Bergdahl a POW

Regarding The Bergdahl/Taliban swap, I see two different issues that have been co-mingled:

1) That the five Taliban members should not have been released under ANY condition for ANY American POW, period – fine, valid argument.

2) That Bowe Bergdahl is a deserter – fine, valid argument. Bring him home and try him by court martial under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, grant him his constitutional right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty, and if it is deemed that he was mentally competent at the time and is found guilty, punish him to the fullest extent of the law.

It is un-American to say that these five Taliban members should not have been traded for Bergdahl because he was a deserter. That goes against one of our most basic constitutional rights – the right to a fair trial. Unless and until he has been found guilty of desertion, he is an American POW – no more, no less. Allegations and suppositions do not count; he is entitled to be treated like any other American POW.

Dennis Thompson


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