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FBI investigates threats against Bergdahl family

By Associated Press


Threats against the family of former Taliban prisoner Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl are being investigated by federal, state and local authorities.

William Facer, a spokesman for the FBI's Salt Lake City division, said Saturday in a statement: "The FBI continues to monitor the situation in Hailey, Idaho. We are working jointly with our state and local partners and taking each threat seriously."  

The soldier's parents, Bob and Jani Bergdahl, live in Hailey, Idaho.

Facer did not detail the nature of the threat.

On Wednesday, Bergdahl's hometown abruptly canceled plans Wednesday for a welcome-home celebration, citing security concerns over the prospect of big crowds -- both for and against the soldier.

The town of 8,000 has been swamped with hate mail and angry calls over Bergdahl, whose release after five years of Taliban captivity in Afghanistan has touched off a debate over whether the 28-year-old should be given a hero's welcome or punished as a deserter.

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thepartyfirst wrote:
More smoke screen and spin from the Odufus administration.
on June 7,2014 | 05:09PM
Oahuan wrote:
Nice try Obama. Typical tactic of yours.
on June 7,2014 | 09:03PM
2NDC wrote:
Dude is a traitor.
on June 7,2014 | 10:27PM
LKK56 wrote:
I want to see Bergdhal's birth certificate. He is not an American and he does not deserve a fair trial like all Americans.
on June 8,2014 | 08:52AM
KaneoheSJ wrote:
*The political attacks shown in these posts do not reflect those of the political party opposed to the incumbent president. Please accept the political attacks as just freedom of speech. But if it will affect your vote please continue reading. If these comments result in your decision to vote for the incumbent president's political party, please move along...there is nothing to see here. To the world watching this nation's treatment of their president, please understand that these citizens are just presenting their frustrations that their political party is not in the seat of the presidency and are just fomenting hatred in the hopes that they may one day be back in the saddle again. They believe that their negative spewing comments will influence other Americans to vote against the political party to which the current president is a part of. So, in the meantime, please bear with the disrespectful comments and still see through this and understand that the United States is a great nation despite all this. They do not reflect the sentiments of all the citizens, many of whom respect their president regardless of their political affiliation for they understand that their leader reflects on them as well in front of the world.
on June 8,2014 | 09:56AM
mauiday wrote:
Thank you KaneoheSJ. Your comments were a breath of fresh air from all the hate and negativity. I have voted for both parties in past elections based on the candidate's position, past record, values and character. I personally do not agree with President Obama on this particular issue (Bergdhal case), but I do not let it cloud my vision or emotion on some of the good things he has done. (e.g. Help get us out of the wall street crises that was taking down our economy via stimulus, wall street reforms, supporting the US auto industry, recapitalizing banks, etc. He got us out of Iraq, got Bin Laden, helped get Gaddafi out without troops on the ground. Repealed "Don't ask, don't tell. Credit card reforms. Prompting higher education so American can keep pace in science and technology by making it easier for our kids in college. Etc.) There are also areas that I wished he did things differently or "better" according to my point of view, but it is easy for me to be an "arm chair quarterback" and second guess the man or any sitting president. But I know I would never be able to handle the job of president myself, realizing the weight and stress of the office, the sacrifices in privacy their families make, the decisions they are faced with every day. The Indians have a saying: "Don't judge a man until you have walked a mile in his moccasins." So be free to exercise your freedom of speech, but temper your comments by asking yourself if you think you can handle all that the job entails. If you think so, then go run for the office yourself and feel how it feels for others to do to you, what you are doing. Otherwise, disagree with good points, facts and arguments without being disagreeable or vicious. Here is two other saying to contemplate: "As you judge, so shall you be judged. As you do, so shall it be done to you."
on June 8,2014 | 12:31PM
Winston wrote:
Xcuse me for interrupting your empathy party, but the following from PJMedia says it best:

"“Having won two elections, I guess it’s Obama’s world now. We’re just living in it,” Jazz quips — but actually, between the disastrous Obamacare rollout, the IRS scandal, the V.A. scandal, and Vladimir Putin simultaneously blowing raspberries at Obama and devouring Crimean real estate, the past several weeks have demonstrated that this is what happens when world events overtake a man wholly unsuited to be president. Or as Podhoretz concludes his article, “You can only spin for so long before you start spinning yourself. Spin and spin and spin and soon you have a whirlwind to reap.”

on June 8,2014 | 12:47PM
mauiday wrote:
Winston, do you have an issue with against empathy? What exactly are you saying about empathy??? Be clear in your criticism and position. I looked up JPMedia. It is a CONSERVATIVE opinion and commentary site. Hardly an unbiased, objective source on Obama.
on June 8,2014 | 01:53PM
Winston wrote:
Here's my point: The focus of the concern of the two post above is the President, sheltering the president, softening criticism of his handling of the current affair. However, he's handled this mess horribly.

1. The trade was terrible-- five senior Taliban, evil war criminals, who will certainly go back and attempt to kill more Americans. The war isn't over!

2. The Rose Garden photo op was atrocious, an insult to every person who served the country honorably. The probability that Berghdal was a deserter has been known since 2010. Better men have died trying to find him. Yet the president attempted to turn this soldier's return into a celebratory event--a profoundly insulting, tone deaf treatment of the matter.

3. I read news reports that the military offered multiple rescue plans which were turned down by the White House because the administration favored using the trade as cover for removing the worst of the worst from Guantanamo. Why? To close the prison, a campaign promise.

4. Ms. Rice, the president's NSA, had the nerve to characterize Berghdal as having served with "honor and distinction", about the most transparent lie ever told and another insult to those who have done so.

5. The president now says that he would (will) do they same thing again which amounts to doubling down his administrations ham handed bungling.

Empathy? Why? Mr. Obama has been in office for 5 years. There is just no excuse for this. We have no obligation to empathize with our president when he fails repeatedly, when he lies to us repeatedly, as this president has. Too much is at stake.

on June 8,2014 | 06:18PM
fbiguy wrote:
Obama's legacy: Bows to Saudis Releases Terrorists so they can return to the battlefield Fails to prosecute deserters Has no speaking relationship with the president of the Soviet Union Winks and nods while Iran gets nukes Seeks to overthrow Syria, leaving terrorists positioned to attack America I'm getting tired, so I'll leave it at that....
on June 8,2014 | 03:11PM
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