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Bergdahl Parents Attended Secure Video Conferences

From the Washington Times:

Bergdahl’s parents got rare access to insiders; data for sympathizer of Gitmo detainees

By Rowan Scarborough | June 8, 2014

The Obama administration gave the parents of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl extraordinary insider access to the military’s hunt for their son by having them take part in a series of secure video conferences with senior commanders as well as White House and State Department officials…

"Secure"? With a guy who loves to quote the Koran?

Soon after Sgt. Bergdahl went missing in Afghanistan in June 2009, the Obama administration approved an outreach program that involved the Bergdahls traveling from their home in Hailey, Idaho, to the state’s National Guard headquarters in Boise.

There they were hooked into secure video conferences that included representatives of U.S. Central Command, which runs the war in Afghanistan, as well as with White House, State Department and intelligence officials.

Robert Bergdahl has expressed concern for prisoners at the U.S. military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. From that prison, the U.S. released five senior Taliban commanders May 31 in exchange for the 28-year-old Sgt. Bergdahl, who was held five years by the violent Haqqani Network, a Taliban ally.

Air Force Col. Timothy Marsano, Idaho’s National Guard spokesman, said the Bergdahls participated in perhaps as many as 20 video conferences a year.

“Mr. and Mrs. Bergdahl were regularly informed about what was happening throughout the duration using video teleconferencing [with] various military and other government agencies,” Col. Marsano said. “There was a great effort to keep Mr. and Mrs. Bergdahl updated on developments.”

And their social media friends?

Asked about the video conferences, Navy Cmdr. Elissa Smith, a Pentagon spokeswoman, said: “While I don’t have specific details to provide, I can tell you that we actively communicated with the Bergdahl family on a regular basis through a variety of means to keep them informed on the efforts to recover Sgt. Bergdahl and to highlight the close coordination and teamwork between U.S. Central Command, the Department of Defense and other U.S. government agencies.”

Robert Bergdahl has expressed sympathy for the al Qaeda and Taliban captives at Guantanamo, as he has for other prisoners, both Christian and Muslim, around the world.

Shortly before his son’s release, he tweeted: “I am still working to free all Guantanamo prisoners. God will repay for the death of every Afghan child, ameen!” That message on Twitter was later deleted.

In 2011, he issued a personal video urging the Pakistani military to secure his son’s release.

“Strangely to some, we must also thank those who have cared for our son for almost two years,” Mr. Bergdahl said. Addressing the Haqqanis, he said, “We know our son is a prisoner and, at the same time, a guest in your home.”

He also said, “We have been quiet in public, but we haven’t been quiet behind the scenes,” and “no family understands the detainee issue like ours.” …

“I mean, it’s one thing for government officials to interview the family, get insights from the family about what’s going on,” he said. “But to put them in the middle of what is essentially a classified secure video conference is ridiculous.”

Asked whether the Bergdahls exposed any sensitive information, Col. Marsano said, “I certainly don’t know of anything like that happening.” He declined to discuss whether classified matters arose or whether the couple had a security clearance.

“It was very clear to me that the agencies involved, to include the Department of Defense, had a strong interest in ensuring this family had up-to-date information and did not leave them in the dark,” Col. Marsano said…

How else did they not leave in the dark?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, June 9th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Bergdahl Parents Attended Secure Video Conferences”

  1. canary says:

    Robert Bergdahlaya: “I am still working to free all Guantanamo prisoners. God will repay for the death of every Afghan child, ameen!”

    And repay for all the deaths and those severely wounded and missing body parts that spent months trying to save
    a traitor and deserter.

    Mr. Bergdahl ignores the children the Afgans continously blow up by targeting mosques, schools, buses, and roadsides.

    Mr. Bergdahl “No family understands the detainee issue like ours.”

    If only his son would have been killed or crippled for life, so Mr. Bergdahl could feel like other families do.

    The traitor Bowe Bergdahl’s former ballet partner told how she was furious he had enlisted as she is totally against any war, and the traitor made it clear he only did it to help the Afghans and wanted to spend his whole life helping them.

    Five or Six of those in Bowe Bergdahl’s squad said they were shocked to hear of the contents of the e-mails Bergdahl sent his father, because the traitor was chomping at the bit those first few months for the unit to go to battle.
    Bergdahl probably saw battle fog as a better situation to desert or worse.

    During a battle would have given Bergdahl the chance to shoot Americans.

    Five years with the Taliban is not enough punishment for his desertion.

    He should be held at Gitmo where he can play volleyball and soccer, video games, and eat ice-cream.

    If the Military does not want to charge Bergdahl with desertion they can charge him with “workplace insubordination” a lighter sentence than Major Hassan recieved.

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