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Silverstone's Brother Factors Into the Bergdahl Pot Story

David Silverstone was nabbed in Cali drug bust

(Newser) - Who knew Alicia Silverstone had a brother? She does, and he apparently runs a pot farm—specifically, one that was busted during a drug raid at which Bowe Bergdahl was present last week in California. David Silverstone, 43, was charged with felony marijuana cultivation and possession for sale, and thrown... More »

Police Raid Pot Farm, Find Bowe Bergdahl

US soldier charged with desertion not charged in California incident

(Newser) - What a California drug task force probably expected to find when it raided a Mendocino County pot farm: pot. What it probably didn't expect to find: Bowe Bergdahl . The US soldier, charged with desertion after he went missing in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years,... More »

Taliban We Traded for Bergdahl Can Soon Travel

They might be able to move about freely as soon as Monday

(Newser) - A one-year travel ban is expiring for five senior Taliban leaders who were held in US detention at Guantanamo Bay until they were released last year in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, raising the possibility that the five can move freely around the world as early as Monday. Under terms... More »

Bergdahl: I Was Tortured, Caged for 5 Years

Letter outlines brutal treatment from captors

(Newser) - Bowe Bergdahl spent his five years as a Taliban captive caged and tortured both physically and psychologically, according to a letter his lawyer released soon after he was charged with desertion . "I was kept in constant isolation during the entire five years, with little to no understanding of time,... More »

Bowe Bergdahl Charged With Desertion

Army sergeant held by the Taliban faces life in prison

(Newser) - The US got Bowe Bergdahl released from five years of captivity in Afghanistan, but now it might imprison him for life back home. The Army today charged the 28-year-old sergeant with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, reports the Daily Beast . The first carries a five-year punishment, the latter a... More »

Report: Bergdahl to Be Charged With Desertion

Charges could come within a week, sources tell NBC News

(Newser) - Fellow soldiers have called Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl a deserter; in June, the Army said it would investigate their allegations. Now, senior defense officials tell NBC News he will indeed be charged, possibly within a week's time. They say the charges won't paint Bergdahl as having left his... More »

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 »

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