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Couldn’t have predicted this: Gitmo detainee Obama released for Bergdahl back in touch with Taliban

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By Doug Powers  •  January 29, 2015 04:02 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

You’ll find this stunning I know, but one of the five detainees President Obama released from Gitmo in return for Bowe Bergdahl (the ones Obama promised Qatar would babysit) has quickly returned to old habits:

The U.S. military and intelligence community now suspect that one of the five Taliban detainees released from Guantanamo Bay in return for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in May of last year has attempted to return to militant activity from his current location in Qatar, CNN has learned exclusively.

The development has led to an ongoing debate inside the administration about whether there is a new threat from this man, and potentially the other four.

This is the first known suggestion that any of the detainees involved in the exchange may be trying to engage again in militant activity. It comes at a politically sensitive time as the administration has quickened the pace of prisoner release in an effort to encourage the closure of the Guantanamo, and the Army must decide in the coming weeks whether and how to punish Bergdahl for leaving his post.

The only surprise here will be if it’s only one of the five.

Don’t worry though, because as the White House Deputy PressSec reminded us yesterday, the Taliban aren’t “terrorists.”

**Written by Doug Powers

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