After a long absence, to be exact five years, since President Obama took office, Seymour Hersh is back, out, and talking. And by that I mean really talking. He is calling the reports on Bin Laden’s so-called assassination, by that I mean the mainstream media reports, those dictated by Obama’s White House and Pentagon, big lies, pure bullshit, and not a single word of it true.
Not only that, he is also providing us with our long-sought answer to his long-gone absence- since the election of Barack Obama.
Okay, first let me provide you with some context as to what I mean by a long absence:
Two years ago, On September 25, 2011, I wrote a piece highly critical of Pulitzer-Winner Investigative Journalist Hersh as a follow up to another one of my commentaries on the same subject- questioning his long-absence despite the continuation and expansion of our wars, scandals involving the Pentagon, ongoing simultaneous black ops and covert wars, and the numerous violations of human rights laws internationally and domestically
To read my comparison of Mr. Hersh’s investigative work during President Bush and President Obama Click Here
Today, I received an e-mail from my partner Peter B. Collins with a link to an interview with Seymour Hersh. And let me tell you: what an interview! He is talking and I mean really talking. Let me provide you with a few excerpts:
He is angry about the timidity of journalists in America, their failure to challenge the White House and be an unpopular messenger of truth. Don’t even get him started on the New York Times which, he says, spends “so much more time carrying water for Obama than I ever thought they would”—or the death of Osama bin Laden. “Nothing’s been done about that story, it’s one big lie, not one word of it is true,” he says of the dramatic US Navy Seals raid in 2011.
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He says a recent report put out by an “independent” Pakistani commission about life in the Abottabad compound in which Bin Laden was holed up would not stand up to scrutiny. “The Pakistanis put out a report, don’t get me going on it. Let’s put it this way, it was done with considerable American input. It’s a bullshit report,” he says hinting of revelations to come in his book.
He also provides us with an answer as to why we haven’t been seeing any articles from him since Obama took office:
He says in some ways President George Bush’s administration was easier to write about. “The Bush era, I felt it was much easier to be critical than it is [of] Obama. Much more difficult in the Obama era,” he said.
Let me interpret the above for some who may require it: He is saying the publishers, the editors, the establishment, have been going to extreme lengths to prevent investigative reports or commentaries truly critical of Barack Obama. Meaning, publications such as the New Yorker or New York Times would not publish Sy Hersh style exposés when they involve Barack Obama.
Oh, please just go and read these explosive allegations and comments from Hersh. I tell you what, I am glad to have him back. Further, I am extremely glad that he is talking again. Now let’s hope we’ll see more of him and hear ear-loads from him. Of course, by that I mean now as in right now, not as in once Obama is gone.
In addition to publishing Boiling Frogs, where this article originally appeared, Sibel Edmonds is the founder and president of the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition (NSWBC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to aiding national security whistleblowers. She has appeared on national radio and TV as a commentator on matters related to whistleblowers, national security, and excessive secrecy & classification, and has been featured on CBS 60 Minutes, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and in the New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The American Conservative, and others. Her book, ‘Shooting the Messenger,’ co-authored with Professor William Weaver is forthcoming from Kansas University Press.