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  • Journalists gain rare access to North Waziristan ghost town

    07/10/2014 11:00:31 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 1 replies
    BBC World News ^ | July 10 , 2014 | BBC
    Three weeks into its offensive against militants in the tribal region of North Waziristan, Pakistan's military has taken the media to see Miranshah, formerly a hotbed of Taliban activity.
  • 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).’
  • How the Taliban got their hands on modern US missiles

    07/08/2014 6:16:36 AM PDT · by mgist · 22 replies
    NY Post ^ | 6/8/2014 | Timmerman
    In his new book, “Dark Forces: The Truth About What Happened in Ben­ghazi” writer Kenneth R. Timmerman explains how the US government’s efforts to arm the Libyan rebels backfired, flooding weapons into Syria. The Obama administration isn’t only giving the Taliban back its commanders — it’s giving them weapons. Miliary records and sources reveal that on July 25, 2012, Taliban fighters in Kunar province successfully targeted a US Army CH-47 helicopter with a new generation Stinger missile. They thought they had a surefire kill. But instead of bursting into flames, the Chinook just disappeared into the darkness as the American...
  • What ever happened to the “US Marines urinating on Taliban” case?

    07/08/2014 5:07:26 AM PDT · by don-o · 12 replies
    Blue Force Tracker ^ | Shayrl Atkisson
    Many Americans remember the video posted on YouTube in January of 2012 showing U.S. Marines urinating on the corpses of Taliban terrorists in Afghanistan. (VIDEO) The images provoked international outrage. Some felt the Marines’ unlawful behavior was mitigated by the context of a long and bloody war against a brutal enemy. Others felt there was no excuse. But few people know what became of the case once it left the public eye: it collapsed under claims of unlawful interference at the highest level of the U.S. Marine Corps. And the key whistleblower leveling allegations is one of the prosecutors: Deputy...
  • 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 cleared of misconduct during captivity (Huh?)

    06/30/2014 10:23:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Idaho Mountain Express and Guide ^ | June 30, 2014 | Gregory Foley
    The U.S. Army has reported that it has found no evidence that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey engaged in any misconduct during his five years in captivity of the Taliban. The report stated that there is no evidence Bergdahl helped his captors while he was held after going missing from his Army outpost in eastern Afghanistan five years ago today, June 30, 2009. However, the Army has not concluded its investigation into the Bergdahl case. Officials still plan to invetsigate the circumstances of Bergdahl's capture by enemy forces. That investigation is expected to last several weeks or more. Bergdahl reportedly...
  • 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...
  • ‘No reason to believe’ Bergdahl collaborated with Taliban captors, Army officials say

    06/26/2014 11:13:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    West Hawaii Today / The Washington Post ^ | June 26, 2014 | Stephanie McCrummen
    The Army has “no reason to believe” that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl collaborated with his Taliban captors during his five years as a prisoner, as some have speculated, and he has not said anything that might incriminate him in other misconduct, Army officials said Wednesday. A two-star Army general is currently investigating the exact circumstances of Bergdahl’s 2009 disappearance from his post in Afghanistan, which led to his capture by the Taliban-allied Haqqani network. Investigators have not yet interviewed Bergdahl, who was released May 31 as part of a controversial prisoner exchange with the Taliban. He is now living at a...
  • Taliban battle Afghan forces for control of southern district [SANGIN]

    06/25/2014 6:05:50 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 10 replies
    Yahoo News/Reuters ^ | June 24, 2014 | Stanekzai, M; Menon, P; Fernandez, C
    LASHKAR GAH Afghanistan (Reuters) - Taliban militants have been locked in fighting with Afghan forces this week to wrest control of a southern district, provincial authorities said on Wednesday, in a struggle that has killed or wounded dozens of people. The Taliban launched its summer offensive in the middle of May and has ramped up attacks across the country, a major concern for the government, as most foreign troops leave by the end of the year. As many as 800 Taliban fighters have targeted government offices and police outposts in the Sangin district of Helmand province, said provincial government spokesman...
  • Knowing Bergdahl, Part One: “Bergdahl Was A Weird, Creepy Loner Ready To Blow”

    06/23/2014 6:43:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | June 23, 2014 | Bill Robinson
    Two platoon mates reveal some of the strange encounters they had with Bowe Bergdahl before he went missing. On Sunday, June 1st, less than 24 hours after the White House’ Rose Garden press conference announcing the trade for and release of Bowe Bergdahl, I was contacted by a man who told me “I work for the Pentagon.” He went on to tell me that “the American people need to know the facts regarding this ‘Traitor Trade’ for Bowe Bergdahl, and I want your help in informing them. They need to know about this whole treasonous mess. I read your...
  • Former Afghanistan POW Bergdahl discharged from hospital: Army

    06/22/2014 5:09:12 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 22, 2014 | by Jonathan Kaminsky
    U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who spent five years as a Taliban prisoner of war before being released last month, has been discharged from a military hospital in Texas and will continue treatment as an outpatient, the Army said Sunday. Bergdahl was transferred from Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, to the nearby Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, said Army spokeswoman Lieutenant Colonel Carol McClelland. "It’s a sign of progression, showing he's no longer a patient of a hospital," McClelland said. Bergdahl's next phase of recovery, during which he'll continue to get medical care and undergo psychological...
  • Taliban will burn your palaces in Islamabad, Lahore: spokesman

    06/21/2014 5:49:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Nawaz govt responsible for loss of life, property *Militant group warns foreign firms to leave Pakistan. PESHAWAR, Pakistan – The Taliban on Monday warned foreign firms to leave Pakistan and vowed retaliatory strikes against the government after the Pakistan Army launched a long-awaited offensive in a tribal area. The statement came as Pakistan's major cities braced for a backlash by deploying thousands of soldiers and paramilitaries while placing hospitals on high alert for incoming casualties. The offensive on North Waziristan was launched a week after a brazen insurgent attack on the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi. “We warn all foreign...
  • Hundreds protest alleged Afghan election fraud

    06/21/2014 6:28:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 21, 2014 7:59 AM EDT | Rahim Faiez and Amir Shah
    Hundreds of Afghans protested in the capital on Saturday against alleged fraud in last week’s presidential runoff, forcing a closure of the airport road amid escalating tensions over what Western officials had hoped would be a smooth transfer of power. Former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah, who is running against Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, a former finance minister, has accused electoral officials and others of trying to rig the June 14 vote against him. Abdullah announced this week that he was severing ties with the Independent Election Commission and would refuse to recognize any results it releases. He also suggested that the...
  • Terrorist Group ISIS May Be Coming To America

    06/20/2014 9:10:53 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 30 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | June 20, 2014 | IBD Editorials
    War On Terror: As what the feds call "other than Mexicans" and MS-13 gang members stream across our border, just what is keeping the head of ISIS from keeping his promise, "I'll see you in New York"? We already know how ruthless the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is, so much so that media pundits such as Kirsten Powers, who should know better, insist that even al-Qaida is said to be distancing itself from the group. You know: the same al-Qaida that slit throats with box cutters and then turned passenger jets filled with fuel into cruise missiles...
  • Hillary on Taliban Five: They’re not a threat to the U.S. because they’re going to be in Qatar

    06/18/2014 6:41:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/18/2014 | Mary Katharine Ham
    Last week, this unequivocal declaration sounded like a micalculation and misread of the situation: “These five guys are not a threat to the United States,” says Clinton. “They are a threat to the safety and security of Afghanistan and Pakistan. It’s up to those two countries to make the decision once and for all that these are threats to them. So I think we may be kind of missing the bigger picture here. We want to get an American home, whether they fell off the ship because they were drunk or they were pushed or they jumped, we try...
  • Taliban 5 freed from Gitmo living in luxury with personal masseuse: report

    06/17/2014 6:25:32 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Monday, June 16, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    The five Taliban members who were freed by President Obama from their Guantanamo Bay confines and swapped for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl are now living the life of luxury in Doha, relaxing in a mansion and under the care of a private masseuse, one Daily Best journalist discovered.
  • Bergdahl’s Captors Armed and Funded by U.S. Taxpayers

    06/17/2014 6:02:15 AM PDT · by detective · 3 replies
    The New American ^ | June 16, 2014 | Alex Newman
    While many questions remain unanswered surrounding the reported kidnapping of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, one crucial fact overlooked by the establishment media is not debatable: The Taliban-aligned Haqqani network that held him is closely linked with the Pakistani government’s intelligence agency, which in turn has been a close ally of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Indeed, the Islamist terror group has at various points been openly supported by the CIA and Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) since it was founded with U.S. government backing in the mid-1970s — and top American officials know it. Based on news reports, it appears...
  • The White House's long, hot summer

    06/17/2014 5:57:43 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 3 replies
    The Thanks Project ^ | 6/17/2014 | Steve Berman
    Summer doldrums is here.  That time between the end of basketball and hockey season, and before football season starts, when lazy baseball games stretch on, the days are long, and everyone takes their vacations.  There’s plenty of reasons the Obama White House would like us to just forget the next two months and take a national vacation. Let’s review the White House’s woe-list: Lois Lerner’s imminent sacrifice has been kicked down the road with the IRS claim that the dog computer ate her homework email.  Conveniently, only the emails from the time period where she was (allegedly) masterminding the...
  • Pakistan seeks Afghanistan’s help for Waziristan offensive

    06/17/2014 5:48:57 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 6 replies
    Khaama Press ^ | June 17, 2014 | Ghanizada
    Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has called on Afghan President Hamid Karzai to seal the common borders between Afghanistan and Pakistan in order to blcok the escape of pro-Taliban forces from military operations. Tasnim Aslam, spokeswoman for Pakistan’s Foreign Office said the request was made during a telephone call by Prime Minister Nawaz with president Karzai on Monday night. “Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called Hamid Karzai last night to request him for the closure of Afghan border to avoid exit of militants to Afghanistan from Pakistan during the military offensive,” Aslam quoted by AFP said. She also added that military...
  • Afghan election: Taliban 'removed voters' fingers'

    06/15/2014 8:23:52 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | 15 June 2014 | BBC
    Taliban insurgents cut the index fingers off 11 Afghans who participated in this weekend's presidential run-off poll, officials say.
  • Not So Swift: Libs use U.S. military as a pejorative

    06/15/2014 6:42:21 PM PDT · by Daniel Clark · 6 replies
    The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press ^ | June 15, 2014 | Daniel Clark
    Not So Swift: Libs use U.S. military as a pejorative by Daniel Clark swift boat (n): a small American military vessel used to navigate narrow, interior waterways swift-boat (vb): to expose the disloyalty of a soldier, esp. when done by a large number of that soldier’s far more loyal, honorable and trustworthy peers While explaining how the Obama administration could be surprised by criticisms of its prisoner exchange with the Taliban, NBC White House correspondent Chuck Todd reported, “a few aides describe it to me as, ‘we didn’t know that they were going to swiftboat [Bowe] Bergdahl.’” The “they” in...
  • Obama Has Painted Himself Into A Foreign Policy Corner

    06/14/2014 11:40:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies ^ | June 14, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    The Arab Spring is over. Welcome to the Jihadi Spring. Across a huge swath of what, up until recently, had been known as Iraq and Syria, a transnational movement of Sunni Islamic extremists has taken control. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has conquered -- without much effort -- Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, along with most of the province of Nineveh. It's also taken Tikrit, Saddam Hussein's hometown. Along the way it has ransacked banks (to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars), pillaged weapon stockpiles (including the stuff we left behind for the Iraqi...
  • Bergdahl Could Be The Beginning Of The End For Obama

    06/13/2014 8:05:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | June 13, 2014 | Fred Weinberg
    When Walter Cronkite came out against the war in Viet Nam in February of 1968, former President Lyndon Johnson said, “If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost Middle America.” And that is exactly what history will say actually happened. To watch NBC, CBS, and the Washington Post accurately (if reluctantly) report on the trade of five members of the Taliban’s starting line-up, for a soldier that the preponderance of the evidence says is a deserter, should be on that same level for Barack Obama. Only it is moderate America that Obama has lost. You know, the people who kept him and...
  • Bergdahl held in solitary confinement for 2 years, sources say (Fax me a crying towel)

    06/13/2014 4:35:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 13, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)American Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, while held prisoner in Afghanistan, was locked in solitary confinement for two straight years and did not see another human face for that entire time, senior military sources with knowledge of his "reintegration process" told Fox News. Officials said Bergdahl, during that period, only talked to his captors through the wall of a six-foot-by-six-foot metal box, in which he was kept. The box was just big enough for him to stand up straight and stretch his arms. If he was ever taken out of the box, Bergdahl was apparently hooded. Bergdahl told officials that this treatment...
  • Good News: One of Obama's GITMO Five Releases Helped With Lead-Up to 9/11

    06/13/2014 10:51:49 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Townhall ^ | June 13, 2014 | Katie Pavlich, news editor
    Again, what could possibly go wrong with the recent release of five high-level Taliban commanders in exchange for Sgt. Private Bowe Bergdahl? Just about everything. Writing in the Weekly Standard, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn writes that the "Taliban 5" are worse "than we've heard." In fact one of them, Mohammad Fazl, played a key roll in the lead-up to the 2001 9/11 terror attacks. One of the five senior Taliban leaders transferred to Qatar in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl played a key role in al Qaeda’s plans leading up to the September 11,...
  • 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:...
  • Their 9/11 Role - The Taliban Five are even worse than you’ve heard.

    06/13/2014 4:51:05 AM PDT · by don-o · 35 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | June 13, 2014 | THOMAS JOSCELYN
    One of the five senior Taliban leaders transferred to Qatar in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl played a key role in al Qaeda’s plans leading up to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Mohammad Fazl, who served as the Taliban’s army chief of staff and deputy defense minister prior to his detention at Guantánamo, did not have a hand in planning the actual 9/11 hijackings. Along with a notorious al Qaeda leader, however, Fazl did help coordinate a military offensive against the enemies of the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan the day before. And Osama bin Laden viewed that...
  • Bowe Bergdahl: What does a returning POW need?

    06/12/2014 4:56:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The British Broadcasting Corporation ^ | June 12, 2014 | Taylor Brown
    Bergdahl's ability to make decisions and anticipate the future was stripped during his captivity.After five years in Taliban captivity, US Sgt Bowe Bergdahl is on his way to Texas for the next stage of his "reintegration" to freedom. What does the programme consist of and what does a returning prisoner of war need in the long term? The first stage of the military's reintegration mission is straight-forward - ensure the ex-captive is safe and out of immediate danger. The Pentagon says this takes 48-96 hours and often deals with emergency medical issues and time-sensitive intelligence debriefing. The second and third...
  • Top Ten Reasons Why Obama Released the Taliban Five

    06/12/2014 3:53:26 PM PDT · by mononymous · 4 replies
    Mononymous1/Wordpress ^ | 6/12/2014 | Mononymous1
    (10) He bowed to the demands of the Castro brothers (9) To show Putin that he was not exclusively flexible (8) To make room for those teabaggers, er, Tea Partiers (7) The five said they had converted and are now unofficial members of the Duck Dynasty (6) Their lives had become too easy; a permanent vacation (5) Living under Sharia law would be more difficult for them (wink, wink, nod, nod...) (4) To dispel the notion that "His" government was providing too much "aid" and "comfort" to terrorists (3) In reference to GITMO, the Taliban told him to "tear down...
  • Actual Intel Reports On Bergdahl’s Captivity Surface

    06/12/2014 3:27:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 12, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    Blackfive has obtained the actual intel reports on Bowe Bergdahl’s captivity with the Haqqani network. As Jim notes in the post, the reports are compiled in order to help develop a picture of his captivity; they’re not the full picture. You can read what Blackfive has posted at the link above. Here’s a troubling sample. Conditions for Bergdahl have greatly relaxed since the time of the escape. Bergdahl has converted to Islam and now describes himself as a mujahid. Bergdahl enjoys a modicum of freedom, and engages in target practice with the local mujahedeen, firing AK47s. Bergdahl is even allowed...
  • US Quietly Moves Detainees Out of Secretive Afghanistan Prison (Many, many more!)

    06/12/2014 2:59:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    NDTV / Reuters ^ | June 13, 2014
    The Obama administration has quietly repatriated a dozen detainees from a small U.S. military prison in Afghanistan, moving a modest step closer toward winding down the United States' controversial post-9/11 detainee system. President Barack Obama, in a letter to Congress released on Thursday, informed U.S. lawmakers that about 38 third-country, or non-Afghan, prisoners remained at the Parwan detention center outside of Kabul, down from 50 a few months ago. A U.S. defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that at the end of May, a Frenchman, a Kuwaiti and 10 Pakistani prisoners were sent back to their respective home...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: Getting to the bottom of the Bergdahl story

    06/12/2014 1:05:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The San Jose Mercury News ^ | June 12, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Soon we shall get to the bottom of the swap of five Taliban kingpins from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility for one Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. In time we will learn whether Bergdahl really served with "honor and distinction" and was "captured on the battlefield," as National Security Adviser Susan Rice has stated. Or whether, as fellow soldiers of his platoon insist, he was a deserter who left his comrades to seek out the Taliban. We will soon discover whether Bergdahl's serious health problems or imminent danger prompted President Obama to make the sudden swap. Or whether, as administration skeptics insist,...
  • Freed Taliban leaders may remain in Qatar beyond one-year travel ban: sources

    06/12/2014 8:15:40 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 12, 2014 | by Amena Bakr
    Five Taliban leaders released by the United States have told visitors that they are likely to seek to remain in Qatar beyond an agreed one-year travel ban, sources who have spoken to the visitors told Reuters. Diplomats and Qatari sources say the men are in a "safe location" within a guarded compound in Doha. They have been allowed to receive guests from the Afghan community in Qatar, including Taliban members who were previously living in Doha, the sources said. "So far they haven't asked for political asylum, but it's just too early to tell and, besides, not many countries would...
  • Karachi airport attack signals tactical shift by Taliban

    06/12/2014 7:52:02 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Jun 12, 2014 6:39am EDT | Syed Raza Hassan
    (Reuters) - It was the shoes that betrayed Corporal Faiz Mohammad's would-be killers. When 10 Taliban militants attacked Pakistan's busiest airport on Sunday night, sparking a five-hour gun battle that killed at least 34 people, Mohammad and his fellow officers from the Airports Security Force (ASF) were the first line of defense.
  • The best of both worlds for the Taliban

    06/11/2014 4:08:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Breitbart's The Conversation ^ | June 11, 2014 | John Hayward
    Yesterday I wondered if Democrat Rep. Jacki Speier of California had gone off the deep end by musing that the Taliban aren't really terrorists, but rather "part of the fabric of Afghanistan." It turns out she was basically mangling the new talking points from the Obama Administration, which is going all-in for the reinvention of the Taliban butchers as legitimate battlefield opponents. CNN reports on Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's testimony before Congress today: Bergdahl was held by the Haqqani network, a Taliban wing designated a terrorist group in 2012. However, Hagel noted Bergdahl was a war captive, not a...
  • Hagel Admits Obama Ignored Law in Taliban Release ‘The trust has been broken’ between Congress

    06/11/2014 9:56:45 AM PDT · by Nachum · 52 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 6/11/14 | Adam Kredo
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel admitted that “the trust has been broken” between the White House and Congress following the Obama administration’s decision to skirt U.S. law and release five top Taliban leaders without first consulting with lawmakers. Hagel admitted to lawmakers on the House Armed Services Committee Wednesday that the administration unilaterally inked a deal with the Taliban to release five top prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay prison camp without first notifying Congress, as is legally mandated. The deal was signed “without providing 30 days notice to Congress,” as is required by law, Hagel told lawmakers before attempting to justify...
  • Libertarians Versus Conservatives

    06/11/2014 6:23:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 206 replies ^ | June 11, 2014 | John Stossel
    Both libertarians and conservatives want to keep America safe. We differ on how best to do that. Most libertarians believe our attempts to create or support democracy around the world have made us new enemies, and done harm as well as good. We want less military spending. Some conservatives respond to that by calling us isolationists, but we're not. I want to participate in the world; I just don't want to run it. I'm glad Americans trade with other countries -- trade both goods and people. It's great we sell foreigners our music, movies, ideas, etc. And through dealing...
  • Bergdahl’s Father Favorited Al-Qaeda Leader’s Rant “Why the World Hates America”

    06/10/2014 9:12:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | June 9, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Walid Shoebat has had a look at Bob Bergdahl’s playlist and it’s ugly and uglier. It’s a mix of Islamism videos and moonbat materials. Bergdahl favorited Anwar Al-Awlaki’s “Why The World Hates America” uploaded by HayaAlalJihad. He also subscribed to more Westernized Islamic propaganda channels like Deen and Journeyman Pictures. Some of his channels were about learning Arabic. Others were full of technical Islamic material unlikely to be of any interest or relevance to non-Muslims. He appeared to be drawn in particular to Salafist materials which would match his beard. Then he subscribed to leftist outlets like Brave New Films...
  • URGENT - Bergdahl Qatar Deal (No guarantee Taliban "generals" would be tracked!)

    06/10/2014 6:08:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    KSPR-TV / CNN ^ | June 10, 2014
    A memorandum of understanding between the United States and Qatar on the deal that freed Bowe Bergdahl offered "no guarantee" that the five Taliban commanders exchanged for the captured Army sergeant would be tracked, a Democratic member of the House Intelligence Committee told CNN....
  • 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...
  • Barney Fife, commander in chief

    06/10/2014 2:13:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Fayette Citizen ^ | June 10, 2014 | Terry Garlock
    Those of you old enough to have loved the hapless deputy might bristle at the insult of comparing Barney Fife to President Barak Obama. An insult to Barney, that is. The latest self-inflicted White House wound is the bumbling President Barney’s swap of five high-level enemy Taliban leaders held at Gitmo for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, held by the Taliban for five years, and the clearly unsuitable White House Rose Garden press event to celebrate. For starters, President Barney circumvented Congress, yet again, after receiving a loud and bipartisan “NO” from Congress in prior years when the same swap...
  • Just Wait A Minute, Willya?

    06/10/2014 12:04:39 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | June 10, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    Welcome home, Sergeant, and you're under arrest. Which sums up the two polar reactions you can see and hear all over the papers, news channels, Internet, talk shows and Washington, that other swirl of confusion. All of 'em are bustin' out all over with fact-free, equal-but-opposite opinions about what th' heck to do with Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey, Idaho, United States of Agitation. If it's not too much to ask, supposed ladies and gentlemen and quick-on-the-draw opinionators, could we all just settle down, president and senators and distinguished and undistinguished kibitzers alike, and let the sergeant settle in at...
  • Was Bergdahl Addicted to Heroin? Why is he Being Sequestered? Detox?

    06/10/2014 10:30:00 AM PDT · by mgist · 35 replies ^ | 6/9/14 | MJ Granger
    Was Bergdahl Addicted to Heroin? Why is he Being Sequestered? Detox? While serving at the U.S. military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as an Army Captain, and the ranking U.S. Army Medical Department officer with the Joint Detainee Operations Group, in February 2002, I was aware of a detainee we called “Wild Bill” who came to us from Afghanistan a drug addicted schizophrenic. It took us a while to figure out what his problems were. We were distracted by his bizarre behavior: eating his flip flops, hanging objects from his genitals, making strange, random sounds, and, like many other...
  • "Just Admit It": Administration privately concedes risk of Taliban swap, despite Kerry comments

    06/10/2014 11:04:12 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 7 replies ^ | June 10, 2014 | FoxNews.Com
    Secretary of State John Kerry's dismissive "baloney" response to whether five Taliban members released from Guantanamo pose a risk to American troops is receiving pushback from, of all places, Obama administration officials.
  • Israel is Not America

    06/10/2014 10:06:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | June 10, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    Defenders of President Obama's release of five Taliban terrorists from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in exchange for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl cite as justification Israel's history of swapping hundreds of Palestinian prisoners for one or two Israel soldiers. As strong an ally and example of democracy as Israel is, especially in a region sorely lacking in either, Israel is not the United States. Israel has its own interests and purpose for its actions. The world looks to the United States for leadership and in this president and his administration it has found little. There are important...
  • White House: The Taliban Five Aren't As Bad As You Think

    06/10/2014 7:23:42 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 42 replies
    The Cable - Foreign Policy ^ | JUNE 10, 2014 | JOHN HUDSON
    Facing growing skepticism on Capitol Hill about its decision to swap five Taliban prisoners for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the White House told lawmakers at a classified briefing late Monday night that some of the freed militants were political figures, not hardened soldiers, according to lawmakers who attended the session. In the past several days, the administration has rolled out a number of reasons to justify swapping Bergdahl, a potential deserter, for the five Taliban officials. White House officials said they had concerns about Berdgahl's health, felt an obligation to never leave a soldier on the battlefield, and feared the militants...
  • Taliban lawyer calls for compo over Guantanamo detention

    06/10/2014 12:12:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    A lawyer for one of the so-called Taliban Five released from Guantanamo Bay wants his client to be compensated for his detention at the facility. Khairullah Khairkhwa is said to be the most senior of the men exchanged for US soldier Bowe Bergdahl. He is described in US government documents, that were released by WikiLeaks, as being of high risk and high intelligence value. But lawyer Frank Goldsmith says Mr Khairkhwa was a Taliban political figure, and hadn't been charged with any offences by US authorities in the 12 years he was detained in Guantanamo Bay. SBS reporter Kristina Kukolja...
  • House panel to investigate deal that freed Bowe Bergdahl

    06/09/2014 8:22:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    cbs ^ | 6/9/14
    WASHINGTON - The House Armed Services Committee will investigate the Obama administration's swap of an American prisoner held for five years for five Taliban leaders that caused a political firestorm over the lack of congressional notification and fears the high-level Taliban could return to the Afghanistan battlefield. "We ought to look at the price," Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Calif., chairman of the panel, told reporters after administration officials held a tense 90-minute, closed-door briefing for House Democrats and Republicans. Officials from the White House, State and Defense departments and the intelligence community defended the exchange of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who...
  • “Former JAG Officer”: #Bergdahl Already Arrested! Likely Get 20 years, “They Could Still Shoot Him”

    06/09/2014 7:47:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 88 replies
    Fox News Radio ^ | June 9, 2014
    Since his release nine days ago, many have been wondering why Bowe Bergdahl has been so quiet! Latest reports say he hasn’t even spoken with his parents since being handed over by the Taliban! Well, according to one caller allegedly familiar with the Uniform Code of Military Justice, Bergdahl’s silence is due to the fact that he has already been put under arrest! On Monday’s show, “Richard from Saginaw”, called in and told Tom he understands that Bergdahl is expected to be charged with 11 counts — all related to his mysterious 2009 disappearance. Richard said he worked with the...