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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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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

Bush versus Clinton 2016: would a battle
of the dynasties really be un-American?
Telegraph (U.K.), by Matt Lewis    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 6:59:00 PM     Post Reply
Could the 2016 presidential election turn into a contest between a Bush and a Clinton? Political debate in America last week revolved around whether or not Jeb Bush, Florida´s former governor who is son or brother to two former US presidents – both named George – would jump into the 2016 battle for the Republican presidential nomination. For a nation that fought a war for independence from the hereditary power of the British Crown, in the person of another fellow named George, the concept of nominating a third Bush to run for the White House against a second Clinton (the former

Kate Humble: We don´t value food
because it´s not expensive enough
Guardian (U.K.), by Lucy Siegle    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 6:55:03 PM     Post Reply
"I´m over here!" shouts Kate Humble, and she of Springwatch and Lambing Live gambols towards me, closing the gate on a field of anxious goats and their Disney-cute babies. She´s carrying a bucket. "I was just about to muck out," she announces, and I´m reminded this is a working farm in the Wye Valley and in no way a TV set. The photographer has already done his work and gone. Apparently Humble had no idea he was coming. It is hard to think of another TV person on the planet for whom an impromptu photoshoot while wearing a well-loved fleece and

Behind the cornucopia
of higher food prices
CNBC, by John W. Schoen    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 6:53:44 PM     Post Reply
Alert shoppers are accustomed to watching food prices go up and down. But a string of forces—from droughts to diseases—is raising the cost of a trip to the grocery store at a rapid clip. And it looks like it will be a while before the price pressure eases. Some of that pressure is coming from California—the source of roughly half the nation´s fruits and vegetables—where a long-running drought is forcing farmers and ranchers to cut production. After the driest year on record, large sections of farmland are expected to lay fallow this year as the Golden State copes with an ongoing water

Senator urges hearing
on Bundy ranch dispute
The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Mario Trujillo    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 6:51:55 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) on Friday called for a Senate hearing into the dispute between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) over cattle grazing. Heller described as "patriots" the people who came armed to Bundy’s ranch after the BLM began to seize his cattle for refusing to pay grazing fees and fines that now total more than $1 million. Heller debated the ranch standoff on a Nevada television station with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who has called the armed Bundy supporters “domestic terrorists.” "What senator Reid may call domestic terrorists, I call patriots," Heller said.

High school senior forms petition with over
ONE THOUSAND signatures against Michele
Obama speaking at their high school
graduation ´because it would overshadow
the students´ big day´
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 5:20:14 PM     Post Reply
If expanding the guest list to include Michelle Obama at graduation for high school students in the Kansas capital city means fewer seats for friends and family, some students and their parents would prefer the first lady not attend. A furor over what the Topeka school district considers an honor has erupted after plans were announced for Obama to address a combined graduation ceremony for five area high schools next month an 8,000-seat arena. For some, it was the prospect of a tight limit on the number of seats allotted to each graduate. For others, it was the notion that Obama´s speech,



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Kim Novak responds to post-
Oscars ridicule: ‘I was bullied.’

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Washington Post, by Soroya Nadia McDonald    Original Article
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After presenting at the Academy Awards this year, Kim Novak didn’t want to leave her house. The Hitchcock screen siren, 81, was too humiliated to venture from her home near the Rogue River in Oregon. She read the cruel posts and Internet snark about her appearance, and it was just too much. “It got to me like it gets kids and teenagers,” she told the Associated Press. The “Vertigo” actress, considered one of the great beauties in her day, posted a note on her Facebook wall Thursday, acknowledging that she’d gotten fat injections in her face and addressing her halted

White House blames fox for
destroying Michelle’s garden

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Daily Caller, by Vince Coglianese    Original Article
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The White House is going to war with another fox — and this time, it’s personal. The Wall Street Journal reports that a red fox has been causing chaos around the White House, tripping security alarms, digging up Michelle’s garden and distracting the president from his duties. The Secret Service won’t give any details about how often the fox trips the White House’s obviously sophisticated security alarms, but rest assured, officials say, they’re watching. President Obama was apparently “stunned” to see the fox roaming freely down the oft-photographed White House colonnade, home to the world’s shortest, but most dramatic, outdoor strolls. The bushy-tailed visitor

The Folly Of The Bundy Ranch Rebellion
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The Federalist, by Grace Olmstead    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 4:21:46 AM     Post Reply
It’s the stuff of Westerns: a showdown on the desert plains, the big bad government against an underdog farmer. Though the story has only grabbed national headlines in the past several days, rancher Cliven Bundy has illegally grazed cattle on the Nevada land surrounding his farm for over 20 years. He hasn’t paid grazing fees since 1993, and refuses to renew the necessary grazing permit.(Snip)Rather than using the avenues and pathways presented to him, Bundy has staunchly declared his own law and allegiances. Unfortunately, reality doesn’t work this way. If only it did—we could rebel for paying stupid taxes, refuse to

Students Demand Acknowledgement of
Robert E. Lee´s ´Racist and Dishonorable Conduct´

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Breitbart´s Big Government, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 12:35:28 PM     Post Reply
A group of seven multiracial Washington and Lee University (W&L) students are demanding the school remove all Confederate flags from campus and "acknowledge" General Robert E. Lee´s "dishonorable side." According to the Roanoke Times, "seven multiracial students, calling themselves ´The Committee,´" have also demanded the school "acknowledge and apologize for participating in chattel slavery." They want recognition of "Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the undergraduate campus" and an end to "neo-Confederates" marching across campus "to the Lee Chapel on Lee-Jackson Day." The students say they will "engage in civil disobedience" if their demands are not met by September 1st. They added: "The

Living in the New York Times World
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American Thinker, by J. Paul Masko    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 4/19/2014 7:48:36 AM     Post Reply
I began reading the entirety of the first section of the New York Times at nine years old, and continued that practice, more or less, for decades.(snip) ...the power of reverence, intrinsic to what I call the “cascade” of The Times: the near avalanche-like flow and distribution of information through electronic and print networks: through like-minded network newscasts, magazines, local newspaper s, blogs, daytime talk TV, late-night entertainment, statements at media award ceremonies, the celebrity Twitterverse, etc. The cascade rolls through Saturday Night Live, Jon Stewart, The New Yorker, the mouths of third-grade teachers, Elmo, Madonna and Susan Sarandon …through

In a Hole, Golf Considers
Digging a Wider One

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New York Times, by Bill Pennington    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/19/2014 10:48:33 AM     Post Reply
GREENSBORO, Ga. — Golf holes the size of pizzas. Soccer balls on the back nine. A mulligan on every hole. These are some of the measures — some would say gimmicks — that golf courses across the country have experimented with to stop people from quitting the game. Golf has always reveled in its standards and rich tradition. But increasingly a victim of its own image and hidebound ways, golf has lost five million players in the last decade, according to the National Golf Foundation, with 20 percent of the existing 25 million golfers apt to quit in the next few years. People under 35 have especially spurned the game, saying it takes too

´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

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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Jessica Jerreat    Original Article
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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

Obama: ´For me, Easter is a story of hope,
a belief in a better day to come´

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Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 4/19/2014 9:16:36 AM     Post Reply
Hi, everybody. For millions of Americans, this time of year holds great meaning. Earlier this week, we hosted a Passover Seder at the White House, and joined Jewish families around the world in their re-tellings of the story of the Exodus and the victory of faith over oppression. And this Sunday, Michelle, Malia, Sasha, and I will join our fellow Christians around the world in celebrating the Resurrection of Christ, the salvation he offered the world, and the hope that comes with the Easter season. These holy days have their roots in miracles that took place long ago. And yet, they still inspire us, guide us, and strengthen us today. They remind us of our

Harry Reid calls dissident Nevada ranchers
´domestic terrorists´ following show of
force against the federal government

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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that a family of dissident ranchers and their supporters in his home state of Nevada are ´domestic terrorists,´ citing this week´s standoff with the federal government´s Bureau of Land Management. Cliven Bundy has refused to pay grazing fees for land where his hundreds of cattle roam every day. The land is owned by the federal government, which says he owes more than $1 million. Bundy, however, insists that since his family has been using the land since the 1870s, Uncle Sam can´t collect the grazing fees. A tense standoff developed this week after

Pelosi assists in Holy Week
foot-washing ritual

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San Francisco Chronicle, by Staff    Original Article
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To "honor the dignity and work of immigrants," Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi helps Bishop Marc Andrus wash the feet of two children Thursday at Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Pelosi also used the occasion to talk about passing HR15 - bipartisan immigration legislation that her office says would "reduce the deficit by nearly $1 trillion, secure our borders, unite our families, protect our workers and provide an earned pathway to citizenship." The Democratic leader´s ceremony coincides with Pope Francis´ similar ceremony in Rome to mark Holy Week.

Ted Cruz, Invoking Reagan,
Angers GOP Colleagues
but Wins Fans Elsewhere

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Wall Street Journal, by Monica Langley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/19/2014 8:09:17 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON--Rushing to an afternoon vote last month, Sen. Ted Cruz hopped the underground tram to the U.S. Capitol from his office across the street. The Texan planted his black ostrich cowboy boots in the middle of the small subway car without getting so much as a nod from the other senators--Republican or Democrat--amiably chatting or huddled in their seats. Mr. Cruz finds himself standing alone a lot these days. His response to the cold shoulders: "The establishment despised Ronald Reagan" before he became president, "but the people loved him." For the 43-year-old Republican, the Reagan name illuminates his political life´s

Deadbeat on the Range
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New York Times, by Timothy Eagan    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 3:52:52 PM     Post Reply
Imagine a vendor on the National Mall, selling burgers and dogs, who hasn’t paid his rent in 20 years. He refuses to recognize his landlord, the National Park Service, as a legitimate authority. Every court has ruled against him, and fines have piled up. What’s more, the effluents from his food cart are having a detrimental effect on the spring grass in the capital. Would an armed posse come to his defense, aiming their guns at the park police? Would the lawbreaker get prime airtime on Fox News, breathless updates in the Drudge Report, a sympathetic ear from Tea Party Republicans?


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