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‘Unlawful overreach’: Elected officials vow to fight Biden’s vaccine mandate


Reported By Michael Gryboski, Christian Post Reporter | Friday, September 10, 2021

Read more at https://www.christianpost.com/news/elected-officials-vow-to-fight-biden-vaccine-mandate.html/

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Governors and members of Congress have denounced the plans of President Joe Biden to expand COVID-19 vaccination mandates, with legal action expected against any federal action. Biden announced on Thursday evening that there would be numerous federal emergency rules requiring vaccinations for federal employees, government contractors, many businesses, healthcare workers.

In response, many Republican members of Congress, governors and business owners have expressed their opposition to the mandate, often labeling it as “overreach.” Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp took to his official Twitter account to denounce Biden’s mandate, vowing to pursue legal action if the measures are implemented.

“I will pursue every legal option available to the state of Georgia to stop this blatantly unlawful overreach by the Biden administration,” tweeted Kemp.

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts also released a statement in response to Biden’s announcement, describing it as “a stunning violation of personal freedom and abuse of the federal government’s power.”

“This plan isn’t about public health — this is about government control and taking away personal liberties,” Ricketts added. “Americans, not the federal government, are responsible for taking charge of their personal health.”

“It is not the role of the federal government to mandate their choices. Nebraska will stand up to President Biden’s overreach, and we will be working with the Attorney General to explore all our options.”

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis denounced the mandate at a press conference held in Pasco County focused on promoting the success of monoclonal antibody treatments for those who’ve contracted COVID-19.

“How could we get to the point in the country where you would want to have someone lose their job because of their choice about the vaccine or not?” DeSantis said.

“I mean, look, some folks have reasons to do — maybe they’re making the wrong decision — but to put them out of work and not let them earn a living because of this, I just think that that’s fundamentally wrong.”

Members of Congress, including Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California also denounced the mandate, with the GOP leader accusing the president of making “small business an enemy of his administration.”

“Forcing main street to vax or pay a fine will not only crush an economy he’s put on life support—it’s flat-out un-American. To Joe Biden, force is more important than freedom. Americans won’t stand for it,” tweeted McCarthy.

On Thursday evening, Biden announced what he described as “a new plan to require more Americans to be vaccinated, to combat those blocking public health.”

These measures include requiring businesses with at least 100 employees to either require all of their staff to get the COVID-19 vaccine or have them produce at least one negative COVID test a week, requiring nursing home workers who treat people with Medicaid or Medicare to be vaccinated, and a mandate for all federal employees and those who contract with the federal government to be vaccinated.   

Biden said that the requirements for being fully vaccinated or providing negative tests on a regular basis were already being implemented by major employers like Tysons Food, United Airlines, “and even Fox News.

“This is not about freedom or personal choice,” Biden argued. “It’s about protecting yourself and those around you — the people you work with, the people you care about, the people you love.’

“What more do you need to see? We’ve made vaccinations free, safe, and convenient. The vaccine has FDA approval. Over 200 million Americans have gotten at least one shot. We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin,” Biden added, “And your refusal has cost all of us.”

“The unvaccinated minority can cause a lot of damage, and they are.”

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who’s also a medical doctor, noted that Biden’s mandate ignores the science because people who’ve already contracted COVID-19 have a natural immunity to the virus. 

“Vaccine mandates that ignore natural immunity ignore the science, are unscientific, and should not be adhered to or promulgated by the government,” Paul wrote

Several studies have shown that people who’ve already contracted COVID-19 will likely have lifetime immunity. The Cleveland Clinic found in one such study that vaccinating people with “natural immunity” did not increase their level of protection. An Israeli study also found that people with natural immunity have a far greater level of protection than those who were vaccinated. 

Dr. Martin Kulldorff, a Harvard Medical School epidemiologist, has also said that people who’ve recovered from the virus have “stronger and longer immunity” than those who are vaccinated.

Similarly, Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, a Stanford professor of medicine, has explained that being vaccinated doesn’t stop the spread of the virus, but it does provide protection from it.  

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Obama Does Not Have the Authority to Lift Embargo on Cuba


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December 17, 2014

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Cuba’s release of American hostage Alan Gross is to be welcome. Gross has vegetated in a Cuban jail for five years for the crime of bringing computers to Jews on the island.

But exchanging three hardened Cuban spies for him establishes a wrong moral and legal equivalency. Worse, extending recognition to Cuba’s dictatorial regime harms U.S. national interests and fails to advance freedom in Cuba.

The White House “Fact Sheet” on Cuba makes clear that the Obama administration received nothing in exchange for its many and substantial concessions to Havana’s Communist regime. In essence, after five years of “negotiations,” the White House ended up where Raul Castro started: Gross would be exchanged for three Cuban spies whose activities led to the death of an American in the 1990s.obama- Marxist tyrant

The administration’s announcement that “the president has instructed the secretary of state to immediately initiate discussions with Cuba on the re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba,” also gives in to a longstanding Castro demand. Cubans will not gain freedom of expression, of association, of thought or of anything else as a result.

The Obama administration received nothing in exchange for its many and substantial concessions to Havana’s Communist regime.

Moreover, the White House’s explanation that it was acting because “U.S. policy towards Cuba has isolated the United States from regional and international partners,” shows degrees of fecklessness that should put fear into Israel and other allies for which American support brings condemnation of the U.S. at the United Nations and other international fora.

Obama obviously has decided to act on his own because he faced little opposition from Congress when he overreached his authority and acted on his own by giving amnesty to 5 million illegal immigrants. Congress needs to act now, or Obama simply will move on to the many other items on his bucket list.Delusional

Congress must make it abundantly clear to Obama that he does not have the authority to lift the embargo on Cuba on his own. Doing so would break U.S. law, namely the Helms-Burton Act(1).

Senators also should make clear they will not allow the appointment of an ambassador to Cuba to proceed until there have been changes on the island and look into the possibility of using policy riders in the upcoming Department of Homeland Security appropriations debate in February and the fiscal year 2016 appropriations process to deny the president funds for setting up relations.

(1) The Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity (Libertad) Act of 1996 (Helms–Burton Act, Pub.L. 104–114, 110 Stat. 785, 22 U.S.C. §§ 60216091) is a United States federal law which strengthens and continues the United States embargo against Cuba. The act extended the territorial application of the initial embargo to apply to foreign companies trading with Cuba, and penalized foreign companies allegedly “trafficking” in property formerly owned by U.S. citizens but confiscated by Cuba after the Cuban revolution. The act also covers property formerly owned by Cubans who have since become U.S. citizens.[1]

The Act is named for its original sponsors, Senator Jesse Helms, Republican of North Carolina, and Representative Dan Burton, Republican of Indiana.

The law was passed by the 104th United States Congress on March 6, 1996 and enacted into law by the 42nd President of the United States Bill Clinton on March 12, 1996.[2] The bill, which had been tabled in late 1995 after Senator Helms was unable to overcome several Democratic filibusters, was reintroduced prompted by an episode that happened a month earlier. On February 24, 1996, Cuban fighter jets shot down two private planes operated by a Miami based anti-Castro Cuban refugee support group called Brothers to the Rescue (Spanish: Hermanos al Rescate).[3]

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Exclusive–Mitch McConnell: Harry Reid Must Allow Votes on House’s Anti-Executive Amnesty Bills


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13 Aug 2014

Imperial President ObamaSenate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is calling on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to allow the U.S. Senate to vote on the two House-passed border crisis bills that would block President Barack Obama from continuing or expanding his executive amnesty via the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

“The President seems to have forgotten that he does not possess the authority to re-write our immigration laws and that, on the contrary, the Constitution requires that he take care that the laws be faithfully executed,” McConnell said in a statement provided exclusively to Breitbart News. “The House has passed two bills to address the humanitarian crisis on our southern border, and the Senate should vote on them. That’s why I began the process of putting them on the Senate’s legislative calendar shortly before the current recess, and I urge Majority Leader Reid to schedule a vote on these bills as soon as the Senate returns.”

McConnell’s statement comes as Senate Budget Committee ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) is calling on Americans to melt the U.S. Senate’s phone lines and ask their senators, both Democrat and Republican, to demand a vote in the U.S. senate on the House-passed bills.

“Recent developments suggest the President’s planned executive amnesty could be increasingly imminent and broad in scope,” Sessions said in his Tuesday evening statement to Breitbart News, citing how House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has called on the President to give the “broadest possible” executive amnesty to perhaps as many as ten million illegal aliens.

Pelosie Needs to go to a home“House Democrat Leader Pelosi – clearly one of the White House’s closest allies – has just urged the President to issue ‘the broadest possible’ executive actions,” Sessions said.Open borders groups have grown bolder and louder in their unlawful demands, launching a campaign for the President to ‘go big,’ and demanding that he ‘stand up’ to Congress and ‘expand DACA.’”

Sessions said the Senate must vote on the House-passed bills. “The steps that must be taken are clear: the Senate must vote on the House-passed measure to stop these unlawful actions,” Sessions said. “It is true that Majority Leader Reid is blocking it from a vote. But Reid acts only with the blessing of his members in the Democrat conference – so the American people have the power to force it to a vote through their elected senators.”

Several other senior GOP senators, including National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) chairman Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS), John Hoeven (R-ND), and Richard Shelby (R-AL), are also demanding Reid allow a vote on the House bills.

Reid spokesman Adam Jentleson hasn’t responded to a request for comment on whether he’ll allow such a vote in the Senate, but this is a politically vulnerable issue for Democrats—especially since the House passed a border crisis package before leaving for August recess while Reid’s Senate headed out to vacation without passing anything. The issue is also rattling several Democrats up for re-election like Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Mark Pryor (D-AR), Mark Begich (D-AK), Kay Hagan (D-NC), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH).

Sessions told Breitbart News in a recent interview that “yes,” conservatives can beat Reid if they fight on this battlefield.

“I think the Majority Leader Harry Reid is the palace guard of the Obama agenda,” Sessions said. “He goes to work every day, blocking anything that exposes what Obama’s doing—particularly this unpopular immigration policy. How does he maintain that power? He maintains that power as a result of every single Democratic senator backing him. At some point, the American people need to know that—they don’t fully understand it right now. This kind of vote, this challenge on the immigration policy, can be the clear simple issue: Do you vote to block the President from doing this? Or do you vote to support him? That’s the only way that vote will be determined, and procedurally it will mean voting against Harry Reid—because he’s wedded to the Obama agenda. They’ve got to break ranks, and they can do that. There’s no reason why a Democratic senator has to vote with Harry Reid on every single vote and support President Obama on every single vote.”

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The trade that turned toxic for Obama: Taliban twist the knife with propaganda video of moment fighters waving white-flag-on-a-stick handed ‘deserter’ Bowe Bergdahl over to Black Hawk special forces


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  • Video shows Bergdahl clean shaven in a white pickup truck and surrounded by armed guards before handover to Navy Seals
  • In the video he appears well and is able to walk unaided – despite U.S. officials’ claims that his health was a major concern that led to the trade
  • Fellow soldiers have spoken of their surprise at the POW’s healthy appearance
  • A former Navy SEAL and hostage expert told MailOnline: ‘He appears as healthy was when he was captured’
  • US government was sent videos around Christmas showing Bergdahl to be in a bad state
  • But analysts have now questioned whether Washington was duped into making the trade by lies over Bergdahl’s health
  • Video also shows footage of five detainees arriving in Qatar after release
  • Fellow soldiers have claimed Bergdahl deserted his post in 2009
  • Top military officer has said Army might still investigate Bergdahl, the results of which could lead to desertion or other charges

By James Rush and Daniel Bates

The Taliban have released a propaganda video of the moment accused deserter U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was handed over to American troops in eastern Afghanistan – a trade that has since become a major embarrassment for the president.

The footage reveals that Bergdahl is able to walk unaided, despite claims by U.S. officials that his health had been key in the decision to act quickly in the prisoner swap. The swift move meant that the president illegally failed to notify Congress before the trade, Republicans have said.

In the video, which emerged overnight, Bergdahl is clean shaven with a shaved head and dressed in a white salwar kameez waiting in a white pick-up truck as Taliban militants stand outside.

Armed gunmen can also be seen standing on the hills around the valley as Black Hawk helicopters draw closer to the meeting point.

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Switch: The Taliban has released a video showing the handover of Sgt Bowe Bergdahl to the American military close to the Afghan border. Bergdahl can be seen in the back of a white pickup truck

Switch: The Taliban has released a video showing the handover of Sgt Bowe Bergdahl to the American military close to the Afghan border. Bergdahl can be seen in the back of a white pickup truck

Release: A Taliban fighter speaks to Sgt. Bergdahl, in eastern Afghanistan ahead of the handover

Release: A Taliban fighter speaks to Sgt. Bergdahl, in eastern Afghanistan ahead of the handover

Guarded: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan

Guarded: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan

Handover: The Taliban released the video of Bergdahl, who is pictured in the pickup truck

Handover: The Taliban released the video of Bergdahl, who is pictured in the pickup truck

Waiting: As two Black Hawk helicopters draw closer, Bergdahl stands surrounded by armed men

Waiting: As two Black Hawk helicopters draw closer, Bergdahl stands surrounded by armed men

A voice-over on the clip says: ‘We told them there are 18 armed fighters and the Americans said that’s alright.’

As one of the helicopters lands, Bergdahl is led to his Navy Seal rescuers by two men, one leading him by the hand and another waving a white cloth tied to a wooden stick.

Most of the Taliban have their faces covered with scarves, while Bergdahl wears his over his shoulders.

They are greeted by three men and both sides shake hands before Bergdahl is led by the arm to the helicopter.

The aircraft takes off and the message in English flashes up: ‘Don’ come back to Afghanistan’ [sic].

The video’s authenticity could not be independently verified.

Five years after he was captured by Afghan militants, Bergdahl was freed at the weekend in exchange for five militants held at Guantanamo Bay.

'Healthy': One of the men carries a white flag as the Black Hawk helicopter draws nearer and Bergdahl, who U.S. officials said was in poor health, can be seen walking towards it unaided

‘Healthy’: One of the men carries a white flag as the Black Hawk helicopter draws nearer and Bergdahl, who U.S. officials said was in poor health, can be seen walking towards it unaided

Trade: As one of the helicopters lands, Bergdahl is led to his rescuers by the two men. The video captures both sides quickly shaking hands (seen right) as Bergdahl looks on

Trade: As one of the helicopters lands, Bergdahl is led to his rescuers by the two men. The video captures both sides quickly shaking hands (seen right) as Bergdahl looks on

Patting down: Bergdahl can be seen being briefly frisked before he gets on the helicopter in the video

Patting down: Bergdahl can be seen being briefly frisked before he gets on the helicopter in the video

Final check: He is briefly frisked again before climbing aboard the helicopter as he is led by the arm

Final check: He is briefly frisked again before climbing aboard the helicopter as he is led by the arm

The release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in Taliban prisoner swap

The 28-year-old is now in a military hospital in Germany, undergoing physical and mental assessments.

U.S. Defense Department press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said the Pentagon was reviewing the video even though it had no reason to doubt its authenticity. ‘Regardless, we know the transfer was peaceful and successful, and our focus remains on getting Sgt. Bergdahl the care he needs,’ Kirby said Wednesday.

The five militants were put in the custody of the tiny Gulf emirate of Qatar, where they are to remain for a year. The video also showed their arrival in Qatar, where they are greeted with warm embraces, while a Taliban victory song is played in the background.

The episode has been an embarrassment to Obama who welcomed the rescue of Bergdahl, but has since faced claims he broke the law by not giving Congress advance notice of the swap.

Republicans in Congress criticized the agreement and complained about not having been consulted about the terms of Bergdahl’s release.

Bergdahl is led into the helicopter which then takes off and flies away

In flight: Bergdahl is led into the helicopter which then takes off and flies away from eastern Afghanistan

Armed gunmen can be seen standing on the hills around the valley as Black Hawk helicopters draw closer to the meeting point

In waiting: Armed gunmen can be seen on the hills around the valley as Black Hawk helicopters hover above

Five years after he was captured by Afghan militants, Bergdahl was freed at the weekend in exchange for five militants held at Guantanamo Bay

Five years after he was captured by Afghan militants, Bergdahl, who is pictured sitting in the pickup truck ahead of the handover, was freed at the weekend in exchange for five militants held at Guantanamo Bay

At two points in the video the message in English flashes up: 'Don' come back to Afghanistan' [sic]

At two points in the video the message in English flashes up: ‘Don’ come back to Afghanistan’ [sic]

They say that by unilaterally negotiating the terms of Bergdahl’s release, the President broke a federal law that requires him to notify members of Congress 30 days before releasing anyone from Guantanamo Bay.

But Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters that the administration had decided to go ahead with the exchange because Bergdahl’s ‘safety and health were both in jeopardy’.

The U.S. believed that his health was ‘deteriorating’ and that securing his release was urgent ‘to save his life’, Hagel said.

Two other videos that were provided to the U.S. from 2011 and December 2013 had revealed the rapid deterioration of his health, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Intelligence agencies evaluated the videos and identified several possible ailments that could have led to his deterioration – but officials would not discuss what these might be.

‘To see him like that, we knew we had to move quickly,’ a senior official said.

But Senator Saxby Chambliss, the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee said: ‘There has not been even the weakest case, in my opinion, made that he was suffering from a health standpoint to the degree to which a decision had to be made.’

‘He was undernourished, not necessarily malnourished,’ echoed Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the panel’s Democratic chair, citing an assessment from a few months ago.

‘Unless something catastrophic happened, I think there was no reason to believe he was in instant danger.’

Angry that neither Congress or the Senate had been consulted, she added: ‘There certainly was time to pick up the phone and call.

Indeed, based on his appearance in his release video many are saying that the President has been misled.

A U.S. official reportedly told the Washington Times that analysts now believe the Taliban may have exaggerated Bergdahl’s run-down appearance in his final videos home in a bid to get the government to move quickly.

Former comrades say Bergdahl’s appearance shows he had a fair relationship with his captors.

A soldier who served in Bergdahl’s platoon said: ‘It just shows that he was not a POW but a willing member of the Taliban because he was in such good shape.’

Another of Bergdahl’s former comrades who is still in the military and asked to remain anonymous added: ‘He looks a lot better than I expected.

‘I would have thought he would have been a lot thinner.’

‘I would have gone on hunger strike but it looks like he ate their food and was well looked after.

‘You don’t know what was going on in his head but physically there doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with him’.

Dan O’Shea, a former Navy SEAL Commander and hostage expert, said that while the Bergdahl’s medical examination was still ongoing, the claim that he had to be pulled out of Afghanistan on health grounds was likely going to be ‘disproved’.

Referring to the latest video of Bergdahl’s release, Mr O’Shea said: ‘He appeared as healthy as when he was captured.

‘He was a healthy and fit young man when captured and appears to be the same today. He was also completely ambulatory and able to walk of his own accord unlike Vietnam POWs who initially required crutches such as John McCain who to this day is unable to lift his hands above his head, after years of torture and poor medical treatment in captivity.’

Other former captives he had debriefed had trouble walking without assistance like the case of Roy Hallums, the American contractor kidnapped in Iraq in 2004 who was buried underground for almost a year before his rescue by the US military.

Mr O’Shea added that the whilst the Taliban live a traditional farming lifestyle and are not wealthy by Western standards, they look after themselves and eat relatively healthy agrarian diet.

He had spent time in the same region of Afghanistan that Bergdahl was captured during 2011 and 2012 when he was working as a counter-insurgency adviser for the Commander of International Security Forces – Afghanistan.

Mr O’Shea said: ‘I have gone to dinners with the locals when they serve chicken and goat, with rice, vegetables and even fruit. It’s not high living but they eat a healthy diet.

‘The Afghan community lives by a ‘Pashtunwali – ‘code of life’ whereby they treat visitors to their village, with profound hospitality and respect to all visitors, regardless of race, religion, nationality or status that can include captives.

‘This is not to say he wasn’t tied up or tortured, but reports have come out that Bergdahl was largely treated humanely by the Taliban.’

Meanwhile, some of Bergdahl’s one-time comrades assert that the search for Bergdahl after he went missing in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009, may have cost the lives of up to six fellow soldiers who searched for him.

Obama, at a news conference in Poland, defended the decision to move quickly on the exchange

Obama, at a news conference in Poland, defended the decision to move quickly on the exchange

Days after his rescue, Bergdahl (pictured in a video released by the Taliban in 2010) was in stable condition at a U.S. military hospital in Germany

Days after his rescue, Bergdahl (pictured in a video released by the Taliban in 2010) was in stable condition at a U.S. military hospital in Germany

Obama had issued a statement when he signed the law containing the requirement to give Congress the 30 days notice, giving himself a loophole for certain circumstances under the executive powers clause of the Constitution.

Obama, at a news conference in Poland, defended the decision to move quickly on the exchange, saying without offering details that U.S. officials were concerned about Bergdahl’s health.

‘We had the cooperation of the Qataris to execute an exchange, and we seized that opportunity,’ Obama said. He said the process of notifying Congress was ‘truncated because we wanted to make sure that we did not miss that window’ of opportunity.

Obama also said the five Taliban officials’ release was conditioned on assurances from officials in Qatar, where they will have to stay for one year, that they will track them and allow the U.S. to monitor them. Still, the president acknowledged the risk.

‘We will be keeping eyes on them. Is there the possibility of some of them trying to return to activities that are detrimental to us? Absolutely,’ Obama said. ‘That’s been true of all the prisoners that were released from Guantanamo.’

Obama also brushed aside questions yesterday about how Sgt. Bergdahl was captured in 2009.

Jubilant: A pro-Taliban website has previously published a video that claims to show Taliban detainees arriving in Qatar after being released from Guantanamo Bay as part of the prisoner exchange

Jubilant: A pro-Taliban website has previously published a video that claims to show Taliban detainees arriving in Qatar after being released from Guantanamo Bay as part of the prisoner exchange

'Victory': Everyone is clearly jubilant that the prisoners are free and have been released into the custody of Qatar

‘Victory’: Everyone is clearly jubilant that the prisoners are free and have been released into the custody of Qatar

Five Taliban Guantanamo prisoners arrive in Qatar

The Pentagon concluded in 2010 that Bergdahl walked away from his unit, and, after an initial flurry of searching, the military curbed any high-risk rescue plans.

‘Regardless of the circumstances, whatever those circumstances may turn out to be, we still get an American solider back if he’s held in captivity,’ Obama said. ‘We don’t condition that.’

The five detainees – Mohammad Fazl, Khairullah Khairkhwa, Mullah Norullah Noori, Mohammed Nabi and Abdul Haq Wasiq – are thought to be the most senior Afghans who were held at the U.S. detention facility in Cuba, having been captured during America’s military campaign in 2001.

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A pro-Taliban website yesterday published the footage that claims to show the Taliban detainees arriving in Qatar after being released from Guantanamo Bay as part of the prisoner exchange.

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The footage also features in the latest video released by the Taliban.

In the video, released by nunn.asia, a group of men wearing traditional Muslim dress gather on a roadside in what is said to be Qatar.

Deterioration or a fake? The Washington Times has reported intelligence analysts are questioning whether the Taliban doctored Bowe Bergdahl's appearance in his final proof of life video, bottom right

Deterioration or a fake? The Washington Times has reported intelligence analysts are questioning whether the Taliban doctored Bowe Bergdahl's appearance in his final proof of life video, bottom right

U.S. President Barack Obama stands with Bob Bergdahl (right) and Jami Bergdahl as he delivers a statement about the release of their son, Sgt Bergdahl

U.S. President Barack Obama stands with Bob Bergdahl (right) and Jami Bergdahl as he delivers a statement about the release of their son, Sgt Bergdahl

Captive: Bergdahl, pictured in a video released by his captors in 2010, was freed at the weekend five years after he was captured by Afghan militants

Captive: Bergdahl, pictured in a video released by his captors in 2010, was freed at the weekend five years after he was captured by Afghan militants

When the former prisoners – it’s not clear if all of them are present or just a few – pull up in a convoy of black SUVs, they receive a warm reception, with lots of hugs from the awaiting, clearly jubilant, supporters. There is no American presence in sight. 

The top military officer in the U.S. has today said the Army could still throw the book at Bergdahl, who walked away from his unit in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan and into five years of captivity by the Taliban.

A 2010 report on the soldier indeed found he was long thought to be a flight risk and may have left his base before, a Military Times report said.

Other reports claim he cited boredom as his reason for venturing off camp in that instance.

Charges are still a possibility, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told The Associated Press as criticism mounted in Congress about releasing five high-level Taliban detainees in exchange for Bergdahl.

The Army might still pursue an investigation, Dempsey said, and those results could conceivably lead to desertion or other charges.

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