Blogger @redsteeze called out the Washington Post on its headline concerning the controversial release of five Taliban leaders from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for POW Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. “Republicans say law was broken to get Bergdahl freed,” it read. “Lawmakers were not notified of the Guantanamo detainees’ transfer until after it occurred.” plain and simple.
As Karen Tumulty’s article reads, though, whether the law was broken or not doesn’t depend on what “Republicans say.” It just was.
The law requires the defense secretary to notify relevant congressional committees at least 30 days before making any transfers of prisoners, to explain the reason and to provide assurances that those released would not be in a position to reengage in activities that could threaten the United States or its interests.
A senior administration official, agreeing to speak on the condition of anonymity to explain the timing of the congressional notification, acknowledged that the law was not followed.
The most basic lesson to take away from this incident?