Soldier's Release Comes Amid Mixed Reaction, Controversy

By Cory Marshall, KGUN 9

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Held captive for five years by Afghan militants, United States soldier Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is free. However, his release comes at what some are calling a controversial cost. During a press conference in the white house rose garden Saturday afternoon, President Obama announced in exchange for the 28-year-old's release, the only remaining U.S. soldier captured during the war in Afghanistan, five Guantanamo detainees will also be released to Qatar.

"This person has risked their life [and] their freedom to save us and we should do what we can to save them in return. But, I think it's also dangerous to be naive about sending those people back because they're obviously not going to go back to their country and brag about how great America is, they're mad," Tucson resident Rosalie Patrick told 9OYS.


Obama Submits To Taliban Demands, Allows Praise For Allah

By Neil Munro, Daily Caller

President Barack Obama apparently traded five jailed jihadis held in Guantanamo for one American soldier, despite federal law, which requires Congress to be notified before prisoners are transferred.

Obama used a Rose Garden press event to tout the surprise trade — which he won by making critical, last-minute concessions — while the parents of the freed soldier, Bowe Bergdahl, stood alongside.

At the end of brief event, the soldier’s father, Bob Bergdahl, recited the most frequent phrase in the Koran — “Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim” —which means “In the name of Allah, most Gracious, most Compassionate.”

White House Pressures DoD To Speed Up Release Of Terrorist Detainees

White House Acknowledges Obama Broke The Law In Release Of Gitmo Terrorists, But Claim “Exigent Circumstances”