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Footage of a video airing on Iranian television showing the U.S. sailors on their knees with hands above their heads in a dinghy floating at sea, taken into custody by the Iranian Coast Guard.

The United States is withholding information about the way Iran treated American sailors it captured earlier this year in the Persian Gulf.

Iran seized two American ships that were stalled in the gulf waters.


But Americans were not given a full accounting of what happened to the sailors on those vessels at the time of the incident. Footage of the Iranians photographing the sailors in prisoner positions briefly appeared on Fox News and a few other news networks in the United States before the State Department released a statement saying the matter was being “handled.”

Now Congressman Randy Forbes of Virginia has told the Washington Free Beacon that the Obama Administration is holding back some shocking details about Iran’s treatment of the sailors. Forbes said the sailors were photographed in tears and humiliated in other ways.

As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Forbes told the Free Beacon information he had the opportunity to review the classified information. However, he said that because it is classified, it could take up to a year before the information is released to the general public, if it is at all.

Forbes added that the incident included violations of international and maritime law — and said in the interview that the United States did almost nothing in response to the aggression.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


  1. Why are we not surprised? The Obama Administration lies about almost everything! I mean EVERYTHING!! from Obamacare to the health of the US Economy! The countless cover ups!
    Is there film of Kerry on his knees begging Iran's forgivness? Kerry has a tight relationship with Iran, his son-in-law, not to mention the Heinz family history of antisemitism.
    Americans spent 8 years hoping for the best & look what we got, scum, bottom of the pit for an Admisistration. "First Family" daughters wearing $20,000 gowns to a State dinner to make sure their time in the White House was truly memorable. How about using that money to send a kid through college or feeding a family for a year!
    911 families suffer, Bengazi families suffer, on & on….
    all "classified" and/or deleted info…

  2. Classified use to mean information withheld from the public for the purpose of ensuring the best results against enemies abroad. Now it's just a way to hide how the government makes back door deals and works alongside those who have no qualms of causing the American public harm.

  3. I'm still pissed that the kids wore $20,000 gowns to a State Dinner! So tell me, she couldn't find dresses at Nordstrom's?? or Neiman Marcus (that's pricey) or Macy's??
    For a socialist they sure know how to spend and waste money! Maybe I could borrow both dresses for my friend's twin granddaughters Bat Mitzvahs. I'll trade rugulah for the dresses…

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