Under that headline, Michael Oberndorf, an American working as “legislative director” for the anti-slavery NGO Freedom Fund, issues a scathing rebuke of Congress, for being remiss in their sworn duties to defend the Constitution. Freedom Fund was created late last year with the blessing of Bill Clinton, at the annual meeting of his Global Initiative in New York. Oberndorf’s rebuke appears in yesterday’s Canada Free Press, and is making the rounds of conservative sites this morning.
What should be the “red line” for Congress, Oberndorf says, is the release of five Talibani prisoners for Bowe Bergdahl, whom he labels,”a deserter and probable Muslim jihadi convert…There has never, in the history of America, been such arrogant, blatant, willful and with malice aforethought, ignoring of the Constitution, the Rule of Law, both at home and abroad,”he says.
He Concludes:”[E]ven with your limited ethical, moral, and intellectual abilities, you [in Congress] should now be able to see that doing what your oath of office requires you to do is not racist, nor partisan, nor petty, nor politically motivated… “It is your duty. Repeat, your duty. Period.”
Angry Feinstein Questions White House Line on Bergdahl Release
Interviewed on CBS News’ Sunday program “Face the Nation,” June 8th, Senator Dianne Feinstein repeatedly questioned the shifting White House “line” on the return of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, in exchange for freeing five Taliban leaders. Interviewed in the same segment as Saxby Chambliss, the Republican vice-chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Feinstein sounded just as critical of Obama as any member of the opposing party.
Asked about the lack of transparency on the part of the White House, that they “never brief Congress on an ongoing operation,” Feinstein shot back,”Well, that isn’t necessarily true. We have been briefed … on operations under way. We understand the security of that. We have never violated that. But at least you have some knowledge and you can make some comment. That’s never been the case with this particular situation.”
Feinstein also directly countered the statements of Secretary of State John Kerry, who gave public assurances on that same morning, that the U.S., “has ability to do things,” in order to ensure the released prisoners don’t once again become threats to American citizens.”I heard John Kerry this morning say, you know, ‘don’t worry about them in Doha—’ You can’t help but worry about them in Doha,”Feinstein said.