Theodore's World: Gitmo Five Traded For Bergdahl Set To Be Free To Leave Qatar June 1st

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May 30, 2015

Gitmo Five Traded For Bergdahl Set To Be Free To Leave Qatar June 1st

Gitmo Five Traded For Bergdahl Set To Be Free To Leave Qatar June 1

Five senior Taliban leaders released last year from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could move freely around the world next week as their one-year travel ban expires.

The five detainees were sent to Qatar where government officials agreed to monitor their activities and prevent them from traveling out of the country under the terms of the May 2014 exchange. Bergdahl, who had been held captive by the Taliban for nearly five years after walking away from his Army post in Afghanistan, was released to the U.S. military.

He recently was charged with desertion.

U.S. officials have discussed with the Qataris the possibility of extending the travel ban after it expires on June 1. But so far, the White House has not publicly announced any new agreement with Qatar, meaning the five could leave the tiny nation on the Arabian Peninsula at the end of the month.

At least one of the five allegedly contacted militants during the past year while in Qatar. No details have been disclosed about that contact, but the White House confirmed that one was put under enhanced surveillance. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said last week: "I know that at least one has had communication with the Taliban."

One or more of the detainees had some members of the al-Qaida-affiliated Haqqani militant group travel to Qatar to meet with them earlier in the year, according to Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. That was an indication that the group was reaching out to communicate with the so-called Taliban Five, said Graham, who predicts all five will rejoin the fight.

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.

Wild Thing's comment............

How can anyone not think this jerk Obama is the enemy? !!!!!!!!!!!!!
How on God's green earth can this not be impeachable.

Posted by Wild Thing at May 30, 2015 12:50 AM


They will be more dangerous now that they have ever been. Their time in captivity have taught them weaknesses of Americans and they will exploit those weaknesses.

Posted by: BobF at May 30, 2015 09:50 AM

Too bad the CIA doesn't do covert ops to take these bastids out, like they used to.

Posted by: Ivor at May 30, 2015 01:24 PM