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Pentagon to consider legal action against ex-SEAL author of bin Laden raid book
Fox News ^ | 8/30/2012 | AP

Posted on 08/30/2012 6:02:55 PM PDT by sheikdetailfeather

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon's top lawyer has informed the former Navy SEAL who authored a forthcoming book describing details of the raid that killed Usama bin Laden that he violated agreements to not divulge military secrets and that as a result the Pentagon is considering taking legal action against him.

The general counsel of the Defense Department, Jeh Johnson, wrote in a letter transmitted to the author on Thursday that he had signed two nondisclosure agreements with the Navy in 2007 that obliged him to "never divulge" classified information. Johnson said that after reviewing a copy of the book, "No Easy Day," the Pentagon concluded that the author is in "material breach and violation" of the agreements.

Johnson said the department is considering pursuing against him "all remedies legally available to us."

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1 posted on 08/30/2012 6:03:05 PM PDT by sheikdetailfeather
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To: sheikdetailfeather
In that case, they are looking into taking legal action against Ubama for divulging military secrets, right?
2 posted on 08/30/2012 6:06:31 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: sheikdetailfeather
what secrets???
3 posted on 08/30/2012 6:07:27 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

Drudge has it now.


4 posted on 08/30/2012 6:07:27 PM PDT by Rebelbase (The most transparent administration ever is clear as mud.)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

Hope they do go after him if the story is accurate.


5 posted on 08/30/2012 6:07:34 PM PDT by montanajoe (Blame Flame Shame or Beg I won't vote for R/R)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

Why’d he ever bother to furnish review copies? Wouldn’t it be easier to send it to Wikileaks?


6 posted on 08/30/2012 6:07:58 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew (or is that lou?))
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>> to “never divulge” classified information.

Yeah, but the Marxist regime can expose and exploit Seal Team 6 for political gain?


7 posted on 08/30/2012 6:12:50 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

Obama does not want it published so he is going to do what he has done all across the country.


8 posted on 08/30/2012 6:12:50 PM PDT by vet7279
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To: Chode

what’s a secret?

zero has loose lips that lie.
The only bad thing about this book is that zero is not THE hero.

I’m sure if this book portrayed zero in a good light, he’d be promoting this book in his campaign along with that stupid BC button.


9 posted on 08/30/2012 6:13:19 PM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: E. Pluribus Unum; Gene Eric

Yeah, let’s see them go after Hollywood director Katherine Bigelow for her upcoming movie about the raid.


10 posted on 08/30/2012 6:14:57 PM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: sheikdetailfeather

The general counsel of the Defense Department, Jeh Johnson, wrote in a letter transmitted to the author on Thursday that he had signed two nondisclosure agreements with the Navy in 2007 that obliged him to “never divulge” classified information. Johnson said that after reviewing a copy of the book,


If thats what he did, throw the book at him.


11 posted on 08/30/2012 6:17:09 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

A good lawyer could get the Pentagon to shut up and go away, with the WH leaks and movies setting the precedent.


12 posted on 08/30/2012 6:19:33 PM PDT by PhiloBedo (You gotta roll with the punches and get with what's real.)
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To: 1_Rain_Drop
ain't that the truth...
13 posted on 08/30/2012 6:19:42 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

If his purpose in righting the book was to correct information which was illegally leaked by the Obama administration for polical purposes, I might have more sympathy for the author. Unfortunately, I think his primary motivation is simply to cash in on his participation in the raid. If that is the case, and he reveals classified information that puts US servicemen at risk in future raids, then he should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

I hope the individuals who have leaked classified information about the raid to advance the fortunes of the Obama admininistration are prosecuted with equal vigor.


14 posted on 08/30/2012 6:20:38 PM PDT by CaptainMorgantown
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To: sheikdetailfeather

What secrets?!! Obama and his minions blabbed all of the details to anyone who would listen, short of naming names, chest thumping and all! Obama is pissed because the SEAL’s are stealing all of his thunder. They did the deed, they deserve the credit, and obama is an ass for trying to weed them out now. Navy SEAL’s aren’t useful idiots obama, you can’t dispose of them when they have outlived their usefulness. They’ve dealt with petty dictators like you in the past, they know your type, and they know how deal with people just like you obama.


15 posted on 08/30/2012 6:21:06 PM PDT by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

In that case, they are looking into taking legal action against Ubama for divulging military secrets, right?


How about actions against the studio that is releasing the OBL movie?


16 posted on 08/30/2012 6:23:39 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)...before there is no America!)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

I wonder who leaked his name to the press.

I guess they don’t like that he revealed that OBL was unarmed and that he called him the P word.


17 posted on 08/30/2012 6:24:55 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: sheikdetailfeather

For a president not known for doing anything because he’s afraid of his shadow, he has run out of time. The book hits the streets by the time any action could move forward allows president-elect Romney to place advance admin halt to personal action.


18 posted on 08/30/2012 6:27:39 PM PDT by snoopy 'n linus
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To: sheikdetailfeather

It’s amazing how fast this administration is moving against a guy whose team should have never been revealed. Have we had any trials for the 9/11 masterminds yet? What about that guy who won’t shave for his trial?


19 posted on 08/30/2012 6:28:13 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: sheikdetailfeather

After his service in the Clinton administration, Johnson returned to Paul, Weiss in 2002, where he was an active trial lawyer of large commercial cases

Johnson served as special counsel to John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign,and was active in Barack Obama's presidential campaign as a foreign policy adviser and as a member of his national finance committee

In a February 2011 speech to the New York City Bar Association, Johnson "acknowledged the concerns raised" about the detention of alleged WikiLeaks source Private Bradley Manning and "stated that he had personally traveled to Quantico to conduct an investigation."

20 posted on 08/30/2012 6:29:14 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: sheikdetailfeather

Why don’t they just send him a form letter?


21 posted on 08/30/2012 6:29:28 PM PDT by Argus
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To: Argus

Delivering the keynote address for the Pentagon’s Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, and Transgender Pride Month headline event on Tuesday, Department of Defense general counsel Jeh Johnson described how surprisingly smoothly the U.S. military has accepted openly gay members.

Johnson noted that it was the first time in American military history that a gay pride event took place in the Pentagon, where the auditorium held a standing-room-only crowd.

His talk discussed details of how the government last September ended the “Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell” policy that had been in place since President Bill Clinton’s administration.

Johnson, along with Army General Carter Ham, co-chaired the Pentagon working group in 2010 that drafted the critical report leading to repeal of DA/DT. Their work included extensive polling and face-to-face interviews with thousands of soldiers.

Their report concluded that the risk repeal of DA/DT posed to overall military effectiveness would be low.

But he said the actual impact has been even lower than they thought. One participant called it more of a “speed bump” than an impact.

Johnson told the assembled crowd, “Three years ago it would have been hard for any of us to believe that in 2012, a gay man or woman in the armed forces could be honest about their sexual orientation, that the Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell law would be gone, and that the process of repeal would go even more smoothly than we predicted it would in our report.”


22 posted on 08/30/2012 6:32:12 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: chessplayer

Would your opinion be different if you knew that he was a Clinton appointee as counsel for the Air Force, politically active in the 2008 campaign, and appointed to his current position by baby cakes Barry, and supervises prosecution of our warriors?

On a scale of one to ten how might you rate his integrity. Do you think he just might have had some influence in the filing of charges against SEALS in the field?

Jeh might consider the trophy taking business can involve transactions in both directions.


23 posted on 08/30/2012 6:33:15 PM PDT by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: Hotlanta Mike
How about actions against the studio that is releasing the OBL movie?

Or against the President who gave them access to military secrets?

24 posted on 08/30/2012 6:37:34 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I hope he gets the same sentence Obama did when he spilled secrets to make himself look good.


25 posted on 08/30/2012 6:38:19 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: sheikdetailfeather
Johnson said the department is considering pursuing against him "all remedies legally available to us."

.... if any.

26 posted on 08/30/2012 6:42:01 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Or against the President who gave them access to military secrets?

Legally, the President can declassify any information he wants to in any manner he wants to.

People without declassification authority, like this Ex-SEAL, cannot and are thus subject to prosecution.

People may not like it, but that's the simple truth.

27 posted on 08/30/2012 6:42:37 PM PDT by Strategerist
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To: sheikdetailfeather

The SEAL writer’s cause is just if it helps to harm our REAL enemy, Barrack Hussein Obama. We can only diffuse the threat from Islamo-fascists if we first defeat the much greater threat from within-Obama.


28 posted on 08/30/2012 6:43:28 PM PDT by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est; zero sera dans l'enfer bientot)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

Given the current DOJ in place, I gotta wonder if any threats of prosecution would be happening if the Seal were a minority? Me thinks not. He’s Caucasian so therefore, he is fair game to this particular DOJ.


29 posted on 08/30/2012 6:43:41 PM PDT by austinaero (Obama or America - can't have both)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

Given the current DOJ in place, I gotta wonder if any threats of prosecution would be happening if the Seal were a minority? Me thinks not. He’s Caucasian so therefore, he is fair game to this particular DOJ.


30 posted on 08/30/2012 6:44:00 PM PDT by austinaero (Obama or America - can't have both)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

Given the current DOJ in place, I gotta wonder if any threats of prosecution would be happening if the Seal were a minority? Me thinks not. He’s Caucasian so therefore, he is fair game to this particular DOJ.


31 posted on 08/30/2012 6:44:21 PM PDT by austinaero (Obama or America - can't have both)
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To: Chode
what secrets???

I guess you don't read the New York Times.

32 posted on 08/30/2012 6:45:52 PM PDT by kevao (Obama didn't kill Bin Laden. Someone else made that happen!)
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To: austinaero

Sorry for the multiple posts. Server burp I guess!


33 posted on 08/30/2012 6:47:07 PM PDT by austinaero (Obama or America - can't have both)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

Read that he had a legal advisor go through the book before publishing to make sure there was nothing in it that would compromise the military.

I think this is a public display of power by the administration because his true story reveals that the white house version was a lie.

Why do so many here instantly overreact to what the PENTAGON or the ADMINISTRATION say? Doesn’t the administration pick the guys in the pentagon? Isn’t that why we have such STUPID rules of engagement?


34 posted on 08/30/2012 6:51:47 PM PDT by huldah1776
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To: chessplayer
Who did the compromising first, the Obummer Administration or the PARTICULAR group of SEALS?

It's high time that Special Forces on a circle jerk mission fight back at being expendable. I would rather the Executive political animals in the hierarchy be sacrificed than the actual grunts who do the wet work. The Executives are playing around with this freaking war, this cluster f* is not WWII or the Revolutionary War you tool. This 10 year war is purely political, screw the suits.

35 posted on 08/30/2012 6:53:49 PM PDT by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians.)
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To: kevao
they have no idea what's in the book...
36 posted on 08/30/2012 7:00:43 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Strategerist
Since the group of SEALS were outed by the Administration, who gives a flying ****. We are in chaos now due to politics. Vietnam was a lesson that was learned concerning disingenuous leadership verses active duty members. It's about time those doing the wet work fight back any way they can against insufferable leadership. Don't like it, elect better leaders who don't take Active Duty for granted.
37 posted on 08/30/2012 7:04:05 PM PDT by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians.)
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To: montanajoe

>>>Hope they do go after him if the story is accurate

Yeah, discovery should be a hoot.


38 posted on 08/30/2012 7:52:33 PM PDT by halfright (FAST & FURIOUS! DON'T ALLOW THEM TO DIVERT YOUR ATTENTION.)
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To: halfright
Its an open and shut case if he signed the nondisclosure agreements.

I consider anyone violating their agreement traitors.

There are vets walking around today who have not and will never violate the agreements they signed 40, 50, 60 years ago.

I don't care if its money, political belief or what ever you are no different than a turncoat and a traitor if you have signed the agreement..

39 posted on 08/30/2012 8:05:34 PM PDT by montanajoe (Blame Flame Shame or Beg I won't vote for R/R)
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To: montanajoe

I’ll wait for the facts in the case. The government lies. Especially this one.


40 posted on 08/30/2012 8:12:51 PM PDT by halfright (FAST & FURIOUS! DON'T ALLOW THEM TO DIVERT YOUR ATTENTION.)
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To: halfright

As I said if the story is accurate..need to see


41 posted on 08/30/2012 8:14:57 PM PDT by montanajoe (Blame Flame Shame or Beg I won't vote for R/R)
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To: montanajoe

This is not about the book. The kenyan mafia is sending a signal to others and trying to intimidate them into shutting up until the election.


42 posted on 08/30/2012 9:01:10 PM PDT by lodi90
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To: sheikdetailfeather

Just what does “material breach and violation of the agreement” mean?
He did not state the SEAL revealed classified information.
Part of the NDA requires review of any material prior to publishing. If he did not submit for review, it would be a material breach, wouldn’t it?
So, he may have breached the agreement but not revealed classified data. Not condoning such conduct (an agreement is an agreement) but would be a technicality and probably not pursued beyond some headlines and threats.


43 posted on 08/30/2012 9:04:30 PM PDT by jim-x (9/11/2001 - Never forget, Never forgive.)
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To: lodi90
I don't know if the story is true. If he signed the nondisclosure agreements then you are right its not about the book its about him violating those agreements and he deserves to have the “book” thrown at him..
44 posted on 08/30/2012 9:05:51 PM PDT by montanajoe (Blame Flame Shame or Beg I won't vote for R/R)
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To: montanajoe

All he need argue is that when the Commander in Chief publicly released the details, factually correct or otherwise, the classified nature was thereby removed. And he felt it his moral duty to correct the details untruly proffered.

Would that not be the honorable thing to do?


45 posted on 08/30/2012 9:16:53 PM PDT by Bshaw (A nefarious deceit is upon us all!)
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To: Bshaw
“Would that not be the honorable thing to do?”

No. If you are a civilian you can argue all the legal technicalities you want.

If you are a member of the US Military you do your duty, keep your commitments and honor the agreements you have signed.

46 posted on 08/30/2012 9:26:31 PM PDT by montanajoe (Blame Flame Shame or Beg I won't vote for R/R)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

Any action they take will only increase book sales.


47 posted on 08/30/2012 9:31:34 PM PDT by Iron Munro ("In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit." - Ayn Rand)
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To: sheikdetailfeather
The general counsel of the Defense Department, Jeh Johnson

I don't know what the *&%$ a "Jeh" is, but his comments on Don't Ask/Don't Tell make him sound as if he had a very, you know, personal interest in the outcome. And the picture of him didn't help.

48 posted on 08/30/2012 11:05:58 PM PDT by SamuraiScot
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To: montanajoe
If you are a member of the US Military you do your duty, keep your commitments and honor the agreements you have signed.

Their primary agreement is to defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. Any honest person can plainly see, and also know by his own words and actions, that Obama is an obvious threat to our Constitution and our Nation. This goes way beyond politics. I am amazed that military patriots haven't come to terms with this fact, and dealt with it as necessary.

49 posted on 08/30/2012 11:47:31 PM PDT by Bellflower (The LORD is Holy, separated from all sin, perfect, righteous, high and lifted up.)
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To: lodi90

“This is not about the book. The kenyan mafia is sending a signal to others and trying to intimidate them into shutting up until the election.”

42 posts to finally get the real rationale.

FUBO


50 posted on 08/31/2012 12:01:54 AM PDT by rbmillerjr (Conservative Economic and National Security Commentary: econus.blogspot.com)
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