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#271159 - 06/04/14 01:32 AM The assassination of SGT Bergdahl
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I am so disgusted about this situation, I won't say more, now, but the efforts of the rightwing media machine to smear SGT Bergdahl are the newest low.
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#271160 - 06/04/14 01:52 AM Re: The assassination of SGT Bergdahl [Re: NW Ponderer]
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Originally Posted By: NW Ponderer
I am so disgusted about this situation, I won't say more, now, but the efforts of the rightwing media machine to smear SGT Bergdahl are the newest low.

It's disgusting. The Wingnuts I hang out with at Faux want him tried for treason and executed.
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#271165 - 06/04/14 11:09 AM Re: The assassination of SGT Bergdahl [Re: pdx rick]
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Originally Posted By: california rick
Originally Posted By: NW Ponderer
I am so disgusted about this situation, I won't say more, now, but the efforts of the rightwing media machine to smear SGT Bergdahl are the newest low.

It's disgusting. The Wingnuts I hang out with at Faux want him tried for treason and executed.


It is a sad day when traitors need to be tried at all. Justice should be sure and swift
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#271167 - 06/04/14 11:25 AM Re: The assassination of SGT Bergdahl [Re: NW Ponderer]
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There are some fundamental distinctions between the prisoner exchange that occurred that released Bergdahl and his activities as a Soldier. IF he was AWOL at the time he was captured, he can be prosecuted under the UCMJ for that action. That neither negates his status as a Prisoner of War, nor the obligation the nation has toward him as its combatant.

Deliberately obscured in the character assassination machine is that these Taliban captives had to be released at the end of the year. They were not "terrorists" even if their organization engages in terrorist activities. They were enemy combatants at the time of their capture. Since the United States has announced the end of hostilities at the end of this year, it is required, under international law, to release any prisoners of war that it holds as a result of those hostilities.

Distinct from their character as prisoners of war is their potential trial for war crimes. In the 5+ years that they have been in our custody, however, we have not found sufficient evidence to try them for such crimes. In the absence of such a trial, we have no choice but to release them. Convention (III) relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War. Geneva, 12 August 1949.
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ARTICLE 118

Prisoners of war shall be released and repatriated without delay after the cessation of active hostilities.


What did we do with German POWs we held at the end of WWII? Korean and Chinese POWs at the end of the Korean War? Name a war where we have kept POWs after the conflict ended. Go on. I'll wait.

Because of the rhetoric of the Bush administration, and its abuse of international law, these issues have become obscured in the public mind (and deliberately conflated on FOX). If we want Bergdahl and any future American Soldiers to be treated as POWs, we have to follow international law in the treatment of our POWs. We signed a treaty, we abide by international law.
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#271177 - 06/04/14 04:35 PM Re: The assassination of SGT Bergdahl [Re: NW Ponderer]
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Dear Soldier/Airman/Seaman/Marine:

It has recently come to every American's attention that, should you fall into enemy hands, new circumstances dictate that your country may not want to actually bring you back. The standard has changed from “Leave no comrade behind” to “Leave no suitably telegenic comrade behind.” To help us decide whether you are fit to be rescued, or even searched for, we need to gather certain information to help us determine whether you are worth bothering with by anserwing the following questions:

1) Do you love America enough?
2) Do you believe in The Mission?
3) Do you have any family members who might make you or the United States look bad on TV, particularly to Fox News and its viewers?
4) If comrades die while searching for you, can you guarantee that your life was worth it?
5) If a substantial number of people believe you’re a deserter or a traitor, should we bring you back to try you in a court martial, or just take their word for it and leave you behind?
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#271181 - 06/04/14 08:37 PM Re: The assassination of SGT Bergdahl [Re: pdx rick]
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6) Do you believe President Obama is an illegitimate, Kenyan, radical Muslim, Socialist, Communist, FAST 'N FURIOUS!!!, Fascist, freedom hating, America destroying, IRS!!!!, Constitution raping, law breaking, BENGHAZI!!, gun controlling, bigoted, pacifist, racist, war mongering, pussy mulatto who should be impeached?

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#271184 - 06/04/14 09:13 PM Re: The assassination of SGT Bergdahl [Re: NW Ponderer]
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Originally Posted By: NW Ponderer
There are some fundamental distinctions between the prisoner exchange that occurred that released Bergdahl and his activities as a Soldier. IF he was AWOL at the time he was captured, he can be prosecuted under the UCMJ for that action. That neither negates his status as a Prisoner of War, nor the obligation the nation has toward him as its combatant.

Deliberately obscured in the character assassination machine is that these Taliban captives had to be released at the end of the year. They were not "terrorists" even if their organization engages in terrorist activities. They were enemy combatants at the time of their capture. Since the United States has announced the end of hostilities at the end of this year, it is required, under international law, to release any prisoners of war that it holds as a result of those hostilities.

Distinct from their character as prisoners of war is their potential trial for war crimes. In the 5+ years that they have been in our custody, however, we have not found sufficient evidence to try them for such crimes. In the absence of such a trial, we have no choice but to release them. Convention (III) relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War. Geneva, 12 August 1949.
Quote:
ARTICLE 118

Prisoners of war shall be released and repatriated without delay after the cessation of active hostilities.


What did we do with German POWs we held at the end of WWII? Korean and Chinese POWs at the end of the Korean War? Name a war where we have kept POWs after the conflict ended. Go on. I'll wait.

Because of the rhetoric of the Bush administration, and its abuse of international law, these issues have become obscured in the public mind (and deliberately conflated on FOX). If we want Bergdahl and any future American Soldiers to be treated as POWs, we have to follow international law in the treatment of our POWs. We signed a treaty, we abide by international law.


Since the United States has not kept one treaty that it has signed with the Native Americans, and welched on their promise to give Filipinos that helped the US during WWII US citizenship, what makes you think that this country will abide by international law, if it doesn't suit the government's or US corporate interest?
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#271190 - 06/04/14 09:41 PM Re: The assassination of SGT Bergdahl [Re: NW Ponderer]
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I have no control over history, Scout, but I feel strongly about our current obligations. More than that, however, I find the behavior of FOX on the topic reprehensible. Talk about demeaning our core American values. (I know you didn'y mean to suggest we shouldn't abide by international law just because we didn't in the past.)
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#271197 - 06/04/14 10:44 PM Re: The assassination of SGT Bergdahl [Re: NW Ponderer]
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Originally Posted By: NW Ponderer
I have no control over history, Scout, but I feel strongly about our current obligations. More than that, however, I find the behavior of FOX on the topic reprehensible. Talk about demeaning our core American values. (I know you didn'y mean to suggest we shouldn't abide by international law just because we didn't in the past.)


I am also disgusted by the behavior of Faux News and the Right on this subject. And I would also like the US to abide by international law. But past behavior is a predictor for future behavior. I was just being cynical.
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#271199 - 06/04/14 11:07 PM Re: The assassination of SGT Bergdahl [Re: Scoutgal]
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I have listened to Rush (syndicated) and FOX since day one. Rush at the beginning was funny. Or at least had a biting sense of humor. Rush today is a blown mind.

And FOX is nothing more than a hysterical megaphone driving its followers evermore into the abyss. I am all for another point of view, but FOX and the assorted AM radio Xerox copies (anyone remember those?) offer nothing more than spite and hysteria. And yes-they a dangerous. Because their followers have simply ceased to think.
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