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to be Charged with Desertion
reporters at WND
Seven 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, a
new report indicates Army officials have determined Bergdahl — for whom the
administration traded five top Gitmo-held terrorists — will be charged as a
Retired Lt. Col. Tony
Shaffer, a senior fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, made the
startling claim during an appearance on “The O’Reilly Factor” on Fox News.
Bergdahl’s attorney has
received the charges, according to Shaffer, who claims the Obama
administration is withholding the report.
O’Reilly said the White
House has had this information for a while but has been delaying it under
the auspices of Ben Rhodes, assistant national security adviser.
“This is shaping up to be a
Titanic struggle behind the scenes,” Shaffer said. “Believe me, the Army
here wants to do the right thing. Factually, there’s no way they can not do
the right thing regarding Bergdahl. And the White House, because of the
political narrative, President Obama cozying up to the parents and because
he, President Obama, releasing the five Taliban. … The narrative is what the
White House does not want to have come out.”
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.
On Jan. 11, the chairman of
the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, said he anticipated a
decision “fairly soon” on whether the Army would court martial Bergdahl for
deserting his post.
“In White House terms, not
charging Bergdahl means that he was indeed worth the trade for the Taliban
Five. But charging him on any level means that releasing the five Taliban
was an error of monstrous proportions, one the administration will never be
able to explain away satisfactorily,” said retired Lt. Col. Bill Cowen in a
commentary written for the Fox News site.
Former Sgt. Matt Vierkant
told CNN last year, “Bowe Bergdahl deserted during a time of war, and his
fellow Americans lost their lives searching for him.”
“I don’t understand,”
Vierkant added, “why we’re trading prisoners at Gitmo for somebody who
deserted during a time of war, which is an act of treason.”
A full 54 percent of
Americans agreed in a June 2014 poll, saying Obama’s swap for Bergdahl
amounted to providing aid to terrorists – which violates federal law. And
they said impeachment is deserved.
In June, WND reported an
explosive charge emerged – that Bergdahl’s fellow soldiers had orders to
shoot him on sight as a deserter.
A number of damning charges
against Bergdahl came from soldiers who served with him. Some were posted on
The soldiers wrote
anonymously, saying the Pentagon had them sign nondisclosure statements
after Bergdahl disappeared from his post in Afghanistan in 2009. Some said
they were still on active duty.
WND also reported a
four-year-old claim by a Taliban commander that Bergdahl wasn’t just a
deserter but also a traitor who converted to Islam and taught jihadi
fighters how to make bombs and ambush convoys.
officials believed Bergdahl was “cooperating with the Taliban” and advising
fighters at a base in Pakistan.
A comment posted by a
soldier who says he served with Bergdahl confirmed the charge.
“What you have is pretty
well spot on,” the post says. “All I know is that our orders were kill on
contact and then we came back and it was covered up. I’ve personally been
threatened a few times that discussing it in half the detail you already
have was considered an act of treason.”
Another post made clear the
Army considered Berdahl not just a deserter but a defector.
“My battalion took over the
AO from 25th. The story of Bergdahl being a defector is exactly what was
briefed to us and I also read the debrief report about the situation. The
story is 100% correct. I’ve personally been on a few missions following up
on Bergdahls location but we never found anything. I currently live an hour
away from his family’s location. Hailey, Idaho, is a resort town frequented
by movie stars etc. They typically side with the anti-war side of politics
in that area and is a perfect spot for him to live in solitude.”
Another post that said
Bergdahl deserted came from someone who said he was directly involved in the
attempted recovery of Bergdahl.
“Here is what I know, not
from hearsay, but because I was there. Bergdahl became a sympathizer, walked
off his post to seek out the Taliban in order to join their ranks, to help
and live with them. In exchange for his release, the United States released
the following 5 known Taliban; Khairullah Khairkhwa, Mullah Norullah Noori,
Mullah Norullah Noori, Abdul Haq Wasiq, Mohammed Nabi who were immediately
welcomed back into the Taliban network. The Taliban are currently seeking
the release of additional prisoners, but will not state specifics. Now that
they have the blue print on how to accomplish this by simply capturing an
American soldier and with the troop number drawing down to 9,800+, I can
only hope our service men and women keep their heads on a swivel.”
-- FM Duck
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