HAS JUSTICE BEEN SERVED?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Nov. 3, 2017) — Various mainstream media sources reported on Friday that Judge Col. Jeffery Nance has recommended a sentence for Sgt. Robert B. (Bowe) Bergdahl of dishonorable discharge from the Army, forfeiture of ten months’ pay and a reduction in his rank to “private” following his October 16 guilty plea to charges of misbehavior before the enemy and desertion.
As with all prior hearings in the case, today’s sentencing hearing took place at Fort Bragg, NC.
On June 30, 2009, Bergdahl left his post in Paktika Province, Afghanistan after sending personal belongings back to his parents’ home and indicating that he was considering deserting, according to a 2012 article in Rolling Stone by the late Michael Hastings. He was reportedly captured by the Haqqani network, a Taliban-related terror group, and held for five years until Barack Obama secretly negotiated his freedom in exchange for the release of five hardened Islamic terrorists held at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba as a result of the “war on terror.”
Prior to the commencement of his sentencing hearings on October 23, Bergdahl said that the Taliban had been more “honest” with him than the U.S. Army during the time he remained on active duty awaiting the court-martial proceedings which led to Friday’s sentencing.
President Trump, who is also the current commander-in-chief of the military, reacted to the news on Twitter by declaring, “The decision on Sergeant Bergdahl is a complete and total disgrace to our Country and to our Military.”
Bergdahl’s defense attorney, Eugene Fidell, condemned Trump’s description of his client as a “traitor” deserving of execution issued on the campaign trail, stating that Trump’s remarks “cast a dark cloud over the case.” Fidell has appealed Nance’s ruling to ask for a dismissal of the charges.
Three soldiers who were permanently injured while participating in search missions for Bergdahl after his disappearance received thanks from Fidell during Friday’s hearing, according to Fox News.
Prosecutors had asked for a sentence of 14 years in prison for the 31-year-old Idaho native.
Gen. Robert B. Abrams will review Nance’s ruling and could issue a lighter, but not more stringent, sentence, according to Rolling Stone.
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.