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June 13, 2014 - 7:23 am

Former Taliban captive Bowe Bergdahl touched down in the United States today, two weeks after five Guantanamo prisoners were traded for the 28-year-old’s release.

“Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has arrived at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. While there, he will continue the next phase of his reintegration process. There is no timeline for this process,” said Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby. “Our focus remains on his health and well-being. Secretary Hagel is confident that the Army will continue to ensure that Sgt. Bergdahl receives the care, time and space he needs to complete his recovery and reintegration.”

A statement issued a few hours later by the Army said arrived at the San Antonio Military Medical Facility on Fort Sam Houston early this morning “where he will undergo Phase III reintegration.”

“U.S. Army South is the lead command for reintegration and will ensure Sgt. Bergdahl receives the necessary care, time and space to complete the process. Among other components of this phase, Sgt. Bergdahl will continue¬†to receive medical treatment and debriefings,” the Army said.

“Following Sgt. Bergdahl’s reintegration, the Army will continue its comprehensive review into the circumstances of his disappearance and captivity.”

A senior defense official last week described the reintegration phases to reporters.

“Phase one encompasses the process of transporting the recovered individual to a safe area, to conduct initial medical assessment and time-sensitive debriefings. Phase one will end with the recovered individual being returned to duty or recommended for phase two reintegration,” the official said. “Phase two encompasses the transition from phase one to a theater treatment and processing facility, and further SERE and intelligence debriefings and decompression. Phase two will end with the recovered individual being released to duty or recommended for phase three reintegration.”

“Phase three reintegration begins with the transition of the recovered individual to a phase three team of the appropriate service. The phases do not have a prescribed time limit, and they depend on the needs of the recovered individual in coordination with the concerns of the service and the combatant commanders.”

A Defense Department psychologist said in that briefing that phase three is generally the point for “family unification.”

“Phase one is usually around 48 hours, but has gone as long as 96. Phase two is usually a minimum of five days, has gone as long as three weeks. And phase three has been as short as 24 hours and as long as five years,” the psychologist added.

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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It's probably Bergdahl himself. They slipped and mentioned how long his "recovery" is going to take, as planned by the White House.

At the very least, it will be until after the mid-terms. They don't want this coming up all the ballots are counted because this is going to hurt all the Democrats, not just Obama, so it's better if it just gets buried until the mid-terms are over and perhaps until Obama is out of office if they can drag it on that long.
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Does Phase IV involve a hemp rope?


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I do feel sorry for his imprisonment, but he did desert, and perhaps collaborate. I suppose a normal prison population would be a walk in the park after two years of solitary.

But nowadays, we all get trophies, even if we just show up. He'll never spend a minute in prison. And he won't be demoted. And he will eventually get a parade (with Greta breathlessly narrating). Berdgall is a hero.
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Keep in mind that, during this re-integration, the "patient" is monitored closely, escorted most places -- only somewhat more free than an actual prisoner. A tight lid and that seems right to me, since there's an important investigation pending.
Gridley, your concerns about that investigation are well-founded. It is my hope that we're going to get an objective, careful report. The case is so heavily politicized that any report is going to be questioned.
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I'm waiting for the Army to release the results of it's latest "investigation" into Bergdahl's capture.

I figure it's going to take a long time, just hope I live long enough.
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HIPAA will prevent any disclosure.
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HIPAA has absolutely nothing to do with Bergdahl's actions prior to, and during, his "capture". It is completely irrelevant to any Army report about Bergdahl's potentially criminal activity while in the Army.
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"Phase III has gone on as long as 5 Years" -- wow!? I wonder who that is a reference to. Anyone know?
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