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Pentagon is not happy with the troops telling the US public stuff they don't want told.
They're currently trying to prevent Congress even asking the troops questions:
"The guidelines, described in an April 19 memo to the staff director of the House Armed Services Committee, adds that all field-level officers and enlisted personnel must be "deemed appropriate" by the Department of Defense before they can participate in personal briefings for members of Congress or their staffs; in addition, according to the memo, the proceedings must not be recorded."
Wilkie's memo also stipulated that any officers who are allowed to testify must be accompanied by an official from the administration, such as Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and his top-level aides."
This is straight contempt of Congress, Congress can subpoena whoever it wants to. ANYONE without limit. What happened next is the most staggering power play ever. Officers answerable to Congress walked out of a hearing as though they are exempt from Congressional power:
"Defense Department lawyers sought to apply the guidelines to the testimony of three Army officers -- a captain, a major, and a lieutenant colonel -- set to testify about their first-hand experience training Iraqi security forces.
A few minutes into the proceedings, a representative from the Pentagon's Office of General Counsel tried to apply the new provisions. Speaking from the audience, he declared that the officers could not participate if the meeting was being recorded for a transcript...The panel's Democratic chairman, ...and ranking Republican both insisted a transcript would be kept and the Pentagon entourage, including the officers, "theatrically stormed out of the room,".
The military is above the legislature. Welcome to the new America. Creepy czars announce propaganda wars and the military gives Congress Democrats and Republicans the bird.