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A 'Black Heart' medal for Bergdahl's No-Show Officers
American Thinker ^ | June 7, 2014 | Russ Vaughn

Posted on 06/07/2014 9:04:48 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

This Bergdahl swap is emitting a growing stench that is more apparent to those who are serving and those who have served. A huge question is why those who served in Bergdahl’s squad, platoon and company may have been intimidated into silence by being required to sign Non-Disclosure-Agreements by their superiors. My take on that is that the Army and the Obama administration were embarrassed by the desertion and probable defection of an American G.I. in Afghanistan. Knowing what I have learned in the past five years about this “most transparent” administration, they were eager to avoid the negative publicity such an event might generate.

Bergdahl’s squad members have ignored the looming threat of those non-disclosure agreements to appear on the FOX News Channel and openly express their views that Bergdahl is clearly a disaffected young soldier who deserted his post. They are right to speak their minds because those Non-Disclosure-Agreements were worthless from the get-go. NDA’s are used to insure that people who are about to enter into proprietary or classified environments will not reveal anything regarding the information to which they are about to be given access. They are not sworn to reveal that which they already know to be fact and may be called on to testify about. That would be an ex-post-facto NDA.

Further, an NDA is a contract binding the signatories. Basic contract law will tell you that no contract is valid if one of the contracting parties is doing so under duress. The very fact that these enlisted men in Bergdahl’s squad were asked by their superiors to sign such a document implies duress because of the reality that the signatory’s continued successful service and promotion, within his unit and beyond, is totally dependent upon the approval and recommendation of those requesting his acquiescence....

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TOPICS: Conspiracy; Government; Military/Veterans; Politics
KEYWORDS: army; bergdahl; military; obama

1 posted on 06/07/2014 9:04:49 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

There is much rot and dishonor in those who support Clown Prince nobama.


2 posted on 06/07/2014 9:08:48 PM PDT by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
word has that knockoff medals are already starting to show up on scamazon.com

developing


3 posted on 06/07/2014 9:09:17 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This discussion of nondisclosure statements could also be applied to the civilians in Ben Gazi.


4 posted on 06/07/2014 9:14:51 PM PDT by upchuck (Support ABLE, the Anybody But Lindsey Effort. Yes, we are the ABLE!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

After wading through that article, I’m ready for a Translation App. that would interpret that which resembles legalese. The money quote is NDA signed under duress are not valid.


5 posted on 06/07/2014 9:16:31 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Who are these Generals? Who had knowledge? Where are they? Let’s start outing the chain of command.


6 posted on 06/07/2014 9:18:42 PM PDT by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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7 posted on 06/07/2014 9:22:44 PM PDT by Pajamajan ( Pray for our nation. Thank the Lord for everything you have. Don't wait. Do it today.)
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To: lee martell

If it is a “contract agreement” someone needs to provide the “consideration” aspect for me.


8 posted on 06/07/2014 9:29:40 PM PDT by KC Burke (Gowdy for Supreme Court)
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To: KC Burke

It has been quite interesting to see how often this administration has prevented embarrassing information from coming out by getting federal employees to sign after the fact NDA’s. Benghazi is another example. You are exactly right - what was the consideration? I am aware of NDA’s after the fact in employment situations - but there was something of value provided to keep the employee quiet - a raise or something. Private companies can do that sort of things - private matters.
In the current administration’s case it is becoming more apparent than ever that they are either just intimidating the hell out of people with unenforceable NDA’s or they are using our tax dollars to in essence bribe federal employees to not divulge information that should be divulged - at least to Congress. This all stinks.


9 posted on 06/07/2014 10:05:47 PM PDT by LibertyOh
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To: ogen hal
is it just me, or does it seem odd that he has a maroon beret on and yet, no matter how big i enlarge the picture i don't see any jump wings above US Army

10 posted on 06/07/2014 10:27:49 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: lee martell
The money quote is NDA signed under duress are not valid.

Most tech companies make you sign those when you join up in the engineering area. So I do not agree that his argument holds for forced signing.

11 posted on 06/07/2014 10:42:25 PM PDT by justa-hairyape (The user name is sarcastic. Although at times it may not appear that way.)
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To: justa-hairyape
I think it was this part that would apply to the tech companies: ....will not reveal anything regarding the information to which they are about to be given access. They are not sworn to reveal that which they already know....

example: Anything you work on at ARC Technologies does not get mentioned to anyone else after you leave. It does not mean you cannot work at another technology company of course.

12 posted on 06/07/2014 10:46:11 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: LibertyOh

I would say this from my twenty years in the Air Force. NDA’s aren’t typically laid out for people to sign. Out of a hundred folks....you might have twenty that have to sign one in their whole career. If you have a higher security clearance....you might be signing one every five years. In this case....since nothing is really classified...I’m wondering of the trigger necessity to make NDA absolutely necessary.

I’d take a guess that a dozen officers are at fault. Some knew Bergdahl was an idiot and should have sent him back to the states prior to the event. Some likely felt the whole story would get out and discredit their career.


13 posted on 06/08/2014 12:27:27 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If, as has been reported, he’d tried to walk away/desert once before, why oh why wasn’t his sorry ass shipped home at that time..


14 posted on 06/08/2014 1:06:40 AM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think the main reasons why the enlisted aren’t afraid is they are likely completed with their contract obligations. In my day, that was 6 years.

For officers it’s a different story. It is not beyond the realm of an officer having left the military to be called back up to active duty (and punished as would likely be in an Obama world).


15 posted on 06/08/2014 1:47:50 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Chode

I see an “Obama Sunrise” in the middle of the patch.


16 posted on 06/08/2014 1:50:28 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Chode; ogen hal

How is one assigned to an airborne unit (and the 501st is certainly one of those) without being airborne qualified? Good catch!


17 posted on 06/08/2014 1:57:54 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The NDA in this case was issued under the guise as a matter of course in dealing with a missing soldier situation before rumors spread within the command and back to the families. Yet, it quickly morphed into this draconian edict to keep your mouth shut about the whole affair.

Used to be, back in the day before lawyers ran the military instead of merely supporting it, that an order from an officer, either verbal or written as policy, was all that was required to accomplish this task. Now soldiers sign NDAs as corporate employees do, making it even more difficult for a soldier to take a situation like Bergdahl's up the chain of command for resolution without fear of retribution. Another reason our military has its collective nuts in a vise.

18 posted on 06/08/2014 2:06:31 AM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: samadams2000
"Who are these Generals? Who had knowledge? Where are they? Let’s start outing the chain of command."

Curiously enough, Stanley McChrystal took over command of all US and ISAF forces 10 days prior to Bergdahl's desertion.

A few years earlier, McChrystal had a (pretty significant) hand in the Pat Tillman cover up and it was in fact, McChrystal who signed off on Tillman's Silver Star.

Adding another wrinkle into the mix, Michael Hastings penned the Rolling Stone article that got McChrystal booted from his Afghanistan command in 2010 also was among the first in the media to explore the circumstances of Bergdahl's desertion.

All coincidence, no doubt.

19 posted on 06/08/2014 2:07:16 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Chode; 2ndDivisionVet

Taken as a PFC, probably at the end of Basic/AIT and before attending Airborne School. Soldiers enlisting with ultimate assignment to an airborne unit will wear their maroon beret for their post Basic Training glory photo, regardless of whether they have already earned their wings. It’s a common practice.


20 posted on 06/08/2014 2:12:47 AM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

(and the 501st is certainly one of those)

Wasn’t the 501st the unit concerned in the D-Day series currently playing on H channel? Man, those guys jumped into some deep shit!


21 posted on 06/08/2014 6:02:04 AM PDT by TalBlack (Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: justa-hairyape
Most tech companies make you sign those when you join up in the engineering area. So I do not agree that his argument holds for forced signing.
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The point is that setting out the agreement up front as part of the hiring process is legal since the applicant for the job can accept or reject the employment based on that issue. If he accepts the job, the consideration for the agreement is part of the overal employment agreement. Forcing (ordering)someone to sign an agreement after beubg hired lacks consideration.
22 posted on 06/08/2014 6:46:46 AM PDT by iontheball
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To: TADSLOS
thx, it just struck me odd as i didn't think you could wear the beret till you were qualified either, kinda like the blousing yer boots episode in Band of Brothers but in today's 0bamma military i never know what to expect, even a non-qual
23 posted on 06/08/2014 7:05:33 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Chode

Nothing to make of that image, per se. Also, it is optional to wear (subdued metal) skill badges on the ACU, although I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t want to for a hero photo and you are already wearing a maroon beret...


24 posted on 06/08/2014 7:09:03 AM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Who killed Michael Hastings

watch this Lou Dobbs report regarding reporter Michael Hastings who did a story in 2012 about Bergdahl. What happened to Hastings in 2013. Watch this report
http://youtu.be/uRetpla_hIc


25 posted on 06/08/2014 7:26:42 AM PDT by ncfool (Hilary 2016 Procol Harum or Boko Haram. What difference does it make?)
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To: TADSLOS
modesty...
26 posted on 06/08/2014 7:31:24 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Chode

LOL! There’s nothing modest about a freshly pinned cherry jumper...which means he wasn’t airborne qualified when that hero image was taken. Of course, this is Bergdahl we’re talking about, so maybe he was distracted dreaming of ballet and the finer points of jihad.


27 posted on 06/08/2014 7:36:18 AM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: TADSLOS
iirc blood wings are now strictly verboten also...

here it is getting ready for it's dancing with the starz audition

28 posted on 06/08/2014 7:53:02 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Chode

LMAO. Yeah, blood wings are officially off limits, but get done anyway on the down low, I suspect.


29 posted on 06/08/2014 7:56:13 AM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: TADSLOS
i was taught to jump by by all ex-military guys i used to work with, since there were no wings to be pinned, i got a swift kick in the azz by all four of them...

not to mention i didn't have to worry about all kinds of sh!t like helmets, rifles, radios, you name it falling down on the DZ like rain

first five times i jumped were from a helicopter, i'm tooo damn old for that now days

30 posted on 06/08/2014 8:08:57 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: iontheball
Forcing (ordering)someone to sign an agreement after beubg hired lacks consideration.

Good point. And they could not just walk away like Bergdahl, unless of course they wanted to be dancing boys.

31 posted on 06/08/2014 9:24:55 AM PDT by justa-hairyape (The user name is sarcastic. Although at times it may not appear that way.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

the 501st has a great history and officers have a high chance for promotion...Obama has screwed up the army—sadly BUSH the Bumbrain and his band of dummies set this in motion to allow a muslim communist to undermine all we stand for....the officers fear for their careers...but we note the prisoner wont talk on phone with his parents..someone in the military has warned him his phone will be tapped


32 posted on 06/08/2014 10:51:26 AM PDT by Understand the stimulus
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