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Former Marine Scuffles with Active Marine at Bowe Bergdahl Protest (Video)

| by Michael Allen

President Obama traded five Taliban prisoners who were held at Guantanamo Bay for U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl over a week ago.

According to The New York Times, Bergdahl has told medical officials at a U.S. base in Germany that he was held in a metal cage in total darkness for long periods of time and tortured by his Taliban captors.

President Bush released over 500 detainees from Guantanamo Bay without any protest from Republicans during his eight years in office, noted Politifact.com, but many conservatives are still furious that President Obama traded five detainees for Bergdahl.

A peaceful protest against the Bergdahl trade, near Parris Island, South Carolina, turned ugly last Thursday (video below).

Former U.S. Marine Ethan Arguello was approached by active duty U.S. Marine, Sergeant Major Paul Archie, who was upset that Arguello was wearing a campaign cover (active duty hat).

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Sergeant Major Archie is the highest ranking U.S. Marine at the Parris Island U.S military base.

"He pulls up and he walks up to me and says, ‘Are you Ethan Arguello?' I said ‘yes', and he said ‘I spoke to you on the phone yesterday' and I said ‘yes'. He said ‘I know I told you not to wear that campaign cover,'" Arguello told WTOC.

Arguello claimed that he wore the campaign cover for active duty U.S. Marines who cannot protest. He then recalled the confrontation with Sergeant Major Archie as if it were a battle.

"As I gave ground, he took ground," recalled Arguello. "I'm slowly backing up as he's coming after me, close and closer. We were both 12 inches from face to face at this point."

"He just head-butted Ethan's hat right off his head," added protester Monique Puffinberger. "He grabbed it, got in his Jeep and drove off."

Arguello's campaign cover was recovered by police, and Sergeant Major Archie was charged with assault and battery.

However, (Retired) U.S. Marine Ron Voegeli says police arrested the wrong man.

"If [Arguello] was a Marine, has been a Marine, he knows better than that, he should've been arrested," Voegeli told WTOC. "I think [Arguello] is lucky the sergeant didn't punch him.

"If [Arguello] was a Marine and he went to DI school, honor, courage and commitment ought to be the three things... those are the core cores of the Marine Corps," added Voegeli.  

Sources: WTOC, Politifact.com, The New York Times