Army's Bergdahl Investigation Continues

Army's Bergdahl Investigation Continues

The Army's investigation of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, originally set to conclude on August 16, 2014, has been extended for an additional minimum of three weeks.

The Army's chief investigator, Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl, leads the administrative investigation, intended to determine whether or not the former prisoner of war deserted his post in Afghanistan in 2009.

As part of the investigation, Dahl spent two full days earlier this month questioning Bergdahl at Fort Sam Houston in Texas, where he returned to regular duty after completing the reintegration process. Dahl's questions reportedly focused on the nature of Bergdahl's 2009 disappearance from his Afghanistan Army base, after which he spent five years in Taliban captivity before being exchanged earlier this summer for five Taliban prisoners at Guantamo Bay.

Bergdahl's attorney described the process as "not an interrogation," labeling it instead as an "entirely non-confrontational" and "respectful" hybrid of both "a conversation and a narrative."

While Bergdahl was permitted to remain silent during the investigation so as to avoid self-incrimination, he chose to waive his right, responding to each question that was raised. Bergdahl's attorney described him as cooperative, and eager to share his accounts of the story – a story that has grown increasingly controversial in light of Bergdahl's Army comrades publicly accusing him of deserting his platoon-mates.

Although the investigation is an administrative one – as opposed to criminal – depending on Dahl's findings and reports, Bergdahl could be formally charged with desertion, a punishable crime under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Once the investigation is finally completed, the official report will be subject to legal review before being passed on to Army leadership.

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