Bowe Bergdahl investigation leader says GI should not face jail time

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Maybe the General should ask the six soldiers who searched for Bergdahl what they think of this. Oh wait, they’re dead.

Deserter Pfc Bowe Bergdahl

Deserter Pfc Bowe Bergdahl

CNN: The Army general who led the investigation into Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s actions in Afghanistan testified Friday that jail time would be “inappropriate” for the soldier captured and held five years by the Taliban. Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl said he interviewed Bowe for a day and a half and “did not find any evidence to corroborate the reporting that Bergdahl was … sympathetic to the Taliban.”
Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl

Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl

Instead, Dahl said, Bergdahl wanted to call attention to what he considered poor leadership of his unit. Bergdal believed that by leaving his observation post and running 23 kilometers (about 14 miles) to a nearby base he could cause a stir and gain access to a high-ranking officer to complain, Dahl said.
Dahl testified at an Army Article 32 preliminary hearing held to determine whether Bergdahl will face a court-martial. If his case goes to court-martial and he is found guilty, Bergdahl faces a potential maximum penalty of life in prison. Bergdahl will not testify, defense attorney Eugene Fidell told the military court at Joint Base San Antonio.
Bergdahl vanished in June 2009 after deserting his unit, authorities said. The incident set off a series of events that included his five-year capture by the Taliban. President Barack Obama later freed five members of the terror network held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in exchange for Bergdahl last year. As part of the controversial prisoner swap, Bergdahl returned to the United States. In March, the military charged him with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.
‘Unrealistic expectations of people’
Dahl testified that he thought Bergdahl was “very bright and well-read.” When asked what in Bergdahl’s background might have caused his behavior in the military, Dahl said that the combination of growing up in rural Idaho on the “edge of the grid … being home-schooled” and the fact that he “internalized a lot of what he read” resulted in him having “idealistic and unrealistic expectations of people.” Though Bergdahl was not duty-bound to comply with the investigation, he did so and submitted to a day and a half interview. Bergdahl did not exercise his right to silence at the start of the interview, Dahl said. Dahl said he didn’t “believe there is a jail sentence at the end of this process.”
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The last witness from the Bergdhahl defense team was Terrence Russell, a civilian who works for the Department of Defense Joint Personnel Recovery Agency. Russell debriefed Bergdahl. Russell said Bergdahl experienced “horrific” conditions and that his “experience ranks in the same echelon of horrible conditions that we have not seen in 60 years,” referring to troops held in Vietnam. He described Bergdhahl as “an army of one, he had to fight the enemy alone for 4 years 11 months. You cannot overestimate how difficult that is. ”
The hearing began Thursday, when government prosecutors called witnesses who represented Bergdahl’s chain of command.
His former platoon leader, Capt. John Paul Billings, recounted soldiers awakening him early to say Bergdahl was missing. “I didn’t really know what to say. I was in shock, in absolute disbelief that I couldn’t find one of my own men. It’s a hard thing to swallow,” Billings said, adding that a squad immediately went out to look for him. On cross-examination, Billings said Bergdahl appeared to be completely normal the day before he disappeared, that he had been dedicated to the mission and had an outstanding record of performance.
The defense asked the platoon leader whether he had been made aware that Bergdahl had a psychological discharge from the U.S. Coast Guard, or that Bergdahl “possessed a severe mental disease or defect?” Billings said he would have recommended Bergdahl to specialist care if he had known of any such mental issue.
During the hearing, Berghdahl sat at a long table with his civilian and military defense attorneys. He spent much of the proceedings looking down as he took notes on a pad in his lap.
Prisoner swap criticized
Some in the military and those who fought alongside Bergdahl in Afghanistan blasted the prisoner swap deal. Obama has hailed Bergdahl’s safe return to the United States. “Sgt. Bergdahl has missed birthdays and holidays and the simple moments with family and friends,” the President said when the soldier returned.
A court-martial would put the White House in a precarious situation. It has steadfastly defended the decision to recover Bergdahl amid backlash from Republicans and some who served with him in Afghanistan. At the time of his recovery, U.S. officials said Obama’s national security team was unanimous in its support of the prisoner exchange that ultimately returned Bergdahl to the United States.
Bergdahl prisoner swap
Concerns about his physical health prompted them to circumvent a requirement to notify Congress about pending prisoner releases, authorities said at the time. Obama cited a “sacred rule” in attempting to rescue American servicemen and -women, no matter the circumstances surrounding their capture. “We still get an American soldier back if he’s held in captivity. Period. Full stop. We don’t condition that,” he said at the time.
Some members of Bergdahl’s unit have accused him of purposely abandoning his post before being captured in remote Afghanistan. Some suggested the U.S. effort to rescue him was misguided. Allegations that he abandoned his post were well-known before his rescue became public, though they hadn’t yet been subject to the type of Army investigation that followed his return.
The White House has expressed no regret at the decision to swap the Idaho native with Taliban prisoners.
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0 responses to “Bowe Bergdahl investigation leader says GI should not face jail time

  1. Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl’s nose must be very brown by now.

  2. maj.gen. dahl….Wonder where hes from? Perhaps from the same rural Idaho community? bergdahl…dahl…..very common American names….Seems strangely coincidental to me….Or is it an intentional mockery?
    They want to claim he suffered enough in his five years of captivity; I would say he asked for those years with his desertion. Now is the time for him to pay for his treason with real captivity, real imprisonment.

  3. The general is right when he says Bergdahl should NOT face prison time. After all, public hanging is the proper punishment for treason.

  4. Oh I agree! Yes, Bergdahl should not face jail time! HE SHOULD FACE THE HANGMAN’S NOOSE.

    • Actually, I personally like the firing squad. I would love to see Mr Bergdahl shed blood for the lives of those men who lost their lives in looking for his raggidy butt.

  5. President Obama, Maj Gen’l Dahl and liberals at large: ! Wha! Wha! Call the “Wha-ambulance! ” It’s all Bush’s fault…It’s all his teachers’ faults…..It’s all his employers’ faults…”. HAVE YOU NO SHAME???????? Have you NO values….have you ONLY the last decades of non-compliance, non–reliability, non-accountability, and so on… rely upon to base your outcomes????? (I might add….it’s SO FREAKIN’ LIKE TODAY’S PUBLIC SCHOOLS……am I surprised that it’s carried out into all the OTHER areas of “American” values and accountability????? ) Evidently NOT!

  6. I agree. He should face a firing squad.

  7. The general “interviewed” bo, for all of a-day-and-a-half? So, are to we assume this general has some special “mind reading” skills?? The -0- cited “a sacred rule in attempting to rescue American servicemen and women, no matter the circumstance surrounding their capture!” Really? Well does anyone remember a certain Marine Sgt., suffering from PTSD, who made a wrong turn at the souther border, a few years back and was held in a filthy, dangerous mexican prison, for over a year? And did anyone notice that “no comment and no effort”, by this regime, was made to rescue him??

  8. The total hypocrisy of the fraud and his minions is so blatantly obvious; how can “everyone” not see, or understand it- – -even the “low information” voters?

  9. So Dahl, sorry, can’t use his rank out of disrespect, knows everything that those that lived with Bergdhal knows? They lived and breathed his life and feelings. And yet, Bergdhal has no responsibility, not buying that one.
    What a piece of crap this lover of tummy rubs is. Shame to him and his disloyalty to those that love this country and those that lost their lives looking for this piece of excrement.
    This is all about his love of his retirement and next stripe. Shame to him, for he is a disgrace to the uniform.


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