Alleged deserter to be interviewed “soon”

Posted on: July 30th, 2014 by Will Rodriguez 9 Comments

Reuters reports that SGT Bergdahl is to submit to questioning next week for the first time by US Army General Kenneth R. Dahl who is charged to investigate the widely reported incident and subsequent POW release.  To date there have been no reports that any of Bergdahl’s comrades present before or after his suspected desertion have been interviewed.

Considering the amount of time that has elapsed and the way the investigation is being handled I will be very surprised if anything happens to Bergdahl.  The lack of reporting won’t surprise me either.

In related but different news the house Armed Services Committee condemned the President for the Bergdahl prisoner swap.  The vote was largely along party lines but two Democrats,  Reps. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii and Mike McIntyre of North Carolina – joined Republicans to support the measure.  The final vote was 34 to 25.  The House of Representatives will consider the resolution later this year, a few weeks before the election.

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  • YankeePapa

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    …It is too much to expect a detailed, fair, honest and open investigation.  Seems really strange to be saying that…
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    -YP-

  • LawyerHandle

    If they aren’t interviewing them again, I would hope the statements and accounts of the members of his unit given at the time of (or shortly after) his disappearance would be taken into consideration as Gen. Dahl’s investigation. I’m assuming they all gave statements as part of the initial investigation that concluded Bergdahl did leave the base on his own. And because of that initial determination, unless the press completely goes to sleep on this, I don’t see how they can avoid punishing Bergdahl in some form or another. However, w/ the Israel/Gaza stuff going on & Washington going on vacation for a month in a few days, I suppose it’s possible that the entire thing is wrapped up w/out much fanfare before Labor Day.
    I have a question that relates to the issue of whether he’ll receive all his back pay: say a soldier walked off base while stationed in Germany or Korea or even while in the US & was AWOL for a month or two; would that person be compensated for the time they were AWOL?

  • LawyerHandle

    But Chuck Hagel assured the House Armed Services Committee that there would be no unlawful command influence during any part of the investigation into this matter….

  • YankeePapa

    LawyerHandle ,
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    …Your pay stops the minute that you are reported U.A.  When you are arrested by local cops for running a traffic light in Vegas, the pay clock doesn’t start to tick again until you are in the hands of military authorities.  
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    …Big point will be if the Army views him as a regular soldier who was where he should not have been… and wound up in unfriendly hands… or if they decide that he went outside his own wire understanding (or should have understood) that such an action in that time and place likely to have Joseph Conrad “Heart of Darkness” consequences.  
    …They don’t *have to* count any of that time that he was held as good time. If civilian police arrest you for something that you did not do… and you are acquitted… the military tends to be understanding… If you were arrested while UA… … … The pay issue will largely depend on what kind of charges brought against him… any sentence or plea bargains… and nature of discharge.  
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    …Boys in Vegas probably only certain that he won’t face a GCM for desertion.  
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    -YP-

  • YankeePapa

    LawyerHandle ,
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    …And small children should not play with matches… and Detroit politicians will all be honest and noble… and above all, responsible in the handling of the public’s money.
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    -YP-

  • LawyerHandle

    Bergdahl will be interviewed today… Maj., maybe you can help me understand this… Why is Bergdahl being interviewed by a general rather than trained interrogators from the Army CID?

  • LawyerHandle 
    It IS unusual for a sergeant to be interviewed by a general but it’s also unusual for a general to be tasked to do this kind of investigation.  All that is required is the investigating officer be of the same grade or higher of the responsible individual.  These things are typically done at the lowest level possible.  The higher you do it the higher the deciding authority or appeal authority has to be.  A major would be a good choice (if the company CO was involved in some way he’s a CPT).  A LTC or COL would be prudent overkill. Dahl is a two star.

    You would expect trained investigators doing the questioning considering there is strong evidence that a crime was committed.  I don’t doubt that they are in the room or consulted beforehand but you are really making a HUGE  and counted upon assumption.

    All these discrepancies would be red flags if one really expected a real investigation…
    This is a done deal.  The only people that need to fooled are civilians that are unfamiliar with how these types of cases are typically handled.
    As a rule of thumb, investigations are raised to higher levels for two reasons.
    1. Corruption/bias at the lower levels.
    2. Political sensitivity wanting “trusted” individuals in charge of the investigation so it goes the “right” way.   
    Did you really forget my initial analysis?

  • LawyerHandle

    I’m assuming those are unwritten rules of thumb, at least w/ respect to #2 for sure as it seems like a direct violation of undue command influence?

  • LawyerHandle 
    Well it’s command influence if your boss says or does something to influence you.  They always know which underling has their nose up their ass and is more motivated in keeping the boss happy than doing the right thing.
    It’s just like they know who to pick to do the hard jobs, straighten things out or take heads in units that need heads taken..
    There’s a reason the ass kissers flourish.  They are quite useful from time to time and are preferred by leaders who want things done “their way” rather than any other way.
    It’s why we’ll never find a piece of paper with the President telling someone in the IRS to go after conservative groups.  He never had to say it, just put people in power that knew that he’d like that type of behavior.