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Should Bergdahl Face Court Martial Before 'Return to Duty?'

Anger is growing that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is behind a desk at Army North at Ft. Sam Houston, and not in front of a court martial, Newsradio 1200 WOAI reports.

  "I hope they have somebody over there watching him," Army Lt. Col (ret) Jeffrey Addicott, a long time Army Judge Advocate, told San Antonio's First News.  "He deserted before, he's certainly capable of doing it again."

  The Army is slow-walking an investigation of Bergdahl, who members of his unit say intentionally left his position at a forward post in Afghanistan before being captured by the Taliban in 2009.  He was a prisoner for five years before being swapped for five top ranking Taliban members in a controversial deal in May.

  A Major General has been appointed to look into Bergdahl's conduct that led up to his capture, but so far, few interviews have been done because of the 'reintegration' process which has been underway since Bergdahl arrived at Ft. Sam Houston a month ago.

  "Charles should already have been brought against him, he should be brought before a court martial, and let a jury hear the facts and make a determination," Addicott said.

  He says if Bergdahl is guilty of desertion, desertion in wartime is punishable by death under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, so there's aren't minor charges.

  He suspects that the Obama Administration is downplaying the Bergdahl case because it doesn't want facts about his release, or about administration policy in Afghanistan, to come under scrutiny.

  "We have the narrative from the Obama Administration that he 'served his country with honor and distinction, which is false," he said.  "Leaving your post in a war zone is not honorable."

  Addicott says all of these charges should be resolved before the Army moves to put Bergdahl back on any type of 'active duty.

  "Somehow we have this idea that we leave no one behind," he said.  "In my opinion, he left us behind."

 

 

 

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