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Watchdog: Bergdahl Prisoner Swap Was Illegal

Congress should have been told, GAO says

(Newser) - The Obama administration's release of five Taliban prisoners in exchange for captive soldier Bowe Bergdahl was illegal in more ways than one, according to the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office. The government watchdog says the decision violated federal law because Congress wasn't given 30 days' notice of the transfer... More »

Bergdahl Begins Telling His Story of Capture

He waives right to be silent in Army interview

(Newser) - Bowe Bergdahl is freely telling his story to Army investigators about how he came to be held captive by the Taliban. Bergdahl waived his right to remain silent yesterday, "letting the facts unfold in his own voice" to Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl, who is in charge of the investigation... More »

Bergdahl Thanks Obama for 'Saving His Life': Lawyer

Former POW lawyers up with Eugene Fidell amid investigation

(Newser) - Bowe Bergdahl has lawyered up as he readies for a US army investigation into his 2009 disappearance. The former Taliban POW has recruited Eugene Fidell—a Yale military justice professor and "the best in his field," according to a colleague—to represent him, NBC News reports. Fidell, who... More »

Bergdahl Refusing to See, Speak to Parents

Families angered by return to active duty

(Newser) - A weird twist in the Bowe Bergdahl case: The soldier has refused to see or speak to his parents since he was freed after five years as a Taliban captive six weeks ago, an Army official tells the Wall Street Journal , which notes that the decision points to "deeper... More »

Pentagon: Bergdahl Back on Active Duty

Set to meet with officer investigating his disappearance

(Newser) - After weeks of counseling , Bowe Bergdahl has returned to active duty, the Defense Department announced today, according to the AP . His exact duties haven't been disclosed yet, but according to the New York Times he'll live in barracks at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, where his therapy... More »

Bergdahl Shifted to Outpatient Care

'Reintegration process' continuing at Texas base

(Newser) - Bowe Bergdahl has been shifted to outpatient care at a Texas military base, the US Army said last night. He arrived at the Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston on June 13 after nearly two weeks recuperating at a US military hospital in Germany. He is now receiving... More »

Bergdahl Is Now in Texas

Recovery will continue at San Antonio base

(Newser) - Bowe Bergdahl, the Army sergeant who has been recovering in Germany after five years as a Taliban captive, returned to the United States early today to continue his medical treatment. A Pentagon spokesman says Bergdahl flew to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio from Ramstein Air Base. While at... More »

Bergdahl Returns to US Tonight

He'll be transferred from Germany to Texas overnight

(Newser) - Bowe Bergdahl will be back in the US late tonight. Both AP and CNN quote defense officials as saying he will be transferred overnight from a military base in Germany to the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. The reports offer no more details on Bergdahl's recuperation after... More »

Hagel Grilled on Bergdahl: 5 Standout Lines

He appears before House Armed Services Committee

(Newser) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today became the first Obama administration official to testify publicly about the controversial decision to swap Bowe Bergdahl for five Gitmo prisoners, and the New York Times reports that he "wrote almost every word of his opening statement himself," canning his speechwriters' suggestions and... More »

Before Army, Bergdahl Was Discharged From Coast Guard

Left after 26 days amid psychological concerns

(Newser) - Joining the Army wasn't Bowe Bergdahl's first military experience: He was in the Coast Guard for 26 days. Due to his departure before 180 days of service, he was given an "uncharacterized discharge" in 2006, friends tell the Washington Post ; military records confirm the story. He left... More »

Secret Bergdahl Prediction: Only 1 Will Shun Taliban

2 likely to return as honchos, says assessment made during negotiations

(Newser) - The back story of the Bowe Bergdahl swap gets one detail richer today by way of a Wall Street Journal report on a classified assessment that found two of the five Guantanamo detainees that were to be released would likely end up back in a senior role with the Taliban.... More »

Most Americans Think Price Was Too High for Bergdahl

56% in CBS poll don't like the trade for 5 Taliban members

(Newser) - Americans generally aren't too pleased with the Bowe Bergdahl prisoner exchange, especially if they're veterans or Republicans, according to a new CBS poll . Specifically, most in the poll (56%) think the US paid too high of a price by exchanging five Gitmo detainees. Some highlights:
  • Disapprove: 45% disapprove
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Jon Stewart Takes on Haters of 'Muslim' Bergdahls

While Colbert mocks his so-called cage

(Newser) - Bowe Bergdahl has been taking a lot of heat on cable news, with pundits—particularly on Fox—calling him un-American or worse. "In just a few days this guy ... went from 'guy who left base without permission' to 'Muslim terrorist Kennedy assassin,'" Jon Stewart observed... More »

John Kerry: Freed Taliban Could Fight, Also 'Get Killed'

(Newser) - John Kerry has a word for critics who charge that American troops are in greater danger in the wake of the prisoner swap that freed five Taliban leaders, and that word is "baloney ." Of the Taliban, he says, "I am not telling you that they don’t... More »

Bergdahl Was Kept in Shark Cage for Weeks

US officials also say he's in decent shape physically; mentally still unready

(Newser) - Bowe Bergdahl tried in vain to escape his Taliban captors, US officials tell the New York Times , and as punishment, he says "they kept him in a shark cage in total darkness for weeks, possibly months," says one official; that's a drastically different scenario than the Taliban... More »

Taliban: Bergdahl Played Soccer, Read Books

Spokesman describes his 'good conditions'

(Newser) - So how did Bowe Bergdahl while away the five years he spent as a Taliban hostage in Afghanistan? Playing soccer with his captors and reading about Islam seem to be two pastimes, a Taliban spokesman tells the AP . "You can ask him in America about his life (in captivity),... More »

Obama Made the Right Decision on Bowe Bergdahl

David Brooks and Charles Krauthammer defend the move

(Newser) - President Obama is taking much flak over his decision to negotiate with the Taliban for the freedom of Bowe Bergdahl , but two columnists on the right come to his defense today. "Obama made the right call," writes David Brooks in the New York Times . Even if Bergdahl is... More »

Taliban: We Found Bergdahl Alone, Cursing Americans

Commanders say they thought it was a trick

(Newser) - The Taliban were just as confused by Bowe Bergdahl as the Afghan villagers who first encountered him after he allegedly wandered off his base, two former commanders say. Fighters rushed to capture Bergdahl after villagers informed them of his presence, and he was found walking alone, acting strangely, and cursing... More »

White House: We Thought Bergdahl Would Be Killed

Says it bypassed Congress because of threats by Taliban

(Newser) - The Obama administration has told senators it didn't notify Congress about the pending swap of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban officials because the Taliban had threatened to kill him if the deal was made public before it happened. That's according to three congressional officials who spoke to... More »

'High' Bergdahl Headed Right for Taliban: Villagers

Dazed soldier was probably 'smoking hashish,' district intel chief says

(Newser) - Just how did Bowe Bergdahl end up separated from his US military base and in the hands of the Taliban? According to Afghan villagers who met Bergdahl wandering off base shortly before his capture, it seems he headed right for trouble. "It was very confusing to us. Why would... More »

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