• Bowe Bergdahl To Be Charged With Desertion?

    Retired Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer of the London Center for Policy Research made news last night when he told Fox News host Bill O’Reilly that U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will face federal charges for desertion.

    “Bill, the Army has come to its conclusion and Bowe Bergdahl,” Shaffer said last night, “Sgt. Bergdahl will be charged with desertion. I have been told and confirmed by two other sources that his attorney was given what we call a charge sheet. A charge sheet is results of the investigation listing out the articles of the Uniform Code of Military Justice that have been violated. The key violation is desertion. And this is has been done.”

    Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban shortly after walking away from his post in Afghanistan in June 2009. He was held captive for more than five years until the Obama administration traded him for five Taliban leaders being held at Guantanamo Bay last summer.

    A bevy of Bergdahl’s former platoon-mates have accused him of abandoning them and costing the lives of other soldiers who were tasked with finding him.

    The Daily Mail reports:

    What the White House didn’t count on was a cadre of Bergdahl’s former platoon-mates coming forward and describing him as a dishonorable soldier beyond redemption.

    The U.S. Army completed its report on Bergdhal in October, but some suggest White House Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes is doing everything he can to keep the information from becoming public. The embarrassment and bad press would consume most of the remaining two years of Obama’s presidency Schaffer said.

    “This has been done. The decision has been made,” Schaffer added. “Let me be very clear. As a corporate entity, the Army has decided that they want to pursue Bergdahl for this violation.”

    Moreover, the Obama Administration may have broken the law by trading five terrorists for Bergdahl. The National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2014, a law signed by President Obama himself, states the following:

    Sec. 1035. Transfers to Foreign Countries of Individuals Detained at Guantanamo to the individuals country of origin, or any other foreign country, if —

    (1) the Secretary (of Defense) determines … that the individual is no longer a threat to the national security of the United States; or

    (2) such transfer or release outside the United States is to effectuate an order affecting disposition of the individual by a court or competent tribunal of the United States having jurisdiction.

    Clearly the five highly valued detainees pose a threat to U.S. national security.

    “This is shaping up to be titanic struggle behind the scenes,” Shaffer said. The Army here wants to do the right thing.”


    Army spokesperson, Paul Boyce, said Tuesday that these Bergdhal claims “seem to be speculative in nature.” The Forces Command is “actively reviewing the case,” and “no decision’s been made,” Boyce added.

    However “senior defense officials tell NBC News. . . charges could be referred within a week,” NBC News reports.

    Jerome Hudson

    Managing Editor

    Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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