Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Bergdahl’s Defense: I Shouldn’t Have Been Allowed To Enlist In The Army At All

Bowe Bergdahl, the accused traitor and deserter, plans to argue that given his dismissal from the Coast Guard after only 26 days, he shouldn’t have been allowed to enlist in the Army at all. is reporting that Bergdahl was discharged from the Coast Guard in 2006 before basic training was even complete. In letting him go, they cited his psychological state as “naïve and unrealistic,” according to Eugene Fidell, his lead attorney.
In 2008, when Bergdahl joined the Army, one in five recruits were accepted with health or other waivers – including arrest records.
The Washington Post last June, citing a senior Army official, reported that the Army was aware of Bergdahl’s previous administrative discharge from the Coast Guard when he joined.
Among the factors that Fidell argued “should play no role” and have no influence in the case were President Obama’s decision to exchange Bergdahl for the five Taliban prisoners, and whether Obama should have announced his release in a Rose Garden ceremony with Bergdahl’s parents.


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