BOWE BERDGDAHL PROOF of LIFE!: What can his supporters do now?

2014 1JAN 16 PofL Contact CongressNow with news of the recent proof of life video showing Bowe, it’s all the more important to get a hold of your Members of Congress and let them know that there are literally tens of thousands of Bowe supporters who are calling on them to TAKE ACTION and obtain Bowe’s release. How much longer must he wait for freedom! Let them know that America can no longer allow Bowe to remain in enemy hands!  Our Members of Congress have a VERY large say as to how and when Bowe’s release will be obtained.  Let them know that America is counting on the to do the right thing.

If you’ve never contacted your Members of Congress before and need to find out who they are or get their contact info, use this link and search using your zip code: http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

If you are going to write by mail or email, you can see some sample letters here: http://supportbowe.org/contact-elected-officials/contacting-elected-officials-tips/

If you want to leave a message for them at their local office along with one in Washington DC, the phone number to the US Capitol Switchboard is 202-224-3121.

In case you’re just now finding out about the proof of life video, here are the details according to three new sources:

“The United States has obtained a “proof of life” video of American soldier Bowe Bergdahl who disappeared from his base in Afghanistan in 2009 and is the only U.S. service member held captive by enemy forces, officials said Wednesday.

The video — which was on a thumb drive intercepted by the U.S. last week — shows a frail, shaky Bergdahl making a reference to the recent death of South African leader Nelson Mandela, the officials said.”

“In the latest video received by the military, Bergdahl was speaking and appeared “gaunt,” the official told Fox News on Wednesday.”

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been gone far too long, and we continue to call for and work toward his safe and immediate release,” a Pentagon spokesman said.

Bergdahl strong, well-rounded and easy to talk to, friends say

“We cannot discuss all the details of our efforts, but there should be no doubt that on a daily basis — using our military, intelligence and diplomatic tools — we work to see Sgt. Bergdahl returned home safely,” the spokesman said.”

His family, who received a letter from him last year via the Red Cross, issued a statement in response to the latest video.

“As we have done so many times over the past 4 and a half years, we request his captors to release him safely so that our only son can be reunited with his mother and father,” the statement reads. “BOWE – If see this, continue to remain strong through patience. Your endurance will carry you to the finish line. Breathe!”

http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/15/world/asia/us-prisoner-video/

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2014/01/15/22315644-us-has-recent-proof-of-life-video-of-pow-bowe-bergdahl

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/01/15/us-military-obtains-new-video-american-soldier-held-in-captivity-official-says/?intcmp=latestnews

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT WHAT YOU CAN DO? READ ON:

If you’re wondering what others are doing to raise awareness about Bowe, you might be interested in this photo album: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.302700829818923.74928.186446128111061&type=3

If you are interested in supplies that you can use to raise awareness about Bowe, follow this link (be sure to check out the free downloadable brochure): https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.288017024620637.7225

It’s time to bring Bowe home!

SGT Bowe Bergdahl now 4 years and 4 months captive

BOWE 4 Years & 4 Months Captive

From the New York Times:

Even in Washington, officials acknowledge that once American forces depart, the Taliban likely will gain ground, at least in rural areas. And the competence of Afghanistan’s 350,000-member security force remains in doubt, even after a $40 billion investment in American weaponry and training. Although Afghan forces appear to have mostly held their own against the insurgency in the recent fighting season, they made no significant gains and suffered what some officials said were heavy casualties.1

Is this the type of sitution that we are willing to accept for Bowe at the end of the 2014 troop withdrawl? The answer is a resounding NO! The next year will be here and gone before we know it. This is why we must make every moment count in the effort to bring Bowe home.

1“An Exit Strategy From Afghanistan” The New York Times. 20 October 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013.”

 
 
 

Will You Sign the Online Petition for SGT Bowe Bergdahl?

Bowe Supporter Tommy Straight has started an online petition for SGT Bowe Bergdahl. The petition is designed to meet two goals. First, to raise awareness about Sergeant Bergdahl’s plight.  Second, and most important, to send the message to Washington D.C. that many Americans believe that it’s well past time to bring Sergeant Bergdahl home.  The petition is titled “President Obama: find and free SGT. BOWE BERGDAHL P.O.W. SINCE JUNE 30 2009 AFGHANISTAN”.  (Of course, the petition’s title might need to be altered slightly in November depending on the outcome of the national elections.)

The short-term goal for the petition is to get as many signatures as possible by September 21, 2012, which is National POW*MIA recognition day. The long-term goal is to reach at least 100,000 signatures.

You will find links to the petition, as well as a downloadable flyer and a brief tutorial on what to do when signing the petition, by following HERE.  There is also a Facebook page called “SGT Bowe Bergdahl’s Online Petition at change.org” that you can join to keep posted on the progress of the petition.

Please show your support for Sergeant Bergdahl by signing this petition and sharing it with others.  Please use it as an opportunity to speak out for him as he cannot speak for himself.

Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl’s Family Speaks Out in a Rare Interview

In a rare interview just published by the Idaho Mountain Express, the Bergdahl family sent a message out to all who are working to support Bowe.  Out of concerns for their son’s safety, and on advice of the military and United States government, the Bergdahls have spoken little  publicly about their son during his nearly three years of captivity.

From the article By GREGORY FOLEY, Express Staff Writer:

Nearly three years after finding out their son Bowe was taken hostage by enemy forces while serving with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, Hailey-area residents Bob and Jani Bergdahl are breaking a long silence, hopeful that renewed awareness about Bowe’s plight will lead to his release and return home to Idaho.

In an interview with the Idaho Mountain Express, the Bergdahls said they believe Bowe is alive and could be brought home through aggressive negotiations or, possibly, a prisoner exchange. They said they are now vocally supporting grassroots efforts to bring their son’s case into the spotlight, in part because of mounting frustration over the inability of the U.S. government to negotiate Bowe’s release.

“There is a dynamic here that has changed,” Bob Bergdahl said. “Everybody is frustrated with how slowly the process has evolved.”

Pursuant to that frustration, Mr. Bergdahl said he and his wife now want to publicly thank activists across the globe who have initiated petitions and awareness campaigns to recognize Bowe and plead for his safe return to the United States. And, Mr. and Mrs. Bergdahl said, they are advocating that the Pentagon and the White House consider swapping one or more U.S. prisoners being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for their son.

“I’m pushing it hard,” Mr. Bergdahl said. “We started out by trying to encourage the Taliban to take care of our son. … Now, we’re worried that the government isn’t concerned enough to put him on the (negotiating) table.”

Mr. Bergdahl said he and his wife want to see a peaceful resolution to the standoff, preferably one that doesn’t put other American soldiers in harm’s way in order to secure Bowe’s freedom.

“We don’t want to see Americans killed,” he said.

Mrs. Bergdahl said the family has reasons to believe that Bowe is still in captivity in Afghanistan or Pakistan.

“We know he is doing as well as he can be,” she said.

Mr. Bergdahl said he believes a deal to swap Taliban prisoners at Guantanamo for Bowe would be a “win-win” for the United States—his son could be returned safely to Idaho and the government could foster goodwill with the Afghan people. The ongoing imprisonment of suspected war criminals at the Cuba compound and reports of mistreatment of prisoners there encourages anti-American sentiment and might be helping some organizations to recruit soldiers to fight against the United States, he said.

Earlier this year, talks between the Afghan Taliban and the United States in Qatar failed, as the Taliban leadership reportedly refused to accept the U.S. demand of a cease-fire before swapping prisoners. Sources in the Taliban reportedly said the group had set up an office in Qatar and wanted to negotiate for five top commanders held at Guantanamo since 2002.

Mr. Bergdahl said he and his wife have worried extensively that Bowe has been in danger of being harmed as a pawn of the ongoing war.

“Bowe’s been (living) under the drone program the entire time,” he said, referring to U.S. military initiatives to use unmanned drones to bomb enemy posts. “It scares the hell out of us.” READ MORE

In light of this new information, it is all the more urgent that all Bowe Supporters work to contact the following on Bowe’s behalf:  their Members of Congress, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and the White House. We all need to step up our efforts to tell others Bowe’s story and we must ask others to contact those who represent them in government. Our elected officials need to know that Bowe’s supporters mean business and that “we’re doing everything that we can” is NOT an acceptable answer. Those who have the power to bring Bowe home clearly aren’t doing enough or Bowe would be home by now.  And if they’re really doing everything they can, then they need to  figure out how to do something more post haste.  Time is of the essence; December 2014, an important goal date in the United States’ Afghanistan exit strategy, will be upon us in no time.

Find out  HOW  to contact your Members of Congress.

In light of the recent interview given by the family of SGT Bowe Bergdahl, it is all the more urgent for those who support Sergeant Bergdahl to contacted their Members of Congress and other government officials who have the power to Bring Bowe Home.