Bergdahl-Prisoner Swap Raising Questions

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By Ashley Thompson

Army Sargeant Bowe Bergdahl's release has a lot of people questioning whether the Obama Administration did the right thing in trading five Quantanamo Bay prisoners for his freedom.

So we spoke with a military expert to get his take.

This week, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was released by the Taliban to U.S. Special Operations forces. But his release came with a price, five Guantanamo Bay detainees were returned to the Taliban. Now, many are questioning President Barrack Obama over the negotiation.

"This is now Monday morning quarterback," says Bob Taffet. "He had to make a decision. He made the decision. Do I agree with it? No, but he's probably a lot more informed than I am."

Taffet says indications that Bergdahl may have left his post are troubling.

"You think of the consequences. You leave your post, you leave your friends and your fellow soldiers unguarded, which means somebody can come right through where you were and wind up killing them."

U.S. Representative Martha Roby says she believes the swap between Bergdahl and the GitMo detainees puts Americans in danger.

"We don't negotiate with terrorists and this is exactly what this president has done and I believe that releasing these five mid to high ranking taliban leaders, we have put Americans in harms way both abroad and here."

The National Defense Authorization Act requires Congress to receive 30 days notice when a Guantanamo Bay detainee is transferred but reports state they didn't. Alabama State University Political Science Professor Byrdie Larkin says Obama was using his executive powers.

"The president is Commander in Chief, which means he is the head of all military and related obligations," she says. "The video illustrates the emergency of this issue."

A homecoming celebration that was scheduled for Bowe Bergdahl has now been cancelled because of threats.

 

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