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Taliban Video Shows Captured GI

From the Associated Press, via a not so discreet New York Times:

Captive G.I. on Video by Taliban

July 19, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) — The American soldier who disappeared June 30 in eastern Afghanistan, and was later confirmed to have been captured, appears on a video posted Saturday to a Web site by the Taliban, two United States defense officials said.

The soldier is shown in the 28-minute video with his head shaved and the start of a beard. He is sitting, wearing a nondescript gray outfit. When one of his captors holds the soldier’s dog tag up to the camera, the name and ID number are visible.

The soldier, whose identity the Pentagon has not yet released, says his name, age and hometown on the video. American defense officials confirmed that the man in the video is the captured soldier.

The soldier says the date is July 14. He says he was captured when he lagged behind on a patrol.

Interviewed in English by his captors, he is asked about his views on the war, which he calls extremely hard; his desire to learn more about Islam; and the morale of American soldiers, which he says is low.

Asked how he is doing, the soldier says: “Well, I’m scared, scared I won’t be able to go home. It is very unnerving to be a prisoner.”

He begins to answer questions in a matter-of-fact voice. He later chokes up when discussing his family and his hope to marry his girlfriend.

“I have a very, very good family that I love back home in America,” he says. “And I miss them every day when I’m gone.”

Prompted by his interrogators to give a message to the American people, he says in part: “Please, please bring us home so that we can be back where we belong and not over here, wasting our time and our lives and our precious life that we could be using back in our own country.” …

Lest we forget, the self-same New York Times moved heaven and earth to suppress any and all news their reporter who was captured by (his colleagues) the Taliban.

You see, they didn’t want any harm to come to him. And of course they didn’t want to up his ransom.

But when it is some soldier from flyover country, all bets are off. The American people have a right to know.

Oh, and isn’t it funny how the AP and The Times both neglect to mention that parading prisoners this way is against the Geneva Conventions?

By the way, isn’t the preposition that AP is looking for here ‘in’? As in, “appears in a video.”

They really should consider hiring some native English speakers once in a while, if just for variety.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, July 19th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

28 Responses to “Taliban Video Shows Captured GI”

  1. wardmama4 says:

    May God hold -Pfc. Bowe R. Bergdahl, 23, of Ketchum, Idaho – and his family closely in his arms of comfort, strength and wisdom – I ask these things in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, my Savior, Amen.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    If they harm this American soldier ………. I say we close Gitmo with a napalm airstrike or air burst MOAB. Either way, Gitmo is closed like our socialist king president Caesar Chavez Castro Putin wants.

  3. wardmama4 says:

    Now that I offered my prayer I will comment on the drivel masquerading as ‘news’ via AP.
    I guess that the Taliban isn’t as ruthless as al Qaeda or are looking for some $$$$$$$$$$$ to come their way as PFC Bergdahl is still alive.

    -‘Oh, and isn’t it funny how the AP and The Times both neglect to mention that parading prisoners this way is against the Geneva Conventions?

    By the way, isn’t the preposition that AP is looking for here ‘in’? As in, “appears in a video.”

    They really should consider hiring some native English speakers once in a while, if just for variety.’-

    SG there is a reason I call them – Associated (with terrorists) Press – they, like the State Media (you mentioned them here the NYTs) have an agenda and let nothing little like research, investigation, truth, proper grammar and other little things like that get in their way.

    The UN, Geneva Convention and International Law are only violated by the evil US – not anyone else, ever.

    Come on SG – get with the program or you may be ‘re-educated’ soon.

  4. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Wait a minute. Weren’t these types of things all the result of Bush’s “cowboy” diplomacy to the middle-eastern nations?

    Somebody better get on the phone and apologize to the taliban straight-away. Oh..wait….

    Uh….I’m stuck here. Um…..who was it? What’d he say? And didn’t the taliban invent the compass or something?

    I think it’s a foregone conclusion that liberals…and their dog-and-pony media will never acknowledge that this administration is hated just as much as the Bush administration. They still wet their pants with all their feel-good rhetoric and “reaching out”. To them, that’s all you need in the recipe to make good relations. And, if this soldier is harmed in any way, either Blammo will ignore it or will blame it on Bush. He is obviously NOT taking any position…NOT warning them off, NOT saying anything.

    And why is that? (rhetorical)

  5. catie says:

    Steve is exactly right that this is absolutely against Geneva Conventions but really, what of it? In their eyes he’s an idiot anyway for joining the military. If I remember correctly he was called a “Marginal Soldier” when he was first captured-at least on the local ABC affiliate but they also said he was a Marine if I remember correctly.
    I would like to know where code stink, sheehag and cows like Meridith Viera are on this. Perhaps since the messiah is now in charge it’s okay for things like this to happen, after all this his “his war” now. Maybe the little brat Sasha can go over there in her little peace t-shirt and negotiate his release.

  6. ThreeBus says:

    What really gets me is that if some of our boys kidnapped a terrorist,
    the dangerous media would be all over it like a fly on sh__!

    Come on, powers that be!
    Get OUR SON Outta there!


  7. VMAN says:

    I just saw a retired colonel on Fox and he did not have anything good to say about this soldier. He claimed that the soldier did not “lag behind” and was captured but that he willingly walked out of camp calling him a deserter. He also said that he felt he was collaborating with The Taliban and was a traitor. Needless to say I was shocked and didn’t know what to think. If anyone saw that and could elaborate I would welcome some enlightenment.

    • catie says:

      VMAN, I saw that too and was somewhat shocked. Perhaps he was trying to desert, he may be very immature and now realizes what a mistake he has made. No one really knows but I do know that was the scuttlebutt when this first happened. Supposedly he walked out of the FOB without a weapon, body amour or much else. Another report said he was also coaxed out.
      On the flipside, Peters is pretty good most of the time but I don’t know what he knows that others don’t, if anything. I noticed that Julie Banderas having a cow over what he was saying and suddenly going to break or to another reporter. It was probably one of the oddest things I’ve seen in a long time. I think it was in very poor taste though for him to say what he said.

    • Celina says:

      I heard that also a few weeks ago. This soldier is from our post here and many of the wives left behind are good friends of mine. Don’t know how much truth there is to it though. Especially during deployments all kinds of different rumors run rampant.

      The part where he says he was caught because he was lagging behind really caught my attention. They have battle buddies. They do NOT leave people behind. Maybe he was trying to let people know that something else he was saying just wasn’t right. I don’t know.

      Prayers for this soldier, his loved ones and all the other soldiers out there.

    • catie says:

      Celina, hope you and your little family are doing well. We continue to pray for you all and your hubby. I know what you mean about rumors. God Bless.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      We was talking here in S&Lville a couple of weeks ago about this and I remember something to the fact that he was captured in town drunk or was drinking.
      Maybe he’s mixed up in the head. I don’t know but if he left the wire without his gear ………… boocoo pucker factor! (10)

    • Celina says:

      Thank you Catie. That means a lot. Our circle of wives is pretty tight and even though most of our husbands aren’t in the same part of Afghanistan, we try to get them to look out for each other. We very much appreciate your prayers. R&R can’t get here soon enough.

  8. canary says:

    VMAN, a f****** retired high-ranking officer has no credit based on being retired and being a dumb colonel.
    We have known from the day of 9/11, as the Pakistan leaders publically spoke saying how bad such a thing, their back drop was children and adults laughing, dancing jumping for joy, at America’s devastation. From the very beginning, they have aided Bin Laden, and continue today, US Marines continue to be a greatest casualties on the border, yet alone in the last weeks since Obama turned to total foot troops to avoid civilian casualties. If Clinton could airbomb during the Kosova war to avoid foot troops, and Obama hypocritically air-bombing in his first days of office, after a campaign of poor innocent civilians, and no one was critical. Silence from the liberals. So, it’s safe to say that Democrats believe in air-bombing and saving our soldiers, to where Bush, had to be politically correct in the war.
    This U.S. soldier was taken on the border, an infested Taliban area, where there is a major shift, just as in Iraq, between the two. We cannot even trust any middle-east interpreters. We can not trust muslims in America who pretend they love America. They hate American’s growing sinful ways. The mall this year was different than last year. The music in the stores was full of profanity, violence and blared a bit louder. Just since 9/11 more have grown to hate America, but the liberals and liberal media cover this up. Look at UK.
    Obama has blood on his hands, he shouldn’t let his manicured shiney finger- nails fool him. He is responsible for the death of our American US Soldiers. Our children, brothers, sisters, mothers, and fathers.

    Civilians have a great-great advantage over our soldiers.
    Civilians can make choices our soldiers can’t.
    Civilians own their terrority
    Civilians outnumber and are armed as our soldiers

    Our soldiers can’t run and move to the next town.
    Our soldiers can’t run and hide in a cave or tunnel, or behind a tree, or in a bush for even 1 day.
    Our soldiers can’t move in with relative to be safer.
    Our soldiers can’t hide in mosques. They aren’t allowed in them.
    Our soldiers are forced to be neck to neck and live with these vicious animals.
    Our soldiers can’t trust children, baby’s, toys, the owner’s who believe it’s an honor to blow themselves up. Terrorists that do not worry of the death of a baby or anyone. As the terrorist who blew up the WTC the 1st time said. Death is okay. If they are a good person, they end up in heaven and better off. If they are bad, they end up in hell.

  9. canary says:

    Obama wrote the war should have ended once Bin Laden escaped. Now he has our loved ones living with the enemy. Feeding them! Obama says we have to help their poverty problem. We won their freedom, we made things better, girls could take their veils off and go to school. They didn’t fight to keep it. No liberals are crying out to stop the killing of our soldiers now. Where did they all go?
    Bomb them like Clinton believed in.
    When our soldiers are dying at the hands of a mad man who hates them, it’s time to bring them home. If we can’t kill them, we shouldn’t be feeding them.

    Is it morally right for Obama’s priority to be #1 focused on poor living in America. #His current priority focusing on Americans sick and dying in our streets. Oh, and if we don’t get global warming fixed this year, it’s over for us.
    He wants our military to die. Obama is in the closet, spitting on our soldiers, throwing rocks on them, calling them baby killers. His mentality hasn’t changed, and even he says we never learn from history. Obama is making new history. It’s kill our finest.

  10. canary says:

    This soldier is in the Paktika Province. Just note in 2 weeks how many U.S., American and British Soldiers have been killed just in this area. Originally the Taliban had said they pulled him from his Garrison while drunk. Note all the death threats to kill this young man. Why would anyone desert to stay in hell, instead of waiting to go home to their girlfriend that keeps him going.
    Steve makes some very good points on the NY Times. Probably told them, let our reporter go, and we’ll make you look good, and say how nice you were to our reporter. See how we feed Americans.


    “You Will be Hunted if We Don’t Get Our Soldier Back”.

    Wording on leaflets American soldiers passing around, from a newspaper who sells papers based on hollywood freak story’s.

  11. canary says:

    Video: LTC retired Ralph Peters blasts soldier, that he most likely is a deserter, and no real soldier would ever say the things Bowe said, and doesn’t mean to sound too hard, but Taliban could save us a headache, meaning go ahead and kill the soldier.. Our sympathy should be with the soldier’s he insulted. I don’t think Ralph Peter’s is aware, that most Vietnam POW’s admit to have broke at some point. Julie Banderas a bit stunned, and says Fox will not be showing the video. Peter’s works for FOX, but that should not surprise us.


    • proreason says:

      Ralph Peters has always been a straight shooter. He is no libwit tool.

      He could be wrong about this, but his track record is good, and he is certainly pro-military.

      What he said is that nobody he knows in the military is defending the soldier, and that it looks like the young man deserted and is collaborating with the Taliban. He also says that the soldier’s story doesn’t sound like the truth.

    • canary says:

      ProReason, I have to disagree with you. I posted a link to show the battles going on in Paktiku Province. To include the army looking for him. And I have not heard of any account that has pointed to him as deserter.
      Ralph Peter’s being an officer in the Air Force implies he’s never been a foot soldier, and most likely never fought a battle on any line. These soldiers are living on the battle line.
      And too make such an accusation, and prejudgment, without naming one source. While, maybe Peter’s opinion for sometime we’d not win this war, is correct, and that does not make him necessarily a liberal, but Peter’s harmful statement, said at this point, benefits no one but the enemy.

      Worse, It might be the last thing the enemy makes him watch. You could hear them telling him what to say and he was afraid.

    • bronzeprofessor says:

      I’m just going by my gut instinct on this one. Looks like a case of a soldier deserting. He’s in infantry and he disappeared off his base. It is not plausible to infer that he simply lagged behind during patrols; that conflicts with the way combat units work, and apparently he was 11-B (combat specialist).

      I hope I’m wrong, and I pray the private returns home safely. But we have to grapple with the fact that some servicemen succumb to the pressures of war and decide they’ve had enough. That’s just my sense of it. I don’t condemn him for deserting if that’s what he did, because I can fathom why someone would react to the stress by abandoning base. But the reality is that desertion is one of the most serious offenses in the military and if he deserted, despite my generous judgment of him, he is a criminal in the eyes of the military (the “lowest of the low”). That explains why the LT COL on Fox News was so harsh. He has apparently reached a conclusion already.

    • bronzeprofessor says:

      I can say one thing in support of Canary. Air Force people do confront very different realities from Soldiers and Marines. Canary has a point that an Air Force Lt. Col. might not have firsthand experience with ground engagement where the enemy is very close at hand. (I chose the Army largely after reflecting a lot on my Christian beliefs, and I decided that if I ever had to take another man’s life, I wanted to be in close enough range that my own life would also be at risk, to keep the regrettable necessity as close to reciprocity as possible and stick to Christ’s line “to lay down your life for a friend is the greatest love”… For me the Air Force carried with it a different set of moral dilemmas and I could deal better with the Army’s moral dilemmas.)

      But even so, I don’t think an Air Force officer is so different from an infantryman that he can’t make an inference. I simply think that Peters was a bit too hasty in his judgment, at least for my tastes.

    • canary says:

      Bronze, the Pentagon has ruled he was captured. Marines have been complaing more than ever complaining that the Afgans, and Pakistans soldiers that are fightingn with have leaks inplanted.
      Many abushes that they believe was from inside leaks, implants. They can not even trust the foriegn intepreters. Even the taliban have been telling officials he was kidnapped. Considering the enormous amount of drugs (heroin) the Taliban have, especially since Obama halted the burning of poppy fields as Bush has done since 9/11, implants in his unit, talibans fighting side by side with us, could have found him an easy target. But, no America would desert
      in a hell hole. He had 7 monthes to make it back home. Those chances were alot better than joining the Taliban and fighting til he dies. It’s no big deal what he said. Even McCain admitted breaking. Most Vietnam POW’s will admit to it. And this is not even torture, this is knowing they chop your head off. Anyways, time will tell. But, no one would desert in a hell hole like that. And if this young man, was a traitor, the military would have announced it by now, so that our soldiers would be looking to arrest him, court marshall, or kill him, their selves.
      Further, if he was a traitor. They could have had bombs on them, when they told him to come with them. These were not bad taliban our soldiers and officers simply watched a soldier walk off. They would have shot the taliban he was walking off with. Look at the men who were forced to fight in Vietnam, and were against the war. It’s okay to get there and feel it is a mistake. I’m sure it crosses every soldier’s mind at some point. Further, officals in the Dept of Defense have said the things the soldier was forced to say is normal propaganda. Most the others held kidnap, knowing their head are going to be sawed off, have said the war was wrong too. It’s no harm. The troops have been handing out threatening leaflets, I’m sure they’d say instead of “we will hunt you” if you don’t give us our soldier, they’d rather say we will hunt and kill you. But, Obama administration is trying to prosecute and imprison Bush and Cheney for this order, even though they all know by now, that this was all made public, as S&L has proved.

      While I heard McCain admit on news he was broken, here is Rush discussing it. And I hear McCain in the primary debates with another Rep candidate, that he was against torture and “waterboarding”.


    • proreason says:

      Do some research on Ralph Peters, Canary.

      Again, he could be wrong on this particular incident, but he has been a rock solid supporter of the military and an astute military analyst for quite a while. He is no squishy, dictator/muslim-loving apologist.

      Without access to all the facts, listening to him is well worth your time.

    • canary says:

      ProReason, I did do some research as I posted a link, and also found other articles confirming his take on the military. His views against the war, is not an issue. The military is angry of the release by the news, and yet Peter’s said the most harmful accusations, implied the taliban should save us the time and behead him!!!!!! If Peter’s had not retired, he’d be court marshalled. He gave nothing to base his insistance, to get his opinion out there, and it’s harmful. He should have kept his mouth shut, especially knowing the military is trying to save this young man. Sorry my posts are lengthy, but there is not one bit of evidence or witnesses that he deserted. There have been many different stories as to his disappearance. And anyone like Peter’s can say
      we will lose Afganistan, or not send more troops. That’s nothing from any sources, to say the things he says on the news. One report is they didn’t even notice him missing. And I have many photo’s from my military buddy, and most with Iraqi children. I’ve not heard one report that he went around saying I’m going to desert in an infested Taliban area, and risk them killing me for the rest of life. There was no place for him to hide. Study the area.

  12. MinnesotaRush says:

    God bless and keep this young soldier .. this young man.

    I wonder .. have they advised him of his miranda rights? Have they made sure his diet doesn’t offend his religous mandates? Have they given him a Bible and allocated sufficient time in the day for his private prayer time? Are they providing him an attorney and a tribunal of any sort?

    Or .. is this young American fearful that at any given day, or moment, these barbarians may slice his head off?

    God .. please fill this young man with Your Spirit and Peace and keep him safe!!! As well for all our men and women who are serving in harms way!!!

  13. canary says:

    According to the informal wikipedia Ralph Peters joined military in 1976 went to Germany. Studied Soviet Union, been a novelist, on cable news, written for papers and mags. Dibbled in some Romance, Sci-Fi, such as

    Brave Romeo 1981
    The Perfect Soldier 1995

    Fox should can Ralph Peters after they send him with a one way ticket to report in Afganistan.

  14. ThreeBus says:

    To me, whether he deserted or not is a non issue.

    He is a captured soldier and should be broken out by his brothers in arms.
    Now, when we get him home we can grill him over the desertion question.
    If it is so, then he can be with his pals at gitmo. If it is not, we brought our
    son home to his country.

    As it stands the enemy is laughing and we need
    to shut that sound up.

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