Bowe Bergdahl: Tortured? Only His Word – Promotions Coming for Defenders?

When have we seen a U.S. soldier in Taliban control for any period of time, who managed to live through it, has professed to be tortured, yet a not a single scar, burn or limp to show for it? Major General Kenneth Dahl recommends no prison time for Bowe Bergdahl, who was promoted to Sergeant while dining for five years with the Taliban. Bergdahl tells a tale of torture. His fellow soldiers tell a tale of desertion, disgruntled behavior before leaving his post, a note left behind, days and months of searching for the Bergdahl, the deserter (and deaths and injuries of soldiers while searching), yet, with evidence to back up their stories, they are not taken seriously. Bergdahl’s tale of torture is taken seriously, with nothing but his word. There has been zero conversation about what information Bergdahl gave up to the enemy. While we watch this black comedy play out, we should take careful note of any future Military promotions given to the men behind Bergdahl’s equivalent of no punishment.

Here are the names I’m seeing. If they pull this off, how quickly will they move up the ladder?

Lt. Colonel Franklin D. Rosenblatt

Maj. General Kenneth Dahl

Lt. Col. Mark Visger

Gen. Robert Abrams

Bergdahl’s civilian attorney is Eugene Fidell, Yale and Harvard educated and considered a “Super Attorney.” Anyone know how Fidell is getting paid –– how this works for a member of the military?

Every time I think of our military members imprisoned in Leavenworth for protecting their fellow brothers, and their homeland, and then think of Bowe Bergdahl, I come to only one conclusion: our government protects Muslims who wish to do us harm, and punishes our defenders.

New York Times June 2014:

Sergeant Bergdahl, 28, in some ways seems healthier than expected. He suffers from skin and gum disorders typical of poor hygiene and exposure, but otherwise is physically sound, one official said. He weighs about 160 pounds on a 5-foot-9 frame, and is sleeping about seven hours a night. . . .

“It’s safe to assume” that Sergeant Bergdahl was “held in harsh conditions,” a senior Defense Department official said Saturday. “These are Taliban, not wet nurses.”[How demeaning for soldiers and civilians who know well who the Taliban are, and that’s why we are questioning this garbage ~ Maggie] Details of other mistreatment were not released.

After Bergdahl’s release, no one in the Military’s medical community reported visible evidence of the torture on his person.

About that note:

WASHINGTON — Sometime after midnight on June 30, 2009, Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl left behind a note in his tent saying he had become disillusioned with the Army, did not support the American mission in Afghanistan and was leaving to start a new life. He slipped off the remote military outpost in Paktika Province on the border with Pakistan and took with him a soft backpack, water, knives, a notebook and writing materials, but left behind his body armor and weapons — startling, given the hostile environment around his outpost.

About Bergdahl’s note and what his Team Leader said about the deserter’s ‘disillusion’ and needing to report his unit’s misconduct:

“We were literally going back to the FOB Sharana the next day,” then-Sgt. Evan Buetow, Bergdahl’s team leader, told CNN. “If for whatever reason Bergdahl had complaints, he could have brought them to the attention of senior officers before our five-day mission, or easily could have waited a few more hours till we returned to the FOB.”

Mark and Shannon Allen

MSG Mark Allen, his wife Shannon, and daughter

International Business Times:

Bergdahl’s letter begins: “In the beginning of my captivity, after my first two escape attempts, for about three months I was chained to a bed spread eagle and blindfolded,” according to a transcription from KBOI.

“During these months some of the things they did was beat the bottoms of my feet and parts of my body with a copper cable. After the first three months they moved me. Though they never fully chained me to a bed again, the first year I spent in chains on both hands and feet, and more often then not, even in the locked room, they had my feet chained to a solid unmovable abject [sic] either outside or inside the room.”

He goes on to describe being transferred to a cage after about a year of captivity, where his hands and feet were shackled. He describes “acute pain,” swelling and numbness in his limbs as a result of this confinement, as well as having between 8 to 12 open wounds on each wrist where his hands were fettered.

In addition to his confinement and frequent beatings, Bergdahl claims he was told repeatedly that he was going to be executed, and made to watch Taliban videos.

Fox News:

“I was kept in constant isolation during the entire five years, with little to no understanding of time, through periods of constant darkness, periods of constant light, and periods of completely random flickering of light and absolutely no understanding of anything that was happening beyond the door I was held behind,” he writes.

But defense attorney Eugene Fidell said Lt. Col. Mark Visger has recommended that Sgt. Bergdahl’s case be referred to a special court martial, which is a misdemeanor-level forum. It limits the maximum punishment to reduction in rank, a bad-conduct discharge and a term of up to a year in prison.

Fidell also said that Visger recommended that there be no prison time or punitive discharge against Bergdahl. In light of Visger’s recommendations, the defense is asking that the case be disposed of non-judicially, rather than by any court martial. . . .
Gen. Robert Abrams, the commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command, will ultimately decide whether the case should be referred to a court-martial. No timeline has been given for a decision from Abrams.

“These are highly discretionary matters and, needless to say, I hope General Abrams does the right thing, but it’s his call,” Fidell said by phone Saturday.

The Daily Mail:

Gen. Robert Abrams, the commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command, will ultimately decide whether the case should be referred to a court-martial. No timeline has been given for a decision from Abrams.

“These are highly discretionary matters and, needless to say, I hope General Abrams does the right thing, but it’s his call,” Fidell said by phone Saturday.

ABC News:

The Army officer who presided over Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl‘s preliminary hearing last month has recommended that he should not face any jail time or a punitive discharge for charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, the sergeant’s lawyers said.

According to Bergdahl’s defense team, the officer has also recommended that Bergdahl’s case should proceed to a lower level court martial that limits a maximum penalty for convictions to a year in prison. A four star general will review the officer’s recommendation and determine how Bergdahl’s case will be handled.

Bergdahl’s civilian attorney Eugene Fidell confirmed to ABC News that Lt. Col. Mark Visger “recommended that the charges be referred to a special court-martial and that a punitive discharge and confinement would be inappropriate given all the circumstances.” . . .

Visger presided over Bergdahl’s Article 32 hearing that heard evidence from prosecution and defense witnesses as to whether Bergdahl’s case should go to a court martial.

His recommendation will be reviewed by Gen. Robert Abrams, the commander of U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM), who is the convening authority in charge of Bergdahl’s case. Abrams will ultimately decide whether the case should go to a court martial and if so whether it should be a general court martial or a special court martial. Under military rules convening authorities can disagree with a recommendation made by Article 32 presiding officers, though it is not a common occurrence.

Related:

Eight Who Died Searching for a Deserter

Bowe Bergdahl: Disertion, Misbehavior Before the Enemy

Bowe Bergdahl Promoted to Sergeant in Absentia: Father Wants All Gitmo Prisoners Released

Sp Forces Retrieved Bowe Bergdahl From the Taliban – Taliban 5 Released in Exchange

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  • Mustang

    Military personnel are entitled to a military lawyer to defend them. If they opt for civilian legal representation, they have to pay for it. Perhaps a “gofundme” effort with Soros putting in the largest amount. I agree this is stinky cheese and who ever would have thought that the US Army would become a toady for a Moslem in the White House. My prediction is that no matter what happens to Bergdahl, Obama will pardon him at midnight on his last day in office with Allah Snackbar printed under his signature.

    • Mustang, thanks for the info about the attorney. I couldn’t see taxpayers paying for a civilian attorney (but who knows). I can see CAIR paying for it, or worse. I don’t think Obama will need to pardon him. At the worst, shed him of a less than honorable discharge.

  • JeffersonSpinningInGrave

    I can’t imagine what this will do for morale. I know if I were one of this deserters fellow soldiers, much less one who was injured looking for him, I would first be livid then completely demoralized.

    • Meg

      I knew nothing would happen to him as he is said to be a muslim. If he was a white Christian he would have received 20 years. Didn’t look to me like he was tortured. Looks like he fit right in. Oh well, he will answer to someone someday and I don’t think he will like that sentence.

      • Meg, yes, nothing happens as it should. Everything is upside-down. Nothing will happen to Hillary either. We are lawless and have no Justice, and a big part of the problem is that Congress will not do their duty. They could stop many things by staring down Obama. We have no Defending Fathers.

    • JeffersonSpinningInGrave, love your handle! I agree, and these men who served with Bergdahl, if any are still in the military, I doubt their career is going anywhere. Think of the career officers who hoped to serve their country, but will retire.

  • ScienceABC123

    Apparently to be well treated by this Administration a military member must hate the military.

    • ScienceABC123, I think that the correct diagnosis. Stunning how career officers have fallen in dishonorable line with this man.