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Bergdahl Details Disappearance to General Leading an Inquiry
New York Times ^ | August 6, 2014 | RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr.

Posted on 08/06/2014 8:32:18 PM PDT by Second Amendment First

During his first interview with the general leading an investigation into his capture by the Taliban, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl on Wednesday described details of his disappearance from his tiny combat outpost in eastern Afghanistan five years ago.

It was the first time Sergeant Bergdahl, of the Army, had formally described those events since he was released by the Taliban to Special Operations troops in May and flown to Texas after five years of captivity.

As soon as the session began, the investigating officer, Maj. Gen. Kenneth R. Dahl, warned Sergeant Bergdahl that he did not have to say anything that might incriminate himself. But the sergeant did not exercise his right to remain silent, one of his lawyers, Eugene R. Fidell, said in a brief telephone interview from Fort Sam Houston, Tex., where Sergeant Bergdahl is based. Continue reading the main story Related Coverage

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, right, with a Taliban fighter in eastern Afghanistan. Bergdahl Is Said to Have History of Leaving PostJUNE 5, 2014 A sign outside Zaney’s, a coffee shop in Hailey, Idaho, announced Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s release. Concern for Health of Bowe Bergdahl Drove Prisoner ExchangeJUNE 4, 2014 Bowe Bergdahl’s Vanishing Before Capture Angered His UnitJUNE 2, 2014

“He has responded to every question asked of him, and he has been afforded an opportunity to tell his story,” said Mr. Fidell, who attended the interview along with a military lawyer for the sergeant, Capt. Alfredo Foster. It was mostly “just letting the facts unfold in his own voice.”

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bergdahl; bergdahlinterview; kennethdahl; talibanbowe

1 posted on 08/06/2014 8:32:18 PM PDT by Second Amendment First
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To: Second Amendment First

Yeah a two star always does the questioning in cases like these.


2 posted on 08/06/2014 8:36:05 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Second Amendment First

This piece of Excrement has had plenty of time to dream up his LIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


3 posted on 08/06/2014 8:40:50 PM PDT by bandleader
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To: bandleader

hes been tutored, Im certain.

what I need to know is if he greeted the general with either Salam Alikeum,,,of allihy akcbar


4 posted on 08/06/2014 8:44:19 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill ...)
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To: driftdiver

“Yeah a two star always does the questioning in cases like these.”

Yep. It’s a regular Captains Mast I tell ya.


5 posted on 08/06/2014 8:47:00 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Second Amendment First

“... and blamed the unit and chain of command for inadequately securing the area around the outpost,...”

Well... it certainly wasn’t ‘safe’ with HIM on duty.


6 posted on 08/06/2014 8:48:52 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Too much time has passed, yes, he has been coached. I’m certain, also.
The narrative that Bergdahl served with ‘honor and distinction’ (according to Obama hack, Susan Rice) must be preserved.


7 posted on 08/06/2014 8:51:52 PM PDT by griswold3 (I was born here in America. I will die here in a third world country. Obama succeeded.)
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To: griswold3

One wonders if there was any video made...during the “inspection” “hearing”...or whatever they are calling it.


8 posted on 08/06/2014 8:53:52 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill ...)
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To: Second Amendment First; blueyon; KitJ; T Minus Four; xzins; CMS; The Sailor; ab01; txradioguy; ...

Bergdahl ping.


9 posted on 08/06/2014 8:55:22 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: Second Amendment First

Die, yuh Taliban butt boy...


10 posted on 08/06/2014 8:58:50 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Second Amendment First; flaglady47
The selection of a Major General to interrogate the rat is a tip-off that he'll get off...with maybe a slap on the wrist....maybe scot free.

A two-star as an interrogation flunky shows that Bergdahl is under the personal protection of Obama...and the General and everyone else knows it.

This is a farce of the first magnitude. Anyone else deserting like this would be charged and languishing in the brig instead of being back on active duty with a cushy desk job.

Leni

11 posted on 08/06/2014 9:03:04 PM PDT by MinuteGal (Combined US Senate & House has completely lost its voice, its compass, its patriotism & its soul!)
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To: Second Amendment First

He’s had sufficient time to rehearse his lies.

Is the General really looking for the truth, or has he been given other orders?


12 posted on 08/06/2014 9:05:57 PM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: G Larry; flaglady47
The General doesn't need orders. He's not stupid. He knows what he has to do...it doesn't have to come down to him from on high.

He's lucky he's still around after Obama's purges of military brass these past several years.

Believe me, the General knows what side his stars are buttered on. This assigneent of his points out the reason for the purges in the first place.

Leni

13 posted on 08/06/2014 9:14:07 PM PDT by MinuteGal (Combined US Senate & House has completely lost its voice, its compass, its patriotism & its soul!)
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To: Second Amendment First

Pray for or Military. After Obama’s purge of anyone who disagreed with him, our Military needs our prayers more than ever.


14 posted on 08/06/2014 9:24:18 PM PDT by originalbuckeye (Moderation in temper is always a virtue; moderation in principle is always a vice. Paine)
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To: Second Amendment First

Bergdahl could tell “the General” that he left his post wearing a purple tutu, gone in search of the mahdi, with no intention of ever coming back, and the military will find a way to excuse him. To do otherwise would not reflect well on the little man with cheeks of tan who traded five truly bad guys for this jerk.


15 posted on 08/06/2014 9:28:01 PM PDT by RobinOfKingston (Democrats--the party of Evil. Republicans--the party of Stupid.)
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To: MeshugeMikey

And what is even more important — how did the general respond?


16 posted on 08/06/2014 10:21:30 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: originalbuckeye

Obama has appointed a strong white male General as chief of staff of the US Army in Europe


17 posted on 08/06/2014 11:34:05 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: G Larry
Is the General really looking for the truth, or has he been given other orders?

I am so cynical of the Obungler administration, that until I see otherwise, I believe this General has his marching orders. Bergdahl will get off. Anything else would embarrass the regime, and the Obungler will not allow that to happen. The chump walks.

18 posted on 08/07/2014 2:12:24 AM PDT by Mark17 (Obama & Nero? Both Emperors. The difference is Nero played a fiddle, while Obama plays a "flute")
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To: driftdiver; Girlene; jazusamo; P-Marlowe; smoothsailing; 4woodenboats
Yeah a two star always does the questioning in cases like these.

Exactly. This case reeks of UCI. The president has already signaled his wishes on this case. Seeing a 2-Star conducting an interview of a private is amazing....Unlawful Command Influence

Anybody from the old Haditha group remember a 2-Star being the "let's talk" buddy for any of those Marines, helping them to get the 'facts' out completely so 'justice' would be served?

19 posted on 08/07/2014 5:44:34 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins; driftdiver; Girlene; jazusamo; P-Marlowe; smoothsailing; 4woodenboats
Seeing a 2-Star conducting an interview of a private is amazing....Unlawful Command Influence

Who wants to bet that there isn't a third star being dangled in front of him next to a pink slip? He's going to get one or the other depending on the results of his "investigation" and he knows it.

The corruption in this administration has reached well into the military and all aspects of our government. And as long as Obama's skin doesn't turn pale, it will continue to rot the very fabric of our nation.

20 posted on 08/07/2014 6:01:53 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: xzins

I didn’t serve, so some of this escapes me. For the uninitiated, I’m guessing a 2-star is way higher than should be doing this interrogation? Also guessing the politics at that rank far outweighs being an actual soldier?


21 posted on 08/07/2014 6:02:10 AM PDT by TheZMan (Buy more ammo.)
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To: xzins

I’m surprised his lawyer, Fidell, would allow him to talk unless he believed that Bergdahl’s punishment would be “administrative or non-judicial”.


22 posted on 08/07/2014 6:18:27 AM PDT by Girlene (Hey NSA!)
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To: 353FMG

“And what is even more important — how did the general respond?”

that is the question of the day, one that will likely remained unanswered to our satisfaction....


23 posted on 08/07/2014 6:21:56 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill ...)
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To: Second Amendment First

Facts hah. More like bs. And a general questioning him? Isn’t it usually OSI or someone?


24 posted on 08/07/2014 6:32:12 AM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: Lurker

They have fired all the captains. Or at least 550 of them.


25 posted on 08/07/2014 7:56:15 AM 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: xzins; driftdiver; Girlene; P-Marlowe; smoothsailing; 4woodenboats

Agreed on this reeking of UCI.

I was under the impression that desertion in time of war is a crime, therefore I’d think that CID would be running the investigation.

I can see a two star chairing a panel to review the outcome of the investigation to bring charges but this seems like their minds are made up because of The Won’s fiasco.

The NCIS grilled the Haditha Marines and some of it was done illegally IIRC.


26 posted on 08/07/2014 9:14:15 AM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo; xzins; P-Marlowe; Second Amendment First

Thanks for the pings y’all.
Thanks for the post 2AF.
..........

“Are you listening, Capitol Hill and America? The Bowe Bergdahl mess isn’t just a story about one deserter, but two. There’s the muddle-headed lowlife who left his post and brothers behind. And there’s the corrupt commander-in-chief who has jeopardized more American soldiers’ lives to “rescue” Bergdahl by bowing to the Taliban, while snubbing the surviving heroes and at least 8 dead American soldiers who lost their lives because of him.”

http://michellemalkin.com/2014/06/03/exclusive-the-story-you-havent-yet-heard-about-bowe-bergdahls-desertion/

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/07/20/questions-about-the-reported-abduction-of-pfc-bowe-bergdahl/


27 posted on 08/07/2014 9:43:44 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Michelle Malkin has it exactly right!


28 posted on 08/07/2014 10:02:26 AM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Second Amendment First

Article 15 investigation conducted by a General? Lol. The perfumed princes have the fix in here.


29 posted on 08/07/2014 10:07:47 AM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: TheZMan

Company Commanders or the XO’s do the Article 15 stuff. At least they did when I had my hearing for a little disagreement with an MP.


30 posted on 08/07/2014 10:10:56 AM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: jwalsh07
Article 15 investigation conducted by a General?

There is a video on YouTube about the Navy's Littoral class ships. I was shocked to see the Captian and XO doing cleanup on the ship, just being one of the buddies/butties, what cr@p.
National Geographic Inside 21st Century Warship

31 posted on 08/07/2014 11:54:36 AM PDT by itsahoot (Voting for a Progressive RINO is the same as voting for any other Tyrant.)
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To: MeshugeMikey
"One wonders if there was any video made...during the “inspection” “hearing”...or whatever they are calling it."

----------------------------------------------->

Waterboarding would be a thought.

IMVHO.

32 posted on 08/07/2014 12:14:11 PM PDT by hummingbird (Mark Levin and Article 5. Period. 26 IS THE NEW 18. US = Koyaanisqatsi.)
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To: TheZMan

Generals don’t get to be generals without being politically astute.


33 posted on 08/07/2014 12:25:32 PM PDT by meatloaf
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To: itsahoot

My brother will get a kick out of that. Did 5.5 years sea duty on the Ike. But he liked his Captain a lot and that’s saying something real good about the Captain knowing my brother of 60 years.


34 posted on 08/07/2014 12:27:04 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: jwalsh07

How many days half pay did you get? They frown on you bending MPs too badly :)

But yep - this is the sort of petty stuff that should be handled at CO level, at least for the prelim investigation.

There is an alternate possibility. They’ve whacked some heavy brass into the investigation because they give full credence to his squad mate’s testimonies. I know, expecting the brass to react rationally is a stretch, but it is possible, especially since Bergdahl’s CO and his XO are both retired.

Just a thought. I think he’s going to go for the “I just snapped” defense. Pick any vet on here completely at random and they’ll have at least one story of someone who cracked under pressure. Devilishly hard to disprove, too.


35 posted on 08/07/2014 4:00:30 PM PDT by EC1
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To: hummingbird

given the vast number of substantiated claims that this ouke deserted.....waterboarding might in fact be in order

oh how cruel


36 posted on 08/07/2014 5:07:02 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill ...)
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To: P-Marlowe; driftdiver; Girlene; jazusamo; Jim Robinson; smoothsailing; 4woodenboats
Since we've had little to cheer about with our generals lately, did you see what Gen Amos, the HEAD Marine said a few weeks ago? It didn't get much coverage. He's more likely to see a firing squad than Bergdahl.

Top Marine Speaks Out About Obama Losing the Iraq War: ‘It Breaks Our Hearts’

37 posted on 08/07/2014 5:46:51 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: driftdiver
Don't accidents happen in the Army?
38 posted on 08/07/2014 5:51:56 PM PDT by Chgogal (Obama "hung the SEALs out to dry, basically exposed them like a set of dog balls..." CMH)
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To: MinuteGal

Sad thing is, he will likely be given a general discharge at the worse, possibly even given an “honorable” discharge at best.

At the very least Leavenworth should be in his future and a bad conduct discharge (no VA benefits).


39 posted on 08/08/2014 6:45:41 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: xzins; driftdiver; Girlene; jazusamo; P-Marlowe; smoothsailing; 4woodenboats
You Right Wing Fanatics!

Youse all lack a sense of history
The Bergdahl Affair is as if General Benedict Arnold came back and told George Washington, "It was all a dreadful misunderstanding."

This will be sold to the Wal-Mart shoppers as

"The Stockholm Syndrome
On Steroids"

O BTW, Bergdahl deserted. It is obvious he prepared his exit quite carefully. Equally obvious: man is now, was then, and will always be a nut case. A solution to please everyone: 5 years in a military hospital for the insane.

40 posted on 08/08/2014 10:08:45 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (Program. Plan. Leader. Winner.)
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To: Kenny Bunk

The military knows that Obama does not want to be made to look stupid. His Rose Garden appearance with the Bergdahls and his comments have signaled what he thinks. This UCI is from the top, and the system knows this must keep Obama in the best light. Even though this is a clear case of desertion, it will be in Obama’s interest for it to be found as something lesser. We’ll see what happens.

What’s lacking in this picture is a military prosecutor, a criminal investigation, and a grand jury (Article 32) hearing. Instead we have a 15-6, and from it all of this could be swept away by a command decision to pursue non-judicial punishment.


41 posted on 08/09/2014 3:40:44 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: Kenny Bunk; xzins

You’re both right.

At the very least he should spend the rest of his life in Leavenworth but due to 0bama’s “look at me” how I got this POW back fiasco he’ll not spend a day in detention in my view.


42 posted on 08/09/2014 8:34:41 AM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo; xzins
I am in absolute awe of the PR expertise shown by Baraq's handler's this week.

He is playing the crowd, working the room, making good use of Bergdahl, who, albeit a real POS, is an Obama kind'o'guy!

And the last couple of days he's noticed that Christians are being crucified, and beheaded by ISIS, so he sent the Navy to drop two (That's 2) 500 pound bombs on them and sent 8000 MREs (For 40 thousand people) ... and the Left is singing paeans of praise to their humanitarian saint ... just frickin' brilliant. Why he even is thinking of coming back from the Vineyard for a day or two. That's how you are supposed to know he's concerned.

43 posted on 08/09/2014 11:25:52 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (Program. Plan. Leader. Winner.)
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