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  • Travis King charged by the Army with desertion for defecting to North Korea — and child porn

    10/21/2023 2:20:41 PM PDT · by thegagline · 17 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 10/20/2023 | Katherine Donlevy
    The US Army has charged defector Travis King with several offenses including desertion for sprinting into North Korea in July — as well as the solicitation of child pornography and other crimes dating back to at least last year. *** The Army claims the private had the intention of abandoning his military duties permanently when he ditched his South Korean post by running across the demilitarized border into the totalitarian country. He “did remain so absent in desertion until on or about 27 September 2023,” when the hermit kingdom released him back to the US, the court records state. The...
  • Travis King: US soldier released by North Korea arrives in Texas

    09/28/2023 11:19:22 AM PDT · by PROCON · 34 replies
    reuters ^ | Sep. 28, 2023 | Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali
    WASHINGTON, Sept 28 (Reuters) - U.S. Army Private Travis King faces an uncertain future following his arrival at a U.S. military base in Texas on Thursday after being expelled from North Korea.A U.S. military flight carrying King, who in July made a surprise dash across the heavily militarized Korean border, landed at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston at about 0530 GMT, a U.S. defense official told Reuters. Television footage showed a group of people leaving a plane at the base at that time.A Pentagon spokesperson, Bryce Dubee, said King was at the base's Brooke Army Medical Center. "The Army’s...
  • U.S. soldier Travis King is back in American custody after North Korea said it would expel him

    09/27/2023 8:15:48 AM PDT · by Coronal · 55 replies
    NBC News ^ | September 27, 2023 | Stella Kim, Patrick Smith, Courtney Kube and Mosheh Gains
    SEOUL, South Korea — Travis King, the U.S. Army private who intentionally ran across the border into North Korea this summer, is back in U.S. custody, an American official said Wednesday, shortly after the isolated East Asian country said it would expel the soldier. “U.S. officials have secured the return of Private Travis King from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea," Pentagon spokesman Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder said in a statement. He went on to thank the U.S. military personnel who worked to "bring Private King home," as well as the governments of Sweden and China. King, 23, bolted across...
  • Judge voids Bowe Bergdahl court-martial conviction

    07/27/2023 8:11:37 AM PDT · by where's_the_Outrage? · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 26, 2023 | SARAH FORTINSKY
    A federal judge has voided the court-martial conviction of former Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who left his post in Afghanistan in 2009 and was then captured and held by the Taliban for five years. U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton on Tuesday issued a 63-page ruling granting summary judgment in favor of Bergdahl, who was convicted after pleading guilty in 2017 to charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Walton argued that Bergdahl was denied a fair trial because the military judge who presided over the court martial, Jeffrey Nance, failed to disclose that he had applied to the executive...
  • Bowe Bergdahl's Sentence Is Thrown Out by Judge as Case Takes New Turn

    07/25/2023 6:34:51 PM PDT · by napscoordinator · 49 replies ^ | 25 July 2023 | Patricia kime
    A federal judge has voided former Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's court-martial sentence and subsequent rulings on the case by military judges, setting up the possibility that he could request a reinstatement of rank or change of status for his dishonorable discharge. Senior Judge Reggie Walton, of the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., issued an order Tuesday that partially granted the federal government's motion to dismiss the Bergdahl case. But Walton ruled in favor of Bergdahl's argument that the Army judge in his case failed to disclose a possible conflict of interest -- that he had applied for a civilian...
  • Exclusive: AWOL Navy SEAL Killed Fighting In Ukraine

    01/20/2023 1:19:39 PM PST · by Tench_Coxe · 55 replies
    A former American Navy SEAL was killed this week during Russia’s assault on eastern Ukraine while fighting alongside Ukrainian forces, a Navy official tells TIME.Daniel Swift, a Navy Special Warfare Operator First Class who had gone AWOL, died Jan. 18 after suffering injuries with a unit under attack by Russia, the official said.
  • DOJ asks judge to deny Bergdahl’s attempt to throw out conviction for deserting Army

    08/20/2021 4:43:35 PM PDT · by PROCON · 25 replies ^ | Aug. 20. 2021 | RYAN MORGAN
    The Department of Justice filed a motion this month to dismiss a petition filed by Bowe Bergdahl in which he sought to have his military conviction and sentence overturned.Bergdahl, a former U.S. Army sergeant, has filed multiple appeals in an effort to overturn his conviction after he pled guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy when he fell captive to the Taliban in June 2009 after leaving his outpost in eastern Afghanistan. Bergdahl most recently filed an appeal in February, alleging former President Donald Trump and the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) exerted undue influence over his case.On August...
  • Taliban leader was freed from Guantanamo in 2014 swap by Obama

    08/17/2021 12:38:02 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 28 replies
    USA News Express ^ | August 17, 2021 | admin
    Taliban leader was freed from Guantanamo in 2014 swap by Obama When then-President Barack Obama released five Taliban commanders from the Guantanamo Bay prison in exchange for an American deserter in 2014, he assured a wary public the dangerous enemy combatants would be transferred to Qatar and kept from causing any trouble in Afghanistan. In fact, they were left free to engineer Sunday’s sacking of Kabul. Soon after gaining their freedom, some of the notorious Taliban Five pledged to return to fight Americans in Afghanistan and made contacts with active Taliban militants there. But the Obama-Biden administration turned a blind...
  • Taliban Leader Obama/Biden Released from GITMO in Swap for Deserter Bergdahl Just Resurfaced

    08/17/2021 7:57:24 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 17, 2021 | Robert Spencer
    It was one of the worst trades in history, even worse than Nolan Ryan for Jim Fregosi or Kobe Bryant for Vlade Divac: Back in 2014, Barack Obama traded five Taliban commanders for one American who, we were led to believe, had been captured by the Taliban. Obama did all he could to make the swap seem noble: He said at the time that the recovery of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was “a reminder of America’s unwavering commitment to leave no man or woman in uniform behind on the battlefield,” and the five Taliban jihadis were sent to Qatar, where they...
  • New Bergdahl lawsuit claims Trump, McCain caused ‘undue command influence’ in his Army desertion court-martial

    02/22/2021 3:57:02 PM PST · by PROCON · 50 replies ^ | Feb. 22, 2021 | RYAN MORGAN
    Former Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl filed a lawsuit last week alleging President Donald Trump and the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) caused “undue command influence” in his 2017 court-martial case in which he pleaded guilty on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.Bergdahl’s lawsuit, filed in the Washington D.C. federal court, accuses Trump and McCain of unduly influencing his case and further alleges the judge presiding over his original case had a duty to disclose that he was seeking a “lucrative job” with the Trump-era Department of Justice. Bergdahl’s lawsuit seeks to overturn his 2017 conviction, for which he...
  • Florida man charged with plotting attack on Trump supporters

    02/18/2021 7:55:57 PM PST · by cba123 · 26 replies
    Washington Times ^ | This week
    A Florida man accused of trying to organize an armed response to supporters of former President Donald Trump for their expected gathering last month at the state Capitol has been indicted on federal ...
  • FBI: Florida Man Daniel Baker Arrested For Plotting Violent Attack On Pro-Trump Protesters At State Capitol Building

    01/17/2021 11:00:30 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 22 replies
    CBS local Miami ^ | 01 15 2021 | Staff
    Federal law enforcement agents have arrested a Florida Man and charged him with trying to organize an armed response to pro-President Donald Trump protesters expected at the state Capitol on Sunday. The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced that the FBI arrested Daniel Baker of Tallahassee on Friday. Authorities say Baker issued a “call to arms” on social media to recruit people in a plot to create an armed circle around protesters and trap them in the Capitol complex “using firearms.” “Extremists intent on violence from either end of the political and social spectrums must be stopped, and they will be stopped,”...
  • DeSantis activates National Guard to protect Florida Capitol

    01/16/2021 2:20:11 AM PST · by hank ernade · 54 replies ^ | Jan.16,2021 | Roy Ramos, Ross Palombo
    FBI Special Agents arrested Daniel Alan Baker, 33, over an alleged plot to rally like-minded individuals to violently confront protesters on Sunday at the Florida Capitol. Baker claimed to have fought in Syria against ISIS and the Turkish government, according to a federal complaint.
  • Court rejects Bowe Bergdahl's attempt to blame Trump for his desertion conviction

    08/30/2020 7:16:42 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies ^ | 8/29/2020 | Jack Davis
    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces has shot down an effort by convicted deserter and former Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to have his conviction overturned based on comments made about him by President Donald Trump. "Appellant asks this Court to dismiss with prejudice the charges and specifications against him, or in the alternative, to grant other meaningful relief such as approving a sentence of no punishment. We decline to do so," Judge Kevin A. Ohlson wrote. In his ruling, Ohlson noted that "it is essential to note that the conduct Appellant engaged in, and the charges to...
  • Military appeals court takes Bergdahl desertion case

    11/14/2019 11:35:50 AM PST · by george76 · 36 replies
    The Fayetteville Observer ^ | Nov 7, 2019 | Paul Woolverton
    Army soldier Bowe Bergdahl contends President Donald Trump and U.S. Sen. John McCain made comments that interfered with his right to a fair trial at Fort Bragg. A military court has agreed to hear the appeal of Bowe Bergdahl, the Army soldier who left his post during a deployment in Afghanistan in 2009 to walk to another American base but got captured by the Taliban and held prisoner for five years. At a court-martial at Fort Bragg in 2017, Bergdahl pleaded guilty to desertion to shirk hazardous duty and to misbehavior before the enemy. He was sentenced to a $10,000...
  • Is it clear enough for you? It’s time to hunker down, or get ready to rumble.

    09/02/2019 4:03:12 PM PDT · by vannrox · 73 replies
    Metallicman ^ | 2SEP19 | editorial staff
    Well, it’s been (almost) three solid years into the Donald Trump Presidency and not one treasonous criminal action has been punished. Not one. ZERO. Zilch. Na-da. Take for example when Hillary Clinton literally laughed out loud at a question about her email investigation — had to wipe her eyes, she laughed so hard. She laughed at us, at America, for being so clueless as to think she’d ever answer to our laws. And she’s still laughing, because she’s right: she’s untouchable. The consensus is that even though we know that the first email investigation was rigged by the FBI to...
  • Bergdahl's Attorney Wants Him to Receive POW Medal

    11/04/2017 12:18:44 PM PDT · by Godebert · 101 replies ^ | 11/3/17 | Richard Sisk
    The lead defense attorney for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl said he wants him to receive the Prisoner of War medal. His civilian lawyer, Eugene Fidell, on Friday said his client should be recognized for the five years he spent in Taliban captivity after deserting his post in Afghanistan, according to an article by USA Today. "We have long felt he was entitled to the POW medal," Fidell said, the newspaper reported. It wasn't immediately clear whether Bergdahl's defense team plans to push for the award as part of the process to appeal his dishonorable discharge.
  • Bowe Bergdahl Avoids Prison; Trump Once Urged Death Penalty

    11/03/2017 4:03:31 PM PDT · by Innovative · 51 replies
    NY Times ^ | Nov. 3, 2017 | RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr.
    Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who walked off his Army base in Afghanistan in 2009 and was held captive by the Taliban for five years, was ordered to be dishonorably discharged from the Army by a military judge on Friday, but received no prison time for desertion or endangering troops. At a sentencing that took only minutes, the military judge, Col. Jeffery R. Nance of the Army, also reduced Sergeant Bergdahl’s rank to private and required him to forfeit $1,000 a month of his pay for 10 months. Prosecutors had sought 14 years in a military prison. President Trump, who has labeled...
  • The Latest: Bergdahl gets no prison time for leaving post

    11/03/2017 8:54:09 AM PDT · by mairdie · 38 replies
    AP ^ | November 3, 2017 | AP
    The Latest on the sentencing hearing for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl (all times local): 11:40 a.m. A military judge has found that Bowe Bergdahl should serve no prison time for endangering his comrades by walking off his Afghanistan post. The judge also gave Bergdahl a dishonorable discharge, reduced his rank to private and said he must forfeit pay equal to $1,000 per month for 10 months. The judge made no other comments. Bergdahl appeared tense, grimaced and clenched his jaw. His attorneys put their arms around him and one patted him on the back. Bergdahl pleaded guilty to desertion and...
  • Bowe Bergdahl's Sentence: No Prison Time

    11/03/2017 8:49:16 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 30 replies
    Bowe Bergdahl's Sentence: No Prison Time November 3, 201711:44 AM ET Merrit Kennedy A military judge sentenced Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who has pleaded guilty to charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, to no prison time at a sentencing hearing Friday in Fort Bragg, N.C.