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  • OBAMA CALLS LINDSEY GRAHAM'S 'IMPEACHMENT' BLUFF ON GITMO

    11/21/2014 10:08:52 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 37 replies
    Breitbart ^ | November 21, 2014 | by JOEL B. POLLAK
    On June 4, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) warned that President Barack Obama could face "impeachment" if he continued to release terror detainees from the military prison facility at Guantánamo Bay without Congress's explicit approval. On Thursday, however--the same day that the president announced his unilateral executive amnesty--Obama released five more terror detainees from Guantánamo, including four Al Qaeda fighters. At the time, Graham told The Hill: “It’s going to be impossible for them to flow prisoners out of Gitmo now without a huge backlash....There will be people on our side calling for his impeachment if he did that.” The context...
  • Obama releases Gitmo detainees, setting up fight with GOP

    11/21/2014 9:32:15 AM PST · by don-o · 40 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 14, 2014 | Charles Hoskinson
    President Obama has opened a new front in his hard line against the incoming Republican Congress by releasing more detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, against lawmakers' objections. The Pentagon announced Thursday that four al Qaeda fighters from Yemen, including a senior figure who facilitated travel to Afghanistan for Arab extremists, and a Tunisian extremist would be transferred to Slovakia and Georgia. The transfers leave 143 detainees at Guantanamo, which Obama has vowed to close. Republican lawmakers, who have been pressing the administration to stop releasing detainees amid reports that some former prisoners had joined the Islamic State of Iraq and...
  • Wrongly Convicted By Military Justice System,Amer Soldiers Deserve as Much Att. as GITMO Detainees

    11/17/2014 8:47:37 AM PST · by seekthetruth · 34 replies
    BobMcCarty.Com ^ | November 17, 2014 | Bob McCarty
    So much attention has been paid to the matter of whether or not detainees at Guantanamo Bay should be released and allowed to return to their home countries, but little has been paid to American warfighters wrongly convicted in the military justice system. Wrongly-convicted Americans deserve at least as much attention as GITMO detainees, don’t they? EXAMPLE: Two years ago this week, the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces denied former Army Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart‘s appeal of the wrongful conviction and eight-year prison sentence handed down by a court-martial panel in Germany almost 39...
  • Judge upholds Guantánamo’s treatment of hunger-striker waiting to go

    11/09/2014 6:52:08 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | November 8, 2014 | BY CAROL ROSENBERG
    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, CUBA -- A federal judge has refused to intervene in the forced-feeding of a hunger-striking prisoner awaiting his transfer from the war-on-terror prison, declaring that U.S. military medical staff do not show deliberate indifference to the health and welfare of long-held captive Abu Wa’el Dhiab. “The evidence produced at the hearing regarding pain was very mixed,” Judge Gladys Kessler wrote in her 20-page decision the up-to twice-daily insertion of a feeding tube into the 43-year-old Syrian’s stomach through his nose. “There is evidence in the record, including Mr. Dhiab’s medical chart, that he often tolerates the...
  • Barack Obama Just Released Another Terrorist!

    11/07/2014 9:57:20 AM PST · by drypowder · 10 replies
    Conservitive Daily ^ | Nov. 7, 2014 | Joe Otto
    Fellow Conservative, This is just disgusting. A few days removed from a complete shellacking in the midterm elections, Obama has decided to stick his nose up at the American people and release another dangerous terrorist from the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility. Fawzi al-Odah was one of the longest-held terrorists in GITMO. Instead of keeping him in Guantanamo where we know he can be stopped, the Obama administration released him back to Kuwait. Once home, al-Odah will be forced to spend a year in a Kuwaiti “militant-rehabilitation center,” however after six months he will become eligible for ‘parole,’ specifically more time...
  • Rice fires back on Bergdahl criticism (Hussein's Constitutional responsibilities)

    06/01/2014 3:25:49 PM PDT · by Libloather · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/01/14 | Kevin Cirilli
    U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice pushed back on Sunday against GOP claims that the administration negotiated with terrorists by transferring five Taliban prisoners in Guantanamo Bay to Qatar in exchange for the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl on Saturday. "I wouldn't put it that way," Rice said on CNN's "State of the Union" when asked if the exchange means that U.S. officials can no longer say they don't negotiate with terrorists. "Why didn't you notify Congress?" Crowley asked, referencing the law that requires the president to alert Congress in 30 days before transferring any prisoners from Guantanamo Bay....
  • Report: Bowe Bergdahl’s father was working on raising a $10 million ransom for his son

    06/27/2014 8:36:19 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 3 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 6-27-2014 | Allahpundit
    So there was a ransom in the works. Fox News heard whispers about that soon after Bergdahl was released. So did the Free Beacon, from an intel official who speculated that a criminal syndicate like the Haqqani Network would have been much more interested in cash than prisoners. If you believe BuzzFeed, though, it wasn’t the U.S. government that was considering a ransom, it was Bergdahl’s father. And it’s unclear if it was a pipe dream or something he might have actually pulled off. Also, Bergdahl’s parents reportedly had “extraordinary insider access” to the military’s hunt for their son, replete...
  • Oliver North: I Know a Ransom of $5-6 Million Was Paid to Free Bergdahl

    06/03/2014 4:42:07 PM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 145 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | June 3, 2014 | Staff
    Tuesday on NewsMax TV, former U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Oliver North said U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was not a prisoner of war because he was actually being held "hostage" by the Haqqanis, a terrorist group separate from the Taliban and associated heavily with al Qaeda. North said he knew there was at least a $1 million dollar ransom being demanded for Bergdahl some time ago so he estimated the price paid to release the hostage must be close to $5-6 million now. ...more (w/audio)...
  • Obama Paid Money to Al Qaeda for Bergdahl Release

    11/06/2014 9:10:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 11/6/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Except it didn’t work. In a letter to the Pentagon released Wednesday, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R., Calif.) said a payment was made to an Afghan intermediary early this year to help secure the May 31 release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held for nearly five years by the Haqqani Network in Pakistan, which is classified as a terrorist organization.Pentagon officials have denied paying cash to secure the release of Sgt. Bergdahl, who was captured in Afghanistan in 2009. A senior defense official reiterated that denial when asked about Mr. Hunter’s letter.According to Mr. Hunter, the intermediary took the money...
  • Stockman to Obama: Did you pay terrorists?

    06/05/2014 12:06:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Bay Area Citizen ^ | June 5, 2014 | Rep. Steve Stockman
    WASHINGTON -- Congressman Steve Stockman (R-TX 36) transmitted a letter to President Barack Obama Thursday asking if the Obama administration authorized any payment to the Haqqani Network terrorist group in exchange for U.S. Army Spc. Bowe Bergdahl. The Haqqani Network, which held Bergdahl for five years, funds its terrorist activities in part by ransoming prisoners. The ransom for a uniformed American service member would greatly benefit the group’s terrorist activities. “The Haqqani Network generally does not release Westerners unless they receive a large payment. It would be hard to believe they would release Bergdahl in an exchange that does not...
  • Administration bypassed intel community to pursue Bergdahl trade, shelved ransom plan

    06/04/2014 12:00:48 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 18 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 6/4/14 | Catherine Herridge
    The Obama administration largely bypassed the intelligence community to green-light the risky swap of five Taliban leaders for American Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, officials tell Fox News, as new details emerge about concerns with the deal at the highest levels of President Obama's team.
  • Molsterman Report #6: Obama’s American Taliban Comes Home to Roost

    06/13/2014 4:55:42 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 2 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 6-13-2014 | MOTUS
    NOTE:  This is part of a continuing series of exclusive, clandestine, interviews with my mole known only as “Deep Quote” or “Molsterman,”  (who may or may not also be known as “Little Mo” to the MOTUS community) Molsterman is currently serving under deep cover at NSA. (Presented, as always, with apologies to the Ulsterman Report) I recently sat down again with Molsterman to talk about the controversy surrounding Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s ransom and return .MOTUS: Thanks for stopping by. I understand you have been digging into NSA’s Bowe Bergdahl dossier.Molsterman: Yeah, I’m a mole, that’s what I do: dig.MOTUS:...
  • 5 Indications that Bowe Bergdahl Is a Traitor

    06/07/2014 12:47:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 6, 2014 | Robert Spencer
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) It is well established now that Bowe Bergdahl, the Army sergeant for whom Barack Obama traded five top Taliban jihad commanders to get him out of captivity in Afghanistan, is a deserter. But there are also numerous indications that Bergdahl is something even worse: a traitor to the United States of America. Although the White House continues to ignore the evidence that Bergdahl deserted, every day new revelations make the case increasingly compelling. According to Colonel David Hunt, Bergdahl “called his unit the day after he deserted to tell his unit he deserted.” Nathan Bradley Bethea, a former infantry...
  • Harry Reid knew of Bowe Bergdahl deal before release

    06/03/2014 10:13:55 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 35 replies
    politico.com ^ | 6/3/14 | Burgess Everett
    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. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) declined to comment when asked about White House outreach with regards to Bergdahl. Reid’s remarks underscore a growing divide on...
  • Released AWOL Soldier Bowe Bergdahl Idaho Homecoming Event Lines-Up List of Corporate Sponsors ...

    06/03/2014 7:50:31 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 59 replies
    BringBoweBack2014.com ^ | June 3, 2014 | Bowe Is Back 2014
    The following is a listing of corporate sponsors supporting the homecoming of the self-professed America hating Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl who was traded for five top Taliban terrorists by President Barack Hussein Obama ... From BringBoweBack2014.com website: Sponsors Thank you to all our sponsors. The City of Hailey The Hailey Police Department The Hailey Chamber of Commerce Luke’s pharmacy Wood River Motors Silver Creek Ford Sun Valley Aminal Center Wayne Willich and Friends Brennans Carpet Hailey Auto Exchange Candace Ireland Insurance The Snow Bunny Tim Jeneson Insurance Valley Paint & Floor Mountain Lifestyles Property Services, Inc. Wood River Insurance Copy And...
  • Bowe Bergdahl's Hometown Cancels 'Welcome Home, Bowe' Rally (Hailey, Idaho)

    06/04/2014 3:08:47 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    NBC News ^ | 6/04/14 | Hasani Gittens, John Boxley
    A celebration in Bowe Bergdahl's hometown of Hailey, Idaho, planned for later this month has been cancelled in the wake of a firestorm of controversy over how the Army sergeant wound up as a Taliban captive. **SNIP** Town officials on Tuesday told NBC News that they had been deluged with hateful calls from people who don't think Bergdahl should be celebrated as a hero. In the Wednesday statement, the town said they had received about "100 correspondences" per day on the issue, both positive and negative. Hailey officials say they aren't cancelling because of any threat, but because of the...
  • Foley Family to White House: You Saved Bergdahl. Why Not Our Son?

    10/24/2014 1:37:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 10/24/2014 | Eli Lake
    After the Obama administration bargained for Bowe Bergdahl’s life, the family of ISIS hostage James Foley begged the White House for the same treatment—only to be denied. The parents of James Foley, the journalist ISIS beheaded in August, learned about the U.S. government’s attempt to rescue him about an hour before the rest of us did. The grieving parents got word from President Obama himself. “I told Obama that Jim worked hard to get him elected,” John Foley, James’s father, told The Daily Beast. “He believed till the end his country would come and get them.” The president, according to...
  • The Bergdahl Deal - Five Terrorists For A 'Deserter'?

    06/05/2014 7:35:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 5, 2014 | Larry Elder
    The Washington Times reports that the Pentagon pretty much knew the whereabouts of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in recent years. So why didn't they rescue him? Quoting a former intelligence official, the Times said: "Military commanders were loath to risk their people to save this guy. They were loath to pick him up and, because of that hesitancy, we wind up trading five Taliban guys for him. The mentality was, 'We're not going to lose more of our own guys on this.'" The Times also quoted an anonymous "high-level congressional aide": "Joint Special Operations Command always had the rescue mission on...
  • Families of beheaded US reporters warned not to pay ransoms (could've faced prosecution)

    09/13/2014 2:41:03 PM PDT · by Libloather · 23 replies
    MSN ^ | 9/13/14
    The families of two journalists beheaded by Islamic State jihadists were both warned by US government officials they could face prosecution if they raised a ransom for their release. The recent executions of James Foley and Steven Sotloff by Islamic State (IS) extremists triggered worldwide revulsion and Washington has since declared it is at war with the radicals. The United States has a policy of never paying ransoms, contending that doing so would endanger Americans all over the world. Late Friday, a spokesman for Sotloff's family said the murdered journalist's parents were told by a White House counterterrorism official last...
  • Rescue mission to save Foley failed after ISIS demanded $100M

    08/21/2014 1:54:34 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 21, 2014 | Bruce Golding
    Before bloodthirsty ISIS militants beheaded James Wright ­Foley in a gruesome video posted online, the terror thugs demanded a $100 million ransom for the journalist’s safe return, a report said. The United States refused to pay, according to The New York Times. It was not clear when the terrorist group made its ransom demand for Foley, who was kidnapped in Syria in 2012, nor is it clear why the US refused, but government sources told the paper that paying such ransoms only helps terror groups. Several European countries, however, have handed large sums of money to terrorist groups to bring...
  • Brother of Beheaded American Journalist James Foley: State Department Threatened Us

    09/12/2014 6:45:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 54 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 12, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    In an exclusive interview with Fox News' Megyn Kelly last night on the Kelly File the brother of beheaded American journalist James "Jim" Foley, Michael Foley, expressed disappointment over how the Obama administration is handling the threat of terror army ISIS and in the administration's handling of his brother's capture leading up to his death. James Foley was beheaded three weeks ago by an ISIS terrorist and a YouTube video of the gruesome murder was posted online. President Obama was on vacation at the time and eight minutes after making a statement about the murder, returned to the golf course,...
  • Bergdahl mostly seen as traitor

    06/15/2014 6:08:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Newnan Times-Herald ^ | June 15, 2014 | W. Winston Skinner
    Local military veterans – like veterans and other citizens across the country – have varying opinions about Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, but their views are generally negative. “I think a firing squad is too good for him,” said Tim Gresham of Newnan, who served three years in the Army. Gresham referred to Bergdahl as “that traitor.” Bergdahl returned to the United States early Friday after his release from five years in captivity in Afghanistan. There is controversy about the Obama administration swapping five senior Taliban officials – who had been held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba – for Bergdahl’s release, without...
  • How bad is the Bergdahl mess? This tweet puts it in gigglesnorty perspective

    06/04/2014 12:46:58 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    twitchy ^ | 6/3/14
    ....Many citizens are understandably uneasy when it comes to Bowe Bergdahl. Just when you think the situation can’t get any worse, another shoe seems to drop. Did the White House really do “the right thing” when it traded five Taliban leaders for a suspected deserter? Tweeter @CuffyMeh can’t help but be reminded of another big swap that didn’t end well:
  • BREAKING: Bergdahl reportedly left behind a note renouncing American citizenship…

    06/03/2014 4:53:07 PM PDT · by barmag25 · 66 replies
    Fox News via Young Conservative ^ | 6/3/14 | /David-rufful
    According to Fox News National Security Correspondent Jennifer Griffin, Sgt. Bowe Berghal left behinid a note renouncing American citizenship. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl wrote a note expressing a desire to renounce his American citizenship, according to Fox News. Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin reported Tuesday that members of Bergdahl’s unit said he left behind a note saying he felt disillusioned with the Army and wanted to renounce his citizenship before he was captured in 2009.
  • War Hero or Deserter?

    06/03/2014 1:39:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 73 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 3, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    "We needed to get him out of there, essentially to save his life." So said Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, an Army sergeant in Vietnam, of Barack Obama's trade of five hard-core Taliban leaders at Guantanamo for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a Taliban prisoner for five years. The trade speaks well of America's 's resolve to leave no soldier behind. And the country surely shared the joy of Bergdahl's family on learning their son was alive and coming home. But this secret swap, as well as the circumstances of Bergdahl's capture and captivity, are likely to further polarize our people and...
  • ISIS reportedly demands $6.6M for release of 26-year-old American woman

    08/27/2014 8:37:24 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/27/14 | Fox News
    Islamic State militants are reportedly demanding $6.6 million and the release of a U.S. prisoner before they will free a third American hostage held by the group, an unidentified aid worker. A source confirmed to Fox News that the aid worker is a 26-year-old woman from the West Coast. They did not provide further details, but ABC News reported that the woman, whose relatives have requested she not be identified, is the third of at least four Americans known to be held by the extremist Muslim organization. American journalist James Foley was executed by the group in a video that...
  • Not All Aiders and Abetters are Equal

    06/09/2014 9:11:40 AM PDT · by Former Fetus
    Jewish World Review ^ | 6/9/2014 | Mark Steyn
    Ever since 9/11, the United States has taken an expansive definition of "aiding and abetting" terrorism. To cite merely the latest example, this morning a chap called Khairullozhon Matanov appeared in US District Court in Boston. Who is Mr Matanov? He's a 23-year-old cab driver from Quincy, Mass, and a Kyrgyzstan national. He appears to share the same general view of "the horror that is America" as the acclaimed war hero Bowe Bergdahl, so there's no reason to hold that against him. But he was also a buddy of the Tsarnaev brothers. On the evening after the Boston Marathon bombing,...
  • Republicans Won't Impeach Obama -- and Democrats Will Not Abandon Him

    06/09/2014 7:42:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Excellence in Broadcasting Network ^ | June 9, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Andy McCarthy, a good friend of mine, has a book out called Faithless Execution. It's about the impeachment of Obama. In fact, wasn't it said by some Democrat -- I forget who -- "If Obama does this again --" after the Bergdahl thing -- or maybe it was some Republican who said it, was it Lindsey Graham? "If he does this again, we're gonna impeach him." Drawing our own red lines. And Andy, in his book, makes the point that we have long ago crossed the legal threshold for impeachment. It's clear that the legal threshold has...
  • James Foley’s brother: The U.S. could have done more for Jim

    08/22/2014 7:16:54 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 91 replies
    http://news.yahoo.com ^ | August 21, 2014 | Liz Goodwin
    The brother of American journalist James Foley said Friday morning that the U.S. government could have done more to attempt to free his brother and other American hostages from the Islamic militant group ISIL. “There’s more that could have been done directly on Jim’s behalf,” Michael Foley, 38, told Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric in an exclusive interview from his parents’ home in New Hampshire. “I really, really hope that Jim’s death pushes us to take anther look at our approach to terrorist and hostage negotiation.” Foley, a 40-year-old journalist who was covering the Syrian conflict for GlobalPost, was...
  • Obama Admin Refuses to Justify Taliban Release in Closed-Door Brief

    06/10/2014 4:45:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 6/10/14 | Adam Kredo
    Obama administration officials refused to fully explain to key senators the justification for freeing five senior Taliban leaders that the White House had once considered to be among the most dangerous prisoners being held in the Guantanamo Bay prison camp, according to senior Senate insiders familiar with a closed-door briefing held Tuesday for members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Top Obama administration officials continued to defend the decision to skirt U.S. law and not inform Congress about the deal, telling lawmakers that “it was worth it; period,” according to one Senate insider familiar with Tuesday’s classified briefing. Officials maintained...
  • GOP lawmaker: US military tried to pay ransom for Bergdahl

    11/06/2014 2:43:56 AM PST · by maggief · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 6, 2014 | Kristina Wong
    Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) said Wednesday that sources have told him that the U.S. military unsuccessfully tried to pay a ransom for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, despite repeated denials. In a Nov. 5 letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Hunter wrote "it has been brought to my attention that a payment was made to an Afghan intermediary who 'disappeared' with the money and failed to facilitate Bergdahl's release in return." Hunter said "according to sources" the payment was made between January and February 2014 through Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), a special operations command whose activities are mostly classified. Hunter...
  • EDITORIAL: Why hasn’t Army’s report on Bowe Bergdahl been released?

    10/31/2014 8:24:27 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 46 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 30, 2014 | Editorial
    An inquiry into the swap is complete, but no news until after TuesdayThe Army has apparently completed its investigation of the circumstances surrounding the suspected desertion of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, but no one expects to see the results before Tuesday’s elections. The last thing the Obama administration wants now is a round of attention to the sordid details of another public-relations disaster. Sgt. Bergdahl, at the time a private, walked away from his base in Afghanistan in 2009 and spent nearly five years in Taliban captivity. His captors released him in May in exchange for five high-ranking Taliban terrorist...
  • Hillary, Haqqani, Taliban and Bergdahl

    10/29/2014 7:39:01 PM PDT · by Randall_S · 9 replies
    Founders' Code ^ | October 27, 2014 | Denise Simon
    Beau Bergdahl was a proven risk in Afghanistan going back as far as 2009, when more than once he left his post telling some in his unit he no longer believed in the American mission and wanted to do something else. A full (AR-15-6) investigation began then and remains classified. Bergdahl has a charge sheet and there is indisputable evidence that he willingly and with purpose left his base. It must be noted and remembered that at least 6 fellow soldiers died looking for Bergdahl and an unknown number to date were injured due to IED’s. So, it is important...
  • Probe of Bergdahl capture by Taliban complete, under Army review

    10/14/2014 3:24:52 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 14, 2014 | by David Alexander
    An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the capture of Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl by Taliban militants in Afghanistan has been completed, but it is unclear when the military will finish its report, the Pentagon said on Tuesday. Pentagon spokesman Army Colonel Steve Warren said Major General Kenneth Dahl had submitted his initial report to the military chain of command for review. Warren said there was no way of telling when the review process would be completed.
  • Army Will Release Findings of Bergdahl Investigation After 'Lengthy' Review Process

    10/13/2014 6:34:46 PM PDT · by PROCON · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Oct. 13, 2014 | Edwin Mora
    The U.S. Army will make public the results of its investigation into Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s alleged desertion of a base in Afghanistan and subsequent capture by Taliban militants in 2009. A Pentagon spokesperson clarified that, contrary to various media reports, the U.S. Army will release a report by Brig. Gen. Kenneth Dahl, the investigating officer, but only after a review process that will assess the accuracy of the findings is completed. It is uncertain when that will be. Gen. Dahl has completed and submitted what an Army statement referred to as “the initial report” of the branch's review of the...
  • Army Will Not Release Bergdahl Investigation Report (Friday News Dump)

    10/10/2014 3:53:35 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 41 replies
    The Army has no plans to release the results of an investigation into Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's disappearance and capture by the Taliban in 2009, a spokesman said Friday. "We recognize the importance of the media and the public understanding of our investigative process, and look forward to future discussions on this issue. However, the Army's priority is ensuring that our process is thorough, factually accurate, impartial, and legally correct," Army spokesman Wayne Hall said in a statement.
  • Obama's Bowe Bergdahl powder keg

    09/27/2014 9:48:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | September 27, 2014 | Ambassador Richard W. Carlson
    U.S. Army Pvt. Bowe Bergdahl was described as a hero by President Obama in a White House Rose Garden ceremony this past summer. This was nothing more than a dishonest stage-managed public relations stunt featuring the president and Bergdahl's grateful parents. Against strong objections from some U.S. military advisers, the president released five dangerous senior Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Bergdahl. Paul Sperry of the Hoover Institution recently wrote an authoritative article on Bergdahl in the New York Post. This has “become a political powder keg for President Obama,” he said. The headline of his piece —...
  • EDITORIAL: Obama’s unlawful Bergdahl-for-terrorists swap

    08/23/2014 5:23:33 PM PDT · by Innovative · 8 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Aug 23, 2014 | WT Editorial
    Trading five terrorists for a deserter isn’t just bad policy, it’s against the law President Obama was wrong earlier this year to trade five hardened terrorists from the prison at Guantanamo Bay for a deserter. All but the president’s most dedicated supporters understood then that the trade was a really bad idea. Now, the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office has confirmed what many suspect, that the swap violated a “clear and unambiguous” law. For this White House, the law is little more than an annoyance to be swatted away when inconvenient. Mr. Obama makes and remakes the law as he goes...
  • GAO: Pentagon Violated Law With Bergdahl Swap

    08/21/2014 12:20:24 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 27 replies
    AP ABC News ^ | 8/21/14 | DONNA CASSATA
    Congressional investigators say the Pentagon violated the law when it swapped five Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held prisoner in Afghanistan for five years. The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office says the Defense Department's failure to notify the relevant congressional committees at least 30 days in advance of the exchange broke the law.
  • Book Publisher Afraid That Bergdahl Book Proposal Will Harm Obama

    08/13/2014 11:44:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 08/13/2014 | Aaron Bandler
    A book proposal drafted by Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s platoon mates has one publisher worried it would subject President Barack Obama to criticism, Yahoo! News reports. The proposal insinuates that Bergdahl was a “‘premeditated’ deserter who ‘put all our lives in danger,’” and that he was an “oddball” and a “loner” who quickly shifted from excitement over killing a Taliban leader to dreaming of getting lost in the mountains and sending his personal items home. The proposal also claims that the Taliban had improved their IED attacks against American vehicles since his desertion, and that Bergdahl was training Taliban forces, although...
  • Shock U.S. Army admission: Obama freed Taliban ‘psychopath’ in Bergdahl trade

    08/05/2014 8:23:51 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 4, 2014 | Alex Quade, Special to The Washington Times -
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)In a pointed assessment, an Army colonel advising the National Security Council says one of the Taliban prisoners released in the Obama administration’s deal to free Army Sgt. Bowe Berghdal is a “psychopath” who poses a “danger to fellow Afghans.” Army Col. Mark Mitchell, director for counterterrorism at the National Security Council, is a Green Beret who helped capture Mullah Mohammad Fazl in the early days of the war in Afghanistan. In an interview with The Washington Times, Col. Mitchell offered a frank description of Fazl, calling him “a petty tyrant who justified his psychopathic behavior using a veneer of...
  • Bergdahl Roommate: Chairman of Joint Chiefs Told Us Bowe Was A Deserter

    08/04/2014 10:39:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 8/4/14 | Patrick Howley
    Then-chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen admitted that Bowe Berghdal was a deserter, and said that he did not know why the military was focusing so much energy on trying to save him, according to one of Bergdahl’s platoon mates. “The joint chief of staff, Admiral Mullen at the time. He came out to our unit and had Thanksgiving dinner, and he said, ‘Yeah he walked off, everybody knows he walked off, I don’t know why they’re trying to’” pretend that he didn’t, Bergdahl’s former infantry roommate Cody Full told The Daily Caller. (RELATED: Bergdahl Was...
  • Army Specialist Cody Full: Bergdahl Should Face Consequences for His Actions

    07/15/2014 7:55:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 15, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Yesterday it was announced alleged deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will return to active duty and a desk job at Fort Sam Houston after completing a series of mental tests. Just two months ago, Bergdahl was exchanged in Afghanistan for five high level Taliban members and was welcomed home as a hero by the Obama administration. Last night on Hannity Bergdahl's former platoon mate, Army Specialist Cody Full, expressed his frustration with the situation and said he wants to see Bergdahl held accountable for his actions. Further, nobody has contacted Full or other platoon mates to ask questions about the circumstances...
  • Bergdahl could get $350G tax-free, if cleared by Army

    07/14/2014 10:41:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/14/2014
    Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could have a tax-free $350,000 dropped into his bank account if the current investigation into his disappearance from his base in Afghanistan was not desertion, and if he is deemed to have been a prisoner of war for the five years he was held by Islamic militants, Fox News has learned. The 28-year-old soldier, for whom the U.S. traded five senior Taliban operatives held at Guantanamo Bay, was set to return to active duty Monday after spending six weeks in medical rehab at Fort Sam Houston, in San Antonio. “Essentially he’ll be working a desk job,”...
  • Slain Soldier's Family 'Furious' Bowe Bergdahl on Active Duty

    07/14/2014 10:02:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    NBC News ^ | 07/14/2014
    The family of a soldier who blame Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for their son's death said Monday they are "furious" he has been returned to active duty while an investigation into his capture by the Taliban continues. "This is another attempt to give credibility to a deserter to protect the decision to free five extremely dangerous Taliban," Sondra Andrews, mother of fallen 2nd Lt. Darryn Andrews, said in a message to NBC News. Her son was killed in eastern Afghanistan in September 2009, and members of his platoon told the family that he was searching for Bergdahl when he was...
  • Bergdahl Pictured Smiling With Taliban While in Captivity

    07/10/2014 1:57:19 PM PDT · by dware · 16 replies
    NBC News ^ | 07.10.2014 | Mushtaq Yusufzai
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan — In a new salvo in the propaganda war with the West, a previously unseen photograph of what appears to be Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl smiling alongside a senior Taliban commander was posted to a Twitter account associated with the Afghan Taliban.
  • Photo Shows Bergdahl Smiling w/Top Taliban/Al Qaeda Commander

    07/10/2014 7:33:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 07/10/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    To understand how bad this chummy photo is, you have to understand how bad Badruddin Haqqani is. The Haqqani Network has done the most damage to the US in Afghanistan and Badruddin Haqqani was one of three brothers running it.He was declared a terrorist and targeted by a drone strike. The Haqqani Network is something between Al Qaeda and the Taliban. Its Al Qaeda links have made it much deadlier than the ordinary Taliban and with Al Qaeda hardly present in Afghanistan even toward the end of Bush’s term, the Haqqani Network is the next best thing to it.It...
  • Captors release photo of P.O.W Bowe Bergdahl smiling alongside Taliban (title shortened)

    07/09/2014 9:09:57 PM PDT · by lilyramone · 19 replies
    Dailymail ^ | July 9, 2014 | David Mccormack and Lydia Warren
    A photo of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, smiling and posing with a former senior Taliban official in Afghanistan has been posted on Twitter. The undated photo, likely taken during Bergdahl’s five years in captivity, was posted on the social media site on Wednesday by @khorasan3, an account associated with the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. Along with the image were the words ‘#US Solider #Bergdahl with Martyr #Taliban Leader Badar'udin Haqqani(RH) S/O Shaykh Jalaludin Haqqani(HA).’
  • CNN sues Blaine County for Bergdahl records

    07/06/2014 4:56:36 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Idaho Statesman ^ | July 4, 2014 | By Terry Smith
    Cable News Network has sued Blaine County seeking information from a 1999 police investigation involving the family of Bowe Bergdahl, the Wood River Valley soldier who spent five years in captivity of the Taliban. CNN says the report from the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office is subject to disclosure under Idaho public records laws. Sheriff Gene Ramsey has twice denied the network's request. The lawsuit was filed June 25 in District Court. A hearing is scheduled at 2 p.m. July 21 before District Judge Robert J. Elgee.
  • Bergdahl has not yet been asked why he left Afghan base: U.S. Army

    06/25/2014 2:26:45 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 25, 2014 | BY PHIL STEWART
    U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl has made no admission of wrongdoing since being released by the Taliban last month, officials said on Wednesday, adding that he has yet to be asked the tough question of why he left base before his 2009 capture. Army officials said the two-star general investigating Bergdahl's disappearance in Afghanistan will seek to bring up that subject with the soldier sometime after his outpatient treatment in Texas is finished in about two weeks and before the expected completion of the Army's probe in mid-August.