Bowe Bergdahl Prisoner Exchange Draws Fierce Criticism

The decision to release five Taliban leaders in exchange for Bergdahl breaks a longstanding policy against negotiating with terrorists.
2:09 | 06/02/14

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Boy, when he gets there we know it will be quite a welcome but the deal is taking some fierce criticism from top republicans in Washington. Concerned that cutting a deal with terrorists will put more American troops at risk. Jon Karl has pore. Good morning. Reporter: Good morning. The white house is calling the release of sergeant bergdahl a joyous moment and everybody is applauding his safe return. The president is facing severe criticism over what he did to secure bergdahl's freedom. Despite the joy surrounding the release of sergeant bergdahl, this morning the president's critics are furious the U.S. Struck a deal with the Taliban breaking a long-standing policy of not negotiating with terrorists. The number one way that Al Qaeda raises money is by ransom. Kidnapping and ransom. We have now set a price. Once you start doing it every other terrorist has an incentive to capture more soldiers. The five Taliban fighters released in exchange for bergdahl are considered some of the most dangerous terrorists detained at guantanamo with ties to Al Qaeda, the military has labeled each of them high risk, likely to pose a threat to the United States. These are the highest high-risk people. Reporter: The white house defends the prisoner swap saying it had an obligation to negotiate for sergeant bergdahl's release. Sergeant bergdahl wasn't simply a hostage, he was an American prisoner of war captured on the battlefield. Reporter: There's a question whether the exchange was legal. By law congress must be notified 30 days before any prisoner is released from guantanamo. The administration said it had to act immediately in this case because of bergdahl's health. We had information that his health could be deteriorating rapidly. Reporter: National security adviser Susan rice told George he was in good shape. He's said to be walking in good physical condition. Reporter: The administration says that steps have been taken to ensure that the freed Taliban prisoners don't return to the terrorist fight. But beyond the one-year travel ban imposed by the government of Qatar, the government won't say what has been done to ensure they won't again pose a threat to the United States. A lot more to learn about that. Okay, Jon, thanks.

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