36 Year Old Off-Duty Arcadia Firefighter Michael Herdman Missing Since 6/13/14 While Hiking in Mountains North of Filmore in Ventura County, CA (Update: Dog Matching the Mkie’s Dog Duke Description was Spotted Wednesday)(Update: Mike Herdman’s Dog Duke Found Safe)
36 year old off-duty Arcadia firefighter Michael Herdman went missing Friday night, June 13, 2014 while hiking in the rugged mountains of Ventura county in the Sespe Wilderness area north of Filmore, California. According to Capt. Mike Franke of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, Herdman took off after the dog on Friday while he was hiking with a friend to Tar Creek Trail Head, which is off a dirt road in the Topatopa Mountains. Herdman was barefoot and wearing only shorts and a T-shirt when he was last seen by his friend, Taylor Byars. Herdman also had no food and no water with him.
Missing Michael Herdman - click on pic to watch KCAL 9 VIDEO
Michael Herdman, 36, and fellow firefighter/paramedic Taylor Byars hiked to Tar Creek Trail and set up camp along the Sespe Creek on Friday evening when Herdman’s dog ran away.
Herdman, who was barefoot and wearing shorts and a T-shirt, along with Byars, ran after the dog.
A short time later, the two men became separated, authorities said.
Byars searched for Herdman for nearly two days before he made his way out of the wilderness and reported his friend missing Sunday evening.
Deputies said it took a long time for Byars to report what happened because the camp was so far out.
Investigators said there are no signs of foul play.
Byars made his way back to the campsite, but Herdman, a seven-year firefighter veteran, and his dog, Duke, never returned.
Map – screen grab from KCAL video above
Rescuers scouring a rugged corner of California hoping to find missing firefighter have found the man’s backpack and footprints leading away from his camp.
Mike Herdman, 34, an avid outdoorsman, was on a weekend camping trip in the Los Padres National Forest with his buddy, fellow firefighter Taylor Byars. Byars told authorities he last saw his friend on Friday chasing after his dog Duke, which had run into a creek.
“We found his backpack. We found footprints in the directions that he was last seen going. So we are starting from there and working our way out methodically, rock by rock and bush by bush,” Buschow said.
UPDATE III: Dog Matching Pet’s Description Seen.
As efforts continued to locate a firefighter who went missing after chasing after his dog during a backpacking trip in the Los Padres National Forest, a canine matching the pet’s description was spotted Wednesday.
The sighting of the dog by search teams offered hope that Michael Herdman, a seven-year veteran of the Arcardia Fire Department, was alive in the mountain about Fillmore.
“We are all expecting to see Mike come over the hill behind us and be surprised to see us all here,” said family friend Mike MacGregor.
Civilian searchers with good intentions were arriving to aid the professional effort to find Mike Herdman, 36, but were ill prepared for the wilderness, Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Eric Buschow said.
Additionally, a helicopter that had been used in the search was grounded because a private party had launched a drone into the search area, Buschow said.
“It is absolutely illegal to fly anything back here other than our operation that’s going on now,” he said.
It was not clear how long the helicopter was grounded for.
Search crews have located the dog of missing California firefighter Mike Herdman more than a week after he went missing in a national forest north of Los Angeles.
Officials said the dog, named Duke, was “exhausted” but in good shape. Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said there was no sign of Herdman and that the search would scale down starting tonight.
Update 2:24 p.m.: Search crews find missing firefighter’s dog.
Search crews looking for a missing Arcadia Fire Department say they’ve found the dog he went after when he left his camp ground, shoeless and without his gear. They still haven’t located Herdman himself, however.
The Arcadia Fire Department’s union posted a photo of the dog, named Duke, on their Facebook page Sunday afternoon.
Search Continues for Missing Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Teacher Bianca Tanner … Son tells Police, “Angelo is Mean to Mommy and Hurt Mommy in the Face.”(Update: Body of Bianca Tanner Found)(Update: Missing Teacher’s Boyfriend charged With Murder)
31 year old Bianca Tanner has been missing since Sunday, June 8, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The police have elevated the case to a homicide investigation and have released new details of the missing persons case. During the course of the investigation, detectives talked to several family members of Tanner, including her 3-year-old son. The child told police, “Mommy got a spanking with the belt. Angelo kicked mommy’s butt and made her cry. Angelo is mean to mommy and hurt mommy in the face.” Angelo Smith has an outstanding warrant for domestic battery out of Arkansas.
Police said Tanner’s boyfriend, Angelo Smith, reported her missing on June 8. Smith told police the two got into an argument over a text message, the warrant states.
In the warrant, Smith said Tanner left the apartment intoxicated carrying a bag with her. Tanner has not been seen since.
During the investigation, detectives talked to several family members of Tanner, including her 3-year-old son.
Tanner’s son told police, “Mommy got a spanking with the belt. Angelo kicked mommy’s butt and made her cry.” The boy also told police that “Angelo is mean to mommy and hurt mommy in the face.”
The search warrant states police are looking for a belt/paddle, cellphones, clothes worn by Tanner during the alleged assault, evidence of blood, hairs and other bodily fluids.
UPDATE I: Body of missing Bianca Tanner found.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said early Thursday they believe they have found the remains of Bianca Tanner, the former Guilford Co. teacher that went missing in Charlotte June 8.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe said detectives believe they have found the remains of Tanner in a wooded area near Shopton Road West and Westinghouse Boulevard, about 16 miles from Smith’s apartment.
Her boyfriend, Angelo Grayson Smith Jr., has been charged with murder. He was initially identified as a person of interest in the case after he told authorities that a drunken Tanner left their home following an argument and never returned. She was last seen June 8.
16 Year Old Ashley Lyon Missing Since 6/11/14 from Valrico, FL … Believed to be With 41 Year Old Registered Sex Offender Steven Patrick Myers (Update: Missing Teen Found with Sex Offender after car chase in Louisiana)
16 year old Ashley Lyon has been missing since Wednesday, June 11, 2014 in Valrico, Florida. Lyon was last seen around 4 p.m. on Wednesday at her home on the 4000 block of Water Lark Way in Valrico. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued a statewide missing child alert on Saturday afternoon for Ashley Lyon who police believe is in the company of 41 year old registered sex offender, Steven Patrick Myers. Ashley Lyon has been diagnosed as bipolar and is without her medication. Authorities say that they two may be traveling in a 1989, dark-colored, Ford Ranger truck with flames painted on the front and sides with Florida tags CSJM45.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued a statewide missing child alert on Saturday afternoon for Ashley Lyon, who has not been seen or heard from since leaving her Valrico home. Lyon has been diagnosed as bipolar and did not take her medications with her.
Deputies said Lyon may be in the company of 41-year-old Steven Patrick Myers, who the sex offender registry indicates moved to Plant City after two convictions on sex charges in Georgia.
Lyon was wearing a black tank top, black gym shorts and black shoes. She has brown eyes and black hair. She weighs 175 pounds and is 5 feet, 6 inches tall.
Myers has brown hair and blue eyes. He weighs 156 pounds and is 5 feet, 11 inches tall.
They might be traveling in a 1989, dark-colored, Ford Ranger truck with flames painted on the front and sides. The tag number is CSJM45.
Ashley’s parents said they recently found out she had been spending time with Myers, who lives in Plant City, but has relatives in their neighborhood.
The Lyons grounded Ashley but she disappeared while her mother Michelle had jury duty and father Roger was at work.
“I returned home from work at approximately 4:30 that afternoon. I heard music on in her room. My assumption was that she was in the room. When my son and I finished barbequing dinner, I said go get your sister, it’s time to eat and at that point he said she’s not in her room,” said Roger Lyon.
The family said she hasn’t been heard from since and her phone is off.
“Quite honestly, we’re not angry at this point,” he said. “We’re terrified. We just want our baby daughter to come home.”
UPDATE II: $5,000 reward offered in missing teen case.
Hillsborough County, Florida – A father is making an emotional plea on this holiday weekend. His 16-year-old daughter has been missing since Wednesday and he is asking for the public’s help in finding her.
A $5,000 reward is being offered for any information that leads to finding Ashley Lyon.
Ashley’s family spent the evening passing out flyers at businesses near their home in Valrico. They also passed fliers out near a gas station in Plant City, where 41-year-old Steven Myers, a two-time sex offender, lives. Ashley’s family believes she is with Meyers.
The parents of a missing Valrico teenager spent Father’s Day distributing fliers to businesses and neighborhoods all over Hillsborough County.
Ashley’s parents say the community and thousands on social media have been helping in the search and they won’t rest until their daughter’s home safe.
“There are so many, I mean, I’ve had my daughter’s teacher call and anything she can do she wants to help. And so many online shares, like the missingcase.com that was posted last night – they already had close to 5,000 shares,” said Michelle Lyon, Ashley’s mother.
“Today isn’t Father’s Day. Today’s Ashley’s day and it will be Father’s Day when I get her back home,” said Roger Lyon, her father.
Anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of Ashley Lyon is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at 813-247-8200, Crimestoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS or the FDLE Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse at 888-FL-MISSING.
A truck stop cashier spotted a sex offender and a Florida teen who’d been missing for a week, setting off a 40-mile chase across Louisiana swampland that ended when the man’s truck burst into flames, officials said Thursday.
The Florida man — Steven Myers, 41, of Plant City — and the 16-year-old girl both had stab wounds and were in serious but stable condition, police said. Investigators believe but have not confirmed that Myers stabbed the girl and then himself, said Cpl. Paul Mouton, spokesman for the Lafayette City Police Department.
The missing Tampa Bay area teen found in Louisiana early Thursday was stabbed 10 or 12 times after the registered sex offender she was traveling with “realized he wasn’t getting away” during a high-speed pursuit, a sheriff’s official said.
Ashley Lyon, 16, Valrico was upgraded to serious but stable condition at a Lafayette, La., hospital, police said.
The man she was with, Steven Myers, was also hospitalized after the 40-mile pursuit with law enforcement. He was in serious but stable condition with apparent self-inflicted stab wounds and K-9 bites after confronting officers with a knife, police said.
9 Year Old Ida Rothschild from New Mexico Missing Since 6/13/14 in Samuel P. Taylor State Park in Marin County, CA (Update: Ida Rothschild Found Safe)
9 year old Ida Rothschild has been missing since Friday, June 13, 2014 in Samuel P. Taylor State Park in Marin County, California. The nine year old girl disappeared Friday afternoon around 12:15 p.m. at the campground where the family is staying. According to authorities, the missing girl’s father realized he hadn’t seen his daughter after about 30 minutes and then began looking for her for about an hour to an hour and a half with his wife before calling authorities for help.
Authorities do not suspect foul play at this time. Authorities say the search will continue round the clock.
Missing: Ida Rothschild
Responders from around nine public agencies are on scene assisting with the search, along with more than 100 volunteers, Pittman said.
The county has also called in assistance from neighboring Bay Area counties to continue the search through the night and into tomorrow if necessary.
So far, searchers have found no signs of Ida and no indications of foul play, Pittman said.
Pittman said the Rothschild family, which has two other children, boys aged 5 and 2, is visiting from Santa Fe, New Mexico. They spent yesterday in Muir Beach before coming to Samuel P. Taylor, a heavily forested state park west of Fairfax known for its redwoods and Lagunitas Creek.
Ida is described as being 4 feet 2 inches tall with very dark, almost black hair cut in blunt bangs. She was last seen wearing a pink floral-print terry cloth swimsuit coverup, Pittman said.
The area is rugged, with dense growth and rolling open hills that go for miles, the sheriff’s office said. Lagunitas Creek was receiving special attention because the waterway could be a lure to a child. Water rescue teams from the Marin County Fire Department were searching the creek area. California Highway Patrol aircraft were scanning the area, and thermal equipment was being brought in to assist as the search went into the evening.
The family had visited Muir Beach before coming to the park, and authorities speculated the girl could have been trying to find it because she enjoyed being there so much.
UPDATE I: Girl missing in Marin County park found safe.
Authorities announced Saturday morning that a nine-year-old girl who had gone missing in Samuel P. Taylor State Park in Marin County has been found safe.
9-year-old Ida Rothschild was found shortly before 9 a.m. by a couple mountain bikers cycling on a trail in the park. One of cyclists who found her told KTVU she heard the girl shouting for help on hillside.
Authorities made the official announcement that the girl had been found safe just after 10 a.m.
19 Lea Chali Porter Missing Since 6/5/14 in Westminster, CO (Update: Arrest Made in the Disappearance of Lea Chali Porter)
19 year old Lea Chali Porter has been missing since June 5, 2014 in Westminster, Colorado. The missing 19 year old lives in Pueblo County, CO but was visiting friends in the Westminster area when she disappeared. As reported at the Denver Post, Family members say Porter was distraught about her boyfriend leaving town so she went to the friend’s apartment, Christopher Waide, and then she disappeared. There have been no phone calls, emails or updates on social media. Lea Porter is 5-foot-5 inches tall and weighs 90 pounds with brown hair dyed blond and brown eyes, has a tattoo on her right wrist and a piercing in her lower lip.
Authorities say June 5 was the last time any family member spoke with Lea Chali Porter. Her family told sister station KCNC that Porter was distraught over her boyfriend leaving town, and went to a friend’s apartment in Westminster. She hasn’t been seen or heard from since. Her car was left at the apartment complex parking lot; her personal belongings were gone. It’s the only lead police have so far.
Police have been talking with Porter’s friend, and say he’s been cooperative with the investigation. No one has been named a suspect or person of interest at this point.
Westminster police told KCNC that Porter doesn’t have a history of disappearing, and that with that in mind, her case has become a priority.
Westminster police say they’re questioning a 23-year-old man as a person of interest in the disappearance of a 19-year-old Pueblo woman.
Lea Chali Porter went missing while visiting friends in Westminster on June 5, police said.
Westminster police spokeswoman Investigator Cheri Spottke said police had taken a man into custody on Thursday night, but she added that he had not been arrested.
An arrest has been made in the case of a 19-year-old woman who disappeared more than a week ago and remains missing.
Lea Chali Porter was visiting a close friend in Westminster when she left in the middle of the night. That friend — Christopher Waide — was the last known person to see her and is now the suspect in the case and in custody.
Westminster police, at this point, told CBS4 the case is “leaning toward a murder.”
If anyone has any information or has seen Lea Chali Porter, please contact the Westminster Police Department 303-658-4360, or Detective Calhoon at 303-658-4237. Individuals can also contact Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867) or text tips to DMCS 274637.
31 Year Old Bianca Tanner Missing Since 6/8/14 in Charlotte, NC (Update: Police now Investigating as a Homicide)(Update: Boyfriend Angelo Grayson Smith, Jr. Arrested in Homewood, IL)
31 year old Bianca Tanner has been missing since Sunday, June 8, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Bianca Tanner is a second grade school teacher at the Fork Elementary School in Greensboro, N.C. Tanner was last seen Sunday on Druid Circle in Charlotte by her boyfriend, who also lives in Charlotte. The teacher and her son moved into Druid Circle apartments a week ago to live with her boyfriend. Tanner’s boyfriend reported her missing to authorities at 12:37 p.m. on Sunday. WSOCTV is reporting that police assured that Tanner’s son is not missing, but they won’t give any information about his whereabouts.
Tanner was last spotted Sunday on Druid Circle in Charlotte by her boyfriend, who also lives in Charlotte, Faulkner said. Tanner’s boyfriend reported her missing to authorities at 12:37 p.m. on the same day. His identity has not been released at this time.
Tanner recently moved from Greensboro to Charlotte, and may still have ties in the area, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said in a statement.
Tanner is described by authorities as 5-feet-3 inches tall, weighing 110 pounds, with brown hair and eyes. Police say she was last seen wearing a red tank top, black shorts and black flat shoes.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe said there are indications there was an argument between Tanner and her boyfriend Saturday night and Sunday morning.
Police said clues have led them to begin a homicide investigation.
“It’s unfortunate that we have to draw the conclusion at this point… based on our concerns, we have elevated it to a homicide investigation,” Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe said on Thursday.
Elevating the case to a homicide investigation will result in additional resources being added to the investigation, police said in a news conference on Thursday.
“We have interviewed several individuals known to Ms. Tanner,” Monroe said. “Some have yielded information that steered us into the direction of a homicide investigation.”
U.S. Marshals arrested the boyfriend of missing Guilford County Schools teacher, Bianca Tanner. Angelo Grayson Smith, Jr. was arrested in Homewood, Illinois on Thursday. Smith is charged with Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police issued the warrant for Smith’s arrest on Sunday. On Wednesday, the agency requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals’ office to find and arrest Smith.
Smith was arrested about 35 miles south of Chicago. Charlotte police were in the area shortly after his arrest to confirm Smith’s identity.
It’s unclear at this point if Smith will waive extradition and agree to be placed in the custody of CMPD or if there will be an extradition hearing.
If anyone has seen or has information regarding Bianca Tanner, please contact Detective Faulkner at (704) 336-8970.
21 Year Old Sarah Goode Reported Missing on 6/8/14 in Suffolk County, Long Island, NY (Update: Sarah Goode’s Car Found Under ‘Suspicious Circumstances’)(Update: Woman’s Body Found on Long Island)(Update: Body ID’d as Missing Sarah Goode)
21 year old Sarah Goode was reported missing on Sunday, June 8, 2014 after she did not contact family members for two days. According to the police report, Goode is described as white with a light complexion, 5 feet 3 inches tall, 100 pounds, and has long brown hair, brown eyes and a flower tattoo on one foot. Sarah Goode is the mother of a 4-year-old daughter, a graduate of Longwood High School Middle Island, and a medical technician.
Missing: Sarah Goode
Suffolk County police said Goode’s car, a 1999 BMW 328i, was then found somewhere in the Medford area “under suspicious circumstances” and that it is now “being safeguarded by police.” Police declined to provide additional details on where the car was recovered or what led them to believe the situation is suspicious.
There were apparent signs of a struggle inside Goode’s unoccupied BMW, which police towed away – leaving the neighborhood fraught with anxiety.
“We’re horrified – I mean, we’re praying that she, you know, maybe just didn’t tell her parents where she was going,” one neighbor said.
One witness also said there appeared to be blood in Goode’s vehicle.
Police have been searching a wooded area near where the car was parked, 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reported. Officers were armed with machetes and other tools to cut through brush as they scoured through the woods.
But nothing had been found as of Monday.
An unidentified woman’s body was found in a wooded area on Long Island Thursday evening, close to the scene where a missing 21-year-old mother’s car was spotted this past weekend.
Suffolk County police received a 911 call at 6:17 p.m. about a woman’s body in the woods off Camden Court in Medford. The body was recovered a short time afterward, police said.
The body of a woman found in a wooded area on Long Island is the young mom who’s been missing for nearly a week, family members said Friday.
A search party of 40 to 45 people scouring the woods for 21-year-old Sarah Goode found the body in Medford off Camden Court at about 6:15 p.m. Thursday, authorities said. It was discovered “within a mile” from where Goode’s abandoned 1999 BMW was found, cops said.
The Suffolk County police department has not officially identified the remains, but distraught family members believe it is the Longwood High School graduate.
Police are asking anyone with information to call the Sixth Squad at 631-854-8652 or Crime Stoppers 800-220-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.
89 Year Old British Royal Navy Vet Bernard Jordan Goes Missing from The Pines Nursing Home in Sussex, England … Found Safe at 70th Anniverary D-Day Ceremonies in Normandy, France (VIDEO)
IF THERE COULD EVER BE CALLED A GOOD MISSING PERSON’S CASE, THIS WOULD BE IT … A MILITARY VET GOES ON ONE MORE MISSION!
We do so many missing person cases that end in tragedy, heartbreak and unbelievable sorrow. However, the following one just might be one of the more inspirational stories ever.
89 year old British Royal Navy veteran Bernard Jordan went missing Thursday, June 5, 2014 from The Pines nursing home in Sussex, England in the town of Hove. Police were called on Thursday night when the nursing home staff realized Jordan was missing. He had gone out at 10.30am and had not been seen since. However, this missing person story is not your typical one, what would one expect from a 90 year old military vet on a mission? What a story of perseverance and epitomizes yet another reason why those who fought in World War II are called our “Greatest Generation”.
It would appear that veteran Bernard Jordan was determined to get to the 70th D-Day commemorations in Normandy on Friday so he snuck away from his nursing home without warning and made his way across the English Chanel to Normandy, France. Mr. Jordan slipped out of the nursing home wearing a gray raincoat; however, underneath he had his military jacket complete with war medals. Eventually, Bernard Jordan contacted the Hove police to tell them that he was okay and will be returning after the D-Day ceremonies.
A police spokesman earlier said: “We have spoken to the veteran who called the home today and are satisfied that the pensioner is fine and that his friends are going to ensure he gets back to Hove safely over the next couple of days after the D-Day celebrations finish.”
Some reports had stated that the nursing home would not allow the vet to attend the D-Day ceremonies; however, that does not seem to be the case. It is more like they had tried at the last minute to get him to attend on an accredited tour to Normandy, but failed. So what was any determined veteran to do but find a way to improvise, adapt and overcome. This may be the last D-Day remembrance ceremony that Bernard Jordan ever has an opportunity to attend. For his will to accomplish his mission, we say KUDOS!!! I second Patterico ‘s Pontification comment that “I love this story more than words can say.” What a metaphor for the “Greatest Generation”.
“Mr. Jordan has full capacity, which means that he can come and go from the home as he pleases, which he does on most days” Peter Curtis, chief executive of Gracewell Healthcare told the BBC.
“At no stage was he banned from going to the commemorations,” Curtis added.
Staff members at the home had actually tried to get Jordan on an accredited tour with the Royal British Legion but he made his request too late so it wasn’t possible.
Les Hamilton, another former mayor of Hove who knows Jordan, told the BBC the vet had attended the 50th and 60th memorial services in Normandy.
“The memorial services meant a lot to him. He clearly didn’t want to miss what might be his last one,” Hamilton said.
A D-Day veteran who went “AWOL” from his care home to see Friday’s commemorations in France has returned to a hero’s welcome.
Bernard Jordan, 90, was cheered and hugged by staff waving Union Flags at The Pines nursing home in Hove, Sussex.
“I had a great time. I’m really pleased I did it,” he said after the Brittany Ferries ship Normandie arrived in Portsmouth.
Quizzed on whether he would go back next year, he replied: “Yes, I expect so. If I am still here, definitely!”
The former Royal Navy officer said his wife had known about his trip.
God Bless you Bernard Jordan.
Daily Commentary – Thursday, June 5, 2014 – Former Members of Bergdahl’s Unit Angry When He Vanished
- Angry at why he left and that they had to search for him, even before he was captured by the Taliban
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Say Hello To the Five Identified Taliban Prisoners Released by Barack Obama from GITMO in Exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl … Meet the GITMO 5
The Taliban FIVE released from GITMO have been identified.
Yesterday, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the only living POW held by the Taliban in Afghanistan was freed in exchange for five Afghan detainees from GITMO. Barack Obama was quick to take the praise yesterday and use phrases that began with an “I”. The president stated Bowe’s recovery is a reminder of America’s unwavering commitment to leave no man or woman in uniform behind on the battlefield, which may have the have an asterisk after it. Who is to say that terrorists do not try an do the same? As reported at TWS, now it is time to meet the GITMO 5, five of the most dangerous Taliban commanders in U.S. custody.
- Mullah Mohammad Fazl (Taliban army chief of staff)
- Mullah Norullah Noori (senior Taliban military commander)
- Abdul Haq Wasiq (Taliban deputy minister of intelligence):
- Khairullah Khairkhwa (Taliban governor of the Herat province and former interior minister)
- Mohammed Nabi (senior Taliban figure and security official)
More from The Weekly Standard: Five of the Most Dangerous Taliban Commanders in U.S. Custody Exchanged for American Captive.
The Taliban has long demanded that the “Gitmo 5” be released in order for peace talks to begin in earnest. The Obama administration has desperately sought to engage the Taliban as American forces are drawn down in Afghanistan, but those talks have gone nowhere to this point. At first, the administration set preconditions for the talks, including that the Taliban break its relationship with al Qaeda. When it became clear that this was a non-starter, the administration decided to make the Taliban’s desired break with al Qaeda a goal, and no longer a precondition, for its diplomacy.
There is little hope that the peace talks will be more successful now. But the president seems to believe that Bergdahl’s exchange for the Gitmo 5 (who are reportedly being transferred to Qatar) may break the ice. “While we are mindful of the challenges, it is our hope Sergeant Bergdahl’s recovery could potentially open the door for broader discussions among Afghans about the future of their country by building confidence that it is possible for all sides to find common ground,” Obama said in his statement.
The Obama administration says that security measures have been put into place to make sure that the Gitmo 5 do not pose a threat to American national security. Let’s hope that is true; it certainly has not been the case with many ex-Gitmo detainees in the past.
MOHAMMED FAZL: A February 2008 Pentagon document said Fazlserved as Taliban deputy minister of defense and as a seniorcommander who was chief of staff of the Taliban army. The U.S.military said he was wanted by the United Nations for possiblewar crimes including the murder of thousands of Afghanistan’sminority Shi’ite Muslims between 1998 and 2001. It said he wasborn in 1967 in Afghanistan’s Uruzgan province. According toU.S. military documents, Fazl was also on the scene of aNovember 2001 prison riot that killed CIA operative JohnnyMicheal Spann, the first American who died in combat in theAfghan war. There is no evidence, however, that Fazl played anydirect role in Spann’s death.
MULLAH NORULLAH NOORI: A February 2008 Pentagon document said Noori was a senior Taliban military commander in the Afghan city of Mazar-e-Sharif during fighting in late 2001 after the U.S. invasion. It said he also was the Taliban governor for two provinces and was wanted by the United Nations for possible war crimes including the murder of thousands of Shi’ite Muslims. It said he was born in 1967 in Afghanistan’s Zabul province.
KHAIRULLAH KHAIRKHWA: A March 2008 Pentagon document said Khairkhwa was a senior Taliban official serving as the minister of interior, governor of Herat and a military commander. It said that after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, he represented the Taliban during meetings with Iranian officials seeking to support hostilities against U.S. forces in Afghanistan. It said he was born in 1967 in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province.
ABDUL HAQ WASIQ: A January 2008 Pentagon document said Wasiq served as the Taliban deputy minister of intelligence. “He was central to the Taliban’s efforts to form alliances with other Islamic fundamentalist groups to fight alongside the Taliban against U.S. and Coalition forces after the 11 September2001 attacks,” the document said. It said he was born in 1971 in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province.
MOHAMMED NABI: A January 2008 Pentagon document said Nabi was a senior Taliban official who “served in multiple leadership roles.” It said he “maintained weapons caches and facilitated the smuggling of fighters and weapons.” It said he was born in1968 in Afghanistan’s Khost province.
UPDATE I: What the hell was this TWEET from father of released Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
Below is the tweet from Bob Bergdahl’s account, which was published May 28 and was deleted Saturday night. Imagine that? He us still working to free all GITMO prisoners, what is up with this? God will repay the death of every Afghan child? Why didn’t the father of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl just end his tweet with allahu akbar?
Posted June 1, 2014 by Scared Monkeys
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