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Cash Ransom Payment for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl?


It looks like perhaps getting back five major terrorist commanders in exchange for a deserter wasn’t going to be enough for the Religion of Peace negotiators who put the deal together.

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It looks like they wanted cash as well.

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif. — who has long questioned whether a ransom of some kind was offered for Bergdahl’s release — claimed in a recent letter to the Justice Department inspector general that he has learned “non-DoD organizations, led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), undertook the recovery mission.”

As part of this effort, Hunter told DOJ IG Michael Horowitz, the FBI even went to the Afghanistan-Pakistan border and “awaited Bergdahl’s arrival following some form of discussion about facilitating a payment.”

Bergdahl didn’t show – and ultimately was not released until May when he was traded for five Taliban leaders. Hunter’s chief of staff, Joe Kasper, told the unsuccessful FBI border visit came after this operation paid an Afghan intermediary, who then ran off with the money.

Nice job guys, you don’t get the target and the money is stolen.  Oh, and what about that “we don’t negotiate with terrorists” thing.

Hunter is demanding an Department of Justice review of the charge that the FBI tried to pay off the terrorists.  We won’t be holding our breath.  They’ve got college campuses in the U.S. where people’s feelings are being hurt.  Those certainly come first.


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Michael Becker is a long time activist and a businessman. He's been involved in the pro-life movement since 1976 and has been counseling addicts and ministering to prison inmates since 1980. Becker is a Curmudgeon. He has decades of experience as an operations executive in turnaround situations and in mortgage banking. He blogs regularly at The Right Curmudgeon, The Minority Report, Wizbang, Unified Patriots and Joe for America. He lives in Phoenix and is almost always armed.

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