Tuesday, June 3, 2014

instaPoll: Do you support the actions taken by the Administration to free Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl?

Congressman Randy Forbes



On May 31, the Obama Administration announced that Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who had been held by the Taliban since 2009, had been freed, in exchange for the release of five senior Taliban commanders from the prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  The Taliban detainees, all deemed 'high risk' in a 2008 Pentagon report, are now under the supervision of the government of Qatar and are subject to a one-year travel ban. 

Current law requires notification to Congress at least 30 days before the transfer or release of a Guantanamo detainee, and the Secretary of Defense must also certify that actions taken will substantially mitigate the risk of the individual re-engaging in any terrorist activity that threatens the United States.

Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel stated that the U.S. acted quickly – without prior notification to Congress – because Sgt. Bergdahl's safety and health were in jeopardy. 

Question of the week:  Do you support the actions taken by the Administration? (multi-answer)

( ) Yes. All resources and capabilities should be used to free a captured U.S. solider.
( ) No. Under no circumstances should the United States government negotiate with terrorists.
( ) Yes. The President acted under his authority as Commander-in-Chief.
( ) No. Congress should have been notified, as is required by law, before the detainees were released. 
( ) I don't know. 
( ) Other.

Take the Poll here.

Find the results of last week's InstaPoll here.


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