Skip to comments.White House responds to Stockman: No ransom for Bergdahl
Posted on 06/06/2014 8:50:47 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
The White House countered Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Clear Lake, in a statement Friday after the congressman had questioned whether President Barack Obama paid ransom for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahls release.
The United States did not provide money in return for Sgt. Bergdahl, National Security Staff spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said.
Stockman, who has previously threatened to file articles of impeachment against Obama, sent a letter to the White House on Thursday asking if the administration offered money to the Haqqani network, the terrorist organization that held Bergdahl captive. The congressman claimed the Islamist insurgent group would use such ransom money to fund its terrorist operations.
The Haqqani Network generally does not release Westerners unless they receive a large payment, Stockman said in a statement released Thursday. It would be hard to believe they would release Bergdahl in an exchange that does not directly benefit them.(continued)
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Bergdahl: court martial then firing squad.
Lol. It wasn’t ransom. It was a gift, you silly rabbits.
Will there be time enough to place a bet?
I would bet dollars to donuts money was paid....
The democrat crime machine has many money laundering fronts...
The WH could easily hide it....
If the Lie Hut says it didn’t do it, then the Lie Hut did it.
The US didn’t pay a ransom.... directly....??
Executive order. Release the terrorist with a new suit of clothes and 5 million in the pockets.
Qatar paid the ransom. We paid Qatar. Semantics.
4 Chinese muslim Guantanamo detainees resettled in Bermuda
OK. Now we have the first story on Friday June 6. The real one will be out before Friday June 13.
We all know this White House needs at least 3-5 tellings to get the final answer out.
> Lol. It wasnt ransom. It was a gift, you silly rabbits.
One deserter for 5 terrorists that will be back to wreak even more destruction later with contacts they met over here in prison. No worries though.0bama has their back.
> The author
No bias. Not even a smidgen....
So ”THE UNITED STATES” did not give the money, eh?
That smells to me like a very mechanical, LEGALISTIC response.
Maybe a CONTRACTOR gave the money, then. Or the US gave it to Kabul, who then transferred payment to the Taliban.
I can think of a million ways American money got to the Taliban but was not, per se, given by the “UNITED STATES”.
These sick DC people really do accept this type of hyper-parsing as normal —they do it all the time.
What difference does it make? s/
OT there is the possibility that we paid the terrorists money. The folks Bergdahl was living with were his friends. He was not a hostage or a prisoner of war. Maybe we paid Bergdahl’s friends for keeping him alive. Maybe his dad paid the friends of Bowe. And maybe we gave the Guantanamo prisoners a gift for being held in prison for so long.
Big difference between that and, "The United States did not provide anything in return for Sgt. Bergdahl, National Security Staff spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said.
Way too much wiggle room for these asswipes.
Active Duty post to 10.
This was the same way Amazon, Facebook and Google very loudly denied ever having given any “backdoor” to the NSA:
They did, but were honest in denying that they did, and here is how they hear the sound of one hand clapping:
A backdoor is BY DEFINITION a thing the surveillance target does NOT know about and if the target gives ANY THING to another entity —including the NSA— then the target does in fact KNOW of the existence of that thing, making it IMPOSSIBLE for it to be a BACK door —it’s a FRONT door.
So they did answer honestly when they denied it.
Ya figger the White House is more honest than Amazon, or less so..?
Or much, much less so ?
Liars lie. That’s what they do...over and over and over.
It was BAKSHISH in that part of world for not beheading Bergdahl for 5 long years.
... or a surcharge, or it was paid to Qatar, which then paid the terrorists, or it was a tip, a fee, an excise tax, a donation in the terrorists’ name...
Plausible deniability is what they are doing. Ask if ANY cash was exchanged to any country, person or entity, with the express intent, implied or actual, of it being related to, or associated with the Berghdahl transfer?
Remember, these are the same assclowns that defined the definition of the word "is" is, just to skirt an answer to a question.
“did not provide money”
what about weapons or ammunition?
Did obama use a cutout to provide money to this group? Money for hostages. I would like to see the proof. Please let it be so.
America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!
The White House stated that the United States did not provide money in return for Bergdahl.
So they didn't really answer the question. The question I want asked: Did the US authorize or is the US aware of any payment made directly or indirectly by any party as a part of the Bergdahl release?
1. Obama didn’t actually make the payment, so you peasants misunderstood.
2. Bergdahl wasn’t a sergeant at the time, so some underling (close to retirement) misspoke.
3. It wasn’t paid for his release but as a precondition for negotiations that we deny ever entering into with these people.
4. We can do this all day. We’re the White House.
5. Just because.
6. We can.
7. And there’s nothing you or anyone can do about it.
How about gold. That’s not money.
The US provided weapons?
The US provided little boys?
The US provided vodka?
But Obama did not give them money. Got it.
The United States did not provide money in return for Sgt. Bergdahl,>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Then who did pay? Ransom is the way things are done there. Were they paid in goats or sheep, or did the Obama Campaign fork over the money to the Taliban?
a 777 is not money. Didn’t someone claim it landed in Pakistan?
Pretty much. Why would anybody believe anything Obozo or his crew says?
Yes, unfortunately most people.
Here’s the Key to understanding this Presidency; Whatever Obama or his minions say is fact, assume and prepare for the exact opposite. You can’t go wrong!
The Colonel Klink theorem.
Does anyone else suspect that the missing Malaysian jet could be connected to this story? After a few more days of waiting, we might be getting news that hijackers have released it and whatever’s left of crew, pax and cargo?
Just sayin, never believed the cover story on the 777 being southbound to nowhere.
The US didnt pay a ransom.... directly....??
The reply to Stockman (R-TX) might have been technically correct. ....They probably paid the $$$ to the go-betweens in Qatar, who then passed it on to the Haqqanis.
I totally despise everyone in the Obama regime!
Close but Qutar paid the ransom, Syria paid qutar for the weapons we send them thru Benghazi.
Ambassador Stevens was not available to comment.
This effeminate jive ass punk is a proven LIAR.
Multiple times he’s done a Clinton on us and looked us in the eye and LIED.
If this Liar says the sun comes up in the east ya best check it cause obammy LIES.
They could have funneled the $5 million (or whatever amount) to Qatar or any other nation they chose, using almost any US government agency, and called it a PIK exchange (Payment in Kind).
"Payment-in-Kind. Compensation received from a host nation in the form of construction, repair, and base support projects instead of residual value cash payment."
They could have sent the money to a 2nd, 3rd, or even 4th party to cover the trail, and called it an Equal Value Exchange (EVE).
There are at least half a dozen other methods. It is very Obamaesque or Clintonesqe. If ever hauled before the Senate Intelligence Committee, all they have to testify is that "to my knowledge" no "ransom" was "ever paid."
Remember this: Obama and Hagel furloughed DoD teachers, nurses, and lowly maintenance workers for reasons of Sequestration (and unlike the Govt shutdown those people were never paid back their lost salaries) - but Obama and Hagel gave away Billions to the Muslim Brotherhood at exactly the same time.
So Stockman asks if the WH offered money—and the WH responds by saying they didn’t pay out any money.
Not a denial that matches the question, if this report is accurate.
So where’s the 6 billion dollars that went missing from the State Department?
Same place the missing money from the Clinton Foundation is.
I’m sure Eric Holder is on it. Report due the day after the 2016 election. foundation
Sometimes I wonder if the money payment story is a fictional float put out by the White House, used to discredit Obama’s critics when it is proven false. Typical trick to discredit your opponents.