Harry Reid on freed Taliban prisoners: “I’m glad to get rid of these five people”

posted at 6:01 pm on June 3, 2014 by Allahpundit

Of course he is. The point of all this, again, was to set a precedent for emptying Gitmo later this year. Obama just made a really bad miscalculation in choosing the precedent to set. Reid will still defend it, though, because he’s an old crank willing to say anything for the party, even supporting amnesty for five degenerate Taliban killers. It’s one thing for him to do it, it’s another for more vulnerable Democrats to follow suit. Who wants to join Dingy in unlocking some cells and handing over imprisoned jihadis?

Mark Pryor? Anyone?

Surely Obama’s pal from Illinois, Dick Durbin, will join Reid in backing him up on this. Right?

Reid told reporters today that he got a heads up from the White House on Friday that the Bergdahl deal was going down. Literally no one else in Congress appears to have been given notice, which makes me think he’s simply lying here to make it seem like Obama did in fact make some half-assed attempt to give the legislature advance warning. In reality, though, O’s been blacking them out on Bergdahl for years:

Typically the party leaders and top intelligence members receive higher levels of briefings than rank-and-file members — but two sources familiar with the issue, one Democrat and one Republican, said that the administration’s Bergdahl briefings had largely dried up by the beginning of 2012.

“It was a conscious decision not to engage with Congress,” a Republican source said, recounting radio silence each time an inquiry was sent to the White House regarding the status of Bergdahl negotiations. That source described a sharp contrast with the White House’s disclosure on Bergdahl to the killing of Osama bin Laden, in which top members of Congress received regular outreach from the the White House well in advance of U.S. actions.

The Democratic source said that word on Bergdahl came shortly before President Barack Obama gave a statement in the Rose Garden regarding his release. The staffer said regular Hill briefings ceased about 30 months ago, which jibes with House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers’s assertion on Tuesday that Congress had received no briefings on Bergdahl since 2011.

The best Carl Levin could do to defend Obama’s failure to give Congress proper notice of the deal was to claim that O kinda sorta gave them notice back in December when he stated “he intended to exercise his powers as commander in chief, if necessary, ‘to act swiftly in conducting negotiations with foreign countries regarding the circumstances of detainee transfers.’” That’s cute, but that’s not notice of a specific detainee transfer; it’s just a mundane restatement of Obama’s view of his own prerogatives as commander-in-chief. It’s like you telling me to give you a week’s notice before I drop by for a visit, and then I show up unannounced one day and remind you that I told you last year I might stop by out of the blue eventually. In no meaningful sense is that “notice,” but partisan politics are what they are so Levin has to choke down this crap sandwich and smile as he does it. Be happy he’s not clapping along with Reid that he’s glad to see savages returned to the battlefield opposite American troops.

One more wrinkle from springing these guys, courtesy of Josh Rogin: If Bergdahl is now suddenly a POW — a term the White House hasn’t used to describe him until this week — are Taliban members held at Gitmo also POWs?

During the five years of Bergdahl’s imprisonment, despite discussing his case in several public briefings, State Department and Defense Department officials made sure not to refer to Bergdahl as a “prisoner of war.” The reason, according to a senior administration official at the time, was that U.S. policy dictated that the rules of treatment for “prisoners of war” under the Geneva Convention did not apply to the conflict with al Qaeda and the Taliban. There was concern that if the U.S. called Bergdahl a “prisoner of war,” the Taliban would say its soldiers in U.S. custody were “prisoners of war,” as well, and would demand Geneva protections…

“It rips open an issue that we’ve put aside for 10 years, which is that some of the people we have imprisoned could be entitled to some Geneva protections,” said Eugene Fidell, a professor of military law at Yale University. “The Obama campaign was critical of the Bush administration going in, but the actual changes in how the Obama treated these guys as opposed to the Bush administration are few.”

It’s not necessarily true that the Taliban are POWs for Geneva purposes (they don’t wear uniforms, for one thing) but it may be that the White House now wants them perceived that way. That’s a perfect excuse to repatriate Afghan jihadis as the war winds down this year. If they’re legit POWs, we’ve got to send them back as the conflict ends. That too is part of the Guantanamo-emptying precedent Obama’s trying to set with the Bergdahl deal, even if he isn’t eager for political reasons to start using the term “POWs” for detainees in his public remarks.

He’s down to 41 percent approval on foreign policy, by the way, and that’s according to a poll that was conducted before the Bergdahl exchange. Look out below.


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Senate Majority leader Reid on Bergdahl prisoner swap/release of Gitmo prisoners: “I’m glad to get rid of these five people.”

Was Reid letting them crash at his place at the Ritz Carlton? What the hell does that even mean?

MAD Magazine @MADmagazine

Barack Obama’s Unfortunate New Movie

It’s destined to lose to Sheik Spear in Love.

Doughboy on June 3, 2014 at 6:03 PM

They should have traded Reid for the deserter.

HumpBot Salvation on June 3, 2014 at 6:04 PM

The Obama Five

faraway on June 3, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Dude’s ca- ra- zeee

CW on June 3, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Meanwhile some sharks went to bed hungry over the weekend.

rbj on June 3, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Reid told reporters today that he got a heads up from the White House on Friday that the Bergdahl deal was going down. Literally no one else in Congress appears to have been given notice

An ethical person would have taken that information to the Senate Intelligence Committee BEFORE anything occurred, and worked to discourage such an “exchange.”

But not Harry Reid.

Lourdes on June 3, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Reid would defend the articulate one no matter what the cost to him. Unless.

Bmore on June 3, 2014 at 6:06 PM

So he couldn’t find a way to tie this to the Kochs?

Flange on June 3, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Senate Majority leader Reid on Bergdahl prisoner swap/release of Gitmo prisoners: “I’m glad to get rid of these five people.”

NOW there’s room at Gitmo for Harry Reid, Obama, Valerie Jarrett, Susan Rice and Holder.

Lourdes on June 3, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Ummmmm ….

Hey, Doofus – - – yeah, I’m talking to you, Reid ….

You didn’t “get rid” of them. “Getting rid of them” would involve body bags.

What your guy did was “turn them loose,” which frees them to put our people in body bags.

BD57 on June 3, 2014 at 6:07 PM

The Pride of Searchlight.

Nice going, Nevada.

Bitter Clinger on June 3, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Once again, the pederast isn’t hesitating to let us know which side he is on…..

Athos on June 3, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Senate Majority leader Reid on Bergdahl prisoner swap/release of Gitmo prisoners: “I’m glad to get rid of these five people.”

NOW there’s room at Gitmo for Harry Reid, Obama, Valerie Jarrett, Susan Rice and Holder.

Lourdes on June 3, 2014 at 6:07 PM

But we’ll need another wing for Hillary…

Lourdes on June 3, 2014 at 6:08 PM

He’s down to 41 percent approval on foreign policy, by the way, and that’s according to a poll that was conducted before the Bergdahl exchange. Look out below.

He’s firm at 39%…they’ll never know anything about this…they’re too busy keeping an eye on the Kochtopus.

AUINSC on June 3, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Putting them back on the battlefield is “getting rid” of them? By now Im genuinely convinced that Reid must be mentally impaired, getting senile or something and thats not hyperbole.

Red Widow on June 3, 2014 at 6:09 PM

What came first, Bergdahl or Dear Leader’s desire to release the big five….?

d1carter on June 3, 2014 at 6:09 PM

My he sh&t hit the fan figuratively.

sorrowen on June 3, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Thanks, Nevada.

vityas on June 3, 2014 at 6:10 PM

He’ll say the same thing after his beloved death panels get cranked up.
Inconvenient folks are just gotten rid of–one immoral way or another.

Don L on June 3, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Harry Reid on freed Taliban prisoners: “I’m glad to get rid of these five people”

Taliban Prisoners on being released: “We’re glad to kill thousands of Americans”

portlandon on June 3, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Grandpa got loose again.

ThePrez on June 3, 2014 at 6:14 PM

The GOP needs to play this quote in election ads alongside any images from atrocities attributable to these animals from now until November.

“Remember. Harry Reid is ‘glad’ these terrorists are free.”

Left Coast Right Mind on June 3, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Obama just made a really bad miscalculation in choosing the precedent to set.

When he reads about this in the paper, is he going to be pi$$ed.

dirtseller on June 3, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Obama: “If they (the Taliban terrorist released from Gitmo), do bad things, then will go after them.”

You mean go after them like you did with the Benghazi terrorist?

Rovin on June 3, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Some people claim that the release of the Taliban 5 will cause a nuclear war. Others claim their release will lead to world peace.

I believe in the middle ground.

Barack Obama. Straw men all the way down.

thgrant on June 3, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Go ahead and make the Taliban scum POW’s, then explain how you arrived at that point.

Uniforms, chain of command, openly bearing arms, etc. If not then they are unlawful combatants, Berg is not a POW either, and the story falls to pieces at your 12-toed feet.

Bishop on June 3, 2014 at 6:15 PM

MAD Magazine @MADmagazine

Barack Obama’s Unfortunate New Movie

I actually bought a copy a few years back at an airport for something to read on the flight.

Left wing as you can get. Had to check the cover a few times to make sure I didn’t get a copy of Mother Jones by mistake.

BigWyo on June 3, 2014 at 6:16 PM

Reid, the gallows is calling, report immediately.

Diluculo on June 3, 2014 at 6:16 PM

Such a stupid lie for him to tell. No one will believe it, and it infects Zero with Dingy’s sleaze. It’ll make everyone see that lies are NECESSARY here because the White House screwed up so badly. I suppose Granny McBotox will chime in next claiming she was told. The triumvirate of corruption and incompetence.

Rational Thought on June 3, 2014 at 6:16 PM

He’s just happy because he thinks Gitmo now has room for the Koch brothers.

de rigueur on June 3, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Such a stupid lie for him to tell. No one will believe it, and it infects Zero with Dingy’s sleaze. It’ll make everyone see that lies are NECESSARY here because the White House screwed up so badly. I suppose Granny McBotox will chime in next claiming she was told. The triumvirate of corruption and incompetence.

Rational Thought on June 3, 2014 at 6:16 PM

You need to share whatever you’re smoking dude… Cause none of that shite is going to happen.

oscarwilde on June 3, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Reid told reporters today that he got a heads up from the White House on Friday that the Bergdahl deal was going down. Literally no one else in Congress appears to have been given notice, which makes me think he’s simply lying here to make it seem like Obama did in fact make some half-assed attempt to give the legislature advance warning.

So notifying the House and Senate Intelligence chairs (AS REQUIRED BY LAW) was ignored until after-the-fact. But Harry Reid got notified even as Tali-dad was on a flight to DC? Reid may think he is helping but he isn’t.

Happy Nomad on June 3, 2014 at 6:18 PM

oof..

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 3, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Thanks to Allahpundit for timely coverage of Bergdahl-bog (though, what else to call it but that).

Lourdes on June 3, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Harry Reid was always a thug.

Now he’s also a traitor.

Schadenfreude on June 3, 2014 at 6:20 PM

You need to share whatever you’re smoking dude… Cause none of that shite is going to happen.

oscarwilde on June 3, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Maybe not, but it is still just a ridiculous lie to tell. Utterly transparent as a lie. Even Dick Turban won’t back Reid on this, such a pile of steaming shit he knows it is.

Rational Thought on June 3, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Can we trade Harry Reid? Surely the Taliban have someone they want to get rid of.

GarandFan on June 3, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Senate Majority leader Reid on Bergdahl prisoner swap/release of Gitmo prisoners: “I’m glad to get rid of these five people.”

Well if he wanted to be rid of them he should have brought them by my way. I know a pig farmer with some hungry pigs who would make those terrorists disappear tout de suite. For a day or 2 anyway.

HotAirian on June 3, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Reid may think he is helping but he isn’t.

Happy Nomad on June 3, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Reid’s too egotistical to understand that him bragging about being covertly involved in Bergdahl-deal places him, Reid, right there in the midst of guilt along with Obama.

Lourdes on June 3, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Note how little the left crow about the Bergdahl release. It’s nothing that can benefit them.

Schadenfreude on June 3, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Reid may think he is helping but he isn’t.

Happy Nomad on June 3, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Reid is thinking a lot of strange things these days, like his lamp talks and that the year is 1935.

Bishop on June 3, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Oh, Harry!

To paraphrase Leon Trotsky, you may not be interested in ‘these five people,’ but ‘these five people’ are interested in you.

Resist We Much on June 3, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Reid owns 90 acres next to the Bundy ranch, btw.

Schadenfreude on June 3, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Harry Reid hates conservatives more than he hates terrorists.

birdwatcher on June 3, 2014 at 6:22 PM

I’m sure Dingy Harry will be just thrilled when they get back to killing Americans again….

dentarthurdent on June 3, 2014 at 6:23 PM

The Pride of Searchlight.

Nice going, Nevada.

Bitter Clinger on June 3, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Well, Searchlight will always have their role in the renaissance of cowboy poetry. But, I’ve got to wonder if there are regretting naming their elementary school after the crypt keeper.

Happy Nomad on June 3, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Reid is thinking a lot of strange things these days, like his lamp talks and that the year is 1935.

Bishop on June 3, 2014 at 6:21 PM

No kidding. Whatever happened to the old tradition where the most senior Senators simply sat there and drooled on the voting buttons?

Happy Nomad on June 3, 2014 at 6:25 PM

The voters of Nevada are no better than Reid. Really, nothing is too low for them.

Dongemaharu on June 3, 2014 at 6:26 PM

So is it true that the pedophile from NV will now own a solar energy farm in Kandahar ?

burrata on June 3, 2014 at 6:27 PM

Harry Reid hates conservatives more than he hates terrorists.

birdwatcher

Well, yeah …..

BD57 on June 3, 2014 at 6:28 PM

79% of WaPo respondents wonder why we couldn’t include Senator Harry Reid in the Obama Five swap, for exactly the reason the Searchlight Strangler cites here.

MTF on June 3, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Sen. Durbin won’t say if Gitmo 5/Bergdahl deal was a good one. “I just don’t know enough about it,” he tells me.

Coming from Durbin, that’s borderline outright criticism.

I just don’t get what Obama had to gain by sidestepping congress while pursuing this trade off. Or did congressional Dems benefit here, through plausible deniability? It makes no apparent sense…unless there’ something about Bergdahl we haven’t been privy to.

JetBoy on June 3, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Harry Koch’s brain hurts.

22044 on June 3, 2014 at 6:29 PM

The point of all this, again, was to set a precedent for emptying Gitmo later this year. Obama just made a really bad miscalculation in choosing the precedent to set.

What about the brand new “POW” status that has been bestowed on Bergdahl? Can that now potentially change the status of all current Gitmo detainees? And could a new “POW” status potentially be used as the reason Obama “must” release detainees as the war concludes?

During the five years of Bergdahl’s imprisonment, despite discussing his case in several public briefings, State Department and Defense Department officials made sure not to refer to Bergdahl as a “prisoner of war.” The reason, according to a senior administration official at the time, was that U.S. policy dictated that the rules of treatment for “prisoners of war” under the Geneva Convention did not apply to the conflict with al Qaeda and the Taliban. There was concern that if the U.S. called Bergdahl a “prisoner of war,” the Taliban would say its soldiers in U.S. custody were “prisoners of war,” as well, and would demand Geneva protections.
Some experts said the Obama administration’s sudden use of the term “prisoner of war” for Bergdahl has greater implications for U.S. policy on the treatment of detainees, especially the Taliban.
“It rips open an issue that we’ve put aside for 10 years, which is that some of the people we have imprisoned could be entitled to some Geneva protections,” said Eugene Fidell, a professor of military law at Yale University.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/06/02/white-house-changes-tune-on-bergdahl-says-he-was-a-prisoner-of-war.html

lynncgb on June 3, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Obama: “If they (the Taliban terrorist released from Gitmo), do bad things, then will go after them.”

Define ‘bad things’.

Re: pambi on June 3, 2014 at 6:22 PM
Thought I hadn’t posted that .. LOL.
Go figure.

pambi on June 3, 2014 at 6:29 PM

What ? No trolls ?
;-(

burrata on June 3, 2014 at 6:30 PM

I just don’t get what Obama had to gain by sidestepping congress while pursuing this trade off. Or did congressional Dems benefit here, through plausible deniability? It makes no apparent sense…unless there’ something about Bergdahl we haven’t been privy to.

JetBoy on June 3, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Emperors, King’s and Dictators don’t ask permission.

oscarwilde on June 3, 2014 at 6:30 PM

He wouldn’t be as “glad to get rid of (them)” if they dropped them off in the Senate chambers.

Just a hunch.

NoPain on June 3, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Harry Reid on freed Taliban prisoners: “I’m glad to get rid of these five people”

…none of his family will die as the result of them being out…hope nothing ever happens from ‘these five people’ to anyone in my family…because after that…I’ll be dead or someone’s ‘b!tch’ in prison.

KOOLAID2 on June 3, 2014 at 6:33 PM

He’s just happy because he thinks Gitmo now has room for the Koch brothers.

de rigueur on June 3, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Awesome post.

NoPain on June 3, 2014 at 6:34 PM

It makes no apparent sense…unless there’ something about Bergdahl we haven’t been privy to.

JetBoy on June 3, 2014 at 6:28 PM

This wasn’t about the Bergy boy , it was about getting the tolleeebon leaders out of gitmo ( with US passports I’m sure),
then the talis said ” hey we have one of yours who is now one of us but he is a wuss” ,
so Hussein said
” OK , send him and we will find some use for him ” .

burrata on June 3, 2014 at 6:35 PM

We are down to a simple debate. Is Obama a traitorous,
socialist monster or is he a narcissistic, incompetent adolescent
affirmative-action Peter Principle-proving f@tard? Let the debate
begin.

Raquel Pinkbullet on June 3, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Mad magazine

Ouch…..nailed it

Mr thin skin will be outraged when he sees that

cmsinaz on June 3, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Peter Principle-proving f@tard? Let the debate
begin.

Raquel Pinkbullet on June 3, 2014 at 6:36 PM

More like a Pickle puffing…

oscarwilde on June 3, 2014 at 6:37 PM

Emperors, King’s and Dictators don’t ask permission.

oscarwilde on June 3, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Tru dat.

But the whole deal makes no sense…there has to be something we don’t know about this. If Bergdahl was known to have walked away from his unit, surely Obama knew this. And by trading five A-Quaeda terrorists for a deserter, he had to know he’d get bad press for it.

What did he stand to gain from this? Or is The One really that insanely stoopit?

JetBoy on June 3, 2014 at 6:37 PM

Senate Majority leader Reid on Bergdahl prisoner swap/release of Gitmo prisoners: “I’m glad to get rid of these five people.”

These are not people, you idiot, who s/b in Depends/diapers.

These are terrorists who will kill Americans, over and over.

Schadenfreude on June 3, 2014 at 6:39 PM

In reality, though, O’s been blacking them out on Bergdahl for years:

“You racist, AP, you” — any leftist

Schadenfreude on June 3, 2014 at 6:40 PM

obama fits so well among his brothers, in MAD.

Schadenfreude on June 3, 2014 at 6:42 PM

What did he stand to gain from this? Or is The One really that insanely stoopit?
JetBoy on June 3, 2014 at 6:37 PM

Did you read Allahpundit’s analysis? He got cover to release 5 of the worst terrorists, hoping to set a percent for later, when he wants to clear out Gitmo.

bluegill on June 3, 2014 at 6:42 PM

oscarwilde on June 3, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Tru dat.

But the whole deal makes no sense…there has to be something we don’t know about this. If Bergdahl was known to have walked away from his unit, surely Obama knew this. And by trading five A-Quaeda terrorists for a deserter, he had to know he’d get bad press for it.

What did he stand to gain from this? Or is The One really that insanely stoopit?

JetBoy on June 3, 2014 at 6:37 PM

The best conceivable plot twist, Barky O’Barkbark believes he has reason to believes that these 5 will lead him to who hijacked Malaysian Airlines Flight 377 and is outfitting it with a nuke.

Most likely plot twist, Barky O’Barkbark is keeping his promise to “Stand with Islam”…

oscarwilde on June 3, 2014 at 6:44 PM

See that scum up top, you know he is low down and has no brain.

Now you got Obama trying to change the subject and these commies need to rev up their commie hate America base for Nov.

Bowe you know had to go over the fence, all the others there were just like that Lt. Calley of Mi Li, (My Lie) he had to go over to the other side.

Reid obeys Obama who demands a Senate Special Committee..

Chaired by Chuck Schummer…

Bowe tells about those bad American fighting men (in his best John Kerry accent) and about the rapes, the babies being killed, the sniipers just shotting with out cause, you know, its all Americas fault.

do not underestimate the low they will go…

keep in mind this type of deal is where the all came from in the 1960′s

APACHEWHOKNOWS on June 3, 2014 at 6:44 PM

But the whole deal makes no sense…there has to be something we don’t know about this. If Bergdahl was known to have walked away from his unit, surely Obama knew this.JetBoy on June 3, 2014 at 6:37 PM

Stop thinking like an American, think like a hardened muslim terrorist to understand what Hussein is up to.

burrata on June 3, 2014 at 6:44 PM

Our soldiers risked their lives, took battle injuries, and probably some lost their lives to put these five behind bars. And Reid is happy they’re out again to kill some more?

“Un-American” doesn’t quite cover it, does it?

Socratease on June 3, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Did you read Allahpundit’s analysis? He got cover to release 5 of the worst terrorists, hoping to set a percent for later, when he wants to clear out Gitmo.

bluegill on June 3, 2014 at 6:42 PM

Obama wants to set all the Gitmo detainees free? I always thought he wanted to bring them to the mainland.

JetBoy on June 3, 2014 at 6:45 PM

I always thought he wanted to bring them to the mainland.

JetBoy on June 3, 2014 at 6:45 PM

The two are not mutually exclusive…

oscarwilde on June 3, 2014 at 6:46 PM

The trolls of HA must be in the re-ed camp today. What to say to all the evidence that their beloved is a treasonous thuggish idol?

Schadenfreude on June 3, 2014 at 6:47 PM

The trolls of HA must be in the re-ed camp today. What to say to all the evidence that their beloved is a treasonous thuggish idol?

Schadenfreude on June 3, 2014 at 6:47 PM

…the same camp Susan Rice went too?

KOOLAID2 on June 3, 2014 at 6:50 PM

“This administration doesn’t leave Americans behind.” — obama, on Sunday, next to the muzzie father Bergdahl, who claimed unscientifically that his son had forgotten how to understand English, and then wrapped it up with “praise to Allah”, in Pushtu.

Can’t write this in fiction.

It’s so bad that it’s a living hell for the USA, and obama made it so.

Schadenfreude on June 3, 2014 at 6:51 PM

…the same camp Susan Rice went too?

KOOLAID2 on June 3, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Yes. She lied through her teeth and so did Carney.

Not even the military classified Bergdahl as a POW, ever. They know.

Schadenfreude on June 3, 2014 at 6:52 PM

I just want to say to you all, your commentary has been amazing and so on the right side of what is right.

I am beyond pissed off…

I can’t add another word to what all of you have said on all the threads…

THANK YOU!!

To all our guys and gals in Uniform, God Bless You, I don’t know how you all stick it out under this CiC.

Please be safe and look out for each other.

Scrumpy on June 3, 2014 at 6:53 PM

So any comments from the NAACP and black churches about Hussein and the Bergy boy ?

burrata on June 3, 2014 at 6:55 PM

I always thought he wanted to bring them to the mainland.

JetBoy on June 3, 2014 at 6:45 PM

COULD say he just brought one home to his family.

pambi on June 3, 2014 at 6:59 PM

I guess Harry never heard the most famous line from “The Terminator”

Viator on June 3, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Harry, I want the five of them to find your home.

M240H on June 3, 2014 at 7:04 PM

US Army Sgt. Bergdahl freed
War in Afghanistan

2h
Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., says ‘it’s obvious the law was broken’ regarding the lack of Congressional notification for Bergdahl prisoner swap – @frankthorpNBC
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War in Afghanistan
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Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, leaving closed door briefing on Bergdahl prisoner swap, says she is even more concerned about exchange – @CritterDJ
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War in Afghanistan
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US Army beginning new investigation into Bowe Bergdahl’s 2009 disappearance – @WSJ
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War in Afghanistan
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Army Secretary John McHugh on Bergdahl: ‘As an Army, we are grateful that an American Soldier is back in American hands. The Warrior Ethos is more than words, and we should never leave a comrade behind’ – via @NBCNews
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War in Afghanistan
4h
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, says top members of Congress were briefed more than 2 years ago about the possibility of exchanging an American soldier held captive by the Taliban for 5 terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay – @AP
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War in Afghanistan
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House plans all-member briefing on Bergdahl prisoner swap next week; Senate plans all-member briefing for Wednesday – @ChadPergram
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War in Afghanistan
4h
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, says he supports the call for congressional hearings on the Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap – @Reuters
End of alert

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/us-army-sgt-bergdahl-held-captive-in-afghanistan/

canopfor on June 3, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Ditto, Scrumpy.

vnvet on June 3, 2014 at 7:07 PM

https://twitter.com/frankthorpNBC

Frank Thorp V @frankthorpNBC · 36m

When were Congressional leaders notified of Bergdahl swap? Boehner – Sat. Pelosi – Sat. McConnell – Sat. Reid – Friday

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Kelly O’Donnell @KellyO · 37m

.@SenatorReid says he was notified FRIDAY before Bergdahl swap for Taliban detainees.Other Hill leaders told Saturday after operation.

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Frank Thorp V @frankthorpNBC · 2h

House Armed Services Cmte Chair @BuckMcKeon has invited Defense Sec Chuck Hagel to testify on June 11th RE: the transfer of GITMO detainees

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Frank Thorp V @frankthorpNBC · 3h

Sen Intel Cmte Chair Dianne Feinstein tells reporters “it’s obvious the law was broken” RE: lack of… http://instagram.com/p/oy6myAkzsw/

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canopfor on June 3, 2014 at 7:08 PM

When they kill Americans, expect to NOT hear about it.

Tard on June 3, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Reason # zillion why we need to get rid of harry reid.

V7_Sport on June 3, 2014 at 7:10 PM

https://twitter.com/CritterDJ

Michael Crittenden @CritterDJ · 3h

Sen. Chambliss, also leaving Intel briefing, says he hasn’t heard “even the weakest case” #Bergdahl was in medical danger

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Michael Crittenden @CritterDJ · 3h

Sen. Collins, leaving closed door briefing on #Bergdahl, says she’s even more concerned about exchange

canopfor on June 3, 2014 at 7:10 PM

oof…erp…ack…belch…spewchunksalloverevryone. Harry Harry please give me another!!!!!!

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 3, 2014 at 6:18 PM

FIFY.

#BuckFarack

Nutstuyu on June 3, 2014 at 7:10 PM

They should have traded Reid for the deserter.

HumpBot Salvation on June 3, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Reid for the Marine in Mexico.

talkingpoints on June 3, 2014 at 7:11 PM

My apologies for commenting before reading Allah.

Too PO’ed to read at the time.

Thank you for addressing the POW questions.

lynncgb on June 3, 2014 at 7:12 PM

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 2h

Senate Veterans’ Affairs Cmte Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to speak on flr soon about status of his VA reform bill.

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 3h

Senate Intel Cmte Chair Feinstein on detainee deal: There was “surprise & dismay” the transfer went through. #Bergdahl

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 3h

McKeon: We have a responsibility to..troops still in harm’s way..to get to the bottom of this deal with the Taliban. #Bergdahl

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 3h

McKeon: The Obama Administration broke a national security law, passed with bipartisan support and signed by the President. #Bergdahl

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 3h

Senate Armed Svcs Cmte Chairman McKeon asks DefSec Hagel to testify about #Bergdahl transfer on June 11.

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 3h

Senate Intel Cmte Chair Feinstein on #Bergdahl: The law should have been followed that was not the case.

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 3h

Senate Intel Cmte chair Feinstein says she understands with POTUS needs to act quickly. But with #Bergdahl “we should have been consulted.”

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 4h

Sen Intel Cmte mbr Collins: His signing statement does not relieve president obama of the obligation to follow the law #Bergdahl

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 4h

Reid says Senate intends to vote to confirm Sylvia Mathews Burwell as HHS Secretary later this week.

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 4h

Reid says WH CoS McDonough briefed Dem Caucus about #Bergdahl

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 4h

Reid: Guantanamo has been there far too long. We should get them out of there as quick as we can.

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 4h

Reid on Gitmo transfer: I’m glad to get rid of these 5 people

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 4h

Senate GOPers roll out VA reform bill. Will give vets the ability to use “choice card” to see medical providers outside VA.

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 5h

McConnell says he was notified about the #Bergdahl prisoner swap on Saturday.

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 5h

WH spox Carney in June, ’13: We would not make any decisions about transfer of any detainees w/o consulting..Congress.. #Bergdahl

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 5h

Top R on Senate Intel Cmte Chambliss on prisoner release: This administration is more arrogant I thought.

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 5h

Top R on Senate Intel Chambliss says he’ll write to Obama to ask him to declassify files on 5 Gitmo detainees released.

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 5h

Boehner: This admin has invited serious q’s into how this exchange went down. #Bergdahl

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 5h

Boehner says WH didn’t consult Congress “because the administration knew it faced serious & sober bipartisan concern & opposition” #Bergdahl

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 5h

Boehner: There was every expectation that the admin would re-engage with Congress (on #Bergdahl).

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 5h

Boehner says despite briefings 2 yrs ago on #Bergdahl, “the questions & concerns we had were never satisfactorily answered.”

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 5h

Boehner: 1 of their greatest protections – knowing that the United States does not negotiate w/terrorists – has been compromised #Bergdahl

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 5h

Boehner on #Bergdahl: I am grateful his personal suffering is ending, although his healing is just beginning.

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 5h

Boehner: “It is important we get clarity” from admin that this is “not a signal that it is open season on our fellow citizens.” #Bergdahl

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 5h

Armed Svcs Chair Carl Levin: When the Chairman of the Jt Chiefs of Staff says this is a duty (to get #Bergdahl)..that means a lot to me.

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 5h

Carl Levin: (Obama) put Congress on notice (about #Bergdahl). This is pretty clear notice in a signing statement.

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 5h

Carl Levin on whether Obama signing statement was specific to #Bergdahl: I have no way of knowing this.

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 5h

Carl Levin on Obama signing statemnt for #Bergdahl: That’s been a presidential position for yrs under Article II. They can do certain things

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 5h

Inhofe: At a time when we’re relieving troops from Afghanistan, the president is releasing..Taliban…How many more is he going to kill?

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 5h

House plans all-member briefing on #Bergdahl next week. Senate plans all-member briefing tomorrow evening.

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 5h

Hse GOP aide says DoD contacted Congressional aide Sat am to inform of #Bergdahl release. DoD acknowledged actions didn’t meet the law.

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 5h

During briefings with Congress on #Bergdahl, there was no discussion about whether he was a deserter, AWOL, etc.

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 5h

Boehner & others told admin via letter in ’11 that briefing on possible #Bergdahl prisoner swap did not fulfill law of telling Congress.

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 5h

Boehner & other ldng GOPers wrote back to Obama after #Bergdahl briefings. Asked if this set the stage for enemies to take other hostage.

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 5h

During ’11/’12 briefings, admin told lawmakers it wanted to swap 5 Gitmo detainees for #Bergdahl. Unclear if 5 prisoners released are same.

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 5h

Admin briefed Boehner/key lawmakers in ’11/’12 on efforts to build confidence w/Taliban. Efforts included #Bergdahl prisoner swap.

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 5h

Full Senate gets briefing on #Bergdahl and prisoner transfer Wednesday at 5 pm et.

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 5h

Senate Intel Cmte Chair Feinstein on #Bergdahl swap: The White House is unilateral about what they do and whey they want to do it.

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 5h

Feinstein on Admin floating #Bergdahl release: There were very strong views. They were unanimous against the trade.

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 5h

Intel Cmte Chair Feinstein says Dep Nat’l Sec Adviser Blinken told her not telling Congress about #Bergdahl was an “oversight. ” Her term.

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 5h

Intel Cmte Chair Feinstein says Dep Nat’l Sec Adviser Blinken called her last night to “apologize” for not telling Congress about #Bergdahl

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 5h

Senate Intel Cmte Chair Feinstein: It’s very disappointing there was not a level of trust to tell us #Bergdahl

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 7h

Sen Levin: I intend to ask what risks we would have incurred if the SecDef had decided to wait 30 days after..negotiations #Bergdahl

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 7h

Senate Armed Svcs Cmte Chair Levin: Given that notice, members of Congress should not be surprised that he acted as he did #Bergdahl

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 7h

Armed Svcs Cmte Chair Levin says Obama Admin “put Congress on notice on Dec. 23, 2013, that he intended to exercise his powers” #Bergdahl

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 13h

Expect discussion on Bowe Bergdahl transfer today before Senate Intelligence Cmte.

canopfor on June 3, 2014 at 7:27 PM

Terrified Left

Schadenfreude on June 3, 2014 at 7:40 PM

What did he stand to gain from this? Or is The One really that insanely stoopit?

JetBoy on June 3, 2014 at 6:37 PM

I’m kind of with you…I can’t see it but WTF???

Hillary hasn’t backed off her ‘right choice’ yet…

Scary…creepy…

It’s a Trap…..maybe

But then again, you got the guys that served with him calling him a flake….

Just imagine all of the scrambling going on behind the scenes …people are shi**ing in their pants right now….

BigWyo on June 3, 2014 at 7:41 PM

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