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Who and where were Bowe
Bergdahl´s captors? And why?

Chicago Tribune, by David Zucchino*

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Posted By:StormCnter, 6/15/2014 5:23:24 AM

Reporting from Washington— The armed Taliban fighters who captured Bowe Bergdahl in southeastern Afghanistan on June 30, 2009, quickly handed him to a far more dangerous group that shuttled him between hide-outs in Pakistan´s rugged tribal belt for the next five years. For much of that time, CIA drones trolled the skies overhead, searching for signs of the missing U.S. soldier. Until late last year, the drones fired missiles that killed hundreds of fighters and at least one senior leader of the militant group, known as the Haqqani network. A five-month halt in the CIA drone strikes this year coincided with intensifying efforts

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Dixie, 6/15/2014 7:42:49 AM     (No. 9886606)

So they traded him because they wanted inside intelligence?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: earlybird, 6/15/2014 7:44:58 AM     (No. 9886608)

This is a very odd report. We have read some of it elsewhere. As I recall the Haqqani leader Sadeen even had Bergdahl in his home for a period and Bergdahl was seen at one point in the market at Miram Shah. I believe that came from the Eclipse Group´s reports, which were commissioned by the U. S. Government in its search for Bergdahl, but then placed under a cloud when publicly released recently.

The little nugget about Bergdahl´s allegedly being on marijuana when he "wandered off" seems to be where they are headed with Bergdahl´s defense. But it doesn´t jibe with his reportedly deliberate leaving - sending his personal effects home a few days before; asking his superior if there would ever be a problem with his taking "sensitive equipment" off base (answer, yes); carefully deciding to take a notebook and a compass, plus the two knives he was good at using (according to men in his unit), but no other weapon nor his body armor; leaving a note; and attempting to contact the Taliban with in the first days after he left.

Some very strange things are going on in the aftermath of Bergdahl´s swap. And why, all of a sudden, is this report coming from the Chicago Tribune? Most of this, BTW, is from those Eclipse Group reports, from information their spies gleaned from locals.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: chillijilli, 6/15/2014 8:04:30 AM     (No. 9886631)

All of this hocus locus wouldn´t normally happen when an Army private goes AWOL. Yeah, something´s very odd.
Classified files from the get-go. Non-disclosure statements. Parents given quarterly video updates about Bergdahl´s condition and whereabouts with high level intelligence officers. Claiming to positively identify him in a car with a bag on his head, but then not nabbing him when we had the chance. Closed door hearings. Not to mention the sudden life-threatening emergency which enabled Obama to trade 5 hardened Al Qaida thugs for a single AWOL Army guy.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: planetgeo, 6/15/2014 9:50:22 AM     (No. 9886735)

#3, the reason this wouldn´t normally happen when an Army private goes AWOL is that we wouldn´t normally have a U.S. President who sides with the enemy.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Mildred, 6/15/2014 11:35:14 AM     (No. 9886851)

The stories about this incident are very interesting and none of them are truthful. Each writer puts his own spin on the material he thinks he has and he wants us to believe him. So far Obama and his administration have not been honest in any way so why should this story or any other, at this time, tell us the truth. The one I have difficulty believing is the one where this deserter is in solitary confinement for 2 years. Did he have a calendar? No, then maybe he scratched a mark on the inside of his ´cage´ each day although he couldn´t see outside and didn´t know whether it was day or night. I wonder if we will ever know the truth or even the partial truth. Another major cover up.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: GreatPlains, 6/15/2014 12:41:56 PM     (No. 9886931)

If you willingly join a group , you´re not " captured "
against your will.
The Haqqani were not his captors , they were his comrades.
Just because they later ..apparently... decided Bergdahl
should remain with them ,
doesn´t make them his captors.
Bad hosts, maybe.

# 3 mentions the fact that the parents were allowed to view high level security briefings.
The father , per the Hailey ,Idaho
police reports, had a history of stalking two women , fantasizing that they had a romantic relationship ,
angrily threatening them
and peeping into their windows .
The decision to allow them such high level access seems even more inappropriate and questionable.
This whole thing has a stench about it
and as usual with the Obama Administration, there´s always their version and the truth.
Which never seem to be the same.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Republic Can, 6/15/2014 1:21:01 PM     (No. 9886965)

A retired senior chief with whom I spend some down time suggested that Bowe was a CIA asset in deep cover. The idea kinda grows on me. Its even possible zippy blew the ongoing op by propsing this trade and the CIA was forced to make the best of it. Afterall, the light worker never knows about this stuff until he reads it in the papers so his blundering into it is not too far fetched. But on the other hand, walking that story backwards, it would make a good cover story for an obviously traitorous prisoner swap; it had to be done to rescue our asset and keep him from immenent discovery... an easy lie for carney and kerry.

Fun to speculate. Distressing to contemplate.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: StormCnter, 6/15/2014 1:28:44 PM     (No. 9886969)

#7, interesting, I agree. But it´s hard to believe the CIA would give a delicate, risky operation such as that to a person as apparently emotionally unstable as Bergdahl.

It´s the same logic I apply to the theories that Lee Harvey Oswald was part of a conspiracy. Oswald would have been the last person the Mob or the Cubans or the CIA would have trusted with such a mission. And with a cheap mail-order weapon, too!

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Reply 9 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 6/15/2014 3:37:16 PM     (No. 9887070)

Re #5, I believe the cage was for two weeks after he ran away for several days in 2010. Solitary confinement was separate from that, and there is no indication as to when that might have occurred.

The CIA bit is the kind of speculation I´d expect O&Co would like to have out there to muddy the already murky waters. They are in a heck of a mess with this "hero" who may have been a deserter at best, a traitor at worst.

We still have those reports from his six unit members that the IED explosions - vehicles and so forth - became more frequent and effective in the months after he left. There was one story that he might have shared with the enemy a way to convert a cell phone into the trigger for an IED.

It may take a long time to get a story that even comes close to the truth. Patience. But no parades.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: harper, 6/15/2014 4:33:13 PM     (No. 9887124)

I´m sure Bergdahl is a deep cover patriotic American just like Hillary and Obama are.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: GO3, 6/15/2014 9:08:02 PM     (No. 9887296)

If one has the information and connections to negotiate a release, one also has some good target reference points for a JDAM strike, or an SOF raid, or a conventional forces assault, or all of the above. Instead we continue with this stupid war by bribery and political chicanery aka COIN.

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