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    Re: Taliban prisoner swap was ILLEGAL claims GOP as former federal prosecutor says it

    Quote Originally Posted by Thrilla View Post
    if the servicemember is recognized as a prisoner of war, there will be no holds placed on promotions that arise through TIR/TIS... if he is not officially charged with a crime under the UCMJ, they can't withhold promotion.

    if an investigation warrants a court martial.. and they convict him of desertion... don't sweat it.. he'll be demoted retroactively and most of his money will be taken... he'll also serve a lengthy sentence.
    if convicted, he's also eligible for he death penalty, but that probably won't happen.
    Being a POW is different from the two differences in status Gaius46 described. Thus, your assessment of the situation I certainly agree with assuming PFC Berdhaul was, in fact, designated as MIA/POW and not AWOL or listed as a deserter.
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    Re: Taliban prisoner swap was ILLEGAL claims GOP as former federal prosecutor says it

    Quote Originally Posted by Objective Voice View Post
    Being a POW is different from the two differences in status Gaius46 described. Thus, your assessment of the situation I certainly agree with assuming PFC Berdhaul was, in fact, designated as MIA/POW and not AWOL or listed as a deserter.
    the facts are still real hazy, so i'm not taking a stand on any of this... but if it's true he was promoted during his absence, he wasn't charged with with any of the punitive articles of the UCMJ.
    he still can be, but i'm still assuming he hasn't as of yet.

    hopefully it will come out in the laundry..

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    Re: Taliban prisoner swap was ILLEGAL claims GOP as former federal prosecutor says it

    Quote Originally Posted by Objective Voice View Post



    I still believe in the impeachment process as outlined in the Constitution.
    I'm not sure how one could still believe in that as anything other than an exercise in politics.... it's been proven to be so right in front of our eyes.

    However, I just don't believe Pres. Obama has committed an impeachable offense during his presidency. Let's look at the facts:
    no need ot have a rundown of the scandals.. it's enough to say none of the investigations has been allowed to progress on those items.... the executive branch ,over the decades, has become very good at preventing anyone from holding them accountable.. stonewalling is an effective strategy.. a strategy that your average citizen cannot use.
    my point was based more upon his fellow Democrats in Congress claiming he has broken the law... whether that is true or not, i can't say... whether it rises to the level of impeach, again, i can't say

    Even this Gitmo issue is a "Catch-22" because although the President may have violated a provision of a law (not even sure which one was violated in this case...would have to do some research), who would actually take him to task for doing whatever he could to bring home one of our men and women in uniform? You can argue that he "negotiated with terrorist" all you want. You can argue that the POW whose release he negotiated for has a questionable military record. But in the end no one who calls themselves a patriots would agree to the alternative: leave one of our own behind indefinitely in the hands of the enemy. I certainly don't like the 5:1 deal that was made, but in the grand scheme of things I seriously doubt that anyone would agree to do nothing.
    if it turns out this guy is a deserter, it will definitely be a big ass blemish on the administration.. especially when you take into consideration that we have other personnel who they are not expending any efforts on.

    is is false to state that opposing this deal somehow negates someones patriotism.. i think it's a bit premature to outright oppose bringing him home, but if the rumors are true that he wasn't a POW but a willing guest.. .well, **** him, I will have no sympathy for him at that time... at that point, he is no longer "one of us".. he's "one of them"

    as it stands now, i'm fine with bringing him home.. but i do expect the military to fully investigate him.. hopefully without interference from the administration.

    most people are fine with "doing nothing".. at the very most, they pay lip service... this kid isn't the only guy we have in captivity... he's just the only one the President decided to make a deal for.

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    Re: Taliban prisoner swap was ILLEGAL claims GOP as former federal prosecutor says it

    Quote Originally Posted by Objective Voice View Post
    Deserter...AWOL...one's a lesser degree of the other. Neither warrants promoting a soldier while he's away from his post during an unauthorized absence.
    I agree. I'd be curious to know why he was promoted while AWOL as well.

    And I think it's a bit of an understatement to say AWOL is a lesser degree of desertion. DP'ers with military background can better speak to it but I think desertion is far more serious. In certain situations they can execute you for desertion. Not so with being AWOL.
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    Re: Kings, tyrants and those who really don't care

    Quote Originally Posted by Misterveritis View Post
    Really. Can you point to the American laws that might apply?

    And can you equally point to that portion of the Geneva Convention rules of law that apply?


    Until I reached the end I was going down a different path. It really doesn't matter.

    "I guess my bottom line is that I really don't care whether they're soldiers as the word is defined by the Geneva conventions..."

    And it doesn't matter to me whether Bergdahl is ultimately a deserter or not."

    You don't care and it does not matter. Obama could have spoken those same words as he broke the law. Obama thinks he is our King. In reality he is a tyrant. And you?

    As to American Law - I was wrong on that point. Under the Military Commissions Act an alien unlawful combatant can be tried by a military commission. Though I'm not sure if a military tribunal meets the Geneva Convention requirement for a "regularly constituted court"


    How about quoting me in context?

    On your first point I said "I guess my bottom line is that I really don't care whether they're soldiers as the word is defined by the Geneva conventions or civilians. The distinction doesn't matter in the real world. "
    And I went to say that the distinction doesn't matter because whether they lawful or unlawful combatants once returned to their people they can kill our soldiers.

    As I stated before the big complaint is that these 5 people will go out and kill our soldiers now. Well what about the THOUSANDS of soldiers we've swapped with the North Vietnamese, the North Koreans and the Germans? And that's just in this century. Was it somehow okay to let those people back on the field to potentially kill our soldiers simply because they wore a uniform? Arrant nonsense. If those exchanges were okay you cannot with any kind of logical consistency condemn this exchange, your position has not one shred of reasoning behind it and I conclude you object simply because you hate Obama.

    On my second statement, I don't care if Bergdahl is a deserter or not. But you see reasons matter. You left off my reasoning specifically to give the impression that I support the man. I do not.
    As I said before, he belongs here because if he isn't a deserter he deserves to be freed and a 5 for 1 swap is a good deal in my book. If he is a deserter he needs to face our military justice system and be punished for his crimes.

    If you are going to quote me in the future quote me in full. Having to say the same thing twice because you quote me out of context and and edited the crap out of my posts is tiresome and honestly makes you look childish.
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    Re: Taliban prisoner swap was ILLEGAL claims GOP as former federal prosecutor says it

    Quote Originally Posted by Ockham View Post
    No - let him continue to **** up for the next two years please. Impeaching him only will give the lefty loons more "racist" labels to hand out. Obama and his administration is a walking abortive nightmare for Democrats. Is it too late to elect him again so Democrat policy gets set back 100 years and is ridiculed for another 100?
    Exactly. The democrats...especially those facing re-election are in a quandary. They want to distance themselves from Obama on issues such as obamacare and the prisoner swap however they are scared to death over the thought of criticizing the first African American president. It's just not politically correct.

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    Re: Taliban prisoner swap was ILLEGAL claims GOP as former federal prosecutor says it

    Quote Originally Posted by Gaius46 View Post
    The United States didn't recognize Jefferson Davis' government either. From that perspective the entire Confederate Army were unlawful combatants. Yet we swapped prisoners with them. Is Lincoln guilty of giving aid and comfort?


    And in any case it's a distinction wholly without merit. You speak as if released "legal combatants" didn't go back to their units and kill our soldiers.

    What's your axe to grind with Holder?
    However Lincoln did not trade the equivalent of the top four star generals of the confederate army. Those were not low level comabatants picked up on the battlefield that Obama traded. They were top level murderous bastards. Releasing them will certainly come back to haunt us. And Lincoln did not trade for deserters.

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    Re: Taliban prisoner swap was ILLEGAL claims GOP as former federal prosecutor says it

    Quote Originally Posted by Ockham View Post
    Freeing an accused deserter and giving away the highest level Taliban planners who killed thousands? Easy peasy, but I'd still suggest not to.
    Agreed. Impeachment is not going to happen. And even if it did, there have only been two presidential impeachments in our history...and neither of them ended with the Senate tossing them out of office. Let him finis his second term. The democrat party will be decades recovering from his presidency.

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    Re: Taliban prisoner swap was ILLEGAL claims GOP as former federal prosecutor says it

    Quote Originally Posted by Misterveritis View Post
    No. He is the nation's worst enemy. He needs to be impeached, then arrested, and tried.
    I would love that...however it's not going to happen. Just sit back and enjoy watching the democrat party implode.

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    Re: Taliban prisoner swap was ILLEGAL claims GOP as former federal prosecutor says it

    Quote Originally Posted by Fenton View Post
    I think this kid was very impressionable, and I think his Father helped to coach him right off that base and into the first Taliban outpost.

    If you read the E-mails between him and his Father it's like his Dad was building him up, affirming his twisted and growing anti US sentiments.

    Once the Taliban got him, he was all too willing to help them in anyway possible.

    I'm not trying to justify what he did, and he should pay for the crime of desertion and maybe worse but it seems this kid was pretty easy to manipulate.
    Yes....looking at his father's strange behavior it's certainly easy to see how that kid is so screwed up.

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