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Bergdahl Hires Lawyer Who Supported GITMO Detainees

From an unquestioning Christian Science Monitor:

Bowe Bergdahl hires lawyer, investigators to question him in ‘near future’

By Anna Mulrine | July 15, 2014

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has reached out to a civilian attorney, though he has not yet been advised of his rights or spoken with Army investigators… [He is free to leave the base where he is currently assigned and is not under any restrictions in his movement.

“He’s an active-duty Army soldier, and just like any active-duty soldier, he’s free to leave base,” Rear Adm. John Kirby, Pentagon press secretary, said Tuesday.

Why would a man who deserted from the Army (at least) twice be considered a flight risk? For the record, Bradley/Chelsea Manning was held in detention in Quantico, VA, for months before being charged. That is standard practice when there is ‘probable cause’ and a high risk of flight.

Even so, Bergdahl has retained Eugene Fidell, who teaches military justice at Yale Law School in New Haven, Conn., to be his lawyer. Mr. Fidell has been a full-time lecturer at Yale for the past five years, and he served in the US Coast Guard. He is the co-founder of the National Institute of Military Justice and heads the committee on military justice for the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War…

Gee, we wonder who is paying for such an expensive lawyer? (Who, by the way, is married to Linda Greenhouse, the radical leftist ‘journalist’ who covers the Supreme Court for the New York Times.)

Naturally, the Christian Science Monitor doens’t bother to note that Mr. Fidell has been a longtime ferocious critic of the President Bush’s "war on terror" and the Bush’s treatment of captives in that war.

In fact, Mr. Fidell has a long history of helping the detainees held in Gitmo. He filed amicus briefs in ‘Hamdan v. Rumsfeld’ and in ‘Boumediene v. Bush.’ Both briefs were in support of the detainees.

Mr. Fidell also defended the Gitmo Muslim Chaplin, James Yee, who was charged with five offenses: sedition, aiding the enemy, spying, espionage, and failure to obey a general order. All the charges against Yee were dropped on March 19, 2004, with the government "citing national security concerns that would arise from the release of the evidence." Yee was released to resume his duties.

(For the record, Mr. Yee was subsequently accused of adultery and storing pornography on a government computer. And a non-judicial punishment under Article 15, UCMJ was imposed on him, which he appealed. Mr. Yee later left the US military with an honorable discharge, but he is still seeking an apology.)

While investigators have not yet spoken with Bergdahl, that is expected to happen “sometime in the near future,” says Wayne Hall, a spokesman for the Army…

What’s the rush? The investigation is scheduled to be ‘wrapped up’ in less than a month. And neither Bergdahl nor any of his platoon mates have been questioned. So it’s a typical Obama administration whitewash.

Meanwhile, from the Wall Street Journal:

Bowe Bergdahl Has Refused to Speak to Parents

By Julian E. Barnes | July 14, 2014

Afghanistan – Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl hasn’t spoken to his family since he was released from captivity in Pakistan, according to an Army official.

Sgt. Bergdahl has refused to see his parents or speak to them on the phone, the official said. The decision by Sgt. Bergdahl, who returned to regular duty on Monday, suggests a deeper estrangement between the soldier and his parents than the military understood when he was released. Still, officials said, they don’t know the precise cause of the tension or when it began…

He sure sounds fully re-adjusted to us.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Bergdahl Hires Lawyer Who Supported GITMO Detainees”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Mr Fidell’s first initial wouldn’t happen to be “N”, would it?

    Yeah, my first question was how does an E-4 or 5 in the U S Army afford a $2,000/hour attorney?

    So….the poor little misguided soul may be charged after all—good. Hope the high-power lawyer’s case falls on it’s face.

  2. canary says:

    “While investigators have not yet spoken with Bergdahl, that is expected to happen “sometime in the near future,” says Wayne Hall, a spokesman for the Army…”

    They paid him back pay already.

    Oh bull !!!!. While investigators have not yet spoken with Bergdahl, that is expected to happen “sometime in the near future,” says Wayne Hall, a spokesman for the Army…

    Probably the first words out of Bergdhals mouth was I’m not speaking until I have lawyer. He’d avoid speaking to his father since his father apparently knew all along everything going on and figuring calls might be recorded.

    Hey son, we forgive you. You didn’t have to leave a letter asking us to forgive you.

    Look son, I won’t ask about you aiding them in making cell phone bombs in order to get to play soccer and get good food.

    I mean within moments the dad is saying his son forgot how to speak in English !!! Get real.

    You can bet the terrorists even tried to get money from his dad. The same as they do to civilan hostages calling their family trying to get them to raise money.

    The ever so bright and intelligent Bergdahl has probably been reading the military law books.

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