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Mixed reaction to Bergdahl’s
recovery by service members
who consider him a deserter

Washington Post, by Dan Lamothe and Kevin Sieff

Original Article

Posted By:Dreadnought, 6/1/2014 10:30:38 PM

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s recovery after five years in captivity has rekindled anger among some of his military peers over how he came to fall into enemy hands and the price the United States has paid to get him back. Bergdahl, 28, is believed to have slipped away from his platoon’s small outpost in Af­ghanistan’s Paktika province on June 30, 2009, after growing disillusioned with the U.S. military’s war effort. He was captured shortly afterward by enemy ­forces and held captive in Pakistan by insurgents affiliated with the Taliban. At the time, an entire U.S. military division and thousands of

      


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Mixed reaction to Bergdahl’s
recovery by service members
who consider him a deserter
Washington Post, by Dan Lamothe and Kevin Sieff    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 6/1/2014 10:30:38 PM     Post Reply
Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s recovery after five years in captivity has rekindled anger among some of his military peers over how he came to fall into enemy hands and the price the United States has paid to get him back. Bergdahl, 28, is believed to have slipped away from his platoon’s small outpost in Af­ghanistan’s Paktika province on June 30, 2009, after growing disillusioned with the U.S. military’s war effort. He was captured shortly afterward by enemy ­forces and held captive in Pakistan by insurgents affiliated with the Taliban. At the time, an entire U.S. military division and thousands of

   

 

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Taliban Release Without
Coming to Congress
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 6/1/2014 8:20:53 PM     Post Reply
The senior Republican on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence said today that the Obama administration specifically told him the Taliban commanders released from Guantanamo wouldn’t be be used in a prisoner swap without consulting Congress. Afghanistan’s Tolo News described the deep roots of the commanders exchanged: Mullah Khairullah Khair Khawah, who served as minister of interior and governor of Herat under the Taliban government; Mullah Fazel Mazloom, the Taliban Army chief of staff; Mawlawi Abdul Haq Waseeq, the deputy head of intelligence under the Taliban; Mawlawi Noorullah Noori,

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Houston Chronicle, by Brian M. Rosenthal    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 5/31/2014 11:12:21 PM     Post Reply
AUSTIN - Despite a culture of gun ownership, most Texans support requiring background checks for all firearm sales, according to a poll recently commissioned by former U.S. Gabrielle Giffords´ gun-safety organization. Eighty-five percent of likely voters support a change in law to require the checks for private gun transfers, according to the poll. They are currently only needed for sales from licensed firearm dealers. Smaller majorities of Texans back allowing open carry for those with concealed handgun licenses (54 percent), requiring subjects of restraining orders to turn in their guns (61 percent), preventing convicted domestic

Freed prisoners were battle-
hardened Taliban commanders
Washington Post, by Kevin Sieff    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 5/31/2014 11:06:31 PM     Post Reply
KABUL — They were among the Taliban’s most influential commanders — five men whom the United States succeeded in removing from the battlefield. But on Saturday, they were released from the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in exchange for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl — a deeply controversial decision that raised concerns in Kabul and Washington even as Bergdahl’s homecoming was celebrated. One of the freed men was the head of the Taliban’s army. Another arranged for al-Qaeda trainers to visit Afghanistan. Another has been implicated by the United Nations for killing thousands of Shiite Muslims.

Bergdahl release arrangement
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Washington Post, by Karen Tumulty    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 5/31/2014 11:03:39 PM     Post Reply
Amid jubilation Saturday over the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from captivity by the Taliban, senior Republicans on Capitol Hill said they were troubled by the means by which it was accomplished, which was a deal to release five Afghan detainees from the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Top Republicans on the Senate and House armed services committees went so far as to accuse President Obama of having broken the law, which requires the administration to notify Congress before any transfers from Guantanamo are carried out. “Trading five senior Taliban leaders from detention in Guantanamo Bay for

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Washington Post, by Ernesto Londoño    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 5/31/2014 11:00:49 PM     Post Reply
Taliban fighters released the sole remaining American military hostage Saturday morning to a team of U.S. troops in eastern Afghanistan, who quickly hustled him onto a helicopter. Once airborne, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl scribbled the letters “SF?” on a paper plate, seeking confirmation that he was with Special Operations forces. “Yes!” one of the troops hollered back above the din of the aircraft’s blades, according to a defense official who described Bergdahl’s first moments of freedom. “We’ve been looking for you for a long time.” Bergdahl, 28, who had been held captive nearly five years, broke down in tears. His release was

   

 

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MEXICO CITY — A U.S.-born singer of northern Mexican "banda" music has been shot to death at a restaurant in the border state of Sonora. State police in Sonora said Tomas Tovar Rascon was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and was shot several times at the restaurant in Ciudad Obregon. Tovar Rascon, 33, was better known by his stage name, "Tito Torbellino." His Facebook page said he was scheduled to perform at a concert in Ciudad Obregon on Friday. A U.S. booking agent listed for Torbellino confirmed his death. Police said two gunmen entered the restaurant Thursday and shot Tovar Rascon at

Police didn’t search database showing
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Washington Post, by Kimberly Kindy and Alice R. Crites    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 5/30/2014 11:02:18 PM     Post Reply
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — With the toughest gun-control regulations in the country, California has a unique, centralized database of gun purchases that law enforcement can easily search. It offers precious intelligence about a suspect or other people officers may encounter when responding to a call. But this rare advantage wasn’t enough to help authorities head off the May 23 rampage in Santa Barbara that claimed six victims. Before a half-dozen sheriff’s deputies knocked on Elliot Rodger’s door last month in response to concerns raised by his mother about his well-being, they could have checked the database and discovered he had

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On Thursday, the day before a double resignation at the White House, ABC´s Jon Karl grilled Jay Carney over Barack Obama´s confidence in Eric Shinseki. Less than 24 hours later, the press secretary and Veterans Administration head had both quit. During the back-and-forth, Karl pressed, "But does the President right now have confidence in Sec. Shinseki, yes or no? It´s a very simple yes or no question. You told us last week he did have confidence, does he have confidence now?" [See video below.] Carney dodged and responded, "Jon, the President addressed this question from the podium." The journalist pointed

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