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Pentagon broke law with POW-Taliban prisoner swap

Bowe Bergdahl, before his capture by the Taliban in AfghanistanThe Pentagon violated US law when it controversially swapped a soldier held in captivity for five years in Afghanistan for five Taliban detainees without giving lawmakers sufficient notice, congressional investigators found Thursday. The Pentagon used $988,400 of its wartime funding for the transfer that freed Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. The Government Accountability Office said President Barack Obama’s administration violated a section of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for 2014, which bars the agency from using federal funds to transfer any Guantanamo detainees without giving key committees in Congress at least 30 days’ notice.

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