Homeland Security

Congressman Says Iran's Treatment of Captured U.S. Sailors 'Shocking'

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After nearly eight years of Obama, Americans have become — alas! — inured to one national humiliation after another. But there was something especially galling about the in-your-face capture of American sailors by the Iranians a few months ago, an indignity that, of course, Obama and his hapless secretary of state, John Kerry, swallowed whole. So you just knew there was more to the story:

The classified details behind Iran’s treatment of several U.S. sailors who were captured by the Islamic Republic during a tense standoff earlier this year are likely to shock the nation, according to one member of the House Armed Services Committee, who disclosed to the Washington Free Beacon that these details are currently being withheld by the Obama administration.

Rep. Randy Forbes (R., Va.) told the Free Beacon in an interview that the Obama administration is still keeping details of the maritime incident under wraps. It could be a year or longer before the American public receives a full accounting of the incident, in which several U.S. sailors were abducted at gunpoint by the Iranian military. “I’ve had a full classified briefing” from military officials, Forbes told the Free Beacon. “It could be as long as a year before we actually get that released.”

Details of the abduction are likely to start an uproar in the nation and call into question the Obama administration’s handling of the incident, which many experts say violated international and maritime law.

“Many say.” Right. How about saying also that it was an act of war by a country with which we are still at war and have been since the Carter administration? But no, the pusillanimous Obama crew was too busy retailing a Ben Rhodes-written fable about what a great deal the nuclear non-treaty with Iran was going to be, and couldn’t let a little thing like an international incident upset the applecart.

“I think that when the details actually come out, most Americans are going to be kind of taken aback by the entire incident, both how Iran handled it and how we handled it,” Forbes disclosed. “I think that’s going to be huge cause for concern for most Americans. That’s why I’ve encouraged members of Congress to get that briefing so they do know exactly what did take place.”

Forbes suggested that Iran’s treatment of the U.S. sailors—which included filming them crying and forcing them to apologize at gunpoint—may have been much worse than what has been publicly reported.

“I think clearly there were violations of international and maritime law that took place here,” Forbes said. “We [the United States] did almost nothing in response, in fact, to have Secretary [of State John] Kerry actually thank them for releasing our sailors after they way they captured them, I think was a slap in the sailors’ face.”

Of course it was. Sure, one head rolled. But you are not going to hear another word about this until long after the fall election, if ever.