Hey, America, remember how the entire rightwing media howler monkey brigade was telling us that not only did Bowe Bergdahl desert his post, he alsowillingly joined the Taliban and taught them how to build bombs after he was captured? And so we never should have bothered bringing him back to U.S. America? Oh, except now that he's back on U.S. soil, Army investigators are satisfied that he actually didn't engage in any misconduct during the five years he was held captive. This raises the obvious question: Why is the Army conducting an investigation that doesn't take into account the exhaustive rumormongering done by rightwing bloggers?

The Wall Street Journal says that while the investigation into why Bergdahl walked off his base in Afghanistan is still ongoing, there's no evidence to back up speculation that he helped the Taliban after they captured him. According to an unnamed Army official, "We have no reason to believe that he engaged in any misconduct" while he was held prisoner.

You may be astonished to know that while the Stupidest Man on the Internet breathlessly cited a 2010 Daily Mail article claiming that Bergdahl had converted to Islam and was teaching Taliban fighters how to make bombs, Wednesday's story from the WSJ hasn't been mentioned on Gateway Pundit at all, possibly because there's some important news about dangerous blacks that needs to be covered, as well as the shocking news that Democrats voted for Thad Cochran in the open primary in Mississippi. The story doesn't appear to have made it to the Daily Caller, The Blaze, or Breitbart, either. We imagine they'll probably get to it eventually.

In other Bergdahl news, the Los Angeles Times reports that while he undergoes treatment at a military hospital in Texas, Bergdahl "has been warned that incriminating statements he makes as he undergoes treatment...could be used to prosecute him." He hasn't yet been advised of his Miranda rights, since he's not under arrest, but he also has been told that anything he says about his captivity to doctors and therapists could be used against him. The officials also said that Bergdahl hasn't asked for an attorney or said anything incriminating, either.

Is that especially ethical, making doctors and therapists part of an investigation? Not only is Yr. Doktor Zoom not a medical Doktor, he is also not a lawyer, nor does he know how patient-doctor confidentiality is supposed to work in the context of military law. Still, it surprised us, a bit, that the Army would be able to make statements to medical personnel part of its investigation. We'd best watch this Law & Order marathon (which Law & Order marathon? take your pick!) in hopes we get some education, since we don't think JAG is on right now.

[Wall Street Journal / LAT]

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Doktor Zoom's real name is Marty Kelley, and he lives in the wilds of Boise, Idaho. He is not a medical doctor, but does have a real PhD in Rhetoric. You should definitely donate some money to this little mommyblog where he has finally found acceptance and cat pictures. He is on maternity leave until 2033. Here is his Twitter, also. His quest to avoid prolixity is not going so great.


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