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  • Bergdahl: Taliban asked me if Obama is gay

    12/26/2015 7:06:24 PM PST · by digger48 · 43 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 24, 2015 | Beckie Strum
    Bowe Bergdahl compared his first year in Taliban captivity — starved, stinking and chained to a bed — to being tossed in a closet and forgotten. “Picture someone taking a bag, throwing it into the closet, shutting the door and just forgetting about it. That was basically how they treated me,” he said. (snip) Although watching over Bergdahl was a high honor, the guards were often bored and would pass the time by making videos of him, interrogating him with ridiculous questions or shaving his beard into shapes they found amusing, he said. “They ask you, is Obama gay and...
  • Did US Ally Qatar Free Imprisoned Americans in Exchange for Al Qaeda Terrorist?

    01/29/2015 8:05:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 01/29/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Problematic, in a very big way even if the offer was made.Qatar’s ties to Al Qaeda and ISIS aren’t news. They’ve effectively served as intermediaries in everything from ransom exchanges for hostages to Taliban negotiations. But actually trying to secure terrorist swaps for prisoners on their own behalf would have been a new frontier. Before he was released from a U.S. maximum-security prison last week, a confessed al Qaeda sleeper agent was offered up in a potential prisoner swap that would have freed two Americans held abroad.According to two individuals with direct knowledge of the case, the proposition was...
  • Bowe Bergdahls defense team says Donald Trumps traitor charge taints case

    05/24/2016 3:03:10 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 24, 2016 | Rowan Scarborough
    <p>The Army on Tuesday provided a behind the scenes look at the prosecution of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, releasing pages of internal court communications that show the defense believes it is hamstrung in responding to Donald Trumps charge that their client is a traitor.</p>
  • Exclusive: Former Bergdahl platoon mates endorse Trump (video)

    05/18/2016 7:48:22 AM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 4 replies
    FoxNews ^ | May 16, 2016 | Hannity interview
    Bergdahl's platoon mates Cody Full and Evan Buetow explain their decision to back Trump on 'Hannity'.
  • Army goes all-in on Bowe Bergdahls defense, assigns four military lawyers

    05/17/2016 4:40:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 43 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 5/17/16 | Rowan Scarborough
    Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has no less than four military defense lawyers, plus his civilian lawyer, to try to beat the Army charge of desertion on the battlefield in Afghanistan. U.S. Army Forces Command at Fort Bragg, which will conduct Sgt. Bergdahls court martial, announced Tuesday that the military had concluded a brief pretrial hearing that morning and scheduled future hearings. Listed as the sergeants judge advocates were Lt. Col. Franklin D. Rosenblatt, Maj. Jason Thomas, Maj. Oren Gleich and Capt. Nina Banks. Asked whether he requested a large defense team, Sgt. Bergdahls lead civilian counsel, Eugene Fidell, said in an...
  • Bergdahl court-martial delayed seven months

    05/17/2016 11:04:58 AM PDT · by Nachum · 44 replies
    Wahington Examiner ^ | 5/17/16 | David Wilkes
    The U.S. Army announced Tuesday that accused deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's court-martial is delayed until Feb. 6, 2017. This seven-month delay comes as the respective legal counsels filed their motions Tuesday morning at Fort Bragg, N.C. His court-martial had been scheduled for Aug. 8. Army Judge Col. Jeffery Nance presided over the 35-minute hearing, discussing dates and specific legal motions with attorneys. Charges against Bergdahl include desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Stars and Stripes reported the delay gives attorneys time to pore through classified documents that may contain evidence.

    05/17/2016 8:58:33 AM PDT · by PROCON · 48 replies
    AP ^ | May 17, 2016 | EMERY P. DALESIO
    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) -- Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who walked off his combat outpost in Afghanistan and spent five years in captivity, will be court-martialed under a new commander-in-chief. A military judge decided Tuesday to delay Bergdahl's trial from August until February to provide time for resolving disputes over the defense team's access to classified documents.
  • "Serial" podcast raises questions about soldiers dying looking for Bergdahl

    04/02/2016 8:19:39 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 7 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | Saturday, April 2, 2016 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    The investigative storytellers have released the final of season II podcast revising history of the Bergdahl ordeal. It began on June 30, 2009 when Bergdahl walked off Observation Post Mest after midnight. He left his post in an attempt to report how lousy his unit leadership was to Forward Operating Base Sharana some 20 miles away. He didnt get too far before being captured by the Taliban. He was kept as a hostage by the Haqqani group in Pakistan. As he walked away from his base, Bergdahl left his gear, weapon and a note renouncing American citizenship. "Serial" finished its...
  • Bowe Bergdahls lame Trump gambit prompts more profound questions

    03/13/2016 3:01:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The New York Post ^ | March 10, 2016 | Bob McManus
    Lawyers for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the most famous US Army deserter since Sgt. Eddie Slovik went before a firing squad in January 1945, are having a sad about Donald Trump. Trump says Taliban turncoat Bergdahl, now awaiting a general court-martial after walking away from an Afghanistan outpost in 2009, should face a firing squad of his own. The lawyers say Trump's polluting the jury pool for Bergdahl's court-martial, and they want to talk to the GOP presidential front-runner about it. Both are blowing hard. Trump, for votes: Surely he knows the Army doesn't execute military deserters -- Slovik being the...
  • Long After Bergdahl's Release, His Hometown Is Still Under Siege

    02/18/2016 7:08:40 AM PST · by MarvinStinson · 49 replies
    NY Times ^ | 2/17/2016 | Matthew Rosenberg
    HAILEY, Idaho -- It was the third text message from the unfamiliar number -- the one that made direct reference to Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl -- that frightened Sherry Horton. It was written in nearly unintelligible gibberish, but its tone was unmistakably menacing. Ms. Horton had reason to be fearful: Hailey is the hometown of the American soldier who was vilified as a deserter and possibly even a traitor days after his release from Taliban captivity in May 2014 in a prisoner swap. Here in Hailey, death threats soon followed -- hundreds of calls to the Chamber of Commerce and to...
  • Bowe Bergdahl court martial delayed pending appeals court ruling

    02/09/2016 5:04:59 PM PST · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 9, 2016 | Victor Morton
    A dispute over classified information has put on hold the court-martial of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl on charges of desertion and cowardice. Col. Jeffrey Nance, the judge in the case, issued a stay in the proceedings while an appeals court rules on what classified information the Bergdahl defense team can receive from the prosecution. The military requested the delay, claiming an "abundance of caution" because some of the information sought hadn't been cleared with federal classification authorities.
  • Why Donald Trump Could Be Subpoenaed to Testify in Bowe Bergdahl Trial

    01/22/2016 9:39:04 AM PST · by GizzyGirl · 34 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 1/22/16 | Kathryn Blackhurst
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump may be called upon to testify in U.S. Army Sgt. Robert Bowdrie “Bowe” Bergdahl’s summer trial because Bergdahl’s lawyers are concerned that Trump’s inflammatory comments regarding the court-martial may have damaged Bergdahl’s chances for a “fair” and “impartial” trial.
  • Poll: Majority Thinks U.S. Should Negotiate with Terrorists (YouGov)

    01/10/2016 1:07:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    MRC TV ^ | January 4, 2016 10:11am ET | Ashley Rae Goldenberg
    A recent poll shows a slight majority of Americans believe the government should negotiate with terrorists. A YouGov poll conducted from Dec. 10-14 asked 1,000 American adults, "If a U.S. soldier is captured by a terrorist group, do you think the United States should or should not negotiate with that group for the release of the soldier?" In response, 52 percent of Americans responded the government "should" negotiate with terrorists for the release of an American soldier while 24 percent responded the government "should not" negotiate with terrorists. ...
  • Obama will spare Bergdahl his just deserts

    01/01/2016 6:52:17 AM PST · by luke1825 · 35 replies
    Lowell Sun ^ | 1/1 | Peter Lucas
    Here is a 2016 New Year's Day prediction. President Barack Obama will pardon U.S. Army deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Bergdahl is the soldier Obama got out of Taliban captivity last year by swapping five hardcore, Gitmo-detained Islamic terrorist leaders for his release. A presidential pardon means that Bergdahl, who abandoned his post in Afghanistan in 2009 to walk into the arms of the Taliban, would not stand trial in a general court martial for desertion in the face of the enemy.
  • SEAL: How a Failed Mission to Rescue Bergdahl Caused Irreparable Loss

    12/28/2015 5:56:10 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 54 replies ^ | December 24, 2015 | Dianna Cahn
    The juxtaposition of two American military men who could stand in the same courtroom in the coming months couldn't be set in more stark relief. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl faces a general court-martial for walking off of his base in eastern Afghanistan in 2009. Bergdahl spent five years in Taliban captivity, where he was tormented, before being freed in a controversial prisoner exchange last year. Jimmy Hatch, a Navy SEAL senior chief who led a platoon into a fierce battle to try to rescue Bergdahl, was shot and badly wounded on that mission. Beside him, service dog Remco lay mortally wounded,...
  • Bergdahl: Taliban asked me if Obama is gay (if it quacks like a duck...)

    12/25/2015 8:23:12 AM PST · by akalinin · 45 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 24, 2015 | Beckie Strum
    Although watching over Bergdahl was a high honor, the guards were often bored and would pass the time by making videos of him, interrogating him with ridiculous questions or shaving his beard into shapes they found amusing, he said. “They ask you, is Obama gay and sleeps with men?” he recalled. His young guards were also curious about where US military bases got their prostitutes, alcohol and drugs, and were obsessed with American soft drinks, he added.
  • Media Down Playing Bergdahl Punishment

    12/23/2015 10:29:36 AM PST · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 23, 2015 | Russ Vaughn
    Since an Army general has finally demonstrated the backbone, rarely seen nowadays among his peers, to defy the White House and proceed with the prosecution of Pvt. Bowe Bergdahl for desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, the liberal media is doing its very best to downplay the possible seriousness of the charges. Even conservative venues are repeating the deceit that the desertion charge carries a maximum penalty of five years confinement while the lesser known second charge can result in a life sentence at maximum. I hate to disappoint all the liberal Democrats and their media mouthpieces whose war heroes...
  • Bowe Bergdahl arraigned in court martial at North Carolina Army base

    12/22/2015 1:21:10 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 18 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | December 22, 2015 | Jonathan Drew
    Bowe Bergdahl arraigned in court martial at North Carolina Army base FORT BRAGG, N.C. – Wearing a dress blue uniform, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl faced a military judge Tuesday for the first time since the U.S. Army decided to proceed with a military trial that could result in a life sentence for his disappearance in Afghanistan in 2009. Bergdahl, who was held by the Taliban for five years after he walked off a base, was arraigned during a short hearing on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, a relatively rare charge that carries the severe punishment. If convicted of...
  • Bowe Bergdahl Arraigned On Desertion Charges At NC Army Base

    12/22/2015 11:05:45 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Talking Point Memo News ^ | December 22, 2015 | Jonathan Drew
    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who disappeared in Afghanistan in 2009 and was held by the Taliban for five years, appeared Tuesday before a military judge on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Bergdahl was arraigned during a short hearing and deferred entering a plea and did not decide whether he wants to face a court-martial with a jury or one with just a judge. He said little beyond answering "yes" and "no" to questions about whether he understood his rights and the court proceedings. He wore an Army dress uniform with a...
  • Bowe Bergdahl to be Court-Martialed

    12/19/2015 8:19:59 AM PST · by darkwing104 · 17 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | December 19, 2015 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    Commanding General of Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) Gen. Robert B. Abrams this week ordered the court-martial of Bowe Bergdahl. He will be tried on the charges of desertion and endangering troop by leaving his post in 2009. His action lead to a massive manhunt in a dangerous area of Afghanistan that resulted in the death of American troops. Bergdahl was held captive for 5 years by the Taliban. General Abrams’ decision contradicts the Article 32, pretrial hearing officer’s recommendation that Bergdahl should not face a general Court-Martial and should not serve jail time or a punitive discharge. General Abrams is...
  • Bowe Bergdahl, an ethical dilemma for America

    12/17/2015 3:19:48 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 78 replies
    CNN ^ | December 15, 2015 | Frida Ghitis
    In the "Serial" podcast, Bergdahl speaks to Boal, the producer and writer of the war films "The Hurt Locker" and "Zero Dark Thirty," and explains that when he left his post he had planned to get word to superiors off-base to raise the alert about leadership failures in his unit. In his "Serial" telling, he said he wanted to trigger a search, a so-called DUSTWUN search ("duty status whereabouts unknown") that would bring his unit to the attention of higher-ups. Revealing the stunning immaturity that motivated his disastrous scheme, he said he had thoughts of emulating a fictional spy-hero from...
  • Flashback: "He served with honor and distinction"

    12/17/2015 12:28:05 PM PST · by Starman417 · 5 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-17-15 | DrJohn
    Bowe Bergdahl is going to face charges of desertion. WASHINGTON (AP) - Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban for five years and freed in exchange for five detainees in Guantanamo Bay, will face charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy in a general court-martial, the Army announced on Monday. If convicted, Bergdahl could get life in prison on the misbehavior charge and up to five years for desertion. He also could be dishonorably discharged, reduced in rank and made to forfeit all pay. Bergdahl, 29, of Hailey, Idaho, walked off his post in eastern...
  • Bergdahl Court Martial also Indicts Obama

    12/17/2015 6:35:53 AM PST · by PROCON · 53 replies
    americanthinker ^ | Dec. 17, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    The decision to refer the case of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl to a general court martial on charges of desertion by Gen. Robert B. Abrams, the head of Army Forces Command at Ft. Bragg, N.C., shows there remains at least one general not cowed by President Obama's purge of command officers deemed insufficiently subservient to his policies of appeasement and unilateral disarmament. As Breitbart reported: Bergdahl, who was kidnapped by the Taliban following his abandonment of a forward operating base in Afghanistan, was charged this year with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. If charged with the latter, he could potentially...
  • Lindsey Graham Warns Ted Cruz Not to Cross Princess Buttercup

    12/16/2015 10:44:28 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Vanity Fair | December 15, 2015 | Mike Hogan
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  • Bowe Bergdahl Behaves Before the Enemy

    12/16/2015 10:08:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 46 replies ^ | December 16, 2015 | Austin Bay
    U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will stand trial on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. U.S. Army Gen. Robert Abrams' decision to try Bergdahl on these serious charges has raised a media firestorm. That is understandable for two reasons. Military law is not just a disciplinary constraint but also a tool in preparing for combat and, once the fight begins, defeating the enemy. Many loudmouths who have never served in the military fail to grasp this fact. I'll expand on this in a moment. The other reason is President Barack Obama's politicization of Bergdahl's release. Let's deal with...
  • Bowe Bergdahl to Face General Court Martial

    12/14/2015 11:32:59 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 127 replies
    ABC ^ | Dec 14, 2015, 2:10 PM ET | Luis Martinez
    "The U.S. Army Forces Command's Commanding General referred two charges today, Dec. 14, in the case of United States vs. Sgt. Robert B. Bergdahl to a General Court-Martial," the Army said in a statement. "The two specific charges referred under the U.S. Armed Forces' Uniform Code of Military Justice are: (1) Article 85: 'Desertion with Intent to Shirk Important or Hazardous Duty;' and (2) Article 99: 'Misbehavior before the Enemy by Endangering the Safety of a Command, Unit or Place,'" the statement added.
  • Two charges against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have been referred for trial

    12/14/2015 11:34:32 AM PST · by rdl6989 · 36 replies ^ | December 14, 2015
    Just a banner on right now. Full title: Two charges against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have been referred for trial by a general court-martial, according to a statement from the U.S. Army.
  • In new ‘Serial’ podcast, Bowe Bergdahl says he likened himself to Jason Bourne before capture

    12/14/2015 12:29:50 AM PST · by perfect stranger · 8 replies
    Wash Post ^ | December 10 | Dan Lamothe
    After slipping away alone from his tiny base in Afghanistan under cover of darkness in 2009, Army Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl had a sinking thought: His plan to draw attention to himself by spawning a massive manhunt was going to lead to a “hurricane of wrath” from his commanders. Bergdahl decided then to deviate from his plan to head straight from his platoon’s base, Observation Post Mest, to the larger headquarters 20 miles away, Forward Operating Base Sharana, he said on an episode of the podcast “Serial” published Thursday. It marked his first media interview since he was released in May...
  • Where Are They Now? The Fate of Bowe Bergdahls Taliban Five

    03/26/2015 7:00:17 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 11 replies ^ | 03/26/2015 | John Hayward
    At least three of five Taliban fighters swapped for the freedom of Bowe Bergdahl, a Taliban captive now being charged with desertion, are reportedly actively making efforts to join the terrorist cause once again. Catherine Herridge of Fox News decided to check up on them after news of Bergdahls desertion charges broke. It turns out that according to an unnamed government source, at least three of the Taliban 5have tried to plug back into their old terror networks.
  • Bowe Bergdahl’s desertion story is beyond disgraceful

    12/13/2015 5:44:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | December 11, 2015 | Jim Mitchell
    The last time I heard something as far-fetched as U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s rationale for leaving his post was O.J. Simpson’s vow to search for his ex-wife’s killer…on the golf course. I don’t know whether to laugh, cry or be angry. Bergdahl is one troubled young man. Listen to this podcast. I think you will agree. His reason for leaving his post and endangering the lives of soldiers searching for him is remarkably juvenile. He wanted to expose leadership failures, and test whether he could pull off a Jason Bourne adventure, he says. He wanted to draw attention, like...
  • Hillary Clinton misled Congress on Bowe Bergdahl swap

    12/13/2015 4:30:13 PM PST · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 13, 2015 | Rowan Scarborough
    When Republican members of Congress learned in November 2011 that the Obama administration was contemplating a swap -- Taliban terrorists for captured ArmySgt. Bowe Bergdahl -- they wrote to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of their fears. Mrs. Clinton wrote back that they had nothing to worry about. The White House would follow the law requiring a 30-day heads-up. "I want to make clear that any transfer from Guantanamo will be undertaken after consultation with Congress and pursuant to all legal requirements for transfers, including those spelled out in the FY2012 [National] Defense Authorization Act," she said of the law...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Bergdahl photos challenge claim for abandoning post

    12/11/2015 11:40:35 AM PST · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 11, 2015 | Catherine Herridge
    Fox video at link. New photos obtained by Fox News challenge Bowe Bergdahl's claim that he abandoned his post in 2009 to draw attention to leadership problems in the Army, according to a former platoon mate who served with the Idaho native in Afghanistan. "That whole story that he walked away to tell on us doesn't make any sense. He was relaxed and there was nothing about leadership problems," former Army Pvt. Joseph Coe said, adding that Bergdahl gave him the photos five days before he walked away from their outpost on June 30, 2009. "Bergdahl was a good friend...
  • Bowe Bergdahl Prisoner Swap Was Illegal, Says Government Accountability Office

    12/11/2015 11:00:31 AM PST · by Baynative · 23 replies
    IBTimesUK ^ | 08/21/14 | Christopher Harrass
    The Pentagon broke the law when it swapped five Taliban leaders for Bowe Bergdahl earlier this year, an independent government watchdog agency said on Thursday. ~snip~ The swap cost the White House $988,400, none of which was intended to pay for the prisoner trade. The costs covered Bergdahl’s pick up in Afghanistan and the transfer of five Taliban leaders from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to Qatar, where they will stay for the remainder of the year.
  • Report: President Obama broke the law, misled Congress and the American people, Bergdahl swap

    12/11/2015 8:05:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/11/2015 | Rick Moran
    The House Armed Services Committee has released a scathing report on the exchange of five Taliban commanders for Bowe Bergdhal and concluded that the president failed to give Congress the statutorilyrequired 30 days notice of the deal, and actively sought to hide negotiations from Congress and the American people. The Hill: The report said the administration broke a law requiring it to give members of Congress 30 days' advance notice of any detainee transfers from theGuantnamoBay detention facility, where senior Talibanleaders were held. It also found that it misled reporters and lawmakers about a potential prisoner exchange. Congress was...
  • House Armed Services Committee: Obama Violated Federal Law with Bergdahl Exchange

    12/10/2015 5:43:37 PM PST · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    PJ Media ^ | December 10, 2015 | Stephen Kruiser
    The Obama administration hits just keep on coming... A House Armed Services Committee report set to be released Thursday accuses the Obama administration of misleading Congress and violating federal law during a controversial prisoner exchange. The report compiled by the GOP majority charges that the administration did so when it bypassed Congress in negotiating the exchange of five Taliban prisoners for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was being held in Afghanistan. They suggested that the White House had put politics and expediency ahead of proper procedure in making the deal. This is the same administration that put politics and...
  • GOP report: Administration misled Congress on Bergdahl swap

    12/10/2015 1:00:55 PM PST · by detective · 15 replies
    MSN News ^ | December 10, 2015 | DEB RIECHMANN
    House Republicans are claiming in a new report that the Obama administration misled Congress about the effort to release five Taliban detainees at Guantanamo Bay for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive by the militant group for nearly five years.
  • 'Serial' Season 2 Debuts With Bowe Bergdahl Telling 'Desertion' Story

    12/10/2015 10:33:35 AM PST · by wideawake · 14 replies
    NBC News ^ | 12/10/2015 | ERIK ORTIZ and JIM MIKLASZEWSKI
    The popular podcast "Serial" launched its second season Thursday, shining a spotlight on the mysterious disappearance of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl — and allowing him to be heard publicly for the first time since he was freed by the Taliban in May 2014. Bergdahl's dramatic rescue in eastern Afghanistan came nearly five years after he deserted his post and was captured, military officials said. Getting him back was part of a complex exchange that involved five Taliban prisoners who were being held at Guantanamo Bay — a move that drew sharp criticism from GOP lawmakers.
  • No News is Bad News in the Bergdahl Case

    11/24/2015 12:04:18 PM PST · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 24, 2015 | Jonathan F. Keiler
    Perhaps the most obvious sign that the Bowe Bergdahl desertion case has been irrevocably corrupted by President Obama's improper (and illegal) command influence is the unexplained and inordinate delays in processing and completing the case. As I explained here, military justice generally differs from the civilian model in its alacrity, because the military's mission requires that criminal cases be handled honestly but swiftly, lest good order and discipline disappear. This is especially true in the case of pure military offenses, like those against Bergdahl It has been over a month since Bergdahl's attorneys leaked the results of the Article 32...
  • Aaron Allmon verdict deals blow to military’s high-profile attack on sex-related offenses

    11/15/2015 6:37:37 PM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 15, 2015 | Valerie Richardson
    MINOT Air Force Base, North Dakota -- As Air Force missions go, the prosecution of Tech. Sgt. Aaron D. Allmon II on explosive sexual-harassment charges ran into turbulence and wound up in a nosedive. Despite facing up to 130 years in prison in the early stages of the case, Sgt. Allmon was sentenced Saturday to just 30 days behind bars after a judge found him not guilty of the most devastating charges against him, including assault consummated by a battery and threats against co-workers. Judge Tiffany Wagner did find him guilty of maltreatment of two female service members and...
  • Bergdahl Show Trial: Record Shows a Cover-Up in the Works

    10/14/2015 8:18:13 AM PDT · by xzins · 23 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | Oct 14, 2015 | Betsy McCaughey
    After a preliminary hearing, Army officials are recommending Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl get off without jail time or a punitive discharge for walking off his Afghanistan military base in 2009. He could even get back pay and lifetime disability payments. The recommendation leaked out Sunday, infuriating some of Bergdahls former platoon-mates. Instead of examining Bergdahls crimes, the hearing whitewashed them. Why the cover-up? To make President Obama look good. Last year, Obama was criticized for swapping a dream team of five top Taliban warriors from Guantanamo for a deserter who had fallen into enemy hands. Reinventing Bergdahl as a hero makes...
  • No jail for Bergdahl upsets platoon members

    10/12/2015 8:03:42 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 42 replies
    GOP USA/AP ^ | 10/12/2015 | AP Staff
    HOUSTON (AP) A former member of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's platoon said Sunday he's angered by an Army officer's recommendation that Bergdahl face a lower-level court martial and be spared the possibility of jail time for leaving his post in Afghanistan. Josh Korder, an ex-U.S. Army sergeant, said Bergdahl should face life imprisonment because he holds him responsible for several deaths that occurred after Bergdahl abandoned his post in 2009, leaving his platoon in Blackfoot Company. "Was it during the search for Bergdahl that we lost men in Blackfoot company? No. But was it as a result of that search...
  • General took desertion investigation to Lewis-McChord for better look at Bergdahl

    10/11/2015 6:27:43 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 22 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | October 11, 2015 | Adam Ashton
    Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl could have had a desk waiting for him in the Pentagon in the summer of 2014 when the Army asked him to figure out why Bowe Bergdahl deserted his combat outpost in Afghanistan. Dahl passed on the offer. He thought he had a better chance of finding the truth by taking his work back to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, where he was the deputy commanding general of its I Corps headquarters. That decision was the first step in a two-month investigation at JBLM during which he interviewed 57 people and pulled together a team of 22 soldiers...
  • MUST SEE: U.S. Marine SLAMS Obama by Standing by the Road with THIS Sign

    10/10/2015 5:59:28 PM PDT · by · 18 replies
    The case of Bowe Bergdahl is a tragic and shameful one. The Obama White House claimed he served with honor and distinction but the Army just charged him with desertion. He deserves a serious sentence If not the death penalty, he should be behind bars forever. Why? Because a handful of our troops DIED trying to locate him. Bergdahl also apparently was too willing to assist the enemy, giving up critical troop locations and sharing other information. And our Campaigner-in-Chief Barack Obama violated the constitution and illegally traded him for five high-profile terrorists, most of whom have returned to the...
  • Bergdahl Whitewash: Deserter to Get Little or No Jail Time

    10/10/2015 6:28:44 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    PJ Media ^ | October 10, 2015 | Rick Moran
    <p>The attorney defending Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl says that the officer who presided over his Article 32 hearing last month is going to recommend that he face a lower-level court martial, thus sparing him a long prison sentence.</p> <p>An Army officer is recommending that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl face a lower-level court martial and be spared the possibility of jail time for leaving his post in Afghanistan, his lawyer said Saturday.</p>
  • Attorney: Army officer recommends no jail time for Bowe Bergdahl

    10/10/2015 5:51:39 PM PDT · by PAR35 · 47 replies
    AP via Dallas News ^ | 10 October 2015 | --
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) An Army officer is recommending that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl face a lower-level court martial and be spared the possibility of jail time for leaving his post in Afghanistan, his lawyer said Saturday. Defense attorney Eugene Fidell said Lt. Col. Mark Visger has decided Bergdahls case should go to a military system similar to civilian courts that handle misdemeanor charges. It limits the maximum punishment to reduction of rank, a bad conduct discharge and a short jail term, though that isnt being sought, Fidell said. ... Paul Boyce, a spokesman for the U.S. Armys Force Command, released...
  • U.S. colonel: Tapes show Bergdahl joined Taliban

    10/10/2015 1:41:51 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | September 22, 2015 | Bob Unruh
    A retired military colonel, now a Fox News analyst, has dropped a bombshell in the case of Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. Army sergeant held for five years by the Taliban who is charged with desertion and misbehaving before the enemy. Retired Col. David Hunt says Bergdahl actually joined the Taliban, and recordings prove it. Further, he notes the U.S. government has failed to make use of that evidence in the case against Bergdahl, who was returned to the U.S. in a stunning trade for five top terrorists held at Guantanamo. Appearing on Bill OReillys Fox News show, Hunt said the...
  • Donald Trump and the F-Word: An unsettling symbiosis between man and mob

    10/09/2015 12:58:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Washington Spectator - A Project of the Public Concern Foundation ^ | September 30, 2015 | Rick Perlstein, National correspondent
    Donald Trump is not a fascistprobably. His ex-wife Ivana once claimed he kept a volume of Hitlers collected speeches in a cabinet by his bed, and read from time to time the fuhrers vision of human life as a pitiless war of all against all. If I had these speeches, and I am not saying that I do, I would never read them, he told Vanity Fair in 1990. But consider something the architect of Trump Tower, Der Scutt, once said on how to evaluate the truth value of Donald Trump claims: divide by two, then divide by four, and...
  • Washington Post Comes to Bowe Bergdahls Defense

    09/24/2015 3:17:54 PM PDT · by detective · 13 replies
    AIM ^ | September 24, 2015 | Roger Aronoff
    The U.S. military threw the book [1] at Bowe Bergdahl, charging him with misbehavior before the enemy [2], which could result in life imprisonment. Yet the mainstream media have clearly chosen sides before the case is decided. Members of the media have once again elected to skew their coverage of the Bergdahl case in order to place the Obama administration in a favorable light. The swap of Bergdahl for the Taliban Five was met with considerable controversy. This was a bad deal, all around, we commented [3] last year. The administration tried offering the release of one terrorist detainee at...
  • Obama Admin Had Tapes of Bergdahl Deserting to Taliban - Ignored Them at Trial

    09/24/2015 11:32:31 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 24 replies ^ | 9/21/15 | jim hoft
    Obama Admin Had Tapes of Bergdahl Deserting to Taliban - Ignored Them at Trial Retired General David Hunt told Bill O'Reilly tonight the Obama administration has tapes that prove Bowe Bergdahl deserted to the Taliban. The Obama administration did not use the tapes in the trial of Bergdahl.
  • Who's Really Guilty in the Bergdahl Case?

    09/23/2015 9:25:20 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 23, 2015 | Jonathan Keiler
    No matter the actual truth in the Bowe Bergdahl case, one thing is certain -- the Obama administration has made a complete hash of the matter, badly damaged the Army, American credibility, and security, and possibly Bergdahl himself. Bergdahls recent Article 32 hearing, and in particular the testimony of Major General Kenneth Dahl (who served as the investigating officer in the case) offers the public the first coherent account of Bergdahls side, other than the Administrations line that he was captured while serving with distinction and honor. But whether one accepts Dahls evaluation of Bergdahl as a confused, poorly adjusted...