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Bergdahl Never Listed By Pentagon As Prisoner Of War
CBS Washington DC ^ | June 3, 2014 | Staff

Posted on 06/03/2014 4:13:26 PM PDT by QT3.14

In his five years of captivity, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was never listed by the Pentagon as a prisoner of war.

Nor has the U.S. applied that term to any of its Taliban prisoners — including the five senior Taliban figures who were released last weekend from detention at the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in exchange for Bergdahl’s freedom.

A look at how that process works:

(Excerpt) Read more at washington.cbslocal.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; americanhater; army; bergdahl; bergdahltruthfile; bobbergdahl; bowebergdahl; gitmo; gitmo5release; obama; pow

1 posted on 06/03/2014 4:13:26 PM PDT by QT3.14
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To: QT3.14
Not a POW?

Also amazing is Bergdahl is the ONLY taliban 'captive' to live!

2 posted on 06/03/2014 4:15:20 PM PDT by QT3.14 (Don Surber: American people have had it with the House of Clinton. She an Old Hag; he a Limp Corndog)
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To: QT3.14

Normally, POWs get promoted on schedule. If he was not promoted during his absence indicates the Army knew he was a deserter.


3 posted on 06/03/2014 4:20:55 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: QT3.14

If he wasn’t listed as POW he will be once this is over. I bet on it!


4 posted on 06/03/2014 4:21:57 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 ((VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!))
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To: QT3.14

Was he ever reported as AWOL? I wonder if a desertion investigation was ever officially initiated. If not, why not?


5 posted on 06/03/2014 4:25:23 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Soon, "the grateful dead" will be more than just the name of a crap band...)
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To: QT3.14
It's hard to list anyone as a POW when you're waging a military campaign known as a "War on Terror." "Terror" never captures soldiers.

The notion of a POW is predicated on the understanding that they were involved in a military campaign in a formal state of war between two sovereign countries. This was never the case in Afghanistan. Nor was it the case in Iraq, for that matter.

That's why these al-Qaeda guys captured in Iraq and Afghanistan had to be sent to places like Guantanamo and those mysterious "black ops" camps in Eastern Europe -- because they had no legal status as POWs and the U.S. government has never had a clue about what the hell to do with them.

6 posted on 06/03/2014 4:27:12 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("What in the wide, wide world of sports is goin' on here?")
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To: Alberta's Child

“....in a military campaign in a formal state of war between two sovereign countries.”

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Wasn’t the last one between the USA, Axis and Japan?

Since then we have fought wars without formally declaring them — only the fallen combatants are formally dead.


7 posted on 06/03/2014 4:38:02 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: QT3.14

If he wasn’t listed as a POW and the military paperwork listed him as a deserter, then how did he get him promotion in absentia to Sergeant from PFC.

Whose name is on that paperwork???


8 posted on 06/03/2014 4:46:52 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: QT3.14

Why did they give this deserter further rank while he was on vacay with his taliban friends?


9 posted on 06/03/2014 4:48:24 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: QT3.14

He was also promoted twice while in captivity.


10 posted on 06/03/2014 4:55:18 PM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: QT3.14

Yeh he was probably listed as a deserter.


11 posted on 06/03/2014 4:57:24 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: QT3.14

Not a POW, but a collaborator.


12 posted on 06/03/2014 5:12:03 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: QT3.14

Bergdahl Never Listed By Pentagon As Prisoner Of War
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Interesting...


13 posted on 06/03/2014 5:12:33 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: QT3.14

how many genuine scandals won’t obama be taken down by?

our side is just pussies and enablers.


14 posted on 06/03/2014 5:14:20 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: QT3.14

The headlines make it clear that the White House is searching for a positive spin on this terrible decision. There is no attempt to tell the truth; opposite statements are released almost simultaneously to see which ones are more popular:

Bergdahl Never Listed By Pentagon As Prisoner Of War

President Barack Obama on Tuesday defended his decision to release five Afghan detainees from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for an American soldier's freedom, saying his administration had consulted with Congress

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein said Tuesday that the White House told her that it was on “oversight” that Congress didn’t receive the required notification about the prisoner exchange deal that secured the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Mrs. Feinstein, California Democrat, said the excuse came from Tony Blinken, President Obama’s deputy national security adviser. “Tony Blinken called last night and said that it was an oversight or something to that effect. So I accept that,” she told reporters at the Capitol.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid received a heads-up on the deal to transfer Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for the five Taliban officials detained in Guantanamo Bay — but it’s not clear who else did. In a brief interview, Reid said the White House contacted him ahead of the swap — but not by much. “It must have been either the day before or the day of. I don’t remember for sure,” Reid said.

Congress kept in dark on Bergdahl swap since 2012

Bowe Bergdahl Too Fragile for Desertion Questions, Official Says

Former Army Sgt. Evan Buetow was the team leader with Bowe Bergdahl the night Bergdahl disappeared. "Bergdahl is a deserter, and he's not a hero," says Buetow. "He needs to answer for what he did." Within days of his disappearance, says Buetow, teams monitoring radio chatter and cell phone communications intercepted an alarming message: The American is in Yahya Khel (a village two miles away). He's looking for someone who speaks English so he can talk to the Taliban.

A Pentagon investigation in 2010 concluded that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl walked away from his unit prior to his capture by the Taliban the year before, a finding that led the military to curb any high-risk rescue plans, the Associated Press reported

NYT: Bergdahl left a note saying that he was deserting

Special forces found Bergdahl and captors but wouldn’t risk rescue for ‘deserter’

WH Official on Bergdahl’s Possible Desertion: “Frankly, we don’t give a $#*+ why he left”

Freed US soldier Bowe Bergdahl developed a love for Afghan green tea, taught his captors badminton

Traitor “Abdullah” Bowe Bergdahl wrote he was “ashamed to be American” before he went AWOL

Hagel: U.S. didn’t negotiate with terrorists in securing Bergdahl’s release

15 posted on 06/03/2014 5:40:44 PM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: clintonh8r
Was he ever reported as AWOL? I wonder if a desertion investigation was ever officially initiated. If not, why not?

This is a guess. It is only a guess:

Because there are a significent number of others like Bergdahl.

This has been a guess...
16 posted on 06/03/2014 5:40:56 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: QT3.14

In the interview below Hunt says there was a report generated about Bergdahl’s desertion, but the “report was lost”.

Howie Carr: Col Hunt On the Price Of Bergdhal’s Walk On The Wild Side
http://audio.wrko.com/a/92747304/col-hunt-on-the-price-of-bergdhal-s-walk-on-the-wild-side.htm


17 posted on 06/03/2014 5:43:03 PM PDT by Fitzy_888 ("ownership society")
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To: Fitzy_888

The Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/Boweisatraitor?ref=stream&fref=nf


18 posted on 06/03/2014 5:45:42 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
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To: Pollster1
Why did we trade 5 GITMO detainees for 1 GITMO detainee? As WH says,
19 posted on 06/03/2014 6:07:21 PM PDT by 4Liberty (Optimal institutions - optimal economy.)
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To: QT3.14

When this Bergdahl character WENT AWOL and SHOULD have been declared a DESERTER from the gitgo, he left behind emails and notes saying he was “disgusted” with the United States and talked about RENOUNCING HIS CITIZENSHIP. (During my 4 years in the USAF in the Vietnam era, I wasn’t all that thrilled about how the government was mishandling a war that was getting so many of our folks unnecessarily KIA but never once thought about doing what THIS clown did!)

Despite obozo’s desire to keep all this hush-hush, MORE will come out as his former comrades defy orders to shut up and do speak out.
Now, here are the $64,000.00 questions that may have already been asked:
After 5 years with the Taliban, just how many IEDs and other “devices” did they teach him how to construct?
And, once he’s set out and about in the US population, how many other similarly disaffected malcontents, black muslims, radical Bill Ayers/Bernadine Dohrn wannabes will he teach everything the Taliban taught him?

Think Boston Marathon bombers X 10 to the 10th power on steroids!!

And we can all thank the TRAITOR in the Spite House, his lackeys in the bureaucracy, congress,the Pentagon and the lapdog media!

Doesn’t bother you, you say? It may if one of YOUR loved ones happens to be in a shopping mall when one of those devices goes off


20 posted on 06/03/2014 6:18:19 PM PDT by Dick Bachert (Ignorance is NOT BLISS. It is the ROAD TO SERFDOM! We're on a ROAD TRIP!!)
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To: Alberta's Child

Actually, POW is a status given to “any person captured or interned by a belligerent power during war.” http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/477235/prisoner-of-war-POW

A belligerent power can range from an insurgent to a terrorist organization to a sovereign nation.

A formal congressional declaration of war is not required to be classified as a POW. . .try taking away POW status and purple hearts from those that were captured in Korea, Vietnam or in Gulf War I, or those injured in the WOT. What about those killed or injured at the Ft Hood shooting? If you deny them Purple Hearts you side with the feeling it was merely ‘work-place violence’ and no benefits/Purple Hearts are permitted.

At Gitmo they are held as ‘detainees’ purely because of legal technicalities—to keep them out of the civilian courts.

The question is not one of the US not knowing what to do with them, it is one of how best to avoid the lawsuits and legal hassles associated with prosecuting in civilian court each and every terrorist we capture on the battlefield.

The Law of Armed Conflict has basically two categories; combatants and non-combatants, and terrorists do not qualify as ‘combatants’ but yet they also do not qualify as non-combatants. This means they are legally ‘illegal non-combatants,’ meaning legally they did not qualify for POW status and are subject to criminal prosecution.

So, the US was faced with a tough choice, put them in jail and try each and every one of them (imagine that nightmare where rules of discovery, evidence, witness testimony and cross-examination apply. . .captured on the battlefield and the soldiers that captured him in a firefight being called back to the states every-time a court hearing is held).

The solution was to hold them off-shore on non-US soil so they were technically not ‘in’ the US and therefore not subject to the civilian legal system.


21 posted on 06/04/2014 10:33:24 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: Alberta's Child

Oh, and Bird-Dawg was never classified as a POW because the leadership knew he deserted/went AWOL.


22 posted on 06/04/2014 10:36:45 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: QT3.14

Our Spec Op leaders called him a deserter!

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3163137/posts

Special forces found Bergdahl and captors but wouldn’t risk rescue for ‘deserter’

Washington Times ^ | 06/03/2014 | Guy Taylor

Posted by SeekAndFind

The Pentagon on several occasions had ground-level intelligence on where ArmySgt. Bowe Bergdahl was being held captive at various times — down to how many gunmen were guarding him — but special operations commanders repeatedly shelved rescue missions because they didn’t want to risk casualties for a man they believed to be a “deserter,” sources familiar with the mission plans said.

Commanders on the ground debated whether to pull the trigger on a rescue several times in recent years, according to one of the sources, a former high-level intelligence official in Afghanistan, who said the conclusion each time was that the prospect of losing highly trained troops was too high a price to pay for rescuing a soldier who walked away from his unit before being captured by the enemy.

A second source told The Washington Times that the rescue operation plans were “high risk” and became even less attractive in recent months when officials in the Pentagon’s Joint Special Operations Command grew convinced that the Taliban and the militant Haqqani network, whose operatives were holding Sgt. Bergdahl, were eager to cut a deal for his release.


23 posted on 06/04/2014 11:55:36 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( Herr Obama will not divert resources from his war on Americans to help our Veterans!)
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