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White House responds to Stockman: No ransom for Bergdahl
The Houston Chronicle's Texas On The Potomac blog ^ | June 5, 2014 | Brianna Gurciullo

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 Bergdahl’s 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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TOPICS: Conspiracy; Government; Military/Veterans; Politics
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; bergdahl; bobbergdahl; bowebergdahl; gitmo; haqqaninetwork; kenyanbornmuzzie; obama; stevestockman; taliban; texas
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1 posted on 06/06/2014 8:50:47 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bergdahl: court martial then firing squad.


2 posted on 06/06/2014 8:52:39 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Lol. It wasn’t ransom. It was a gift, you silly rabbits.


3 posted on 06/06/2014 8:53:01 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
What's the over-under on how long before this BS is proven false?

Will there be time enough to place a bet?

4 posted on 06/06/2014 8:53:21 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" means something different to 0bama.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I would bet dollars to donuts money was paid....

The democrat crime machine has many money laundering fronts...

The WH could easily hide it....


5 posted on 06/06/2014 8:55:19 PM PDT by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If the Lie Hut says it didn’t do it, then the Lie Hut did it.


6 posted on 06/06/2014 8:55:49 PM PDT by chris37 (heartless)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The US didn’t pay a ransom.... directly....??


7 posted on 06/06/2014 8:56:06 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Executive order. Release the terrorist with a new suit of clothes and 5 million in the pockets.


8 posted on 06/06/2014 8:58:46 PM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
(from the article):" “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.”

EXACTLY TRUE !!


But that would be aiding the enemy, and would legally be treason !
9 posted on 06/06/2014 8:59:18 PM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (Political Correctness is Tyranny .. with manners ! Charlton Heston)
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To: petitfour

Qatar paid the ransom. We paid Qatar. Semantics.


10 posted on 06/06/2014 9:02:41 PM PDT by PhiloBedo (You gotta roll with the punches and get with what's real.)
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To: Starstruck

4 Chinese muslim Guantanamo detainees resettled in Bermuda
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/4-chinese-muslim-guantanamo-detainees-resettled-bermuda-article-1.375310


11 posted on 06/06/2014 9:03:50 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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re: White House responds to Stockman: No ransom for Bergdahl

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.

12 posted on 06/06/2014 9:04:58 PM PDT by Tupelo (I feel more like Philip Nolan every day)
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To: petitfour

> Lol. It wasn’t 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.


13 posted on 06/06/2014 9:06:02 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

> The author

No bias. Not even a smidgen....


14 posted on 06/06/2014 9:08:01 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


15 posted on 06/06/2014 9:11:01 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What difference does it make? s/


16 posted on 06/06/2014 9:11:13 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: PhiloBedo

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.


17 posted on 06/06/2014 9:13:08 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

18 posted on 06/06/2014 9:13:18 PM PDT by Ouchthatonehurt ("When you're going through hell, keep going." - Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“The United States did not provide money in return for Sgt. Bergdahl,” National Security Staff spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said.

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.

19 posted on 06/06/2014 9:13:48 PM PDT by upchuck (Support ABLE, the Anybody But Lindsey Effort. Yes, we are the ABLE!!)
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To: PhiloBedo; blueyon; KitJ; T Minus Four; xzins; CMS; The Sailor; ab01; txradioguy; Jet Jaguar; ...

Active Duty post to 10.


20 posted on 06/06/2014 9:15:20 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: gaijin

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.

See?

So they did answer honestly when they denied it.

SICK, HUH..?

So:

Ya figger the White House is more honest than Amazon, or less so..?

Or much, much less so…?


21 posted on 06/06/2014 9:18:39 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: gaijin

Liars lie. That’s what they do...over and over and over.


22 posted on 06/06/2014 9:27:50 PM PDT by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp)
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To: petitfour

It was BAKSHISH in that part of world for not beheading Bergdahl for 5 long years.


23 posted on 06/06/2014 9:29:24 PM PDT by entropy12 (Harry Reid has killed more good bills passed by House than all my fingers and toes.)
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To: petitfour

... 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...


24 posted on 06/06/2014 9:30:48 PM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“The United States did not provide money in return for Sgt. Bergdahl,” National Security Staff spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said.

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.

25 posted on 06/06/2014 9:31:05 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature ($1.84 - The price of a gallon of gas on Jan. 20th, 2009.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“did not provide money”

what about weapons or ammunition?


26 posted on 06/06/2014 9:33:04 PM PDT by Selene
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


27 posted on 06/06/2014 9:35:22 PM PDT by Texas Songwriter
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Of course it's not ransom - the apparatchiks in this regime parse words in a fashion that makes Jesuits envious. Not a ransom - they just gave up five master terrorists for a "soldier" who can't figure out whether or not he's an American.

Note to Bergdahl - ever heard of Benedict Arnold? He also served with "Honor and Distinction."

Obama: "We will leave no man (in uniform) behind!"

They're just anticipating the push-back when someone asks the question:

"WHAT ABOUT THOSE GUYS IN BENGHAZI?"

Ty Woods and Glen Doherty were not "in uniform." Their predicament, and the valor they showed throughout their ordeal, demanded a rescue. Troops were near and were ready willing and eager to come to their aid, but were stood down. Gen. Ham was relieved from command for attempting to do his duty that evening.

Are you not outraged, as I am, that this Marxist maggot would use that motto, which impelled us to snatch the dead bodies of our Brothers from out the hands of the enemy, to justify this bald-faced act of Treason?

Obama, you stinking Kenyan Marxist bastard! I want my beloved Country Back!!



America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!

O stranger, tell the Lacedaemonians that we lie here, obedient to their command.

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

28 posted on 06/06/2014 9:35:25 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Mlichael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Dog

Ping


29 posted on 06/06/2014 9:38:14 PM PDT by Cap Huff
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To: petitfour
And they didn't negotiate either, someone else did!
30 posted on 06/06/2014 9:42:34 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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I believe the question Stockman posed was "Did the United States authorize" any payment for Bergdahl.

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?

31 posted on 06/06/2014 9:44:24 PM PDT by Meet the New Boss
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


32 posted on 06/06/2014 9:46:44 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: Selene

How about gold. That’s not money.


33 posted on 06/06/2014 9:48:05 PM PDT by DariusBane (Liberty and Risk. Flip sides of the same coin. So how much risk will YOU accept? Vive Deco et Vives)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The US provided weapons?

The US provided little boys?

The US provided vodka?

Etc.

But Obama did not give them money. Got it.


34 posted on 06/06/2014 9:50:53 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“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?


35 posted on 06/06/2014 10:03:33 PM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: DariusBane

a 777 is not money. Didn’t someone claim it landed in Pakistan?


36 posted on 06/06/2014 10:10:52 PM PDT by Selene
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To: chris37

Pretty much. Why would anybody believe anything Obozo or his crew says?


37 posted on 06/06/2014 10:28:20 PM PDT by jospehm20
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To: jospehm20

Yes, unfortunately most people.


38 posted on 06/06/2014 10:46:17 PM PDT by chris37 (heartless)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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!


39 posted on 06/06/2014 10:57:06 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: lee martell

The Colonel Klink theorem.


40 posted on 06/06/2014 10:58:27 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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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.


41 posted on 06/06/2014 11:06:01 PM PDT by Peter ODonnell (It wasn't this cold before global warming)
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To: GeronL

The US didn’t pay a ransom.... directly....??
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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!


42 posted on 06/06/2014 11:08:50 PM PDT by octex
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To: octex

me too


43 posted on 06/06/2014 11:09:23 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: PhiloBedo

Close but Qutar paid the ransom, Syria paid qutar for the weapons we send them thru Benghazi.

Ambassador Stevens was not available to comment.


44 posted on 06/06/2014 11:38:36 PM PDT by VRWCarea51
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


45 posted on 06/07/2014 2:42:26 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy lied and lied and lied)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; Jet Jaguar; xzins; ExTexasRedhead; nickcarraway; blueyon; KitJ; T Minus Four; ...
Trust me - there are all sorts of ways the Obama administration could have funneled the money to the Taliban, covered it in bureaucracy, and then slathered it with euphemisms so as to not call it a "ransom" before the press or Republican investigators.

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).

http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/416569p.pdf

"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.

46 posted on 06/07/2014 3:09:25 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


47 posted on 06/07/2014 3:19:12 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So where’s the 6 billion dollars that went missing from the State Department?


48 posted on 06/07/2014 5:42:58 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

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


49 posted on 06/07/2014 5:44:28 AM PDT by morphing libertarian ( On to impeachment and removal (IRS, Taliban, Fast and furious, VA, Benghazi)!!!)
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To: 9YearLurker

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.


50 posted on 06/07/2014 10:18:14 AM PDT by aimhigh (1 John 3:23)
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