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Published: Monday, July 14 2014 2:04 p.m. MDT

Updated: Monday, July 14 2014 2:04 p.m. MDT

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A Guy With A Brain
Enid, OK

I suspect that he will refuse to answer any questions from co-workers because an Army lawyer has advised him not to say anything about how/why he was 'captured'.

What's known so far does not look good for him.

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

Yet if his name was Swallow, we should hold off judgement until he's had his day in court.

He doesn't owe "Co-Workers or people like yourself, any explanation the army will take care of this matter, not drop-out on the radio who have only served themselves.

Anti Government
Alpine, UT

Every single sign at this point appears he was a deserter...yet they put him right back into the military in attempt to make everything look normal.

After all it would look really bad politically for the president if the guy for which obama negotiated with terrorists and released five terrorists for was in fact just a lousy deserter...so we push him back out there to make it look like business as usual while the obama administration white-washes the investigation behind the scenes like they did with Benghazi.

Wait for it....hear that? That is the sound of hard drives crashing, witnesses being intimidated, and evidence files disappearing.

Rinse. Repeat.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

If he's a traitor he deserves to be treated like one. It will be great once the investigation starts including asking him direct questions so we can find the truth - and hold him accountable for his actions that led to the deaths of several brave soldiers.

Floyd Johnson
Broken Arrow, OK

A "deserter" is not the same thing as a "traitor", and a deserter can be taken captive and held hostage. It would be reasonable to assume that a significant percentage of soldiers in Iraq became frustrated with the war and expressed those frustrations at some point. I have no inside information regarding Bergdahl, but I choose to consider him a young guy who left the base with the plan to hide with a girlfriend's family and ended up getting captured.

I have yet to have a veteran judge me on my use of the freedoms he preserved for me. I choose to extend soldiers the same courtesy.

OneWifeOnly
San Diego, CA

"What's known so far does not look good for him."
"Every single sign at this point appears he was a deserter...yet they put him right back into the military in attempt to make everything look normal."
"If he's a traitor he deserves to be treated like one."

Lets try this man in the court of public opinion because, as we well know, the constitution (you know that pesky thing about innocent until proven guilty) shouldn't get in the way of justice.

And now you know why he and his parents have asked that their family matters remain private.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

@OneWifeOnly

Since you brought up the Constitution, that thing about being innocent until proven guilty only applies within the legal system. The court of public opinion - as you call it - and the freedom of Americans outside the legal system to judge the accused is protected by that "pesky" 1st Amendment. The Supreme Court has ruled on this - look it up.

Brio
Alpine, UT

@ OneWifeOnly:

Right! His parents ask that their family matters remain private and then they go to the White House and hold a national press conference with Obama talking all about their and his side of the issue. That certainly makes a lot of sense.

Freedom of the press allows people to become informed of issues and news items in society. Are we then not supposed to form any opinions? Talk about walking a fine line and expecting the impossible.

@ Happy Valley Heretic:

Too bad you weren't able to keep up with the ongoing news and situation with the Swallow investigation while it was happening. I'm considered very conservative and yet, like many (if not most) other conservatives, wrote and voiced my negative opinions about Swallow's circumstances and his determined breaches of trust to the public as information was verified and released via the media. Many of us pushed for his resignation early on.

Believe it or not, there are a lot of us who are able to look at specific public issues independent of our political leanings... without the darkened glasses. Try it. You may find it appealing.

Mark B
Eureka, CA

Take an aspirin and consider for a moment. Would the army really put a guy on the job on ANY base if they felt he was a security threat who might endanger lives? I don't know what happened in Afghanistan, but neither do all these other posters. Remember, those army guys have their OWN careers to worry about too.

GaryO
Virginia Beach, VA

Hey Brave Sir Robin -

" . . . freedom of Americans outside the legal system to judge the accused is protected by that "pesky" 1st Amendment. The Supreme Court has ruled on this - look it up."

Yes your speech is protected . . . but your judgment is worth zilch when it comes to determining what might happen to Bergdahl.

If you think you personally can determine the fate of this soldier, then you are overestimating your power.

Talk all you want, but it's only talk backed up by NO authority, so don't mislead yourself into thinking it can be more than that.

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