Bergdahl’s desertion charges bring up questions about his capture and release

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SAN ANTONIO, TX – Military charges of desertion and misbehavior against Army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl have stirred up old questions about his capture and release.

This week the Army charged him with “desertion with intent to shirk important or hazardous duty,” and “misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of a command unit or place.”

The Taliban nabbed Bergdahl when he disappeared from his post in Afghanistan in the summer of 2009.

Bergdahl says that during his five years of captivity, he was beaten, blindfolded and chained spread-eagle to a bed, and then later chained inside a cage.

He also claims he tried to escape a dozen times.

House Speaker John Boehner says Bergdahl is innocent until proven otherwise, just like any other America, but adding that, “The more troubling part of this is the fact that we transferred five prisoners from Gitmo in this trade, and there’s new reports that one of them is already back on the battlefield.”

Sondra Andrews said her son Darryn and several other soldiers died while searching for Bergdahl. "Whatever his motivation was, he did not consider his fellow soldiers.”

But the folks like Robert Perry in Bergdahl’s hometown of Hailey, ID, are still standing with Bowe. "Kind of harsh but it is a local family, a local community, so we're just hoping for the best for all of the rest of the family and for the outcome.”

Bergdahl has been at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio on desk duty since his return. If convicted, he could spend the rest of his life in captivity.

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