Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl To Be Charged With Desertion



Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured by Taliban forces in Afghanistan in 2009 and returned to the United States in a controversial prisoner swap last year, has been charged with desertion and “misbehavior before the enemy,” the Army said Wednesday.

Bergdahl's defense lawyer responded with a statement asking Americans to "continue to withhold judgment until the facts of this case emerge."

Because of the political controversy generated by the prisoner swap, Bergdahl's case has been surrounded by a "lynch mob atmosphere" in which he has been "vilified," defense attorney Eugene R. Fidell said in a letter to the military official handling the case.


The intense response to the case raises questions about whether Bergdahl can receive a fair trial, Fidell said. He noted that the military has been so concerned about Bergdahl's safety that he is required to have two escorts whenever he leaves the base in Texas where he has been living "to prevent third parties from injuring him."

Bergdahl vanished on June 30, 2009, when he allegedly walked away from his unit after he expressed misgivings about the military's role in Afghanistan. He was captured by the Taliban and held by members of the Haqqani network, which operates in Pakistan and Afghanistan, for nearly five years.




Bergdahl, 28, will face a hearing in the case next month to determine if enough evidence exists to warrant a court martial. The hearing, expected to be at a military base in San Antonio, Texas, could lead to a trial or to the dismissal of the charges, the Army statement said.

There has been no discussion so far about a plea, Fidell said.

The Army's decision to charge Bergdahl with desertion, rather than the lesser charge of being absent without leave, makes the case far more serious, especially because the alleged offense occurred in a combat zone.

Under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, a conviction for desertion can result in a sentence of up to five years in prison, forfeiture of pay and dishonorable discharge, the Army said.

3 comments:

  1. "Bergdahl's defense lawyer responded with a statement asking Americans to "continue to withhold judgment until the facts of this case emerge."

    Would that be the fact that he deserted his post in the middle of the night? Or the fact that this wasn't the first time he "wandered off".

    "He noted that the military has been so concerned about Bergdahl's safety that he is required to have two escorts whenever he leaves the base in Texas where he has been living "to prevent third parties from injuring him."

    How would two escorts stop a bullet travelling 2600 FPS from 600 meters away? And just why is this goat fucking turd being allowed off base? Why isn't he locked in a cell somewhere if they are so "concerned".

    "The Army's decision to charge Bergdahl with desertion, rather than the lesser charge of being absent without leave, makes the case far more serious, especially because the alleged offense occurred in a combat zone."

    AWOL/ UA is being absent from duty for up to 30 days. At 31 days, it becomes desertion.

    "Under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, a conviction for desertion can result in a sentence of up to five years in prison, forfeiture of pay and dishonorable discharge, the Army said."

    5 Years? Dishonorable discharge? WTF? When I was in, it was punished as a courts martial may direct. Up to and including death by firing squad. If they find this muzzie hugging amateur goat fucker guilty, he should be tied to a fence post and shot. The ghost of Eddie Slovik demands it. Of course since his daddy is a goat fucker, Obozo will make sure he's taken care of. He'll probably be a commentator on MSNBC soon.

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    1. Sorry for the rant, I normally don't get this wound up. But after a tour in the Marines, I have a rather low opinions of deserters.

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    2. No need to apologize to me Bud, you noticed that I just copied and pasted the article without comment?
      I know Vets are going to have strong opinions on this and I DON"T BLAME THEM!!

      I was never in the service, I tried to enlist in the Navy but apparently they didn't want me.

      My Dad was Navy and so was my Brother, both served on the Kitty Hawk, 30 some years apart.

      From what I have read, his former fellow crew members would like a few moments alone with him also.

      Maybe they can lock him up with that Manning creature, the one who wants to be a woman.

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