Author’s note: As much as possible, I have refrained from editorializing and let these compelling quotes speak for themselves.
The soldiers I spoke to, “Jimmy” and “Ron,” and the Pentagon official were very afraid and talked extensively about how they had been directly, verbally threatened by officials, officers, and civilian staff from this administration.
“This White House and its State/Defense Departments actively silenced our troops and the Pentagon through threats, intimidation, and smear campaigns. They never stopped.” –Pentagon official
”This government has inflicted a terrible campaign of threats and intimidation on the infantrymen, officers, and commanders in AFG at the time of Bergdahl’s defection; CIA and intelligence officers and military brass at the Pentagon have been forced to sign egregious NDAs, gag orders and to take polygraphs on a regular basis to ensure their silence. It’s been Draconian and Kafkaesque.” –Pentagon official
“These brave Americans were made to sign—literally forced to sign—unusually restrictive non-disclosure agreements. It was obvious to them and obvious to us at the Pentagon, that this administration was silencing our soldiers who knew the truth about Bergdahl. They were constructing their own false narrative at that time to sell to the American people. It just wasn’t true and twisted the facts 180 degrees.” –Pentagon official
“The Army brass and Pentagon quickly moved to shut us all up by forcing us to sign NDAs and let us know what would happen if we spoke to civilians or the news media about what happened with Bergdahl. They have continued to contact soldiers who were there with phone calls from unknown numbers and making threats. Even now, as so many brave soldiers who were in Bergdahl’s platoon are coming on TV and telling their truths, there are so many more who are afraid to speak out against this White House’s interests.” –Pentagon official
“All that remains now, is for all of us honest Americans who know the truths of this outrage, to come forward aggressively and honorably. We need to come forward about Bergdahl and Benghazi now. We know what the word ‘honor’ means; we’ve lived it through our service to America. Though we’re all afraid, we now need to speak out, without fear. Though this administration has made terrible threats to us, there’s nothing they can do to stem the tide of decent people who know the truth coming forward. Once we all tell our truths, the game will be over and this government will be removed. As they should be.” –Pentagon official
“The threats against them and their families have been consistently relayed at these times and more recently, as the WH was preparing for their big Rose Garden press conference announcing Bergdahl’s exchange. They’ve been saying ‘Tell all your people at the Pentagon and in the field that they must not speak to other military, the news media or civilians under any circumstances.’ They were preparing to spring this big lie about ‘bringing one of our own home.’ You cannot imagine the chilling effect this had on Americans who had risked their lives for our flag.” –Pentagon official
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