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Family Wanted Silence On Captured GI

From an obdurately shameless Associated Press:

Soldier’s Idaho town kept mum on Taliban capture

By John Miller, Associated Press Writer Mon Jul 20

HAILEY, Idaho – Shortly after the first report two weeks ago that a U.S. soldier had been captured in Afghanistan, a small circle of people in this central Idaho town found out it was one of their own but kept it quiet.

Pfc. Bowe R. Bergdahl, a local family’s only son who was home-schooled, danced at the ballet school and rode his bike all over the town of 7,000, was in the hands of the Taliban.

Neighbors and others in the community about 10 miles south of Sun Valley have known for weeks that Bergdahl had been captured, but said the family urged them not to talk about the kidnapping out of fear that publicity would compromise his safety. Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter told The Associated Press that he had been working to keep the soldier’s name quiet until it was officially released.

The Pentagon wasn’t talking either; all that Defense Department officials said in early July was that a U.S. soldier was believed in enemy captivity.

The 23-year-old Bergdahl was serving with a unit based in Fort Richardson, Alaska, earlier this month when he vanished, just five months after arriving in Afghanistan, officials said. He was serving at a base near the border with Pakistan in an area known to be a Taliban stronghold.

Only after Saturday’s Internet airing of a 28-minute video in which Bergdahl is shown captive and says he fears never going home again did Pentagon officials finally release his name. Some of Bergdahl’s friends and acquaintances are also slowly opening up, too, with permission from his father.

In an era where captives are valuable commodities in transactions of terror, secrecy is no accident. The New York Times had asked other media not to publicize the capture of reporter David Rohde. The Times reporter escaped in July after being held seven months by the Taliban.

Just as the Times didn’t report on Rohde before his escape, the Pentagon decided the best for Bergdahl was as little news as possible

Back home in Idaho, residents of Bergdahl’s tight-knit mining-town-turned-resort community worked to keep tight the circle of those who knew of the hostage crisis.

In fact, some neighbors who learned about Bergdahl’s plight the old fashioned way — down at the cafe, perhaps, or via a discreet phone call — said Sunday they were respecting the wishes of the Bergdahls by not speaking publicly. The family, described as deeply private, lives about five miles west of Hailey on a remote gravel county road. Out front, a cardboard-and-ink placard wired to the chained and locked front gate reads "No visitors."

One neighbor just down the road ordered reporters off his property, threatening violence.

The governor, along with Idaho’s congressional delegation, said Sunday he only learned of Bergdahl’s captivity days earlier, but opted to keep the soldier’s name quiet until it was officially released.

Sue Martin, owner of Zaney’s River Street Coffee House where Bergdahl poured espressos before enlisting in the Army in 2008, had installed a sign on the front counter urging people to keep "Our friend who has been captured in Afghanistan" in their thoughts and prayers.

But she didn’t use his name and later removed the sign, partly out of concern that the Bergdahls were against it.

It was only after getting their permission Sunday that Martin spoke about the young man, whom she said shared friendly banter with regulars there for their morning shot of brew.

Martin has also returned the sign to the front counter — this time with Bergdahl’s full name — along with a large yellow placard taped to the front window that reads "Get Bowe Back."

"It was in light of concern for Bowe’s well-being," Martin said. "If the military wasn’t releasing his name, we didn’t feel we should be releasing it either."

Another installment in the despicable double standards the media have for their own and for the great unwashed.

Neighbors and others in the community about 10 miles south of Sun Valley have known for weeks that Bergdahl had been captured, but said the family urged them not to talk about the kidnapping out of fear that publicity would compromise his safety.

Who do these people think they are?


As we have previously noted, the New York Times tenaciously suppressed any and all news about their reporter who was captured by the Taliban. Not just his name, but even the fact that he was kidnapped. (What exact difference does the Taliban knowing his name make anyway?)

The Times even went so far as to engage in a long term running battle with people trying to post the news on Wikipedia.

But when the Taliban captured a US soldier, CNN, The Times, the AP and the rest of our watchdog media were only too happy to trumpet stories about his capture – giving as much information as they had.

Needless to say, they would have given his name as well, if they had known it.

You see when it comes to our soldiers, the Taliban people have a right to know.

And their safety be damned.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, July 20th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

14 Responses to “Family Wanted Silence On Captured GI”

  1. proreason says:

    If the Slimes financial woes continue, which enemy of the US will be the one to win the prize to keep the fish wrapper alive?

    The competition should be intense.

  2. catie says:

    Well it’s the “good of the country” that these clowns at the slimes would release that. They have only themselves to blame when the gray lady finally goes down.

  3. Helena says:

    I’d like to hear what David Rohde has to say about his employer publicizing Bergdahl’s capture vs the silence surrounding his own. Will he speak up?

  4. Celina says:

    Disgusting. I knew about this because the soldier is from here. While us Army wives know how to gossip, the fact that we all apparently kept our mouths shut and NYT couldn’t is just amazing. My prayers are with his family.


  5. xomorrison says:

    I’m first starting out my career as a journalist– especially in this business, most young journalists are (over)ambitious and cutthroat. I’ve already been tipped off on international relations stories that I know would boost my career, but I (and my editor, who agreed with me) decided it was best to hold off until all risk to the family passed by before I could report on it. There are still some journalists out there who will place respect for a human being over pushing their own career– and I know one day that I’ll thank myself for that. My prayers are with the soldier’s family, and I can only help that the AP can respect their privacy during this incredibly painful time.

    • proreason says:

      I’m curious xo. How did you find your way to this website?

      Not trying to insult you personally, but this whole site is essentially dedicated to showing the hypocracy and total lack of objectivity of the msm. Most posters here are contemptuous of journalism, as practiced by the msm.

      Hopefully, you approach your work from a different perspective than does the msm.

  6. BillK says:

    The press basically has the attitude that if it’s on the Net, it’s news.

    Really, if the news didn’t cover it, aside from the 30 or so devoted followers of the various martyr websites, who would know or care that the Taliban/Bin Laden/kook of the day posted a new video to the net?

    If World War II were being fought today, we’d be given content updates on the nightly news whenever Tokyo Rose had a new broadcast along with full transcripts in the NYT.

  7. canary says:

    ABC News suggested bribes may have been used for the two reporter’s escape.

    Over the weekend, New York Times executive editor Bill Keller hinted at some behind-the scenes effort to set up the escape, saying he could not talk about “the circumstances that were created at the end” for Rohde’s escape.

  8. canary says:

    Dear Lord and God.
    Please, rescue PFC Bowe Bergdahl with your Almighty Power, your Holy Spirit and army of angels. Lord perform awesome miracles. Please, Lord wrap and fold your safe arms around Bowe. Dear Lord, hold Bowe next to your heart and breath comfort and peace into very being.

  9. sheehanjihad says:

    The Times wanted to protect it’s own, and did whatever was necessary to do so, because they valued the life of their reporter and they vigorously fought to prevent his exposure.

    The Times does NOT want to protect the life of an American soldier. To them, he is the enemy, and their actions prove their desire to get the soldier killed, hopefully in a public beheading….covering that will sell more papers than keeping it quiet and the soldier less apt to be used for propaganda before his execution.

    They understand from experience how important it is to keep a close secret when an American is captured by those afflicted with the disease of Islam…that is why they jumped at the chance to expose our soldier as quickly and as thoroughly as they could…..to them, he is not worth protecting….he isnt a “reporter”….so to them, his life has no value. They flat suck hippo diarrhea. Tube worms have a better sense of values.

    • canary says:

      SheehinJihad, you got it. The reporter set up and knew he was meeting the enemy just to get some big story. Probably all those liberal articles along with the payments they dropped was the pay off. Just saw one of their articles, so anti-U.S. it was so anti-American and doubt it was even true.I didn’t trust it happened.

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