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 'UNAMBIGUOUS': Pentagon broke law with Sgt. Bergdahl swap, GAO finds

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PostSubject: 'UNAMBIGUOUS': Pentagon broke law with Sgt. Bergdahl swap, GAO finds   Thu Aug 21, 2014 8:23 pm

A nonpartisan government watchdog agency said Thursday that the Pentagon broke the law when it swapped five Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl earlier this year.

The Government Accountability Office, in a legal opinion issued at the request of congressional lawmakers, said the Defense Department violated the law by failing to notify key Capitol Hill committees at least 30 days in advance.










Further, the report said the Pentagon broke another law by using funds that were not technically available.

Defense Department press secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby told Fox News Thursday night, "the operation to retrieve Sgt. Bergdahl was lawfully conducted and that was also the judgment of the Justice Department. Nothing has changed about our view that this was a lawful recovery operation."

The GAO said the law in this case is "clear and unambiguous." The agency said that while the Defense Department defended the legality of the controversial swap, "in our view, DOD has dismissed the significance of the express language" in the law.

The report comes several months after the Obama administration released five senior Taliban members from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Bergdahl, who had disappeared in 2009. Under the exchange terms, the five Taliban are to remain in Qatar for a year.

Lawmakers at the time complained about the security implications of releasing Taliban leaders from Guantanamo, but also about the late notification by the Pentagon that they were going forward with the swap.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, among the lawmakers who requested the report, said Thursday that the president “clearly defied” the law.

“We have all seen the President decide to override the concept of checks and balances in many questionable executive actions, but the GAO opinion confirms that by doing so in connection with the release of Bowe Bergdahl, he engaged in a clear violation of the law,” she said in a statement. “I hope this opinion by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office sends a clear signal to the President that his recent shift towards unilateral action is not consistent with this nation's principles and our carefully designed separation of powers."

Whether the finding will result in any formal legal complaint remains to be seen. The House Armed Services Committee has prepared a “resolution of disapproval” potentially to be considered later this year about the swap, but such a measure is nonbinding.
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/08/21/pentagon-violated-law-with-bergdahl-prisoner-swap-government-watchdog-says/

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PostSubject: Re: 'UNAMBIGUOUS': Pentagon broke law with Sgt. Bergdahl swap, GAO finds   Thu Aug 21, 2014 8:56 pm

It's odd tho... the american reporter that was beheaded was offered for ransom.
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PostSubject: Re: 'UNAMBIGUOUS': Pentagon broke law with Sgt. Bergdahl swap, GAO finds   Thu Aug 21, 2014 9:12 pm

Nothing was more important to obama than letting 5 terrorist go. And he knew he could get away with it only once so he chose wisely
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PostSubject: Re: 'UNAMBIGUOUS': Pentagon broke law with Sgt. Bergdahl swap, GAO finds   Fri Aug 22, 2014 7:58 am

Nothing is beneath this administration.
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PostSubject: Re: 'UNAMBIGUOUS': Pentagon broke law with Sgt. Bergdahl swap, GAO finds   Fri Aug 22, 2014 8:04 am

nochain wrote:
Nothing is beneath this administration.

Again...didn't the cowh violate a law signed by him?.... How's that gonna play when he says I didn't know...
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PostSubject: Re: 'UNAMBIGUOUS': Pentagon broke law with Sgt. Bergdahl swap, GAO finds   Fri Aug 22, 2014 11:05 am

He can always blame Bush.
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PostSubject: Re: 'UNAMBIGUOUS': Pentagon broke law with Sgt. Bergdahl swap, GAO finds   Fri Aug 22, 2014 11:28 am

PkrBum wrote:
It's odd tho... the american reporter that was beheaded was offered for ransom.

Yeah, but they wanted something like $150 Million for him. That ain't chump change.

Of course, we don't negotiate with terrorist kidnappers... wait, what?

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PostSubject: Re: 'UNAMBIGUOUS': Pentagon broke law with Sgt. Bergdahl swap, GAO finds   Fri Aug 22, 2014 11:47 am

But when this was all pointed out by the Party of the Dark Side (GOP) they were shouted down. Karma will bite you eventually. I expect the liberal main stream to ignore this too.
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