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Washington Debates Legality of Bergdahl/Taliban Swap

Washington Debates Terms of Bergdahl Releasei
Michael Bowman
June 01, 2014 7:17 PM
A U.S. Army sergeant freed by the Taliban after nearly five years in captivity is receiving medical attention in Germany before an expected reunion with his family in the United States. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, the Obama administration is responding to criticism from some lawmakers over the release of five detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in return for Bowe Bergdahl’s freedom.
Washington Debates Terms of Bergdahl Release
Michael Bowman
The Obama administration is trading barbs with Republican lawmakers over the legality of Taliban prisoners released in exchange for the freedom of U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl from captivity in Afghanistan.

The top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chuck Grassley, says top Obama administration officials have admitted to flouting U.S. law mandating that Congress be notified 30 days before prisoners are released from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

“They violated the law, and anybody in public service takes an oath to uphold the law and ought to keep that oath," said Grassley.

The means for securing Bergdahl’s release last Saturday are expected to be a focus of upcoming congressional hearings. At the White House, Obama spokesman Jay Carney brushed aside allegations of wrongdoing.

“It should not have come as a surprise to members of Congress that this [exchange] was possible, because we had been working to secure Sergeant Bergdahl’s release for a long time. Prisoner exchanges in armed conflicts are hardly a new development," said Carney.

Carney added that the United States does not “leave our men and women in uniform behind.

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by: meanbill from: USA
June 03, 2014 10:30 AM
MY OPINION? -- Most people went to law school to learn law and defend it -- (BUT?) -- some people went to law school, to learn how to circumvent the law? --- Obama doesn't have to worry about how many laws he breaks or circumvents, because he'll be out of office if it ever goes to the Supreme Court? --- Is he laughing at the fools who elected him? -- YEA !!!

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