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Pardoned Iran-Contra figure aided #Bergdahl hunt


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The Sunday Los Angeles Times has a substantive report about now-freed Bowe Bergdahl's captors. It chronicles the events that led to his release and provides background on the groups involved with his imprisonment. They break down the timeline as best they can in the years-long efforts by the U.S. to find and rescue Bergdahl. It's interesting stuff, worth a read. One nugget in particular caught my eye: How U.S. officials relied on a private company in the search. And one of those hired by that company was a guy who was indicted for perjury in the Iran-Contra scandal.

We paid Sunni militants for peace during Bush's fraudulent war, we paid private contractors to fight that war-- Blackwater. That ended well, didn't it?-- and then we paid a private intel group to aid in Bergdahl's recovery. And in turn, they paid local tattletales. We sure do have a lot of spare cash lying around:

The U.S. search for Bergdahl, and his ultimate release, involved an array of U.S. and foreign military and intelligence agencies.

It also included a private intelligence outfit called the Eclipse Group that was run by a former top CIA operations officer, Duane "Dewey" Clarridge.

In 1991, Clarridge was indicted on seven counts of perjury in the Iran-Contra scandal but was pardoned by President George H.W. Bush before his trial was over. He has said he maintained a network of spies and informants in Afghanistan and Pakistan after he left the CIA.

A former Eclipse member said the group paid local informants to collect intelligence, which was passed on to U.S. military commanders searching for Bergdahl.

According to a senior member of the U.S. military who was part of the search for Bergdahl, the Eclipse reports included not only facts, but also rumors. In spite of the unreliability of some of the information, he said, "We take everything we can get." Even advice from an Iran-Contra perjurer.

The more you know.



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An Inspiring Story of Survival. Are They Coming for You Next?


Cultures are different between countries. A simple border can make the whole difference between life and death, feast or famine. Born one mile in either direction can mean survival or perishing, freedom or imprisonment. This isn't Game of Thrones. This is Korea today. Perhaps because both of my children spent six months living with Korean families after our house burned to the ground, I'm more aware, more sensitive to the plight of these people with their amazing cultural background.

There's a lesson to be learned from their struggles. And not just affecting the Koreas. Affecting America.

Please allow yourselves a chance to become engrossed in a contemporary escape story. Inspiring? You bet. Desperate? More than you know. But amazing? You bet. Find the time to listen to this first hand tale. And then ask yourself are you appreciating your life here as much as you should? And also ask yourself if you're going to allow these same things to happen to your friends, you neighbors your land as happened across the sea.

If you don't exercise your vote and stop the oppression here in this country as well as abroad, this might just be the pulling back of the curtain, giving you a view of what the future holds.

It may be grumpy old white men who want to take those from you, but who will they target next? They've already gone after women, the poor, immigrants, education, healthcare, privacy, human rights, children, Jews, gays, Muslims, Protestants, Blacks, Browns, Asians, New Englanders, West coasters.

Look, the threat to our freedoms are real.

We're letting some very extremist people and their dangerous attitudes mold decisions in Washington. And they're not letting up. Our vote is the only way to stop them. They know this. So they're out to stop our voting privileges. Put pressure on Congress to open up the vote, and protect it. Once that's gone, we're only moments in time from becoming North Korea.