause Americans to lose their insurance. In 1993, the President allowed his wife, first lady Hillary Clinton, to become the face of an Obamacare-like takeover of the nation´s healthcare system. The plan was sarcastically dubbed Hillarycare. But as these internal documents show, in what is now a

´America´s royal baby´: How Chelsea´s first
child could give Hillary Clinton a boost in
the polls if she runs for president in 2016
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Jessica Jerreat    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 7:12:10 PM     Post Reply
For Hillary Clinton, having her own baby grandchild to kiss on the campaign trail, could be one of the biggest boosts to her possible presidential election campaign. Although the former Secretary of State and First Lady has not said if she will run in 2016, the arrival of her first grandchild will soften her image, analysts have said. While Chelsea only revealed her pregnancy on Thursday, supporters of her mother have already started cooing over a possible baby in the White House. With the Clintons having a near-royal status in the U.S., the announcement of a new arrival due this fall has sent

Special Report: How the U.S.
made its Putin problem worse
Reuters, by David Rohde and Arshad Mohammed    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 7:04:33 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON AND NEW YORK - In September 2001, as the U.S. reeled from the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Vladimir Putin supported Washington´s imminent invasion of Afghanistan in ways that would have been inconceivable during the Cold War. He agreed that U.S. planes carrying humanitarian aid could fly through Russian air space. He said the U.S. military could use airbases in former Soviet republics in Central Asia. And he ordered his generals to brief their U.S. counterparts on their own ill-fated 1980s occupation of Afghanistan. During Putin´s visit to President George W. Bush´s Texas ranch two

Is THIS America´s newest top-secret spy
plane? Clearest picture yet of mystery
aircraft spotted flying over Kansas just
weeks after being seen in Texas
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Jonathan O´Callaghan*    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 7:01:49 PM     Post Reply
A new photo of a mysterious flying object over Kansas has been revealed. It appears to be the same aircraft as one that was snapped soaring over Texas last month. The exact identify of the aircraft remains a mystery, but rumours abound that it could be a secret jet. ´The photo is grainy because it was taken with a hand-held maxed-out 400mm telephoto lens through a cloud layer and then it was severely cropped to bring it up even close,´ says Jeff Templin, who took the photo on 16 April. ´There is no way to know the altitude and no way to judge its



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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
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The Obama administration is poised to entertain a flood of new clemency applications from thousands of federal prisoners who were given harsh sentences under mandatory-minimum laws following drug convictions, Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday. Holder said in a short videotaped statement that he wants to shrink the federal prison population by a modest amount while ensuring ´that those who have paid their debts have a chance to become productive citizens.´ At the center of the move is a set of old sentencing rules that punished crack-cocaine offenders with more time behind bars than users or traffickers of powder cocaine.

Dole: Cruz, Paul & Rubio
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The Hill [Washington, DC], by Mario Trujillo    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/22/2014 11:18:06 AM     Post Reply
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If Jeb reaches for the nomination, there will be a titanic battle between the party establishment and the Tea Party. Steve Schmidt, McCain’s strategist in 2008, insists that in the end Republicans usually settle on the most electable candidate. To get by, this Bush may be forced to trim his positions, although the cautionary tale of Romney suggests that he would have to tack artfully and carefully for the sake of the general election. Certainly he will have the resources to outlast, discredit, and disqualify his rivals.

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Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
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But Seriously, Just How
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American Thinker, by C. Edmund Wright    Original Article
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You´re on the clock:
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There’s a pattern of falsifying statistics throughout the entire Census Bureau. And anyone who attempts to blow the whistle on the fraud is either retaliated against or ignored, according to two new sources who have experienced the process firsthand. As I’ve been writing for more than six months, the Census Bureau office in Philadelphia uncovered a case of fraud in 2010, did nothing about it and allowed the practice to continue. In that instance, a data collector named Julius Buckmon was faking reports that went into the nation’s all-important jobless tally and consumer-inflation survey. Because the Census Bureau’s surveys are scientific — meaning

Reid: ´We Are a Nation of Laws,
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Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
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National Review Online, by John Fund    Original Article
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Harry Reid isn’t backing down from his claim that rancher Cliven Bundy’s supporters are “domestic terrorists.” It’s astonishing rhetoric given the White House’s characterization of the mass shooting by a genuine terrorist, Major Nidal Hasan, who killed 13 Americans at the Fort Hood Army base after yelling “Allahu Akbar!” (God is great.) Rather than labeling Hasan’s actions “domestic terrorism,” the Obama administration is prosecuting him for having committed “workplace violence.” Democratic rhetoric is become ever more desperate and overheated as we approach the November midterm elections. Last week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that GOP positions on immigration were motivated by

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Thirty-eight Republican lawmakers, including such unlikely bedfellows as John McCain of Arizona and Ted Cruz of Texas, have joined to support a lawsuit challenging the legality of the Affordable Care Act and accusing the president of repeatedly ignoring the law he signed for political reasons. The lawmakers have signed onto a legal brief in support of a lawsuit filed by Sen. Ron Johnson, the Wisconsin Republican who is asking a federal court to overturn Obamacare’s special treatment for members of Congress and their staffs. “The unlawful executive action at issue in this case is not an isolated incident,” the brief

A rancher´s armed battle against the US
government is standard libertarian fare

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Guardian [UK], by Kieran Suckling    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 4/21/2014 8:10:33 AM     Post Reply
Perhaps the most remarkable feature of American democracy is the magnificent estate of public land that it reserved from the very beginning for the use of all citizens, rich or poor. There is nothing like it in the democracies of Europe, which came into being with nations already carved up into private fiefdoms. The Great Idea that hundreds of millions of acres of forests, deserts, rivers and prairies should be owned by, and managed for, the public interest has had a profound and lasting influence on American culture. But not everyone has accepted it. Cliven Bundy’s armed standoff with the National Park


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