P.O.W. Exchanged for Five Gitmo Terrorists

Well, this is interesting to say the least – One alleged deserter [Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl] for five high level terrorists.  Of course, I don’t know if the following comment is true any more than I know the linked AP report by Julie and Lolita is true.
Comment by “Amber” on Yahoo:

“First hand report from another soldier that he was a deserter and several people died from trying to find him- Jeff 1 hour ago- Now will we see a Courts Martial for desertion and the complicity in the deaths of several soldiers who were KIA in the hunt for him after he deserted his post? From one of his “fellow” soldiers”: We were at OP Mest, Paktika Province, Afghanistan. It was a small outpost where B Co 1-501st INF (Airbone) ran operations out of, just an Infantry platoon and ANA counterparts there. The place was an Afghan graveyard. Bergdahl had been acting a little strange, telling people he wanted to “walk the earth” and kept a little journal talking about how he was meant for better things. No one thought anything about it. He was a little “out there”. Next morning he’s gone. We search everywhere, and can’t find him. He left his weapon, his kit, and other sensitive items. He only took some water, a compass and a knife. We find some afghan kids shortly after who saw an american walking north asking about where the taliban are. We get hits on our voice intercepter that Taliban has him, and we were close. We come to realize that the kid deserted his post, snuck out of camp and sought out Taliban… to join them. We were in a defensive position at OP Mest, where your focus is to keep people out. He knew where the blind spots were to slip out and that’s what he did. It was supposed to be a 4-day mission but turned into several months of active searching. Everyone was spun up to find this guy. News outlets all over the country were putting out false information. It was hard to see, especially when we knew the truth about what happened and we lost good men trying to find him. PFC Matthew Michael Martinek, Staff Sgt. Kurt Robert Curtiss, SSG Clayton Bowen, PFC Morris Walker, SSG Michael Murphrey, 2LT Darryn Andrews, were all KIA from our unit who died looking for Bergdahl. Many others from various units were wounded or killed while actively looking for Bergdahl. Fighting Increased. IEDs and enemy ambushes increased. The Taliban knew that we were looking for him in high numbers and our movements were predictable. Because of Bergdahl, more men were out in danger, and more attacks on friendly camps and positions were conducted while we were out looking for him. His actions impacted the region more than anyone wants to admit. There is also no way to know what he told the Taliban: Our movements, locations, tactics, weak points on vehicles and other things for the enemy to exploit are just a few possibilities. The Government knows full well that he deserted. It looks bad and is a good propaganda piece for the Taliban. They refuse to acknowledge it. Hell they even promoted him to Sergeant which makes me sick. I feel for his family who only want their son/brother back. They don’t know the truth, or refuse to acknowledge it as well. What he did affected his family and his whole town back home, who don’t know the truth. Either way what matters is that good men died because of him. He has been lying on all those Taliban videos about everything since his “capture”. If he ever returns, he should be tried under the UCMJ for being a deserter and judged for what he did. Bergdahl is not a hero, he is not a soldier or an Infantryman. He failed his brothers. Now, sons and daughters are growing up without their fathers who died for him and he will have to face that truth someday.”

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In a statement, President Barack Obama said Bergdahl’s recovery “is a reminder of America’s unwavering commitment to leave no man or woman in uniform behind on the battlefield.” [He probably didn’t even know Bergdahl was being held, that is, unless he remembered reading it in the newspaper]

Officials said the Taliban signaled to the U.S. in November [November what? 2009 2013? 2010?] that they were ready to start new talks on the issue of detainees. After the U.S. received proof that Bergdahl was still alive, indirect talks began, with Qatar sending messages back and forth between the two parties.

The talks intensified about a week ago, officials said, resulting in Bergdahl’s release and the transfer of the Afghan detainees. [Took only a week once Obama found his pen.]

The five Guantanamo detainees departed the base on a U.S. military aircraft Saturday afternoon. Under the conditions of their release, the detainees will be banned from traveling outside of Qatar for at least one year. [A whole year!  They should have a nice little terrorist plot mapped out by then, but I wonder what the other conditions were.]

Obama and the emir of Qatar spoke last week about the conditions of the release, which have been codified in a memorandum of understanding between the two countries, officials said.

Officials said Obama spoke with Bergdahl’s parents Saturday, shortly after their son had been taken into U.S. custody. Bergdahl’s family was in Washington on a previously scheduled visit when they received the news. [Just happened to be in Washington?  Have we seen the photo op yet?]

NOTE:  Added about 8 p.m. I just turned to CSPAN to see that the parents were WITH the president in the Rose Garden I think as he announced the release – Father with full beard and pony tail said that his son was having trouble speaking English right now and spoke a few words to him in Farsi (I guess) and a few more to the Afghan people.  Weird?  You bet it is.

And Bowe is pronounced Bo as in Obama’s dog.

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The detainees are believed to be the most senior Afghans still held at the prison. They are believed to be:

—Abdul Haq Wasiq, who served as the Taliban deputy minister of intelligence

—Mullah Norullah Nori, a senior Taliban commander in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif when the Taliban fought U.S. forces in late 2001

—Khairullah Khairkhwa, who served in various Taliban positions including interior minister and had direct ties to Taliban leader Mullah Omar and Osama bin Laden

Mohammed Nabi, who served as chief of security for the Taliban in Qalat, Afghanistan, and later worked as a radio operator for the Taliban’s communications office in Kabul

—Mohammad Fazl, whom Human Rights Watch says could be prosecuted for war crimes for presiding over the mass killing of Shiite Muslims in Afghanistan in 2000 and 2001 as the Taliban sought to consolidate their control over the country.

http://news.yahoo.com/us-soldier-freed-captivity-afghanistan-164824831–politics.html%5B/

May, 2012 NYT article:

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl grew up skiing, fencing and dancing the role of the Nutcracker in the nearby Sun Valley Ballet School…..

Wikipedia:  In August 2010 it was reported that a Taliban commander named Haji Nadeem said Bergdahl was helping to train the Taliban in bomb making and infantry tactics. The Pentagon dismissed the reports as Taliban propaganda.

PLUS:  In June of 2011, while in capture, Bergdahl was promoted to rank of sergeant.  So I guess that kind of negates any idea they think he deserted.

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2 responses to “P.O.W. Exchanged for Five Gitmo Terrorists

  1. bellalu0

    I read that Bergdhal was speaking in Pashto to his son.

    “At the end of brief event, the soldier’s father, Bob Bergdahl, recited the most frequent phrase in the Koran — “Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim” —which means ‘In the name of Allah, most Gracious, most Compassionate.'”

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  2. bellalu0

    Just as I suspected. A effing Islamist sympathizer or maybe full fledged Islamist. O also violated law in this release without giving congress 30 day notification. Nice little bunch of traitors.

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