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.
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“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
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“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
“The special forces and CIA guys in Afghanistan at the time Bergdahl defected, and ever since then came under extra close scrutiny by this administration and were given regular polygraphs during all this time. Can you imagine your government doing this to you?” –Pentagon official
“They threatened the military careers of the soldiers who knew the truth. They threatened the military careers of us in the Pentagon. We were told that we could ‘be thrown in Leavenworth to rot’ by mysterious voices calling from restricted numbers. They would make threats about ‘what might happen to’ our families or friends in the military or Pentagon. It was like the Mafia.” –Pentagon official
“To really understand the threats we received, you only have to look as far as what this White House does to those who dare contradict it. They go right to destroy mode. They use the IRS to destroy opponents, as we’ve seen in the recent IRS scandal. They use the NSA to spy on regular citizens; you don’t think they’ll spy on us in the military? Hell, they think they own us.” –Ron
“I and my entire family were audited by the IRS. It was suspicious and devastating. They scared us all so much. They levied fines on us without cause and tried to seize assets. We believe they did this only because I knew the truths about Bergdahl. Is this tied-in to the bigger current IRS scandal? I’m certain it is.” –Jimmy
“What the American people really don’t know is the awful extent to which this White House and President has been going around threating anybody involved in any of the real scandals he’s instigated. If journalists Bob Woodward, Ron Fournier, and former Clinton’ White House official Lanny Davis are being threatened, can you imagine what this President will do, the lengths he’ll go to, to silence soldiers, our military, or ordinary citizens?” –Pentagon official
“It’s commonly known in the military, that this White House did the same things post-Bergdahl that they did post-Benghazi. They attempted to scare and silence us using the same tactics. So much is there a connection that there’s now an informal group of ex-military and intel service guys who are in touch and talk about the similarities in the two scandals and the fact that we must all speak out and blow the whistle on this administration.” –Ron
“The use of their lapdog news media in America has been one hallmark of the Obama administration. When they can’t contain a scandal and their lies start coming out, they simply instruct the media not to cover these stories. Once they have the news media actively covering up their scandals, then they use the media to smear the whistleblowers and truth-tellers. This is one central reason the three of us can’t speak out under our own names–Obama’s media apparatus will try to discredit, then destroy us.” –Pentagon official
“The troops know that this news media loathes us. Sure, on Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day, you’ll see the occasional news story about the military or veterans; but they serve the President more than anybody. We know they are against us whenever they try and discredit us as we’re telling the truth. Not only do the Obama’ press actively support this administration politically, but they are sent out to destroy anybody who speaks out or has a differing viewpoint.” –Ron
“There’s no doubt the press works against those of us out risking our lives. It’d be like if you said, ‘sure, I’ll go out and risk my life for my country and other Americans’; and as soon as you’re in combat, you start hearing your own press saying the worst things about you. You can’t imagine how that makes us feel.” –Jimmy
“This was terribly ironic and betraying. Here we had brave American soldiers, who were risking and had risked their lives for our flag and country, and they’re being threatened by the same government that sent them to fight? Horrible.” –Jimmy
“All this, was the same d**n thing they did in Benghazi. They screwed everything up and then built a huge lie about what had transpired, intimidating and threatening the forces that were there, in person and by phone calls from ‘restricted’ numbers. It’s un-American” –Ron
After years of threats, Benghazi, the God-awful VA scandal, the roundly-mocked West Point speech, and any number of other proofs that this government actively despises our American military, the American people have had it. The US military members and their families have no love lost for the WH, this President, or the departments of State and Defense because they feel cheated, disrespected, and lied to–while they also feel like they’ve been led to their deaths in many instances. This is why I think the Pentagon official and soldiers are coming forward now–they’ve had enough. We all have.
Relentless Bill Robinson’s Wikipedia Bio can be found here. Taking a keen interest in Business, Entrepreneurship, Technology and Politics, Bill is also the author and writer of “The Relentless Conservative” column on The Huffington Post. He recently began writing the new “American Hero Stories” column on HuffPo because he believes that none of us has enough respect for our brave US military and their families.
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