SENATOR SAXBY CHAMBLISS LETTER RESPONSE TO PRESIDENT OBAMA'S NEGOTIATION OF SERGEANT BOWE BERGDAHL - FIVE TALIBAN LEADERS SWAP
By Synthia Esther
June 11, 2014
Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was released from terrorist captivity in exchange for five senior Taliban leaders held in Guantanamo Bay. Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss has gone on record with many other American politicians against the practice of negotiating with terriorts, to which I agree. I receieved this informative letter response from Sen. Chamliss in June 2014, concerning this serious infraction against the American people:
After five long years, I am pleased to join the American people in welcoming home Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. Although I am happy for Sgt. Bergdahl and his family, I am also deeply worried about the consequences of this prisoner swap.
The White House has established a dangerous precedent by exchanging Sergeant Bergdahl for five senior Taliban leaders who were being held in Guantanamo Bay. The United States has a long-standing policy of not negotiating with terrorists, and I am deeply troubled the Obama administration not only broke this policy, but also did so without the notification or consent of Congress, as required by law.
The individuals released by the Obama administration were involved at a very high planning level, in both Al Qaeda and the Taliban. We know that two of these prisoners had very close ties to Osama Bin Laden, and the other three have very close ties to Mullah Omar, the current Taliban leader.
The conditions of the prisoner swap dictate that ‘The Taliban Five’ are to remain in Qatar for a year and that the Qataris will be responsible for monitoring them. I have no confidence whatsoever in the capability of the government of Qatar to effectively monitor individuals like these. There is a thirty percent recidivism rate of either known GITMO detainees or suspected detainees who have reengaged in the battle, and I guarantee that all five of these individuals are going to reengage in the battle. They’re going to wake up every morning, just like they used to before they were sent to GITMO, and think of ways to kill and harm Americans.
Taliban leadership has insisted on the release of these five individuals since the beginning of the Bergdahl negotiations, and I was outraged to learn that the Obama administration gave these terrorists what they wanted. These men are not soldiers; they are dangerous terrorists and President Obama should have treated them as such.
In addition to explaining why he did not notify Congress of this prisoner exchange, President Obama needs to explain to the American people why he thought he was justified in releasing these terrorists. He needs to explain the risks associated with transferring these individuals and why they will never face justice for their past actions. I sent a letter to the President this week, calling on him to immediately declassify each ofthe Taliban Five’s 2009 assessments and let the American people know what each of these individuals was accused of, why they were being held at Guantanamo, and what this administration found in each of their annual reviews. (See More Here)
If the American people had this information, they would agree we should not be returning these terrorists back to the fight.
I will continue to monitor this grave situation, and work towards declassifying the information we have about these terrorists.
Very truly yours,
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