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  • Bowe Bergdahl’s lawyers seek to know if jurors voted for Trump

    06/22/2017 9:33:52 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 64 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 22, 2017 | Douglas Ernst
    Potential jurors for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s court-martial in October may be forced to tell lawyers if they voted for President Trump. Comments made by Mr. Trump during his 2016 Republican campaign for the White House have influenced one of the most high-profile, court-martial cases in U.S. Army history. Lawyers for Sgt. Bergdahl, the soldier who left his post in Afghanistan in June 2009, have a private 41-question survey for a Fort Bragg judge to consider. One of 17 questions objected to by prosecutors involves support for Mr. Trump’s campaign. “The principal issue has to do with ensuring we are...
  • Bergdahl lawyers appeal Trump motion to top military court

    03/23/2017 2:16:25 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 23, 2017 | Rebecca Kheel
    Lawyers for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl fulfilled a promise Thursday to appeal to the top military court to toss out their client’s case over disparaging comments made by President Trump on the campaign trail. In a 314-page motion filed Thursday with the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, defense lawyers said the “unprecedented circumstances” of Trump repeatedly calling Bergdahl a traitor who should be executed constitute apparent unlawful command influence (UCI). “To describe President Trump’s comments about Sgt. Bergdahl as merely ‘troubling,’ ‘made without consideration of their possible impact on the trial of the accused,’ ‘disturbing and disappointing,’...
  • Bergdahl Lawyers Shift Tactics With Presidential Change

    01/22/2017 6:22:21 PM PST · by digger48 · 28 replies
    legalinsurrection.com ^ | January 22, 2017 | Aleister
    After no pardon from Obama, claim of no possibility for fair trial under Trump. Military deserter Bowe Bergdahl was hoping for a pardon from President Obama which never came. Now that President Trump has taken office, Bergdahl’s lawyers are claiming he can’t be guaranteed a fair trial due to Trump’s prior criticism of him. The Hill reports: Bergdahl lawyers press for dismissal after Trump inauguration Lawyers for former prisoner of war and Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl made good on their promise to call for his case to be dismissed based on President Trump’s campaign comments against him, filing a motion...
  • Obama administration chose not to act on pardon request in Bowe Bergdahl’s desertion case

    01/22/2017 12:21:20 PM PST · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    WaPo ^ | January 20, 2017 | Rebecca Kheel
    Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier who faces court-martial on a charge of desertion after walking away from his base in Afghanistan and spending five years in militant captivity, sought and failed to receive a presidential pardon by President Barack Obama before he left office, according to Bergdahl’s attorney Eugene Fidell. The attorney acknowledged the effort Friday after Berghdahl’s legal team filed a new motion to dismiss the Army’s case against their client, citing past harsh rhetoric against Bergdahl by newly sworn-in President Trump. The New York Times previously reported the pardon effort was considered, but Bergdahl’s legal team...
  • Judge: Bowe Bergdahl Bears Some Responsibility For Risky Searches For Him

    12/16/2016 10:39:34 AM PST · by blueyon · 11 replies
    TPM ^ | 12/16/16 | JONATHAN DREW
    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — A military judge weighing evidence of injuries to service members who searched for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl said Friday that the soldier bears some responsibility for risky search missions triggered by him walking off his post in Afghanistan. The judge, Army Col. Jeffery Nance, said at a pretrial hearing that he still hasn't decided how far he'll let prosecutors go, if at all, in using evidence of the serious wounds. One soldier was shot in the head and suffered a traumatic brain injury; the other required hand surgery. "Sgt. Bergdahl is not responsible for a...
  • Judge hears testimony about injuries during Bergdahl search

    11/14/2016 10:39:27 AM PST · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 14, 2016 | AP
    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — A military officer testified Monday that he saw another soldier shot in the head during the 2009 search for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who's accused of endangering his comrades when he walked off his post in Afghanistan. The testimony came at a pretrial hearing at which an Army judge also agreed to delay Bergdahl's trial by several months until May 15, 2017. Prosecutors are arguing that the judge should allow evidence of two wounded soldiers' injuries into the case to help them show that Bergdahl's disappearance effectively put other military members in harm's way.
  • Army deserter gets tens of thousands in benefits after faking war wounds

    08/21/2016 2:32:43 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 21, 2016
    <p>An Army deserter from North Carolina is facing federal charges for allegedly receiving tens of thousands of dollars in veteran benefits by faking war wounds and military honors.</p> <p>Roy Lee Ross, Jr., 64, of Morganton, N.C., is accused of defrauding the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs by using the name of another Army veteran, according to the Charlotte Observer.</p>
  • Bergdahl: Taliban asked me if Obama is gay

    12/26/2015 7:06:24 PM PST · by digger48 · 43 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 24, 2015 | Beckie Strum
    Bowe Bergdahl compared his first year in Taliban captivity — starved, stinking and chained to a bed — to being tossed in a closet and forgotten. “Picture someone taking a bag, throwing it into the closet, shutting the door and just forgetting about it. That was basically how they treated me,” he said. (snip) Although watching over Bergdahl was a high honor, the guards were often bored and would pass the time by making videos of him, interrogating him with ridiculous questions or shaving his beard into shapes they found amusing, he said. “They ask you, is Obama gay and...
  • Bowe Bergdahl’s defense team says Donald Trump’s traitor charge taints case

    05/24/2016 3:03:10 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 24, 2016 | Rowan Scarborough
    <p>The Army on Tuesday provided a behind the scenes look at the prosecution of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, releasing pages of internal court communications that show the defense believes it is hamstrung in responding to Donald Trump’s charge that their client is a traitor.</p>
  • Bergdahl: My desertion an act of 'self-sacrirfice'

    03/17/2016 8:30:48 AM PDT · by rktman · 49 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 3/17/2016 | Rick Moran
    Bergdahl told a general who investigated the case that he hoped to cause an alarm by leaving his post, then walk to a larger base in Afghanistan so he could have an audience with a top commander. "So, the idea was to -- it was -- literally, it was a sacrificial -- it was a self-sacrifice thing," Bergdahl said, according to the transcript of a 2014 interview with Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl.
  • Long After Bergdahl's Release, His Hometown Is Still Under Siege

    02/18/2016 7:08:40 AM PST · by MarvinStinson · 49 replies
    NY Times ^ | 2/17/2016 | Matthew Rosenberg
    HAILEY, Idaho -- It was the third text message from the unfamiliar number -- the one that made direct reference to Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl -- that frightened Sherry Horton. It was written in nearly unintelligible gibberish, but its tone was unmistakably menacing. Ms. Horton had reason to be fearful: Hailey is the hometown of the American soldier who was vilified as a deserter and possibly even a traitor days after his release from Taliban captivity in May 2014 in a prisoner swap. Here in Hailey, death threats soon followed -- hundreds of calls to the Chamber of Commerce and to...
  • Bowe Bergdahl court martial delayed pending appeals court ruling

    02/09/2016 5:04:59 PM PST · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 9, 2016 | Victor Morton
    A dispute over classified information has put on hold the court-martial of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl on charges of desertion and cowardice. Col. Jeffrey Nance, the judge in the case, issued a stay in the proceedings while an appeals court rules on what classified information the Bergdahl defense team can receive from the prosecution. The military requested the delay, claiming an "abundance of caution" because some of the information sought hadn't been cleared with federal classification authorities.
  • Erika Lopez, first Tenn. woman to enlist for combat role, goes AWOL from Army (now deserter)

    02/04/2016 10:11:21 AM PST · by jazusamo · 102 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 4, 2016 | Kellan Howell
    The first woman in Tennessee and the fourth in the nation to enlist as a combat engineer in the Army went AWOL last month and is now considered a deserter, according to a military spokesperson. Erika Lopez made headlines in July when she enlisted for a role that could put her on the front lines of battle, just after the U.S. Army lifted its ban on women in combat roles. Ms. Lopez was in basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, by September but was placed on convalescent leave by the end of the year, according to a local CBS...
  • Bergdahl: Taliban asked me if Obama is gay (if it quacks like a duck...)

    12/25/2015 8:23:12 AM PST · by akalinin · 45 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 24, 2015 | Beckie Strum
    Although watching over Bergdahl was a high honor, the guards were often bored and would pass the time by making videos of him, interrogating him with ridiculous questions or shaving his beard into shapes they found amusing, he said. “They ask you, is Obama gay and sleeps with men?” he recalled. His young guards were also curious about where US military bases got their prostitutes, alcohol and drugs, and were obsessed with American soft drinks, he added.
  • Media Down Playing Bergdahl Punishment

    12/23/2015 10:29:36 AM PST · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 23, 2015 | Russ Vaughn
    Since an Army general has finally demonstrated the backbone, rarely seen nowadays among his peers, to defy the White House and proceed with the prosecution of Pvt. Bowe Bergdahl for desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, the liberal media is doing its very best to downplay the possible seriousness of the charges. Even conservative venues are repeating the deceit that the desertion charge carries a maximum penalty of five years confinement while the lesser known second charge can result in a life sentence at maximum. I hate to disappoint all the liberal Democrats and their media mouthpieces whose war heroes...
  • Bowe Bergdahl Arraigned On Desertion Charges At NC Army Base

    12/22/2015 11:05:45 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Talking Point Memo News ^ | December 22, 2015 | Jonathan Drew
    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who disappeared in Afghanistan in 2009 and was held by the Taliban for five years, appeared Tuesday before a military judge on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Bergdahl was arraigned during a short hearing and deferred entering a plea and did not decide whether he wants to face a court-martial with a jury or one with just a judge. He said little beyond answering "yes" and "no" to questions about whether he understood his rights and the court proceedings. He wore an Army dress uniform with a...
  • Bergdahl Court Martial also Indicts Obama

    12/17/2015 6:35:53 AM PST · by PROCON · 53 replies
    americanthinker ^ | Dec. 17, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    The decision to refer the case of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl to a general court martial on charges of desertion by Gen. Robert B. Abrams, the head of Army Forces Command at Ft. Bragg, N.C., shows there remains at least one general not cowed by President Obama's purge of command officers deemed insufficiently subservient to his policies of appeasement and unilateral disarmament. As Breitbart reported: Bergdahl, who was kidnapped by the Taliban following his abandonment of a forward operating base in Afghanistan, was charged this year with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. If charged with the latter, he could potentially...
  • Bowe Bergdahl’s desertion story is beyond disgraceful

    12/13/2015 5:44:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | December 11, 2015 | Jim Mitchell
    The last time I heard something as far-fetched as U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s rationale for leaving his post was O.J. Simpson’s vow to search for his ex-wife’s killer…on the golf course. I don’t know whether to laugh, cry or be angry. Bergdahl is one troubled young man. Listen to this podcast. I think you will agree. His reason for leaving his post and endangering the lives of soldiers searching for him is remarkably juvenile. He wanted to expose leadership failures, and test whether he could pull off a Jason Bourne adventure, he says. He wanted to draw attention, like...
  • Hillary Clinton misled Congress on Bowe Bergdahl swap

    12/13/2015 4:30:13 PM PST · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 13, 2015 | Rowan Scarborough
    When Republican members of Congress learned in November 2011 that the Obama administration was contemplating a swap -- Taliban terrorists for captured ArmySgt. Bowe Bergdahl -- they wrote to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of their fears. Mrs. Clinton wrote back that they had nothing to worry about. The White House would follow the law requiring a 30-day heads-up. "I want to make clear that any transfer from Guantanamo will be undertaken after consultation with Congress and pursuant to all legal requirements for transfers, including those spelled out in the FY2012 [National] Defense Authorization Act," she said of the law...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Bergdahl photos challenge claim for abandoning post

    12/11/2015 11:40:35 AM PST · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 11, 2015 | Catherine Herridge
    Fox video at link. New photos obtained by Fox News challenge Bowe Bergdahl's claim that he abandoned his post in 2009 to draw attention to leadership problems in the Army, according to a former platoon mate who served with the Idaho native in Afghanistan. "That whole story that he walked away to tell on us doesn't make any sense. He was relaxed and there was nothing about leadership problems," former Army Pvt. Joseph Coe said, adding that Bergdahl gave him the photos five days before he walked away from their outpost on June 30, 2009. "Bergdahl was a good friend...