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
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?
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).
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...
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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).
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.
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.
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.
#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.
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.
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.
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.
#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!!!!
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..."
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.
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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Looks like this president can’t get away with flirting in front of his wife… It appears that first lady Michelle Obama was none too pleased with the way that President Barack Obama was acting toward Denmark Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt during a ceremony honoring Nelson Mandela, and before too long, they switched seats. This lmao! Michelle Obama vs Prime Minister of Denmark at Mandela´s ceremony. pic.twitter.com/Rq4uF9fTaZ — Stun (@TheBlogPirate) December 10, 2013