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Travel ban for 'Taliban Five' exchanged for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl nearing end | Fox News

The one-year travel ban is expiring for five senior Taliban leaders who were exchanged for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl last year, raising the possibility that they can move freely around the world as early as Monday.

Under the terms of the May 2014 exchange, the five detainees were sent to Qatar, where officials there agreed to track their activities and prevent them from traveling out of the country. In return, Bergdahl was released to the U.S. military after being held captive by the Taliban for nearly five years after he walked away from his post in Afghanistan.

U.S. officials and Qatar have discussed the possibility of extending the travel ban after it expires June 1. However, the White House has not publicly announced any new agreement with Qatar, which means the five could leave the nation by the end of the month.

"In Congress, we spent a lot of time debating whether the Qataris were going to adequately keep an eye on them in the course of the 12 months," said Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence committee. "My point all along was that I'm more worried about month No. 13 than the first 12."

Schiff has been privy to the details of the still-secret memorandum of understanding the U.S. reached with Qatar that put the five under a 12-month watch following their release.

"The Qataris did pretty good -- I wouldn't say perfect," he said about the year-long monitoring. "But the big question is what comes next."

At least one of the five allegedly contacted militants during the last year while in the tiny nation. The White House confirmed that one was put under enhanced surveillance, but did not disclose further details about that contact.

Arizona Sen. John McCain, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said last week, “I know that at least one has hard communication with the Taliban.”

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham has said that one or more of the detainees had some members of the Al Qaeda-affiliated Haqqani militant group travel to Qatar to meet with them earlier in the year. Graham suggested it was an indication the group was reaching out to communicate with the Taliban Five.

Four of the five former detainees remain on a United Nations blacklist, which freezes their assets and has them under a separate travel ban. The U.N., however, has acknowledged in a report last year that its travel ban has been violated.

"Regrettably, the monitoring team continues to receive a steady -- albeit officially unconfirmed -- flow of media reports indicating that some listed individuals have become increasingly adept at circumventing the sanctions measures, the travel ban in particular,” the U.N. Sanctions Committee said.

The State Department insists that U.S. officials work to mitigate the risk of former Gitmo detainees returning to the fight, threatening Americans or jeopardizing national security. U.S. officials have noted that in the past that the five Taliban leaders are middle-aged or older, were former officials in the Taliban government and probably wouldn’t be seen again on any sort of battlefield, although they could still be active members of the Taliban.

Members of Congress have repeatedly expressed concern about what will happen after the travel ban expires. They have asked the Obama administration to try to persuade Qatar to extend the monitoring.

"It's impossible for me to see how they don't rejoin the fight in short order," said Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., wrote Defense Secretary Ash Carter in March, asking him to take any step necessary to make sure the five do not return to the battlefield in Afghanistan. And earlier this month, the 13 Republican members of the House Intelligence committee wrote President Obama asking him to urge Qatar to extend travel restrictions on the former detainees indefinitely.

"If, as scheduled, Qatar permits these five former detainees to possess passports and travel to Afghanistan or Pakistan when the memorandum of understanding expires on June 1, they will be at liberty to play an even more direct role in attacks against the men and women of our military," they wrote.

Lawmakers from both parties were irate when the five detainees were swapped for Bergdahl, who recently was charged with desertion. They complained that the White House did not give Congress a 30-day notification of the transfer, a requirement by law. In response, the White House said it could not wait 30 days because Bergdahl’s life was endangered.

After the transfer, the House Armed Services Committee demanded the Pentagon release internal documents about the swap. The committee received hundreds, but lawmakers complain that they are heavily redacted. The committee inserted language in the fiscal 2016 defense policy bill that threatens to cut Pentagon spending by about $500 million if the Defense Department doesn't provide additional information about the exchange.

Army Lt. Col. Joe Sowers, a spokesman for the Defense Department, said the Pentagon has provided the committee with more than 3,600 pages of documents and redactions have been minimal.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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Judge Questions Effect of Trump Comments on Bergdahl Case
Feb 13, 2017 — A military judge called President Donald Trump's scathing campaign-trail criticism of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl "disturbing" on Monday and questioned whether it would make the public think the soldier can't get a fair trial for walking off his post in Afghanistan in 2009.
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During a pretrial hearing, defense attorneys played part of a video exhibit in which Trump repeatedly says at campaign appearances that Bergdahl is a "traitor" who should be harshly punished. Bergdahl's lawyers argue the comments violate their client's due-process rights and that the case should be dismissed. The judge, Army Col. Jeffery Nance, didn't immediately rule on the defense request, but called the footage of Trump condemning Bergdahl "disturbing material." A written decision was expected later. Defense lawyers played about five minutes of the footage in which Trump repeatedly used phrases such as "no good traitor" to refer to the soldier who was held captive by the Taliban and its allies for five years.


Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, center, arrives at the Fort Bragg, N.C., courtroom facility for an arraignment hearing

Bergdahl sat mostly still during the video presentation, looking away at times. By the end of the footage, the muscles Bergdahl's jaw were visibly bulging as he apparently clenched his teeth. Prosecutors say Trump's comments amounted to campaign rhetoric against actions taken by the Obama administration to bring Bergdahl home. "These comments are clearly intended to try to attack a political opponent for political gain," said Army Maj. Justin Oshana, a prosecutor. The Obama administration's decision in May 2014 to exchange Bergdahl for five Taliban prisoners prompted some Republicans to accuse Obama of jeopardizing the nation's safety. Oshana said potential jurors' exposure to Trump's comments could be addressed through questioning during jury selection. He added that it would be unprecedented to dismiss the case without first trying to seat a jury.

But Nance asked, "How does that relate to overcoming the black eye to the military justice system ... the view the public might have?" That question goes to the heart of the defense argument that Trump's comments constitute unlawful command influence by the new commander in chief. Even the appearance of such unfairness can theoretically derail a military case. The defense's motion, filed shortly after Trump was sworn in as president, cites more than 40 instances of Trump's criticism at public appearances and media interviews through August 2016.

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Navy Seal Testifies About Wound During Bowe Bergdahl Search
22 Jun 2017 | A former Navy Seal testified Wednesday that his military career ended when he was shot in the leg during a hastily planned mission to find Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl after the soldier left his post in Afghanistan.
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Retired Senior Chief Petty Officer James Hatch told the judge that his team had about 90 minutes to plan their mission and board helicopters after receiving information about Bergdahl's purported whereabouts shortly after he disappeared in 2009. While pursuing enemy fighters on foot, Hatch was hit by fire from an AK-47. Hatch says he survived because members of his team quickly applied a tourniquet while waiting for a medical helicopter. "They saved me from bleeding to death for sure," he testified during the pretrial hearing. Hatch, who entered the courtroom with a service dog and a limp, said he's had 18 surgeries because of the wound.

Also on Wednesday, the military judge told defense attorneys they can ask potential military jurors about President Donald Trump on a lengthy written questionnaire. Defense lawyers have argued Trump's criticism of Bergdahl will prevent him from getting a fair trial on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Prosecutors want to use the injuries to Hatch and others as evidence during sentencing if Bergdahl is convicted. The judge, Col. Jeffery Nance, already ruled that the injury evidence can't be used during the guilt-or-innocence phase of the trial scheduled for October.


Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl arrives for a pretrial hearing at Fort Bragg, N.C

A legal scholar not involved in the case, Eric Carpenter, said the decision on the injuries could be pivotal. "This evidence has already been excluded from the guilt phase of the trial, and if it is excluded during the sentencing phase, the heart of the government's case will be gone," said Carpenter, a former Army lawyer who teaches law at Florida International University. "This might make the government more receptive to a deal." Defense attorney Eugene Fidell declined to say after the hearing whether his client is interested in a plea bargain.

The topic also came up during the hearing. Defense attorneys asked the judge to rule that any alleged desertion ended when Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban hours after he left the remote post. They say the determination is needed so they can advise their client on how to plead to the desertion charge. "We need to know so we can tell Sgt. Bergdahl what the consequences are," Fidell told the judge, Col. Jeffery R. Nance. Nance responded that Bergdahl can choose to plead guilty to the lesser offense of unauthorized absence, or AWOL, but that prosecutors could continue pursuing the more serious desertion charge if they weren't satisfied. The judge said he would rule later on the defense's arguments about the duration of Bergdahl's absence.

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Bergdahl Could Get Life in Prison for Endangering Comrades
23 Oct 2017 | Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will appear Monday before a military judge who will determine his punishment for walking off his post.
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Before delivering his sentence, the judge will have to resolve a last-minute defense argument that new comments by President Donald Trump have tainted the case. Bergdahl faces up to life in prison after pleading guilty last week to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Prosecutors made no deal to cap his punishment, so the judge has wide leeway to decide his sentence after a hearing expected to take several days. The judge, Army Col. Jeffery R. Nance, is expected to weigh factors including Bergdahl's willingness to admit guilt, his five years of captivity in the hands of the Taliban and its allies, and the serious wounds that several service members suffered while searching for him.

Prosecutors are expected to put on evidence or testimony about soldiers and a Navy SEAL who were seriously wounded by gunfire during these search missions, including an Army National Guard sergeant who was shot in the head, suffering a traumatic brain injury that put him in a wheelchair, unable to speak. Bergdahl, 31, from Hailey, Idaho, was captured soon after walking off his remote post in 2009. He has said he was caged, kept in darkness and beaten, and tried to escape more than a dozen times. He said his intention had been to alert other commanders to what he saw as problems with his unit. Still, when he pleaded guilty, he told the judge that his actions were inexcusable.


Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, right, arrives for a motions hearing Oct. 16, 2017, on Fort Bragg, N.C.

President Barack Obama brought Bergdahl home in 2014 in a swap for five Taliban prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, saying the U.S. does not leave its service members on the battlefield. Republicans roundly criticized Obama, and Trump went further while campaigning for president, repeatedly calling Bergdahl a "dirty, rotten traitor" who deserved to be executed by firing squad or thrown out of a plane without a parachute. Nance ruled in February that those campaign statements were "disturbing and disappointing," but didn't amount to unlawful command influence, noting that Trump made the comments before he became president.

Defense lawyers argued last week that Trump's views haven't changed as commander in chief, citing his reaction to Bergdahl's guilty plea. Trump told reporters he couldn't say anything more about the case, "but I think people have heard my comments in the past." The White House issued a statement Friday that, without mentioning Bergdahl by name, said any military justice case must be "resolved on its own facts." Prosecutors cited that statement in opposing the latest defense arguments.

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Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand they're back with the Taliban.

Good thing is no one can ever accuse Obama of bein' a master negotiator.

Insurgents freed by Obama in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl now back with Taliban

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The five members of the Afghan Taliban who former President Barack Obama freed in exchange for the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have rejoined the Taliban in Qatar, according to the Associated Press.

Their release was considered somewhat controversial when the exchange took place in 2014, as some feared that it was too dangerous to let Taliban leaders linked to American and Afghan deaths out of military prison.
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Fazl was arrested in 2002, accused of overseeing the massacre of thousands of Shiites in 2000.

Khairkhwa was reportedly close to the founder of the Taliban, Mullah Omar, as well as Osama bin Laden.

Wasiq is the Taliban’s deputy intelligence minister, Nori is a Taliban leader who fought against U.S. forces, and Nabi is a Taliban communications officer.

Former Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), who was head of the House Intelligence Committee at the time of the prisoner exchange, said in 2014 “I have little confidence in the security assurances regarding the movement and activities of the now-released Taliban leaders, and I have even less confidence in this administration’s willingness to ensure they are enforced.”

“I believe this decision will threaten the lives of American soldiers for years to come,” Rogers said.
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