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-- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com after nearly five years in captivity, their son bowe, is coming home. >> four years, ten months and 30 days, he's been released on the 30th day. >> his mother was crying when she answered the phone. >> i think everybody burst into tears, couldn't get a silly grin off their faces. >> it was an extraordinary and unprecedented negotiations. >> this is standard operating procedure for the taliban to take prisoners and exchange them for their own prisoners. >> this is truly atry fwut to the professionalism of our military across the board.
>> i didn't give up hope. >> i'd like to say to bowe right now who is having trouble speaking english. [ speaking in foreign language ] i'm your father, bowe. >> oh my goodness. we all heard those words and thought, wow, we are watching something really extraordinary happening. thank you so much for spending your time with us. i i'm christipaul. >> i'm victor blackwell. >> the stunning release of an american soldier. >> this story really is incredible. there are so many angles of them. it starts with sergeant boar bergdahl, the spent the past five years held captive by the taliban in pakistan. overnight he's been flown to germany, 28 years old. he was the only member of the u.s. military still held captive from the wars in iraq and of agab stand. >> u.s. special forces went into afghanistan yesterday and got him. the taliban freed him in return
for the release of five terror suspects being held at guantanamo bay. short time ago defense secretary chuck hagel responded to criticism that the u.s. did something they say they will not do, that they negotiated with terrorists. >> could this embolden terrorists? again, i remind you, this was a prisoner of war exchange. he was a prisoner. >> bergdahl's parents you saw there by president obama's side at the white house in the rose garden, let's go to cnn pentagon correspondent barbara starr for more on that. good morning, barbara. >> victor, christi, it was an extraordinary negotiation, five taliban for one american soldier. >> i'd like to bowe right now, having trouble saying ienglish.
[ speaking in foreign language ] i'm your father, bowe. >> i want to say thank you to everyone who has supported bowe. >> after nearly five years in captivity, their son bowe is coming home. >> release me, please. i'm begging you. bring me home, please. bring me home. >> behind the scenes a secret choreography had quickly been worked out in just the last several days. u.s. command center was set up at an undisclosed location. u.s. command doughs secretly flew to a point near the border where the taliban said they would be waiting to turn bergdahl over. back at guantanamo bay officials from qatar were on standby, waiting to take custody of the five taliban detainees the u.s. was releasing in return for bergdahl. that was the dwarn tguarantee t
taliban needed to let the american soldier go, after five years a prisoner. the pentagon will not disclose if it was navy s.e.a.l.s or army delta force teams. they were taking no chances. several dozen of america's most elite forces were involved. other troops stayed at a distance, plankton drones flew overhead keeping watch. the heavily armed u.s. troops landed facing 18 taliban and bergdahl. senior u.s. official says bowe bergdahl was able to walk and they quickly got him on board the helicopter. once in the air an extraordinary moment. bergdahl wrote down the letters sf, with a question mark, asking if these men were u.s. special forces? the men replied yes, they were special forces and they told bergdahl they'd been looking for him for a very long time. at that point, bowe bergdahl broke down. christi, victor? >> some of the redales of this
story, barbara star, thank you so much, are just phenomenal to hear them and so soon, so soon after this recovery. senior defense official tells cnn sergeant bergdahl will undergo a reintegration process at land stul regional medical center in germany. >> when he's ready to leave there for the u.s. he'll likely go to the brook medical center in san antonio. we bring in nic robertson by phone, at the land constitutional regional medical center. what do you know about specifically the negotiation that made this happen? >> reporter: well, we know this was something that was going on over an extended period, for several years, the taliban had made demands in exchange for bowe bergdahl they had five of their senior figures being held in guantanamo bay. this is typical of the taliban to take prisoners, they've done it in pakistan and afghans.
afghans and pakistanis in order to get some of their own prisoners released from the jails in the country so this is standard operating procedure for the taliban. they'd made these demands. there had been efforts in the past over the past couple of years to try and organize the release of these five men, one of them a former deputy defense chief, one a former interior minister, one a former deputy head of intelligence, another one a governor, the taliban in several provinces and afghanistan, senior figures inside the taliban that they wanted released. it hadn't happened. there had been snags along the way and this time it worked and these men have now been freed and they're on their way back to qatar, not to afghanistan, and the qatari authorities have undertaken to make sure these people do not reengage in the fight in afghanistan. quite how they will do that, how will they limit them perhaps raising funds for the taliban that, sort of thing, again, none
of that clear at this stapling. christi, victor? >> afghan president hamid karzai didn't know about the release until after the fact. that's what we're hearing. how is that possible? >> reporter: i think it's very simply a precaution, because there is very little trust between u.s. authorities and president karzai. that trust has broken down over the past few years. there would certainly be a sense that they would be asked if afghan authorities at any level got any sense this operation was under way, it could be compromised there, could be leaks. very hard to know precisely who could be trusted and in these situations typical to meet that circle of trust limited to as few people as possible. again, this is sort of standard operating procedure. you don't tell people that don't need to know, and that's what seems to have happened in this case. >> nic, being held for five years, i think a lot of people
are wondering, because we've been seeing the video here of different videos of him eating and the proof of life videos they released over the years. do you have any sense of whether he was moved around a lot during those five years, if he was kept in one place? i had read he was captured by the taliban but the u.s. believed he was held by the haqqani network. do you know who w.h.o. they are and what's that about? >> reporter: the haqqani network are a clan group that have long held sway over parts of pakistan and into afghanistan. indeed they were an organization that the cia was doing business with during the 8 0bs when the soviets were inside afghanistan. they've been around for a long time. this is a group with power, with reach, the terrorists where it operates holds sway, it's north
waziristan in pakistan. bowe got moved around various different locations. they've held prisoners captive in that area for a long time. it's a no go area even for pakistani authorities, so the fact that bowe bergdahl would have been held inside pakistan, would have made it almost impossible to mount a rescue mission easily inside that country, so this again would have been a reason why the haqqani network would have kept him there. he would be doing, if you will, a service for the bigger taliban organization. he is one influential, large part of it, the organization itself doesn't rest them, all the taliban however. >> nic robertson we appreciate all the information this morning. thank you. now of course, bowe bergdahl is free but who are the men who were given up in exchange for him? a lot of people are asking about them.
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we'll have more on the release of sergeant bowe bergdahl in a moment. first to other news we're following this morning, breaking overnight from massachusetts, all seven people aboard a private jet were killed in a fiery crash about 20 miles north, northwest of boston. officials say the plane apparently caught fire. you see photos appearing on social media purporting to of the crash site. flames and smoke and the victims have not been identified. the ntsb is still investigating. let's get more on the remarkable story that developed over the last 24 hours, the release of army sergeant bowe
bergdahl. the taliban released him yesterday in exchange for five guantanamo bay detainees. who are the five men, top taliban commanders the group has tried to free for a decade. >> these matched the release by the department of defense. the department of defense neither confirms or denies their accuracy. there they are. >> cnn military analyst general james "spider" marks joins us on the phone. good to have you on the phone. >> good morning. good morning to you. >> general, good morning. i want to start by asking you obviously your reaction first and foremost to bowe bergdahl's release? >> oh it's a wonderful day not only for the bergdahl family, obvio obviously. the personal face of this is unbelievable and just incredibly emotional on multiple levels. as a former soldier, it really
is magnificent to have been a part of an organization that can not only stand by its comrades completely in all conditions but can then bring those great young patriots home, so it really speaks from top to bottom speaks wonders of our administration, got this accomplished, our military who executed this task and this great young soldier and his family who stood by each other. it's a great story. as you know there's a downside to this. >> let's talk about what some perceive as a downside. leaders in congress, the chair of the house armed services committee and ranking member senate armed services senator james inhoff released "our terrorist adversaries now have a strong incentive to capture americans and that will put out forces in afghan sustain and around the world at greater risk." the question is how can one
reconcile the longstanding "policy" of not negotiating with terrorists with the mantra of leaving no soldier behind? >> well, those two are not necessarily connected, victor. in this particular case they are, because that was the ultimate price that had to be paid to get the soldier back. in all cases that is not necessarily relevant in the discussion. however, in this case, these five folks that were released are extremely bad people. these guys will, no doubt, try to find a way to reintegrate. they will be welcomed back into the taliban so the key issue is, what can the united states in concert with the afghan government, and the afghan government is going through a transition, what can he this do together to ensure there might be some form of a reconciliation between both taliban and the afghan government. that's kind of step number one. in the interim, however, you have' got five extremely bad guys in qatar under the watchful
care of the qatari government. clearly the united states as a condition to this will be a part of that surveillance to ensure that these taliban that were just released do not immediately fall over the horizon, disappear and get back into the fight, but i would anticipate that there will be every effort to get them back into the fight. these are inspirational leaders. these are not guys taken off the street. these were founders of the taliban, the former intel chief, communications chief, the former chief of staff of the taliban, the senior military commander. these guys will have to be watched closely in qatar over the course of the next year. >> we'll continue that conversation about reconciling the two and making sure they are not as well integrated as they would hope to be moving forward. general spider marks thanks for joining us. >> thank you to both of you.. >> thank you, general. another story that is still in the headlines, more twists
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we're talking donald sterling and the nba. this is far from over. >> yes, the embattled l.a. clippers owner member is suing the league for $1 billion, because of its decision to ban him for life and force him to give up his franchise. >> so this comes right after his estranged wife, shelly sterling a greed to sell the team to former microsoft ceo steve ballmer for $2 billion. >> let's talk to defense attorney janet johnson for all of this. his lawsuit states and i want to quote this here the forced sale of the los angeles clippers threatens not only to produce a lower price than a non-forced sale but more importantly it yours competition and forces anti-trust injury by making the market unresponsive to the operation of the premarket. so he's saying look, you're forcing me to sell this so i can't make as much money as i should have made. what more money are you going to make? >> as a lawyer, that's like, i
love hearing that language. i'm sure everyone else falls asleep but the buzzwords they were hitting on were forced sale, because you don't have capital gains. the irs may not tax you if you're forced to sell something. because it wasn't your choice. but that isn't what's happening here. >> thank you. this is a voluntary sale on shelly's part. >> and i think in the end, shelly is going to end up being the character that we're really going to hear about. adam silver must have gotten shelly -- the nba commissioner, must have had a discussion early on to say get your husband out of the picture and sell. they only paid $12 million. it's still a pretty good profit for them and they're billionaires, they have the money. when he gave that interview to anderson cooper on cnn, i thought, you know what? his racism, that's a longstanding issue. the nba's known about that for 30 years. it's his mental incompetence that i think will force him to sell. >> i watched the interview and i don't have any medical training, i'm a writer but to watch it i
didn't think the man was mentally incapable but there's a diagnosis by two neurologists according to sources -- it. >> who were hired by? >> the trust. i think the trust because the trust has a clause, the famently has a trust and they own this trust, a normal procedure talking about this much money and in the trust it says if one of the trust members becomes incompetent, the other will take over. that means shelly will take over and apparently she wants to sell and she wants him out. when i saw the interview first i thought as a lawyer i would never let my client do that but he's a lawyer, sterling is a lawyer and i'm assuming he thinks he knows better. i thought he was a little incoherent and afterwards i thought he's going to say or someone's going to claim he has alzheimer's and apparently that's part of the diagnosis, early alzheimer's. shelly is stepping in to make the $2 billion. >> i don't know. i thought it was racism to me, it's illogical, the argument seemed illogical. >> that's a great point. i read the pleadings and one
that is a good defense on his part, they didn't. you the it in the pleading but you could argue, he's been a known racist for years. the nba has known that president he's the longest ten toured owner in nba and he's been sued for racist practices and settled for tens of millions of dollars. you didn't know that i was mentally incompetent, that's something new and i think that was plan b for silver and ultimately what the nba will use. they canceled the hearing tuesday because they're not forcing him out. it's going to be a voluntary sale. >> they still walk away with billions of dollars. >> they might owe $500 million in taxes, that's worth suing over. i think that's what the lawsuit is really about. >> janet johnson always good to see you. of course we have so much more on the major story that's making headlines around the world, the release of sergeant bowe bergdahl, including a life report from qatar, and eventual
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hey, i hope sunday's been good to you so far. i'm christi paul. >> i'm victor blackwell. thanks for staying with us this morning. american soldier bowe bergdahl, big story this morning, he was held captive by the taliban just short of five years, he is now a free man. >> no shots were fired, there was no violence, this according to defense secretary chuck hagel, just a while ago, but 18 taliban fighters handed bergdahl over to u.s. special forces and he was released in exchange for five guantanamo bay detainees. >> once in u.s. custody, bergdahl was taken by helicopter for medical evaluation to bagram air field, the main u.s. base in afghanistan. according to a senior u.s. official, bergdahl used a paper plate to communicate because the rotor in the helicopter was so loud. he wrote the letters "sf?"
one of the commandos shouted "yes, we've been looking for you for a long time." bergdahl realized he was safe and then broke into tears. >> the terms which began last week were negotiated with the help of the qatari government. and five guantanamo bay detainees detainee s released in exchange today, they were obtained by wikileaks and that matched the names released by the department of defense. the department of defense will not confirm nor deny the accuracy but qatari officials are assuring the u.s. that these five men you're looking at will not become a terror threat and they will not even travel out of qatar for a year. >> cnn correspondent richard quest joins us on the phone from doha. richard, you were just at a meeting of the officials. what did they say? what is the latest there?
>> reporter: the foreign minister of qatar, dr. el atia, refused to give any great detail of the country's involvement in the exchange. what he did say was that the foreign minister was, qatar was able to be involved because it enjoyed the confidence of all parties. in other words, the taliban and of course it's an extremely close ally of the united states. the foreign minister said when qatar takes on such a task it bases it on basic foreign policy of humanitarian considerations, and interestingly, he said that negotiations had been directed by the mayor of qatar, the mayor who only took office last year, so clearly it's very important for the qataris to have played this role, but it is also
exceptionally sensitive, putting them right in the middle of such a difficult and tricky issue. >> you're right, and richard, representative mike rodgers from michigan took issue with this saying he has little confidence in the security assurances regarding the movement and activities of the now released taliban leaders. it makes us wonder, you know, what were those security assurances that were given and how is qatar going to keep tabs on the five men? >> reporter: and that is exactly what they refused to say this morning. i asked again. i said under what conditions would these five returning detainees be kept? and they said, we are not giving any details out. but here's the issue, of course, the u.s. has little choice but to take on trust, that which qatar has promised, but the u.s. will have a huge interest in
monitoring as best they can here. the relationship between qatar and the united states is one of the closest both militarily, and qatar has been a strong ally of the united states. it was here during the gulf war that central command was based in the earlier years. so all in all, yes, a lot has been placed on trust, but it really comes down to, if you want the deal, this is the deal that had to be done. >> all right. hey richard quest, thank you so much for taking some time to talk with us today and give us the latest from there. we appreciate it. so today is june 1st and for folks in the southeast, florida, texas, louisiana, you know what june 1st means. start of atlantic hurricane season. hurricanes, tropical storms, much more, hopefully not too many of them. we'll break down what kind of weather experts are predicting. and back to sergeant bowe bergdahl, he's heading back to
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known but police say they haven't ruled out terrorism. president obama kicks off this week traveling to poland tomorrow to participate in g-7 meetings and he'll also meet with the president-elect of ukraine. the two are expected to talk about the country's ongoing crisis and later in the week the president moves on to france, he'll deliver remarks to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the allied landing in normandy. does anybody else feel like you just blinked and it was union 1st? >> all of a sudden. >> what happened? and you know, june makes its mark usually with hurricane season. >> yes, it's bad news there. good news is it's expected not to be so extreme this season. cnn meteorologist alexandra steele joins us now. good news for the folks in the southeast, not so extreme. >> that's right but the bottom line is, the numbers don't matter how many we have or don't have. it's just the one that makes landfall that does matter. so here's a look as an aggregate today, june 1st and we go
through november 30th for the atlantic hurricane season. noaa is predicting a below average season. last season was the least active in decades, only two hurricanes and last year we had no major hurricanes, and the last time that had happened prior was 1994. so here's a few reasons as to why the expectation and using computer models we're expecting a low or below average season because we have a developing el nino, warmer waters across the central pacific and what happens with the warmer waters they essentially change the wind p patte pattern. we will develop strong westerly winds which not allow the storm to grow and become a hurricane. that's what the warming of the waters with an el nino do. here are the names, starting with arthur. its world meteor association the wmo who has these names. there's six lists and they get used every six years.
you get a name retired like a katrina, if something does so much damage, it would be disrespectful to use again. during world war ii they only used women's names but in 1978 they started including men's names with that. so the peak is certainly not in june, it is not until august into september so we have a far way to go. today is the beginning of the season, kind of some interesting nugget about what we're expecting for the season ahead and we'll talk about the forecast. this is where the development is for june, you guys. things are all quiet now. weather wise here in the united states, pretty quiet, too. we'll see a warmup in the northeast, so pretty cool the last couple of days. things are warming up nicely during the next couple of days. back to you. >> quiet is good. alexandra steele thank you. a former "new york times" reporter held captive by the taliban tells cnn about his release. >> and also talk about the long road to recovery we know is ahead for sarmg bergdahl.
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americans. bergdahl's father says he's having difficulties speaking english now. >> as much as people would like to empathize, very few people know what bergdahl went through, actually know what it was like day after day, year after near. alexandra field sat down with one man who relates to bowe bergdahl's experience quite clearly. what did you learn? >> reporter: christi, victor, held captive for five years, a fate most of us cannot reality, it was reality for sergeant bowe bergdahl and his freedom must feel something like a dream. we spoekd to a former "new york times" reporter kidnapped by the taliban in afghanistan in 2008. he was moved to pakistan and held for seven months before he managed to escape, scaling a wall and running for his life. he tells us sergeant bergdahl has been constantly in his thoughts and giving us insight into what bergdahl is likely experiencing right now. >> doesn't believe it's real. he's probably afraid to believe
it's real. the enek dote writing "sf" on the plate on the helicopter. he'll go to sleep to the and wake up in the morning on a u.s. base and look around him and think am i dreaming and then realize it's true, he's free. >> reporter: how long did that last for you? >> through the first several days, went on for weeks. it's a gradual thing. people say it will be difficult for him to return. this is the most wonderful day in his life to be able to sort of walk through a door when he wants, to eat when he wants, to be free. he is so happy right now, and again he deserves so much credit for surviving. >> reporter: what exactly does it take to manage to survive with so many years in captivity? david rohde found specific ways to make it through the months he was held. we'll have that part of our conversation coming this up afternoon. >> alexandra field for us in new york, thank you. you just heard former captive david rohde describing
his escape as magical. nearly five years, though? he was held seven months. nearly five years, bergdahl's road to recovery obviously just beginning and we cannot imagine what he's going through this morning. >> let's try to understand it. let's talk about it with robi ludw ludwig, nationally recognized psychotherapist. after five years, what is it like for him to feel that freedom? >> freedom? >> well, initially, he is going to feel elated, because of the excitement of being discovered but as we know they can experience post traumatic stress later on. >> i would think that would come pretty quickly for him. we talk about repatriation and counseling for him. what exactly is that going to entail? >> post traumatic stress first of all is a reliving of the
horrible experience, and it's when a person initially feels safe and then doesn't feel safe because of what they've experienced, so usually the families in this case were get involved because they also are experiencing some trauma, because they want to be able to help their family member who has been captured. so it's a combination of everyone really getting involved in the treatment, psychotherapist and medication management is hugely successful when it comes to treating p.o.w.s, but initially, they can have a tough time, because they feel hypervigilant. they're constantly on edge, in some cases initially they can feel reactions of paranoia, and aggression, but fortunately with treatment, even though post traumatic stress is something that never really goes away entirely, it's something that can be managed quite successfully, but i think for any p.o.w. who has been captured and then comes out, they have
what's called a decompression stage where they need to be prepared for what they're going to experience, the media, re-entry with family members and homecoming, because they've been in a very different environment for such a long period of time. >> is there such a thing as, and this is in the context of the family, too much too soon, too many visitors, too many cards, too man balloons? >> this is such a great question, of course. it can be very overstimulating and what really therapists and professionals recommend to family members and friends is certainly to be available. the best thing they can do is to listen, to empathize, be very supportive and to be patient, and just to be there, so that is really the best advice for any family member who wants to be loving, to somebody who has gone through such a difficult experience. it's patience. it's availability, listening, and empathizing.
>> i think one of the things that stuck with people when they first heard about this was his father saying in that press conference yesterday he may not be speaking english and that was, have trouble speaking enlish and that was confirmed by the defense department this morning that yes, he is having trouble speaking english. is that because he doesn't remember it, because it hasn't been used for so long? what do you attribute that to? >> in general, most people, when they are raised with a certain, with their first language, it's something that's always in their memory, so i would think that this has to do with something about the capture, maybe about the brainwashing or the torture that went on, but usually in general, when people are born with their first language and they're talking it for such a long time, he's in his 20s, i don't think that's not from using it for a long period of time, because your first language is always your go-to language. >> are there times when, and i know that there will be efforts
to hear his story informally by his family and formally by media outl outlets, are there times telling the story is not cathartic, not good to get it out, i imagine or is it always better to tell it? >> that would be a very individual reaction but for some people it really does help them to tell their story and to put it into perspective. of course the timing has to be right and there's the right time to tell astery a steory and rigs not the right time probably because he has to go through a re-entry and recovery process of sorts but telling his story and putting it in perspective in the context of his life and also coming to terms with what a hero he is, studies done on p.o.w.s, they don't feel like the heroes we experience them to be, so very often the american public will experience the prisoner of war as a tremendous hero, given
what they've experienced but they suffer with feelings of guilt that they were even in a situation to be captured, so it's a very interesting dynamic difference there. >> oh my goodness, just wishing him and his family the very best, no doubt. it. dr. robi ludwig thank you for walking us through. >> thank you so much, doctor. we'll be right back. what's your favorite kind of cheerios? honey nut. but... chocolate is my other favorite... oh yeah, and frosted! what's your most favorite of all?
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>> retired fbi agent rob levinson disappeared in iran in 2000. he was working for the cia, his family revealed, but the u.s. government has not publicly acknowledged that. >> kenneth bae in north carolina, he was sentenced to 15 hard years for allegedly committing hostile acts though they never expanded upon that. alan gross in 2009, he was working as a subcontractor in cuba at the time. >> and american pastor abedini in iran, sentenced on charges of attempting to undermine the iranian government. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >> after nearly five years in captivity, their son, bowe, is
coming home. >> four years, ten months and 30 days he's been released on the 30th day. >> his mother was crying when she answered the phone. >> i think everybody burst into tears or couldn't get a silly grin off their faces. >> it was an extraordinary and unprecedented negotiation. >> this is standard operating procedure for the taliban to take prisoners and exchange them for their own prisoners. >> and this is truly a tribute to the professionalism of our military across the board. >> i didn't give up hope. bergdahl certainly did never, ever give up their hope. >> i'd like to say to bowe right now having trouble speaking enlie englis english. [ speaking in foreign language ] "i'm your father, bowe." >> there are a lot of people in his hometown, around the country, around the world really, excited to see bowe bergdahl. his parents waited almost five years to see him and soon they'll have that chance. >> there are so many things, so
many little nuances people are interested in here, the fact his father said and the defense department saying that he's having a hard time speaking english. w wondering about stockholm syndrome. you're depending on these people to feed you, shelter, you, clothe you, decide whether you live or die. you wonder what the mind-set is when he gets back. the parents obviously as we said were waiting to hear whether they are going to be reunited with him in germany, where he's going to landstuhl medical center or after he comes back, reinstituted in san antonio at the brook medical center, so that is the latest we're getting from the defense department this morning. but we do know that the 28-year-old was flown to germany from afghanistan and he'll go through some real medical treatment as they try to discern what his mental state is, his physical state is, and he'll be debriefed, too, before he returns home. >> remember he was captured by the taliban at the end of
june 0june june 2009, just short of five years. yesterday he was released in return for five terrorist suspects held at guantanamo bay. let's go to barbara starr for more on this incredible story. barbara, good morning. >> victor, christi, it was an extraordinary negotiation, five taliban for one american soldier. >> i'd like to say to bowe right now who is having trouble speakispeak english. [ speaking in foreign language ] . "i'm your father, bowe." >> reporter: an emotional moment as bowe bergdahl's parents stand with the president. >> i just want to say thank you to everyone who has supported bowe. >> after nearly five years in captivity, their son, bowe, is coming home. >> release me, please. i'm begging you, bring me home,
please. bring me home. >> reporter: behind the scenes a secret choreography had quickly been worked out in the last several days. a u.s. command center was set up at an undisclosed location. u.s. commandos secretly flew to a point near the border where the taliban said they would be waiting to turn bergdahl over. back at guantanamo bay, officials from qatar were on standby, waiting to take custody of the five taliban detainees the u.s. was releasing in return for bergdahl. that was the guarantee the taliban needed to let the american soldier go after five years a prisoner. the pentagon will not disclose if it was navy s.e.a.l.s or army delta force teams. they were taking no chances. several dozen of america's most elite forces were involved. other troops stayed at a distance, plankton drones flew overhead keeping watch.
the heavily armed u.s. troops landed facing 18 taliban and bergdahl. senior u.s. official says bowe bergdahl was able to walk and they quickly got him on board the helicopter. once in the air, an extraordinary moment. bergdahl wrote down the letters "sf?" asking if these men were u.s. special forces. the men replied, yes, they were special forces, and they told bergdahl they'd been looking for him for a very long time. at that point, bowe bergdahl broke down. christi, victor? >> barbara starr at the pentagon for us, thank you very much. now the question this morning among many of the questions, who are the five guantanamo detai e detainees released in exchange for bowe bergdahl? top taliban commanders the group has tried to free for more than a decade. these are photos obtained by wikileaks that match the names
released by the department of defense but dod would neither confirm nor deny their accuracy. all the men held important positions within the taliban ranging from interior minister to chief of their army staff. >> so these five you're looking at here are due to arrive in qatar today. qatari officials are assuring the u.s. they will not become a terror threat and they won't even travel out of qatar for a year but a lot of people are wondering how do you assure that? >> cnn's richard quest is live from doha. what are the qataris saying if anything how they will assure these men will not be reintegrated and become a threat to the u.s. and others? >> reporter: the authorities are saying absolutely nothing on that crucial question. they refuse to give any details about the operation, save to say that the mandate to negotiate was agreed by the mayor himself,
that it was generally what they described basic foreign policy principles of humanitarian considerations, and when you push them just that little bit further, they say they were able to act as the linchpin in these negotiations because they enjoyed the confidence of both the taliban, where the taliban actually have representatives in doha and the united states, which of course has longstanding military economic very deep ties between qatar and the u.s. even so, which ever way you pass their words, qatar very much at the center of what has been one of the most delicate and difficult negotiations. >> let's talk about defense secretary chuck hagel. we understand that he is on his way to qatar as well. i want to listen here to something that he said. he said, "do you think this will help negotiation --" i'm wondering i guess, do we have sound from him?
okay, let's listen to defense secretary here. >> whether that could lead to possible new breakthroughs with the taliban, i don't know. hopefully it might. >> all right, so richard, do you think that this will help in negotiations in any way with the taliban in the u.s.? >> if there is one country that is well positioned to act as a broker, an honest broker, if if you like, between the two sides, when it comes to the taliban, not so in other areas of middle east policy where qatar enjoyed the enmity of many of its gulf partners because of its policies with syria and egypt and the like, but when you talk about the taliban, here the qataris are uniquely positioned to act as this honest broker between
the two. for the time being, the new mayor has only been in office a year. the regime change was june of last year so the new mayor is keen to carry favor with the united states. there can be little doubt that the actions they performed in the last few months will certainly go a long way in washington to put them in a favorable light. >> we'll look for the fruits of this relationship moving forward. richard quest in doha for us, richa richard, thank you. one of the people who advises the president on national security matter also be here on cnnen this morning. >> national security adviser susan rice was there in the rose garden yesterday as the president made the announcement that bergdahl had been released and this morning she's on "state of the union" with candy crowley. you have to hear what she has to say, coming up this morning at 9:00 eastern, right here on cnn. we'll have much more on the release of sergeant bowe bergdahl in a moment. there are many angles we have to discuss. we have other stories that
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short time ago defense secretary chuck hagel said the u.s. pursued this effort to bring bergdahl home but there are a lot of people who say we're concerned about our other soldiers now. >> let's bring in retired lieutenant colonel robert maguinnes from georgia. i want to read you something from chairman mike rogers. this signals to terrorists around the world greater incentive to take u.s. hostages. what is your response? >> certainly we support what happened in terms of mr. bergdahl, sergeant bergdahl returning. you know, he's right, there is a threat. these are all taliban leaders. what are they going to do? they will urn ultimately we think to the battlefield, as others that we've released from guantanamo over the years. so is it accepteding insending ? after vietnam or toward the end of the vietnam war we recovered
all our p.o.w.s. you know, the president announced this week that the war is going to end in 2016 for the u.s., so you know, it's kind of wrapping things up. the president knows, his term in office is coming to an end and he wants to turn over a warless u.s. perhaps to the next administration. but yes, i think that it does send a signal that we're going to swap people. what they got, though, victor, are some operational commanders, some provincial leaders that will likely go back in and try to stir the post-u.s./afghanistan in the direction that they favor, and of course haqqani, who was holding bergdahl, not a nice guy, and he has in his cadre of taliban have a lot of bad stuff in the future for themselves. >> representative mike rogers said he has little confidence in
the security assurances regarding the movement and activities of the new released taliban leaders and it made us wonder what security assurances could they give the u.s.? is there any trust involved here? >> well, there is trust, and of course we have the same issues with kuwait city, with riyad, those that we released to yemen. the qataris are good friend and the qataris as you reported or indicated earlier, the new mayor is a good friend. so i suspect what they promised to hold them there in qatar for the next year will happen. now, of course they're going to have their families there, taliban officials that will negotiate, talk to them, plan the future. year is not long. so next june those people will probably return to pakistan/afghanistan and will rejoin their former followers and will probably play an active role in the
post-u.s./afghanistan and what it really emerges into. >> lieutenant colonel robert maginnis, we appreciate your insights this morning. thanks for making time for us. >> thank you for having me. >> sure. you would think everybody would be elated that bowe bergdahl has been released, right? >> yes and for the most part everything we're hearing is that people are happy that he's home, but, and some people add that but, there are concerns, and we talk about a few of them. there are also concerns that quite possibly president obama did not follow law in the way that this was ex-do you telled. we'll talk about what some members of congress are calling a skirting of the law to free bowe bergdahl. . also the fallout over the va scandal could well bleed in politics this fall. jake tapper is in for john king with a look ahead to "inside politics." good morning, jake. >> political fallout from eric
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faded. yellow ribbons and balloons adorn main street and this morning, residents are putting up new signs that say "welcome home, bowe." >> family is resilient. the community has not waivered in its commitment to get him freed. today was just, i think everybody burst into tears or couldn't get a silly grin off their faces. it's long come. it's been five years. >> reporter: dwight murphy has been handing out bracelets that read "sergeant bowe bergdahl u.s. army" and the date of his capture. for him, news of the release was an emotional moment. >> they call me on the one phone and said, dwight, you need to sit down. i went over and sat down at the desk and they said, i got news for you, bowe bergdahl's been released, and i'm glad i was sitting down, because it was joyous news to hear. >> reporter: for sue martin it has special meaning. >> he was in daily contact with all the employees and nobody
heard from him. >> reporter: since his capture a small lamp inside the coffee shop has burned brightly for almost five years. she wants him to turn off. >> when they announced it was bowe, i put the sign up so our public here would know it was bowe and they could be part of the support team and that light's been on ever since. >> we're talking to sue in the next hour. her son died and bowe really helped her pick up the pieces and we'll talk about that, when her son died, and so that's coming up in the 8:00 hour. >> also having a conversation with representative tim murphy, murphy works with veterans at the walter reed medical center. >> we're going to be talking to him in just a moment. stay close.
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but everybody is abuzz over the homecome that will soon be of bowe bergdahl. >> the question is this morning, what is bowe bergdahl feeling? what is he experiencing? i want to talk with a member of congress. congressman tim murphy, a representative, works with veterans every week at walter reed hospital and practices as a psychologist. congressman murphy, good to have you this morning. first question to you, i heard the president say yesterday in the rose garden that bowe bergdahl has never been forgotten, but i'd imagine after five years you'd feel some level of abandonment. what is he feeling now? >> well, i'm assuming a lot of elation that takes place but certainly every soldier knows that america does not leave soldiers behind. every vfw and american legion hall in america has flags and ceremonies about that. that is a lot of relief. maybe some disbelief on his part, too.
certainly looking forward to seeing his family and a big welcome home. >> you just mentioned they leave no man behind, and that is coupling it this morning with a lot of people in congress, since you're a congressman we want to have you put that hat on right now, who also say we don't negotiate with terrorists. that's exactly what happened here, and i'm sure people are trying to find the balance, but i want to read you something from representative buck mckeon of california making a statement that stood out. "in executing this transfer the president clearly violated laws which require him to notify congress 30 days before any transfer of terrorists from guantanamo bay and to explain how the threat posed by such terrorists has been substand shortly mitigated. "in your opinion or just in legalese, did the president break a law to make this exchange happen? >> well, we'll be reviewing that in detail to see if laws were brok
broken. there's a basis for that, a change in policy against this sort of exchange may lead to further capture of soldiers, and that's that puts others at risk. we know during this time bowe has been in prison there's been threats to kill him, calls for ransom, calls for larger numbers of prisoner exchanges within this whole process. generally when a war tends to wind down, one does more of these exchanges at the end but it is a concern and a policy, the fact it's been made, a policy that will have to be reviewed t will help other soldiers understand what they should be doing under these circumstances if they are captured. there's all sorts of questions raised on this. >> congressman, eric shinseki is out at the va at the start of the week, officials will start to look for the permanent replacement. how broad do you think the problem of these delayed appointments is throughout the va system? >> it's a huge problem. i think about 64% was the number that came out in terms of these
phony or the long waiting lists. in pittsburgh they discovered a near list, the people who had called the va for an appointment and just never got one and it's up to 2 years old for those and those numbers may be well over 80,000 nationwide of people waiting. so it is shinseki stepped down because it did need to have that change, and others may be put in charge but it is a pervasive problem of a culture that said the appearance of doing something is more important than actually doing something. that's very, very troubling, and i think there's going to be a lot of heads that are going to have to roll in this process and a lot of people who themselves have to understand there's a new culture within the va whose first priority should be to serve veterans and not to make some metrics in order to get a bonus. >> congressman tim murphy, good to have you this morning and hopefully right now, something actually gets done. we'll see you back here. >> thank you, sir. >> at the top of the hour, 8:00 eastern for more "new day." >> right, but brooke baldwin is
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