Bowe Bergdahl

Law
4:22 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

GAO Finds Bergdahl Prisoner Swap Broke Federal Law

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The Pentagon broke the law when it swapped five members of the Taliban for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of Idaho, according to the findings of an independent government investigation released Thursday.

The Government Accountability Office says officials should have given Congress 30 days' notice.

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Prisoner Of War
2:31 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Bergdahl's Attorney Expects Army Questioning To Begin Soon

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The attorney representing rescued POW Bowe Bergdahl 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.

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.

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Prisoner Of War
9:35 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Bergdahl Retains Lawyer For Army Investigation Into His Disappearance

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Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has retained a lawyer to counsel him during the Army's investigation into the circumstances of his capture.

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. 

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Prisoner Of War
8:40 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Would-Be Day Of Celebration In Bergdahl’s Hometown Passes Quietly

This tree was one of four planted for an event last year in Bowe Bergdahl’s hometown. The trees marked his then four years in captivity.
Jessica Robinson

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.

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Prisoner Of War
12:48 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Idaho’s Politicians Walk A Careful Line In Debate Over Bergdahl Release

Bowe Bergdahl at age 16.
Courtesy of the Bergdahl family.

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.

The two senators and two congressmen from Bergdahl's home state have largely avoided the national fray. 

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Prisoner Of War
11:37 am
Mon June 16, 2014

U.S. Launches Investigation Into Disappearance Of Bergdahl

A video frame grab of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl released by the Voice of Jihad website shows the soldier during his captivity.
AP

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 10:50 am

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.

In a statement, the Army said it had appointed Maj. Gen. Kenneth R. Dahl as its investigating officer. The statement continues:

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Prisoner Of War
9:34 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Commissioner Of Bergdahl's Home County Asks Media, American Public For Space

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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.

Blaine County Commissioner Larry Shoen says not only the Bergdahl family but some community members have received personal threats.

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Prisoner Of War
9:42 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Idaho Lawmaker Urges Politicians To Hold Off On Criticizing Bergdahl

In this image taken from video obtained from Voice Of Jihad Website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan.
AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video

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.

U.S. Rep. Labrador told the audience that without knowing more details, it’s too soon to criticize Bergdahl.

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Prisoner Of War
5:23 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

‘Awareness’ No Longer The Issue For Bergdahl’s Network Of Supporters

Courtesy of Buster Hickam

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.

Meantime, Bergdahl's broad network of online supporters continues to back the POW amidst a raging debate about whether Bergdahl deserted.

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Prisoner Of War
10:55 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Idaho Town That Waited 5 Years For Bergdahl Now Must Defend Its Support

The exterior of Jane Drussel's store, Jane's Artifacts, in downtown Hailey, Idaho.
Jessica Robinson

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's hometown of Hailey, Idaho was unprepared for the public backlash that followed the brief jubilant response to Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s release from the Taliban on Saturday. 

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.

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.

“I mean, at best, he's a deserter. At worst, he's a traitor,” Korder said.

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The Two-Way
9:17 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Taliban Release Video Of Handoff That Freed Bergdahl

An image taken from a video obtained from the Voice of Jihad website shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl (right) with a Taliban fighter just before he was released to U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan.
AP

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 9:20 am

A Black Hawk helicopter swoops in to pick up Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in a valley in Afghanistan, in a video of the handover of the American prisoner of war that was posted online early Wednesday. The Pentagon says it's reviewing the video; a spokesman says there's no reason to question its authenticity.

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Prisoner Of War
4:37 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

McMorris Rodgers Joins Politicians Questioning Bergdahl's Release

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl
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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. 

McMorris Rodgers, who represents eastern Washington, said she joins every American in welcoming home Bergdahl, but says it is important we get clarity on how the prisoner swap came about between the Obama administration and Taliban leaders.

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Prisoner Of War
12:40 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Bergdahl’s Hometown Caught In Crossfire Of National Backlash

Jani Bergdahl, mother of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, reacts as President Barack Obama speaks about the release of her son, during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on Saturday, May 31, 2014.
Jacquelyn Martin AP Photo

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.

Bergdahl was released Saturday 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.

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Prisoner Of War
9:12 am
Mon June 2, 2014

After Nearly 5 Years, Parents Of POW Bergdahl Prepare To See Son Again

Jani and Bob Bergdahl speak to the media during a news conference at Gowen Field in Boise, Idaho, on Sunday, June 1, 2014, regarding their son, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Sgt.
Otto Kitsinger AP Photo

After five years in captivity, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is finally free. The American POW is now receiving medical aid at a U.S. military hospital in Germany.

Bergdahl 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.

Bergdahl's family and his hometown are now preparing for the next chapter.

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Prisoner Of War
1:03 pm
Sun February 23, 2014

Taliban Suspends Talks On Prisoner Exchange

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The spokesman for Afghanistan's Taliban says they have suspended "mediation" with the United States to exchange captive U.S. soldier Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five senior Taliban prisoners held in U.S. custody in Guantanamo Bay.

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