State Department Spends $500K on “Lying to Congress” Training

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Susan Rice speaks to media after UN security council meeting in May

Considering how much of the State Department’s vital work involves lying to Congress, you can see why it’s worth every cent.

After suffering through a striking number of rough grillings at the hands of Congress, State Department officials have approved a contract worth up to $545,000 to help train themselves for how to brief lawmakers and to testify at hearings.

The contract with Orlando, Florida-based AMTIS, Inc. includes classes entitled “Communicating with Congress: Briefing and Testifying” and pays for one-on-one sessions to hold a mock hearing with questioners playing the role of lawmakers asking hard questions of the would-be witnesses.

Over the last two years, department officials have stumbled through hearings on their handling of the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, been berated for failing to be able to lay out a new legal framework for the war on terror and seen one top campaign bundler for President Obama admit he’d never traveled to Argentina — the country he’d been nominated to serve in as U.S. ambassador.

State Department officials did not respond to questions about the contract by deadline on Thursday.

Looks like they still haven’t completed their “Lying to the Media: Prevaricating and Falsifying” course.

  • Alisia S

    And speaking of the State Department, here is a story, and one that needs to be told, of what the U.S. government is doing abroad behind our backs. The American people have no idea of what this administration, under the guidance of Dear Leader, has been up to nor how their tax dollars are being spent to promote Islam all over Europe — starting with school children.

    http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/4262/islam-czech-republic#

    This information needs to get out. How many Americans would approve of their taxes being spent in this way?

    • Marsha

      We’ve come to expect nothing less of Imam Obama. I am fairly sure the American public would be outraged if they knew about it. Of course the media is conveniently AWOL.

    • bigjulie

      I just read your link and it is astounding! Will start with my congressman in the morning! This has got to be stopped!!

  • JD

    “. . . department officials have stumbled through hearings on their handling of the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, . . .”
    WTF? There was no stumbling whatsoever. UN Ambassador Rice was out and out lying to protect the regime and get Ovomit reelected.

    What are you, Greenfield, the PC police??? The proof that Rice lied to citizens and our legislators alike is that she now serves as the NSA. You don’t cause massive congressional hearings and the riling of conservatives years after the fact and then get promoted by Ovomit if you screwed up. She did exactly what she was told and it got the near term favorable result that was intended.

    Frontpagemag, you need to get a new set of writers. This one in particular is helping this regime perpetuate a lie that helped give us four more years of a rabid left wing socialist.

  • David

    This is absolutely appalling to me. Do they have so little respect for Congress that they’re only spending half a mil? If they really cared they would have spent at least ten times that amount!

  • slug

    Sounds like a community activist training session.