Silence on Bowe Bergdahl, months after Army investigation concludes

Free Republic

Six months after the military began an investigation into the disappearance of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and his capture by the Taliban, which held him for five years, the results remain under wraps as senior Army officials determine what to do next.

Bergdahl was recovered in Afghanistan by U.S. troops in a controversial swap for five Taliban officials on May 31. He had disappeared from his small patrol base on June 30, 2009, under a cloud of suspicion and fear as it became clear he been captured by militants.

The Army in June launched a new investigation into Bergdahl’s disappearance and capture, amid a raft of accusations from his fellow soldiers that he walked away from his unit on the battlefield and questions about whether the Obama administration handled the prisoner swap legally. But six months later there is silence about the probe from all corners.

Army Lt. Col. Alayne Conway, a spokeswoman at Army headquarters, and Army Col. Steve Warren, a spokesman for the Pentagon, both said Monday that they had no updates about the case. Bergdahl’s lawyer, Eugene R. Fidell, declined to comment. Fidell, a military justice expert who teaches at Yale University, was hired in July.

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A problem Obama desperately wants you to forget about

American Thinker

President Obama is betting on the short attention span of the American public and a compliant media in hopes that the problem of Bowe Bergdahl will just fade away.  Obama infamously traded five senior leaders of the Taliban in exchange for Bergdahl’s sorry butt released from captivity.

Justice delayed may be justice denied, but Obama is no doubt keen to have delay after delay prevent a reckoning for the deserter Bergdahl. Paul Sperry, writing in the New York Post lets us know the tactics being deployed to keep a trial for Bergdahl from happening, or at least delay it until after November.

Three and a half months have come and gone and the Pentagon has offered no clarity on what happened to alleged Army deserter and Taliban collaborator Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Fellow soldiers and other critics fear the military’s now-delayed investigation is shaping up to be a whitewash. (snip)

In a sign Bergdahl may indeed get off with a slap on the wrist, the Army has delayed its AR 15-6 investigation into his disappearance — a development that Bergdahl’s attorneys see as helpful to their client.

The Army investigator, Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl, was supposed to submit his findings to brass last month but has asked for an extension. The probe was limited to a 60-day window, which ended Aug. 15. There’s no longer a deadline attached, which means the investigation could drag out past the November election.

Dahl last month interviewed Bergdahl at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, in what his lawyer described as an “entirely nonconfrontational” meeting.

Critics doubt Dahl has the skills to conduct a proper interrogation. “No general does this. They have no training,” said the Army official, who requested anonymity upon describing Dahl as a “yes-man.”

This is outrageous. The message being sent to our active duty military is that you can be a traitor and escape punishment if the president finds it politically convenient. This could sow seeds of distrust among people who daily face life threatening situations. If the president wants to destroy our military morale and effectiveness, this is a damn good way to do it.

WH Rules: Violation in Terrorist Swap Punishable By Jail, Suspension, Removal of Office

Judicial Watch

The law violated by the Obama administration when it secretly exchanged five Guantanamo terrorists for an Army solider captured by the Taliban after deserting his post is punishable by jail, suspension and removal of office, according to written White House rules.

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The nonpartisan investigative arm of Congress, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), confirmed this week that the president broke a “clear and unambiguous” law when he swapped the high-level terrorists for Bowe Bergdahl, an Army sergeant who went AWOL in Afghanistan in 2009. According to rules issued by the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) the violation is serious and can carry severe consequences. They include fines, imprisonment, administrative discipline, suspension from duty without pay or removal from office, the rules specifically state.

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Government Accountability Office Confirms Obama Broke the Law to Free Taliban Terrorists

Moonbattery

Personally, I believe a prosecutor could make an excellent case that Obama committed treason when he swapped deserter and probable defector Bowe Bergdahl for five top Taliban terrorists. Reasonable people might disagree. But we can all agree that he broke the law:

President Obama violated a “clear and unambiguous” law when he released five Guantanamo Bay detainees in exchange for Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, the Government Accountability Office reported Thursday.

“[The Department of Defense] violated section 8111 because it did not notify the relevant congressional committees at least 30 days in advance of the transfer,” the GAO report said. “In addition, because DOD used appropriated funds to carry out the transfer when no money was available for that purpose, DOD violated the Antideficiency Act. The Antideficiency Act prohibits federal agencies from incurring obligations exceeding an amount available in an appropriation.”

Even liberals like Dianne Feinstein, Jeffrey Toobin, and Jonathan Turley concur.

Unfortunately, this is no longer a nation governed by laws. Instead it is governed by Hope & Change made flesh in the form of Obama, leaving him free to impose whatever dictates might advance his inscrutable objectives.

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Criminal.

Bowe Bergdahl: Possibly Obama’s Most Potent Weapon in His War Against the US Military

Moonbattery

Obama has attacked the military in part by pulling the rug out from under it financially and redirecting the money to pernicious social programs that encourage indolence, dependence, and illegal immigration, but more effectively by eroding its morale.

Toward this end, Obama has gone out of his way to homosexualize the military. He has thrown away the gains that thousands sacrificed their lives for in Iraq. He has eschewed victory as an objective in Afghanistan, reducing troops to sitting ducks with absurd rules of engagement. He has purged the officer corps of patriots, replacing them with political flunkies. He has overseen a VA that lets vets die by the dozens on secret waiting lists, even as invaders across our undefended border receive excellent healthcare promptly and for free. He has let it be known that with more “flexibility” he will betray American interests for those of our adversaries in Russia.

But perhaps most damaging of all, his regime has treated Bowe Bergdahl as an honorable soldier.

Six weeks after Obama released five top terrorists in exchange for Bergdahl, the private (who is technically a sergeant, having been promoted in absentia during his five years with the Taliban) is resuming normal duty at Fort Sam Houston. He is not restricted in any way. Furthermore,

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 reason Bergdahl was not classified as a POW long ago is that it is beyond dispute that he deserted. The only question is whether he was captured by the Taliban, or as appears much more likely, deliberately sought it out so as to defect to the enemy for ideological reasons that he made clear in his writings.

But what really happened is of no consequence, now that the Obama Regime has proclaimed that he “served the United States with honor and distinction.”

Crows the New York Times,

Senator Carl Levin, a Michigan Democrat who heads the Armed Services Committee, released letters from each of the Joint Chiefs of Staff supporting the repatriation of Sergeant Bergdahl, a rebuttal to critics who said the swap should not have been made.

Who is going to risk getting his legs blown off for the greater glory of Barack Hussein Obama, Carl Levin, and the obedient hacks comprising the Joint Chiefs of Staff under this disgraceful farce of a government? How can honor not become corroded when it is ignored, even as the most extreme dishonor is rewarded?

There is a reason that people like Bowe Bergdahl have been promptly executed in every functioning army that ever existed. It isn’t that he richly deserves it — although he certainly does. It is that the morale of the entire military depends on it.

If Obama has any clue what he is doing, this must explain the seemingly insane trade for the terrorists.

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Bergdahl with a Taliban buddy, Commander Badruddin Haqqani.

 

The Taliban Five are even worse than you’ve heard.

The Weekly Standard

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 September 10 offensive as an essential part of al Qaeda’s 9/11 plot. 

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Mohammad Fazl

 

The 9/11 Commission found that the hijackings in the United States on September 11, 2001, were the culmination of al Qaeda’s three-step plan. First, on September 9, 2001, al Qaeda assassinated Northern Alliance commander Ahmed Shah Massoud in a suicide bombing. Massoud’s death was a major gift to the Taliban because he was their chief rival and still controlled parts of the country. The assassination was also intended to weaken opposition to the Taliban and al Qaeda within Afghanistan before the United States could plan its retaliation for the most devastating terrorist attack in history. The Northern Alliance did, in fact, play a role in America’s response.

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When All that Remains is Deceit, Tyranny and Treason

Chomsky

When even Marxist and “progressive” icon Noam Chomsky is sounding the alarm about Obama’s dissolution of human tights and the US Republic, one knows that America is in the deepest trouble it has been in since prior to the American Revolution in the 1700s. I would even venture to state that the situation in which we find ourselves today is far more dire than in those early days; when my ancestors fought in the American Revolution in order to establish this country.

Scandal after Scandal to Divert and Deceive

To date (there may even be more before I’ve finished writing this column), Obama’s scandals partially include (some reports show that these scandals are now in the mid-30+ range) the below items:

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Treason: Obama’s ‘Gitmo Five’

Barbwire

You were already thinking it.

Treason.

For Richard Nixon, it was a cover-up surrounding illegal wiretapping. For Bill Clinton, it was lying under oath about sex with an intern. Obama thinks he’s untouchable. He believes he’s above the law.

Evidently, he’s right.

What will it take for our spineless U.S. Congress to impeach this tyrant? This is way beyond partisan politics. This is about justice. This is about the safety of the American people. Barack Hussein Obama is America’s biggest threat to national security. He is “an enemy within.”

It’s official. America is no longer a constitutional republic. Under this “progressive” nut, we’ve become a banana republic.

 

The president’s latest act of lawlessness is beyond the pale. There is no question whatsoever that by freeing, to kill again, five known, mass-murdering, high-level Muslim terrorists in exchange for accused Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl, Obama broke the law.

Not only did he unilaterally and arbitrarily trash the U.S. government’s long-standing policy never to negotiate with terrorists, he intentionally and overtly violated a 2013 national defense bill that unambiguously requires he give Congress 30-days notice before releasing any Guantanamo Bay prisoners, much less five of its most deadly.

 

As ABC News reports: “‘Trading five senior Taliban leaders from detention in Guantanamo Bay for Berghdal’s release may have consequences for the rest of our forces and all Americans. Our terrorist adversaries now have a strong incentive to capture Americans. That incentive will put our forces in Afghanistan and around the world at even greater risk,’ said House Armed Services Chairman Howard P. ‘Buck’ McKeon, R-Calif., and Senate Armed Services Ranking Member James Inhofe, R-Okla., in a joint statement.”

Bingo.

Let the American kidnapping spree begin. The Muslim world is celebrating this as a huge victory in its anti-American jihad.

The Muslim world is right.

As McKeon and Inhofe predicted, the Taliban has already announced that Obama’s unilateral surrender has “encouraged” them to kidnap more Americans to trade for terrorists.

Is anyone surprised?

Is Obama?

No way.

Even many in the liberal media are flummoxed by this one, with, for example, MSNBC producer Steven Bennen reluctantly admitting that Obama was likely “acting outside the confines of the law.”

Let me help you with that, Steve. By “acting outside the confines of the law,” you mean to say that Obama “broke the law.”

We have a word for people who break the law: They’re called criminals.

This one is so over-the-top that, in a rare moment of lucidity, even ultra-liberal Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., has temporarily emerged from her sycophantic shell to publicly condemn Obama, the de facto leader of the Democratic Party, saying that she was “very disappointed” he failed to comply with the law. This “White House is pretty unilateral about what they want to do when they want to do it,” she fumed.

Understatement of the decade.

Merriam-Webster defines “treason” as, “the crime of trying to overthrow your country’s government or of helping your country’s enemies during war.”

Whether Obama is intentionally trying to overthrow his own government is open for debate. But that he has “helped his country’s enemies during war” is a slam dunk.

The amazing thing? This arrogant clown admits to it: “Is there a possibility of some of them trying to return to activities that are detrimental to us?” Obama asked rhetorically of the five terrorists he just cut loose. “Absolutely,” he answered.

Possibility? It’s a guarantee. There is no doubt that Americans will die as a direct result of Obama’s demonstrably illegal actions here – no doubt whatsoever. With most of these monsters in their 40s, they’ve got decades to kill as many Americans as they can get their blood-soaked hands on.

According to ABC News, the U.S. Defense Department has classified at least three of the five as a “‘HIGH’ threat to U.S. security interests if released.” Moreover, at least two are even now “wanted by the United Nations for possible war crimes including the murder of thousands of Shiite Muslims.” Fox News reported that in one instance, the men lined up hundreds of Shiites and slit their throats in front of their wives and children.

All have ties to al-Qaida.

This defies logic. It defies reason. It defies morality. It defies law. It’s either criminally stupid or criminally sinister.

I believe the latter.

What Obama has done here is worse than if he had personally released five rabid pit bulldogs into a playground full of children. If a person owns a dog known to be violent and that dog attacks another, the dog owner is held legally liable.

When these dogs kill again, Obama is liable – legally and morally liable. He has just loosed five psychopathic serial-killers. No trial. No reasonable explanation. Just poof! Home they go with a suitcase full of souvenirs from Club Gitmo and a fresh new outlook on life.

And we get Bowe Bergdahl?

This stinks to high heaven.

Still, don’t be distracted. That the evidence overwhelmingly indicates Bergdahl is both a deserter and traitor is relatively insignificant. That he appears personally responsible for the deaths of at least six honorable soldiers deployed to search for him after his desertion is largely irrelevant to the scandal. It’s both a tragedy and a grave injustice, but it’s immaterial.

It wouldn’t matter if Bergdahl were Mother Teresa. This scandal isn’t about Bowe Bergdahl. It’s about a sitting United States president intentionally, overtly and criminally violating the National Defense Act to release five of the world’s most dangerous Muslim terrorists – dubbed the jihadist “Dream Team” – thereby directly placing American lives in jeopardy.

Obama swore an oath to protect America “from all enemies, foreign and domestic,” not to protect all enemies, foreign and domestic, from America.

What will it take? When one or more of these “Gitmo Five” commit (or even take credit for) some future act of terrorism, will Congress do something then?

How many have to die? Do they have to be Americans or will foreign innocents do?

What will it take for our spineless U.S. Congress to overcome this deathly fear of being called “racist” and file articles of impeachment against Barack Hussein Obama?

If he’s allowed to get away with this, he’ll be allowed to get away with anything.

And don’t think he doesn’t know it.

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Large Cash Payment Might Have Been Added to the Five Top Terrorists Traded for Deserter Bergdahl

Moonbattery

Why would our terrorist enemies settle for five of their leaders in return for a deserter and probable collaborator? They knew that when dealing with Obama, they could get even more:

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.

Doubt has been expressed as to whether releasing top Taliban commanders really benefited the Haqqanis, who are as much a criminal gang as a political entity. Why would they give up a guy who was reportedly helping them turn cell phones into detonators?

They would be more likely to make the deal for money. The Taliban leaders were thrown in because Obama wanted them freed, to help clear out Gitmo or for ideological reasons.

No need for outrage; $5–6 million is a drop in the bucket compared to the expenses run up during the pointless campaign to find Bergdahl just in terms of money, leave alone the precious lives lost. Anyway, taxpayers still have plenty of cash, for the time being.

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Better than giving it to terrorists.

White House Calls Bergdahl’s Fellow Soldiers Liars

 

Barack Obama showing his gold band with Muslim praise of Allah

Gulag Bound

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There are no depths to which the Obama syndicate will not sink, in order to suppress and destroy the truth. And there is no tactic too demeaning for them to use against their enemies. Now, it appears the soldiers who daily protect Americans have been targeted by the Obama White House collective as its adversaries. These creatures who serve the dictator-in-chief and their master are anathema.

The White House Officially Turns Against the Soldiers Obama Commands

The soldiers who served with deserter Bowe Bergdahl knew about his desertion in 2009 and the note and emails he had left behind. Bergdahl said he was “ashamed to be an American.” In 2012 even left leaning Rolling Stone Magazine reported of emails Bergdahl had sent to his parents condemning the US Military and Americans in general: “The future is too good to waste on lies. And life is way too short to care for the damnation of others as well as to spend it helping fools with their ideas that are wrong.” Three days before he went missing, he tells them: “These people need help, yet what they get is the most conceited country in the world telling them that they are nothing and that they are stupid.”

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