In new ‘Serial’ podcast, Bowe Bergdahl says he likened himself to Jason Bourne …

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‘Serial’ takes on Bowe Bergdahl as GOP report claims Obama misled Congress about Gitmo 5.

FILE – In this file image taken from video obtained from Voice Of Jihad Website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Sgt.Whereas Season One focused on Adnan Syed and “a murder case few people had heard about,” the authors say Season Two tackles larger questions about the human condition and war by telling the story of US solider Bowe Bergdahl. The Idaho native was captured by the Taliban after leaving his outpost in Afghanistan and, five years later, was returned to the United States when he was traded for five detainees at Guantanamo Bay in June 2009.

News coverage caught fire around Bergdahl’s story, questioning whether the soldier was a deserter, whether he should have been returned home and whether he’s at fault. Listeners will hear Bergdahl’s experience in his own words through phone interviews recorded with screenwriter Mark Boal, the writer and producer of “The Hurt Locker” and “Zero Dark Thirty,” who talked with Bergdahl for almost twenty-five hours while Mr. The NDAA requires the Obama administration to give Congress 30 days notice before detainees are transferred from Guantanamo Bay; the White House has maintained it had to move quickly to free Bergdahl and was within Constitutional boundaries. “The Administration clearly broke the law in not notifying Congress of the transfer. And while Season Two boasts similar candid interviews as heard in Season One, host Sarah Koenig uses Bergdahl’s story to explore greater themes of war and politics. “Unlike our story in Season One, this one extends far out into the world,” Ms.

Pentagon officials best positioned to assess the national security risks were left out of the process, which increases the chances of dangerous consequences from the transfer,” committee chairman Rep. Koenig writes in a statement. “It reaches into swaths of the military, the peace talks to end the war, attempts to rescue other hostages, our Guantanamo policy. What Bergdahl did made me wrestle with things I’d thought I more or less understood, but really didn’t: what it means to be loyal, to be resilient, to be used, to be punished.” Koenig interviews Bergdahl’s fellow-soldiers who explain their emotional responses to Bergdahl’s desertion. His fellow platoon-mates felt pain, fear and anger after Bergdahl left his post. “An overall thing I’ve gotten from the other soldiers and from Bowe is the need for a belief in a sense of purpose, their purpose in the war,” says Julie Snyder, a researcher and writer on Koenig’s team. Under the terms of their release the men are not allowed to take part in any military activities. “Some of the Taliban Five have engaged in threatening activities since being transferred to Qatar.

Regrettably, this outcome is a consequence of a poorly managed process undertaken contrary to a law specifically intended to minimize the risk posed by detainee transfers,” lawmakers noted. And the main character, Adnan Syed, has been granted a hearing to introduce new evidence, as The Christian Science Monitor reported in November. “The basic fats in the case of Bergdahl are known, and most parties involved agree on what they are,” explains The New Yorker. “But what those facts mean, what Bergdahl actually experienced in the Army, his motivations for leaving his platoon, and the many terrible consequences of that decision are more complex, even existential.” “You have these things that you think of as these monolithic institutions, like the Army, the Administration, the Taliban. He tells of how he’d planned to walk 18 miles to a military base to “raise concerns about problems in his unit … (and) track Talbian insurgents placing improvised explosive devices in the road.” He has been charged with desertion and misbehavior but an Army investigator has recommended the case be handled as a court martial similar to a misdemeanor.

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