Now that a military judge has decided Bowe Bergdahl does not deserve a day in prison for desertion, leading to the death of six soldiers and the severe injuries suffered by several more, the Army has to decide what ridiculous amount of money they will pay him for being an AWOL traitor. He could collect as much as $300k and as little as $150k. Since he is not going to prison, he is eligible for back pay from the time he
joined was captured by the Taliban until today.
Besides that, there is the matter of special pay for having been a “prisoner of war.” That is an additional $150k. If they can’t get around it, Bergdahl will receive $300k for betraying his country and getting six honorable soldiers killed and several others badly injured. To me, that is obscene. And remember, Obama traded five terrorists who were responsible for the death of thousands combined.
Khirullah Said Wali Khairkhwa
This 47-year-old was once the Taliban’s interior minister, actually helping to create the Taliban movement in 1994. His Guantanamo case file, released by WikiLeaks, described him as a “hard-liner in his support of the Taliban philosophy” and “known to have close ties to Osama bin Laden.”
Captured by Pakistani border patrol on Feb. 16 2002.
Mullah Mohammad Fazl
Also 47, Fazi was a senior commander in the Taliban army during the 1990s, eventually becoming its chief of staff. He is thought to have personally supervised the killing of thousands of Shiite Muslims near Kabul between 1998 and 2001. His Guantanamo case file also describes him as being present at a 2001 prison riot that led to the death of CIA operative Johnny Michael Spann, the first U.S. citizen killed in the Afghan war. “If released, detainee would likely rejoin the Taliban and establish ties with ACM elements participating in hostilities against US and Coalition forces in Afghanistan,” his case file reads.
Fazi surrendered to a Northern Alliance commander in November 2001, and was transferred to U.S. custody in December.
Mullah Norullah Noori
Noori, 47, was a provincial governor in several areas during the Taliban regime. He is also believed to have been present during Spann’s death and may have also been involved in the Shiite massacre. His Guantanamo case file says that he “continues to be a significant figure encouraging acts of aggression.”
Noori turned himself in to a Northern Alliance commander in November 2001.
Abdul Haq Wasiq
Wasiq, 43, was the deputy chief of intelligence for the Taliban. According to his Guantanamo case file, he “utilized his office to support al Qaeda” and was “central to the Taliban’s effort to form alliances with other Islamic fundamentalist groups.”
Mohammed Nabi Omari
Omari, 46, was a member of a joint al-Qaeda-Taliban cell in eastern Khost province, according to his case file, and “one of the most significant former Taliban leaders detained” at Guantanamo.
Omari was captured in September 2002.
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One Army official said that it is likely Bergdahl would only receive basic pay for the five years he spent in captivity.
“My understanding is there has to be an administrative determination of his duty status at each point, from the time he was captured until now,” an army official told the Army Times. “In order to figure out what he’s owed, you’re basically going to have to start from that point of captivity.”
It is also possible that Bergdahl may not be eligible for the back pay and may even owe money to the military because of the trial’s results.
The official who spoke with the Times said the military might determine that Bergdahl pleading guilty to desertion means that he should not be eligible to receive payment for the time he spent in captivity.
If you think they aren’t going to give Bergdahl a small fortune, you probably thought he would go to prison also. That’s not what happens in a liberal world.
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