Media’s quest in seeking input from (not heard from) survivors of the Benghazi, Libya, terror attack that killed four Americans last September continues to be hampered by a solid block wall, finds Grumpy Editor.
The Weekly Standard’s Daniel Halper reports Congressman Frank Wolf (R., Va.) on the House floor Thursday said survivors of the Benghazi attack have been forced to sign non-disclosure agreements.
"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 involvement in the Benghazi attacks,” writes Halper.
“Some of these new NDAs, as they call them, I have been told were signed as recently as this summer."
Wolf, adds Halper, noted the Marine Corps Times reported the Marine colonel whose task force was responsible for special operations in northern and western Africa at the time of the attack is still on active duty despite claims that he retired…and therefore could not be forced to testify before Congress.”
The maneuvers, mentions Wolf, raise “serious concerns about the priority of the administration's efforts to silence those with knowledge of the Benghazi attack in response.”
Marine in Taliban case plans to write book
Sgt. Joseph Chamblin, a 15-year Marine veteran who was fined and demoted for urinating on Taliban corpses in Afghanistan two years go, says he would do it again, writes Kristina Wong in The Washington Times.
Furthermore, he plans to retire in September --- and write a book.
Does he regret what he did? “Hell, no,” barks Chamblin.
The infamous incident became international news after a video was uploaded to YouTube. It led to courts-martial of nine Marines for the episode.
Chamblin was on a mission to stop Taliban insurgents from making roadside bombs, the kind that killed a member of his sniper team days before the incident.
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