Congressman Thornberry Regarding Prisoner Swap

Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl is at a U.S. military hospital in Germany after his release in Afghanistan over the weekend.

He was swapped for five Taliban inmates from Guantanamo.

The men had been held in Cuba since 2002 and were classed by the Pentagon as "high-risk" and "likey to pose a threat"

The detainees left Guantanamo on Sunday and are in Qatari custody.

13th District Congressman Mac Thornberry offered this statement regarding the detainees release, "Of course, all of us are relieved that Sergeant Bergdahl is no longer a captive.  The agreement which led to his release raises a number of concerns, however. One is that negotiating for the release of a hostage will encourage more hostage-taking.  Another is that release of the five detainees from Guantanamo will increase the danger to the Afghan government and to our troops.  They are significant leaders of the Taliban.  The U.S. is trying to convince the Afghan government not to release many dangerous detainees currently in Afghan prisons.  Our release of five Taliban makes that argument more difficult for us to make.  Finally, the President did not comply with U.S. law in giving Congress at least 30 days notice of any transfer from Guantanamo.  This Administration is developing a track record of ignoring laws it finds inconvenient."

The five Taliban detainees are Mohammad Fazl, Mullah Norullah Noori, Mohammad Nabi Omari, Khirullah Said Wali Khairkhwa and Abdul Haq Wasiq.

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