The commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command, Mark Milley, is currently deliberating whether to bring a military court-martial against U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who is suspected of deserting his post in Afghanistan. Details about the ongoing investigation have been closely held.

Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban in 2009 and after 5 years was traded back to U.S. forces in return for the highly controversial release of 5 high-ranking Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay.

Milley’s options range from taking no action against Bergdahl to initiating a court-martial proceeding.

Bergdahl’s father, Robert, made headlines on June 1st 2014 after the release of his son when he appeared in the Rose Garden with his wife and U.S. President Barack Obama and began reciting the most frequent phrase in the Koran — “Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim” which translates to“In the name of Allah, most Gracious, most Compassionate.” (Source of translation.) He then turned heads on twitter when he revealed he was working toward freeing all remaining prisoners from Gitmo:

The consensus among many of his fellow platoon members at the time of his release was that Bergdahl deserted his post. A soldier on Twitter, who claims he was in the same company as Bergdahl and watched the entire scene unfold, is claiming the official story reported by the press at the time is untrue. He posted his version of the events which led to Bowe’s capture:

He described Bergdahl as possibly mentally ill, spending most of his free time studying languages in Rosetta Stone(McVeigh comes to mind for some reason):

Towards the end of his story, he says he fears reprisal from the Obama administration, and asks for legal help:

Bergdahl‘s freedom came at a very high price for American security. Obama sidestepped a Congressional review and immediately released FIVE militant jihadists from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. White House officials acknowledged the sudden trade violated a federal law requiring a 30-day notice to Congress before prisoners are transferred but attempted to justify the move saying “The administration determined that given these unique and exigent circumstances, such a transfer should go forward notwithstanding the notice requirement.”

The definitive source for the Bowe Bergdahl story, Michael Hastings, had unparalleled access for the story and it was his conclusion that a disillusioned Bergdahl had actually abandoned his post and “walked away.” Hastings was being investigated by the FBI for a popular article about Bergdahl he posted on the Rolling Stone website on June 7, 2012. His opening paragraph sums up his opinion of what happened to Bergdahl:

Three years ago, a 23-year-old soldier walked off his base in Afghanistan and into the hands of the Taliban. Now he’s a crucial pawn in negotiations to end the war. Will the Pentagon leave a man behind?

The FBI’s probe into Hastings’ reporting was revealed in a heavily redacted document released by the agency following a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request which was filed on the same day in June of 2013 …….. that Hastings died in a car accident in Los Angeles.

 

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