In the case of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured by the Taliban and held prisoner by the Haqqani network for five years, military prosecutors have charged him with desertion as well as misbehavior before the enemy. The latter charge has rarely been used since World War II, and only a few times since 2001, and carries the far stiffer penalty of life in prison if convicted. The Associated Press reports that the Army has prosecuted about 1,900 desertion cases between 2001 and 2014.
Eugene Fidell, Bergdahl's attorney, has argued that his client is being charged twice for the same act, and legal scholars like Jeffrey K. Walker, a St. John’s University law professor and former military lawyer, say that it may be worth bringing it up in court, though it might not sway authorities.
"The question is: Is it a piling on?" said Walker. "It does almost look like you're trying to get two bites at the same apple."
The misbehavior charge allows authorities to accuse Bergdahl of leaving his unit with one less person, and for making a deliberate decision that may have put those searching for him in harm's way.
"You're able to say that what he did had a particular impact or put particular people at risk. It is less generic than just quitting," said Lawrence Morris, a retired Army colonel who served as a prosecutor and public defender for the service, reports the Associated Press. "It is of course more complicated than the desertion charge, not as well understood, a higher burden on the government to prove."
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Karl Munson pilots a 26-foot boat while Petty Officer 2nd Class Gabriel Diaz keeps an eye on a boarding team who is inspecting a 79-foot shrimp boat in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of New Orleans, La., on April 27, 2005
Radio transmissions to the U.S. Coast Guard are usually calls for help from boaters, but one captain got on the radio recently just to say thanks to the men and women who are currently working without pay.
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Saturday to receive the remains of four Americans killed in a suicide bombing in northern Syria.
Trump, locked in a battle with congressional Democrats that has led to a nearly month-long partial government shutdown, announced his trip via a pre-dawn tweet, saying he was going "to be with the families of 4 very special people who lost their lives in service to our Country!"
Former President George W. Bush is calling for an end to the partial government shutdown, which is about to hit the one-month mark and is currently the longest shutdown in US history.
In an appeal made on Instagram, the 43rd president called on "leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown." The caption was posted with an image of him and former First Lady Laura Bush giving pizza to their Secret Service detail.