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The parents of POW Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl appealed to the Obama administration|
Posted on May 09, 2012
Danny "Greasy" Belcher, Executive Director
Executive Director, Task Force Omega of KY Inc.
Vietnam Infantry Sgt. 68-69
"D" Troop 7th Sqdn. 1st Air Cav.
Reports have suggested that Bergdahl left his base without authorization and was ambushed is the same similar lie we heard about Bobby Garwood who was held as a POW for 14 years in Vietnam. Later on the truth came out. A cowardly officer had ordered Garwood to go pick up someone. He was captured and the officer covered his assets. He lied. The same may be true of the POW Bergdahl. Regardless of the circumstances, he is a live American POW and should be brought home to the U.S.A.
By Karen DeYoung,
Wednesday, May 9, 3:39 PM
The Washington Post
The parents of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, captured by the Taliban nearly three years ago, have appealed to the Obama administration to swap Taliban prisoners detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in exchange for his freedom.
The appeal, made in a newspaper interview in their home state of Idaho, has induced the administration to make public its efforts to win Bergdahl’s release in U.S.-Taliban negotiations that have been stalled since January.
The appeal from Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s parents has induced the administration to make public its efforts to win his release in U.S.-Taliban negotiations that have been stalled since January.
He is the only U.S. soldier known to be held hostage in the Afghanistan war. U.S. officials believe that Bergdahl is alive and is being held in the tribal area of Pakistan along the Afghanistan border by members of the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network.
In an interview with their hometown weekly, the Idaho Mountain Express, Bob Bergdahl said the family had become frustrated with “how slowly the process has evolved” and decided to publicly advocate a prisoner swap.
“I’m pushing it hard,” Bergdahl said. “We started out by trying to encourage the Taliban to take care of our son. . . . Now, we’re worried that the government isn’t concerned enough to put him on the [negotiating] table.”
The Washington Post had withheld information on those efforts at the request of White House officials who said publicizing them could endanger his life.
“We had concerns about the security situation,” said one U.S. official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive matter. “But this is now a different scenario. If they want to talk about it,” the official said of Bob and Jani Bergdahl, “we can’t ask for it to be withheld.”
Accounts of Bergdahl’s capture in June 2009 have differed. In the first of five videos the Taliban has released, a frightened-looking Bergdahl said he had fallen behind on a patrol in Afghanistan’s eastern Paktika province. Since then, reports have suggested that Bergdahl left his base without authorization and was ambushed.
The Taliban has threatened to kill him unless a number of demands it has made over the years were met. These include payment of $1 million and the release of various Afghan prisoners and of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani scientist convicted in a U.S. court in 2010 of the attempted murder of U.S. personnel in Afghanistan.
In a tentative deal reached by U.S. and Taliban negotiators last November, the administration offered to transfer five Taliban detainees at Guantanamo to house arrest in Qatar. For its part, the Taliban was to make public statements renouncing international terrorism and agree to work with the Afghan government to find a political solution to the war. In what the administration insisted did not constitute a prisoner swap, Bergdahl was to be released.
The deal fell quickly fell apart, however, and U.S.-Taliban meetings have been suspended since January.
While the Bergdahls said they have reason to believe their son is still alive, they are worried he could be harmed by ongoing U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan.
“Bowe’s been under the drone program the entire time,” Bob Bergdahl said in the newspaper interview. “It scares . . . us.”
The last Taliban video featuring Sgt. Bergdahl was posted on the Internet in May 2011. Bergdahl, 26, was a private when captured but has since been promoted in his absence.
His father said he hoped to spark a grass-roots movement to “raise awareness that there is an American POW.”
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