The Army completed its probe into Bowe Bergdahl’s desertion allegations last week, but the Pentagon said it doesn’t know when the report will be released. Republicans and former platoon mates of Bergdahl’s are wondering what’s taking so long and stating openly that Bergdahl deserted.
In June the Army announced that Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl, a veteran of two tours in Afghanistan, would lead it’s official review of Bergdahl’s conduct. The two-star general, who also serves as the deputy commanding general of 1st Corps at Joint Base Lewis McChord in Washington state, interviewed Bergdahl in August.
If cleared of wrong doing, Sgt. Bergdahl stands to receive $200,000 in back pay and $150,000 compensation for his troubles.
‘We explained exactly what happened. He deserted his post and we’re now still sitting here waiting for answers,’ Bergdahl’s former platoon leader saidadvertisement - story continues below
If the Army doesn’t release its finished review to the public, a member of Bergdahl’s platoon said he may file a Freedom of Information Act request.
Breitbart News obtained the statement in its entirety from Wayne Hall, an Army spokesman in the Pentagon.
Nowhere in the statement does the Army specifically say it will not make the findings of the investigation public.
The Army did mention, however, that the process will be “lengthy” and that it is premature to “speculate on the potential results or the amount of time the review process will take to complete.”
“The Army is in receipt of the initial report and reviewing it. As we stressed at on the onset, this will be a lengthy process conducted in accordance with applicable laws, regulation and policy,” said the Army in the statement.
“We recognize the importance of the media and the public understanding of our investigative process, and look forward to future discussions on this issue,” it continued. “However, the Army’s priority is ensuring that our process is thorough, factually accurate, impartial, and legally correct. Consequently, at this time, it would be inappropriate to speculate on the potential results or the amount of time the review process will take to complete.”
The Army is investigating assertions that Bergdahl deserted his post in Afghanistan before falling into the hands of the Taliban, which kept him captive for five years. Men who served in Sgt. Bergdahl’s unit have said he deserted his post.
If Bergdahl is found to have deserted or gone AWOL (Absent Without Leave) prior to being captured than he could be punished under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
Acting on his own authority, Obama traded five high level Taliban commanders who were being held in detention at Guantanamo Bay for the release of Bergdahl, who is now living and working at a base in San Antonio, Texas.
Bergdahl has not spoken out publicly since his return to the U.S. and has reportedly refused to meet with his family in person.advertisement - story continues below
‘There’s no way that they can conclude this investigation without the truth,’ Bergdahl’s former platoon leader Buetow told Hannity. The truth, he said, is that Bergdahl deserted. ‘There’s not one person [from his platoon] who disagrees,’ Buetow claimed
Buetow said he was interviewed by Gen. Dahl and had a ‘lengthy’ conversation with him about the details of Bergdahl’s disappearance, including the chatter the platoon heard over the radio.
‘I have a list of the people that the general spoke to during this investigation,’ Buetow told Hannity. ‘It’s everyone from the platoon, and I know exactly what they said.
‘There’s no way that they can conclude this investigation without the truth.’
The truth, Buetow said, is that Bergdahl deserted.
‘There’s not one person [from his platoon] who disagrees,’ Buetow said.
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