DECEASED JOURNALIST MICHAEL HASTINGS: “HE DECIDED TO WALK AWAY“
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jun. 2, 2014) — On Saturday, reports were issued stating that a U.S. soldier missing in Afghanistan for nearly five years had been rescued by U.S. Special Forces.
Bowe Bergdahl, originally of Hailey, ID, boarded a U.S. military helicopter shortly after 10:30 a.m. EDT. He was reportedly able to walk unassisted.
Last June, The Blaze reported that a prisoner exchange was ready to come to fruition involving “five Guantanamo Bay detainees” for Bergdahl.
Putative Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel justified the prisoner exchange on Sunday to NBC News by stating that “We had information that (Bergdahl’s) health could be deteriorating rapidly,” without answering the question posed as to whether or not Obama violated a law he signed on January 3, 2012 stipulating that 30 days’ notice must be given to Congress prior to moving any detainees.
Early on Sunday, former Rep. Allen B. West reported that the father of now-recovered Sgt. Bergdahl, Robert, had tweeted and then deleted the following from his Twitter account:
Over Sunday and Monday, the tweet was reported by various media.
Sgt. Bergdahl had been held by an Afghani group, the Haqqani network, for nearly five years as the only U.S. prisoner of war resulting from American deployment to Afghanistan beginning in October 2001.
Two years ago, Robert Bergdahl said of his son’s captivity:
Our son is being exploited. It is past time for Bowe and the others to come home.
Reports stated that Obama had called Bergdahl’s parents by phone on Saturday, and they later appeared with him at a brief press conference during which Obama wore a jacket without a tie and Bergdahl wore a tie without a jacket.
Bergdahl was given the opportunity to make a comment during the presser, during which he reportedly spoke in Pashto, the language his son presumably learned while in captivity. However, blogger Debbie Schlussel, who first broke the story that Obama’s Selective Service registration form could be a forgery which was later borne out by a criminal investigation of the Maricopa County, AZ Cold Case Posse, reported that Bergdahl did not speak in Pashto, but rather, in Arabic, and said:
in the name of allah the most gracious, the most merciful.
Bergdahl addressed himself to both his son and “the people of Afghanistan,” then spoke in Arabic. Following the press conference, the Bergdahls and Obama embraced each other as they left the podium. There were no visible Secret Service agents, aides or media present.
The New York Daily News reported that Sgt. Bergdahl “had grown disillusioned with the mission in Afghanistan” and had said that he was “ashamed to be an American.”
West reported that Bergdahl “deserted his assigned post” rather than having actually been “captured.”
A concert was to be held on June 28 marking the fifth year of Bergdahl’s captivity headlined by singer Carole King. It is unclear if the event will take place as scheduled or be characterized differently now that Bergdahl is in U.S. hands.
Recent tweets from the elder Bergdahl included a link to a story published by the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan which was clearly anti-Western propaganda praising Sharia law, which has at least two women and two young children imprisoned in Sudan because they are Christian. One of the women, Meriam Wani, was sentenced to 100 lashes and death by hanging for marrying a Christian and then failing to recant her faith.
The Islamic Emirate article begins, “Indubitably the Americans have been badly defeated in the military field inside Afghanistan and they will inevitably have to evacuate their forces from this land of pious and freedom loving people. However another bitter reality should not be forgotten that approximately all the Islamic countries which were occupied by the western colonial powers and later on apparently achieved freedom, most of them have not enjoyed the blessings of the Islamic system of life.”
Women are maimed, killed, abused and tortured to death under Sharia law in many Middle Eastern countries. Girls are often betrothed at birth and leave their parents at age 8 or 9 to be married to men multiple times their age.
In Saudi Arabia and other Wahhabist sects, women cannot leave the house without being draped in a burqa and accompanied by a male relative. In Pakistan, a woman who was three months’ pregnant was recently stoned to death by her father and brothers for “marrying the man she loved.”
An article on the “Bring Bowe Back” website denies that women “should be confined in their houses.”
An appointee to Obama’s Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships said on a British television show in 2009:
I think the reason so many women support Sharia is because they have a very different understanding of sharia than the common perception in Western media.
The majority of women around the world associate gender justice, or justice for women, with sharia compliance.
The portrayal of Sharia has been oversimplified in many cases.
The woman, “Miss Mogahed,” said that her role in Obama’s regime was “”to convey… to the President and other public officials what it is Muslims want.”
Bob Bergdahl appears to sympathize with the relatives of detainees still housed at Guantanamo Bay. Articles featured on the “BringBoweBack” website indicate support for a “peace process” and report the release of multiple Taliban commanders from detention by the West.
Earlier in his putative presidency, Obama also said he wanted “a negotiated peace with the Taliban” in order to bring the war in Afghanistan to a close.
Bergdahl’s support website features photos of John Kerry and Hagel when they were serving in the U.S. military; Medea Benjamin of Code Pink; John McCain after his release from a POW camp; and an article stating that last year, a “deal” was under discussion to exchange Guantanamo Bay prisoners for Bergdahl.
A comment said to be from a soldier deployed with Sgt. Bergdahl when he was “captured” reads:
I WAS THERE. I’m sick of all the lies. Here is the TRUTH, from someone on the ground. We were at OP Mest, Paktika Province, Afghanistan. It was a small outpost where B Co 1-501st INF (Airbone) ran operations out of, just an Infantry platoon and ANA counterparts there. The place was an Afghan graveyard. Bergdahl had been acting a little strange, telling people he wanted to “walk the earth” and kept a little journal talking about how he was meant for better things. No one thought anything about it. He was a little “out there”. Next morning he’s gone. We search everywhere, and can’t find him. He left his weapon, his kit, and other sensitive items. He only took some water, a compass and a knife. We find some afghan kids shortly after who saw an american walking north asking about where the taliban are. We get hits on our voice intercepter that Taliban has him, and we were close. We come to realize that the kid deserted his post, snuck out of camp and sought out Taliban… to join them. We were in a defensive position at OP Mest, where your focus is to keep people out. He knew where the blind spots were to slip out and that’s what he did. It was supposed to be a 4-day mission but turned into several months of active searching. Everyone was spun up to find this guy. News outlets all over the country were putting out false information. It was hard to see, especially when we knew the truth about what happened and we lost good men trying to find him. PFC Matthew Michael Martinek, Staff Sgt. Kurt Robert Curtiss, SSG Clayton Bowen, PFC Morris Walker, SSG Michael Murphrey, 2LT Darryn Andrews, were all KIA from our unit who died looking for Bergdahl. Many others from various units were wounded or killed while actively looking for Bergdahl. Fighting Increased. IEDs and enemy ambushes increased. The Taliban knew that we were looking for him in high numbers and our movements were predictable. Because of Bergdahl, more men were out in danger, and more attacks on friendly camps and positions were conducted while we were out looking for him. His actions impacted the region more than anyone wants to admit. There is also no way to know what he told the Taliban: Our movements, locations, tactics, weak points on vehicles and other things for the enemy to exploit are just a few possibilities. The Government knows full well that he deserted. It looks bad and is a good propaganda piece for the Taliban. They refuse to acknowledge it. Hell they even promoted him to Sergeant which makes me sick. I feel for his family who only want their son/brother back. They don’t know the truth, or refuse to acknowledge it as well. What he did affected his family and his whole town back home, who don’t know the truth. Either way what matters is that good men died because of him. He has been lying on all those Taliban videos about everything since his “capture”. If he ever returns, he should be tried under the UCMJ for being a deserter and judged for what he did. Bergdahl is not a hero, he is not a soldier or an Infantryman. He failed his brothers. Now, sons and daughters are growing up without their fathers who died for him and he will have to face that truth someday.
On Saturday, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Buck McKeon and ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee Sen. James Inhofe stated that Obama violated a law he signed early in 2012 which requires a 30-day notice to Congress when prisoners from Guantanamo Bay are to be released for any reason.
Congress was unaware that five members of the Taliban were to be exchanged for Bergdahl “until after it occurred,” according to The Washington Post.
Obama has violated the Posse Comitatus law, the Defense of Marriage Act, and his own “Obamacare” law on multiple occasions. The Obama regime has sued states which enacted their own laws to curb illegal immigration and illegal voting.
Writing for Rolling Stone on June 7, 2012, Michael Hastings stated that Sgt. Bergdahl “walked off his base in Afghanistan.” [Editor’s Note: Warning: obscene and offensive language.] If the author is the same progressive “Michael Hastings” who wrote for Buzzfeed, and it appears that it is, he was killed in a car crash last June which some questioned as foul play.
According to Hastings, Bergdahl was considered for a “trade” to effect a “negotiated peace with the Taliban.” Hastings also reported that Bergdahl had attempted to join the French Foreign Legion but was rejected.
The Hill reported that Bergdahl’s rescue moved the Veterans Administration scandal “from the spotlight.”
Early reports of Bergdahl’s rescue indicated that he wrote “SF” on the back of a paper plate in the apparent question to his rescuers, “Are you Special Forces?” Hastings reported in 2012 that Bergdahl’s nickname in his unit was “SF,” “but it wasn’t a compliment.” Hastings quoted a member of Bergdahl’s unit as having said that Bergdahl, becoming disenchanted with the unit and mission in general, stated, “”If this deployment is lame, I’m just going to walk off into the mountains of Pakistan.”
As told by Hastings, Bergdahl had considered himself a “survivalist” from having grown up in Idaho.
Upon arriving in Afghanistan, “chaos” reportedly ensued as a result of Obama’s firing of Gen. David McKiernan and there being “no longer a clear strategy in place.”
On page 3 of 7 of Hastings’s article, he states that Bergdahl was reported to have “spent more time with the Afghans than he did with his platoon” by a member of his unit.
On page 4, Hastings reported that Bergdahl packed up his belongings and shipped them back to Idaho. In what would be a final email, Bergdahl told his parents, “The horror that is america is disgusting,” to which they responded, “OBEY YOUR CONSCIENCE!”
Ordinary soldiers, especially raw recruits facing combat for the first time, respond to the horror of war in all sorts of ways. Some take their own lives: After years of seemingly endless war and repeat deployments, activeduty soldiers in the U.S. Army are currently committing suicide at a record rate, 25 percent higher than the civilian population. Other soldiers lash out with unauthorized acts of violence: the staff sergeant charged with murdering 17 Afghan civilians in their homes last March; the notorious “Kill Team” of U.S. soldiers who went on a shooting spree in 2010, murdering civilians for sport and taking parts of their corpses for trophies. Many come home permanently traumatized, unable to block out the nightmares.
Bowe Bergdahl had a different response. He decided to walk away.
Bergdahl reportedly was headed to Pakistan when he took “water, a knife, his digital camera and his diary” and left his barracks on June 30, 2009. After Bergdahl was found to be missing, “all units stationed in the eastern half of Afghanistan,” according to Hastings.
The Pentagon reportedly had all members of Bergdahl’s unit sign non-disclosure agreements concerning “personnel recovery efforts” and asked at least two major media outlets not to state the missing soldier’s name.
On page 6 of his article, Hastings reported that as a result of comments made by Col. Ralph Peters on Fox News, Bergdahl’s parents “told their military liaison that they didn’t want the Army to mount an operation to rescue Bowe, fearful that he’d be killed – either by accident, or even on purpose, by an aggrieved soldier or the U.S. military itself.”
The Bergdahls believed that their phone calls were being monitored by “the military.”
CNN reported on Monday that “The sense of pride expressed by officials of the Obama administration at the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is not shared by many of those who served with him — veterans and soldiers who call him a deserter whose ‘selfish act’ ended up costing the lives of better men.”
In its written report, CNN said, “At least six soldiers were killed in subsequent searches for Bergdahl, and many soldiers in his platoon said attacks seemed to increase against the United States in Paktika Province in the days and weeks following his disappearance.”
On the “Bring Bowe Back” website, the elder Bergdahl indicates that he has known Arabic for a year or more.
Although Obama insisted before the 2008 election that he was a Christian, he has shown deference to Islam and praised organizations associated with The Muslim Brotherhood while marginalizing Christianity and other faiths in the military and in civilian life. People associated with radical Islamic groups work within the Department of Homeland Security and other government agencies, and restrictions on individuals from certain Middle Eastern nations in place after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 have been lifted without input from Congress.
Bergdahl has participated in an Afghan Tree Project to “help reforest Afghanistan” since at least last year.
In February of last year, during contentious Senate confirmation hearings for CIA chief, John Brennan, who is reported to have become a Muslim years ago, “honored” Bergdahl, The Huffington Post reported.
On March 17, 2009, Obama was accused of treason by a retired Navy commander for being a “foreign born domestic enemy” and deceiving the American public. The complaint has been renewed six times for actions Obama has taken since he usurped the presidency on January 20, 2009.
The criminal investigation conducted by the Cold Case Posse determined that Obama’s only proffered documentation is fraudulent, and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is preparing to release information from “sensitive investigations” said to include the identities of those who created the forgeries.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi has been named as complicit in the cover-up of Obama’s past by a researcher speaking on national radio last Thursday, who also declared that “Barack Obama Sr. is not his [Obama’s] daddy.”
On Monday, The Daily Beast reported that the Taliban’s “fighters on the front line plainly are ecstatic.” Writer Sami Yousafzai further wrote:
Mullah Salem Khan, a Taliban commander in embattled Helmand province, tells The Daily Beast over the telephone that when he heard the news, he pointed his Kalashnikov in the air and emptied 15 rounds toward the skies. “Allah Akbar!” he cried. “God is Great!”
A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague. — Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman orator and statesman
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.