Congressional Committee: Obama Broke Laws in Bergdahl Swap; Army: Bergdahl to be Court Martialed

Yesterday, the U.S. Army confirmed that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will indeed face general court-martial. On July 8, 2015 an Article 32 hearing was held for Bergdahl at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Gen. Mark Milley, commanding general of Army Forces Command, charged Bergdahl on March 25, 2015 with one count of desertion with intent to shirk important or hazardous duty, and one count of misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of a command, unit or place.

 

Despite this, and without the consent of or even notifying Congress according to the law, Obama traded five of the highest ranking Taliban leaders imprisoned at the U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo, Cuba (GITMO), known as “the Guantanamo Five,” for a U.S. Army deserter.

The U.S. House Armed Service Committee recently released its report on the Inquiry of the Department of Defense’s May 2014 Transfer to Qatar of Five law-of-war detainees in Connection with the Recovery of a Captive U.S. Soldier; the result of a year long investigation.

In sum, they concluded that the Obama administration broke several laws, went out of its way to intentionally hide from Congress six months of negotiations pertaining to the prisoner exchange, misled reporters, “threatened constitutional separation of powers,” and conveniently used Bergdahl as an excuse to release more GITMO detainees for his own political reasons.

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