Bowe Bergdahl http://kplu.org en Bergdahl's Attorney Expects Army Questioning To Begin Soon http://kplu.org/post/bergdahls-attorney-expects-army-questioning-begin-soon <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159161809&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The attorney representing rescued POW <a href="http://www.kplu.org/term/bowe-bergdahl">Bowe Bergdahl</a> expects the Army sergeant to be interviewed by military investigators within the coming weeks. The probe into how Bergdahl fell into Taliban hands while off-base in 2009 is already underway.</p><p>Bergdahl's attorney Eugene Fidell says it's hard to find other cases that serve as precedent for Bergdahl. Fidell, who teaches military justice at Yale Law School, met with Bergdahl in San Antonio for the first time last week after Bergdahl asked Fidell to represent him.</p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:31:12 +0000 Jessica Robinson 17791 at http://kplu.org Bergdahl's Attorney Expects Army Questioning To Begin Soon Bergdahl Retains Lawyer For Army Investigation Into His Disappearance http://kplu.org/post/bergdahl-retains-lawyer-army-investigation-his-disappearance <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158822208&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe><p>Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has retained a lawyer to counsel him during the Army's investigation into the circumstances of his capture.</p><p>In the meantime, the former prisoner of war who spent nearly five years as a Taliban captive in Afghanistan, has returned to regular duty at an Army base in Texas.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:35:10 +0000 Jessica Robinson 17721 at http://kplu.org Bergdahl Retains Lawyer For Army Investigation Into His Disappearance Would-Be Day Of Celebration In Bergdahl’s Hometown Passes Quietly http://kplu.org/post/would-be-day-celebration-bergdahl-s-hometown-passes-quietly <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156733564&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>A day of planned celebration of Bowe Bergdahl in his Idaho hometown turned out to be a pretty uneventful one. Hailey, Idaho cancelled Saturday’s event after the city received threats.</p><p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:40:29 +0000 Jessica Robinson 17482 at http://kplu.org Would-Be Day Of Celebration In Bergdahl’s Hometown Passes Quietly Idaho’s Politicians Walk A Careful Line In Debate Over Bergdahl Release http://kplu.org/post/idaho-s-politicians-walk-careful-line-debate-over-bergdahl-release <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154652754&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe><p>There has been no shortage of strong opinions about the release of the former prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl — except among Idaho's congressional delegation.</p><p>The two senators and two congressmen from Bergdahl's home state have largely avoided the national fray.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 19:48:05 +0000 Jessica Robinson 17178 at http://kplu.org Idaho’s Politicians Walk A Careful Line In Debate Over Bergdahl Release U.S. Launches Investigation Into Disappearance Of Bergdahl http://kplu.org/post/us-launches-investigation-disappearance-bergdahl The U.S. Army has launched an investigation into the "facts and circumstances" surrounding both how Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl disappeared in Afghanistan and his capture by the Taliban.<p>In a statement, the Army said it had appointed Maj. Gen. Kenneth R. Dahl as its investigating officer. The statement continues:<p><blockquote><p>"The primary function of this investigation, as in any other investigation, is to ascertain facts and report them to the appointing authority. These types of investigations are not uncommon and serve to establish the facts on the ground following an incident. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 18:37:04 +0000 Eyder Peralta 17172 at http://kplu.org U.S. Launches Investigation Into Disappearance Of Bergdahl Commissioner Of Bergdahl's Home County Asks Media, American Public For Space http://kplu.org/post/commissioner-bergdahls-home-county-asks-media-american-public-space <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154057877&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>A county commissioner in Blaine County, Idaho, has asked both members of the media and critics of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to give the soldier’s hometown some space. The commissioner says the town of Hailey is tired of being the target of people’s “misguided rage” over the former POW.</p><p>Blaine County Commissioner Larry Shoen says not only the Bergdahl family but some community members have received personal threats.</p><p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 16:34:03 +0000 Jessica Robinson 17099 at http://kplu.org Commissioner Of Bergdahl's Home County Asks Media, American Public For Space Idaho Lawmaker Urges Politicians To Hold Off On Criticizing Bergdahl http://kplu.org/post/idaho-lawmaker-urges-politicians-hold-criticizing-bergdahl <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/153894386&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Idaho Congressman Raúl Labrador is calling on fellow politicians to avoid "escalating the rhetoric" around Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Labrador, a Republican, made the comments at a panel discussion hosted Tuesday in Washington, D.C. by the Heritage Foundation.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">U.S. Rep. Labrador told the audience that without knowing more details, it’s too soon to criticize Bergdahl.</p><p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:42:17 +0000 Jessica Robinson 17069 at http://kplu.org Idaho Lawmaker Urges Politicians To Hold Off On Criticizing Bergdahl ‘Awareness’ No Longer The Issue For Bergdahl’s Network Of Supporters http://kplu.org/post/awareness-no-longer-issue-bergdahl-s-network-supporters <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/153631229&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The parents of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl issued a statement through social media Monday, thanking supporters for standing by them for nearly five years as they waited for their son to be freed from Taliban captivity.</p><p>Meantime, Bergdahl's broad network of online supporters continues to back the POW amidst a raging debate about whether Bergdahl deserted.</p><p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 00:23:07 +0000 Jessica Robinson 17058 at http://kplu.org ‘Awareness’ No Longer The Issue For Bergdahl’s Network Of Supporters Idaho Town That Waited 5 Years For Bergdahl Now Must Defend Its Support http://kplu.org/post/idaho-town-waited-5-years-bergdahl-now-must-defend-its-support <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152812201&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Army Sgt. Bowe&nbsp;Bergdahl's hometown of Hailey, Idaho was unprepared for the public backlash that followed the brief&nbsp;</span>jubilant response to Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s release from the Taliban on Saturday.&nbsp;</p><p>First, there was criticism of the Obama administration exchanging five Taliban detainees for Bergdahl. Then, some soldiers from his former unit started speaking out against the freed POW.</p><p>Josh Korder, a former Army soldier who served with Bergdahl, told CNN earlier this week that he believes men lost their lives searching for him.</p><p>“I mean, at best, he's a deserter. At worst, he's a traitor,” Korder said.</p><p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 17:55:22 +0000 Jessica Robinson 16949 at http://kplu.org Idaho Town That Waited 5 Years For Bergdahl Now Must Defend Its Support Taliban Release Video Of Handoff That Freed Bergdahl http://kplu.org/post/taliban-release-video-handoff-freed-bergdahl <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kDFGbk1ExM</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 16:17:19 +0000 Bill Chappell 16944 at http://kplu.org Taliban Release Video Of Handoff That Freed Bergdahl McMorris Rodgers Joins Politicians Questioning Bergdahl's Release http://kplu.org/post/mcmorris-rodgers-joins-politicians-questioning-bergdahls-release <p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 14.40143871307373px;">Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., is among the elected officials speaking up this week about the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from Taliban captivity.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 14.40143871307373px;"><span style="font-size: 12px;">McMorris&nbsp;Rodgers, who represents eastern Washington, said she joins every American in welcoming home </span>Bergdahl<span style="font-size: 12px;">, but says it is important we get clarity on how the prisoner swap came about between the Obama administration and Taliban leaders.</span></p><p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 23:37:14 +0000 Paige Browning 16937 at http://kplu.org McMorris Rodgers Joins Politicians Questioning Bergdahl's Release Bergdahl’s Hometown Caught In Crossfire Of National Backlash http://kplu.org/post/bergdahl-s-hometown-caught-crossfire-national-backlash <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152660521&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 14.40143871307373px;">People in Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's hometown in Idaho say they're “shocked” by how quickly the captive soldier's homecoming has turned into a national controversy.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 14.40143871307373px;">Bergdahl <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/after-nearly-5-years-parents-pow-bergdahl-prepare-see-son-again">was released Saturday </a>after nearly five years in Taliban captivity. Since then, some fellow soldiers have accused him of being a deserter. The city of Hailey, Idaho is now asking people to withhold judgment.</p><p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 19:40:49 +0000 Jessica Robinson 16922 at http://kplu.org Bergdahl’s Hometown Caught In Crossfire Of National Backlash After Nearly 5 Years, Parents Of POW Bergdahl Prepare To See Son Again http://kplu.org/post/after-nearly-5-years-parents-pow-bergdahl-prepare-see-son-again <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">After five years in captivity,&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is finally free. The American POW is now receiving medical aid at a U.S. military hospital in Germany.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Bergdahl<span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;"> of Hailey, Idaho was held captive by the Taliban — first in Afghanistan, and later, it's believed, in Pakistan. On Saturday, he was released peacefully in a swap for five Guantanamo Bay detainees.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Bergdahl's family and his hometown are now preparing for the next chapter.</p><p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 16:12:16 +0000 Jessica Robinson 16882 at http://kplu.org After Nearly 5 Years, Parents Of POW Bergdahl Prepare To See Son Again Taliban Suspends Talks On Prisoner Exchange http://kplu.org/post/taliban-suspends-talks-prisoner-exchange-0 <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">The spokesman for Afghanistan's Taliban says they have suspended "mediation" with the United States to exchange captive U.S. soldier Sgt. Bowe&nbsp;<font color="red">Bergdahl</font>&nbsp;for five senior Taliban prisoners held in U.S. custody in Guantanamo Bay.</p><p> Sun, 23 Feb 2014 21:03:12 +0000 The Associated Press 14016 at http://kplu.org Taliban Suspends Talks On Prisoner Exchange Idaho Family 'Cautiously Optimistic' Prisoner Swap Will Bring POW Home http://kplu.org/post/idaho-family-cautiously-optimistic-prisoner-swap-will-bring-pow-home <p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 14.40143871307373px;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 14.40143871307373px;">The Idaho family of <a href="http://www.kplu.org/search/google/bowe%20bergdahl?query=bowe%20bergdahl&amp;cx=010251366440257945544%3Ay-awufi-sb8&amp;cof=FORID%3A11&amp;sitesearch=">captured U.S. soldier Bowe </a></span><a href="http://www.kplu.org/search/google/bowe%20bergdahl?query=bowe%20bergdahl&amp;cx=010251366440257945544%3Ay-awufi-sb8&amp;cof=FORID%3A11&amp;sitesearch=">Bergdahl</a><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 14.40143871307373px;"> is welcoming an effort to get their son home through a prisoner swap.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 14.40143871307373px;">Bergdahl has been a captive of the Taliban on the border lands of Afghanistan and Pakistan for nearly five years, and past attempts at negotiations have stalled out.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 14.40143871307373px;">The idea of a prisoner exchange for Bergdahl has been talked about for years, most recently as a way to open broader peace talks with the Taliban. But such an endeavor required a delicate balance with the Afghan government and talks never got off the ground.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 14.40143871307373px;">Now, <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-seeks-prisoner-swap-with-taliban-to-free-army-sgt-bowe-bergdahl/2014/02/17/f142ed50-9590-11e3-afce-3e7c922ef31e_story.html" target="_blank">the Washington Post reports</a>, U.S. negotiators are floating the idea of just a swap: Bergdahl in exchange for five Taliban operatives at Guantanamo Bay.</p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:20:14 +0000 Jessica Robinson 13775 at http://kplu.org Idaho Family 'Cautiously Optimistic' Prisoner Swap Will Bring POW Home