Sherry Horton has spent five years waiting for the news she received this weekend, that her friend and former roommate Bowe Bergdahl was free. She spoke with Anderson about the Bowe Bergdahl she knew back in Hailey, Idaho.
Sherry also shared photos from when she taught Bergdahl ballet.
Republican Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon is chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. He slams the deal that led to Bowe Bergdahl's release because Congress was not told of the swap.
Was the deal to bring Bowe Bergdahl home illegal? Will Bergdahl face charges after he returns to the U.S.? Anderson discussed all of this with Michael Rosenblat, a former member of the Army's Judge Advocate General along with Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin.
Nathan Bradley Bethea served with Bowe Bergdahl. He writes about his release in his Daily Beast column:
"For five years, soldiers have been forced to stay silent about the disappearance and search for Bergdahl. Now we can talk about what really happened."
He spoke to Anderson about whether Bergdahl is a traitor, and what should happen now that he has been released.
For five years, Bowe Bergdahl was America's only prisoner of war in Afghanistan. Now that he has been released, there are serious practical, political and constitutional questions being raised.
We know Bergdahl left his base, but did he abandon his unit? Some who served with him are questioning his actions and intentions that night. Some fellow soldiers are even calling Bergdahl a traitor. Intensifying that anger is the loss of six American soldiers, killed while there was an intense search for him.
Some lawmakers are questioning whether the Obama administration broke the law by releasing five Gitmo detainees without the approval of Congress? Does this deal signal the Obama administration is willing to negotiate with terrorists?
Sergeant Bergdahl will be heading home. For now, he is at the U.S. military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany. For Berghdal, the process of reintegration is just beginning. Those who stood vigil for five years are still waiting to embrace him again.
We know that Bowe Bergdahl walked off of his base in Afghanistan and he was not seen again until his captors started releasing proof of life videos. There are serious questions about whether there were red flags that might explain why Bergdahl walked away from his unit. Sean Smith is a photographer and filmmaker for the Guardian who was with Bergdahl and his unit just before his capture.
Bowe Bergdahl is the only American soldier still in captivity. The Army sergeant was taken in Afghanistan in 2009. The Taliban has long demanded the release of five prisoners from Guantanamo in exchange for his freedom. Today a U.S. official confirmed new discussions led by diplomats and the Pentagon are underway. Senator John McCain is a former prisoner of war and speaks with Anderson about this and frightening developments in Syria.
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