A woman is criticizing the Obama administration for their decision to free five Taliban members from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for prisoner of war Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl after learning that one of the freed suspected terrorists was responsible for her father’s death 13 years ago.
21-year-old Alison Spann says she’s angry about the administration’s decision to release the man behind her father’s death. Her father, CIA operative Mike Spann, was the first American killed in Afghanistan after the attacks on 9/11, and revolt leader Mullah Mohammed Fazi was subsequently detained at Guantanamo Bay for causing the uprising that resulted in Mike Spann’s death. Now, Fazi has been returned to the Taliban in exchange for prisoner of war Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, and Alison Spann is speaking out.
"My initial reaction was shock. I was shocked that our president would release five of the most high-risk prisoners being held in Guantanamo in exchange for one American," said Spann to Fox News. "As a whole, my family was extremely upset and saddened that our government would do something like this, especially in light of the fact that it seems that people in the intelligence community are fairly united in their belief that these terrorists are likely to seek to further harm Americans in the future."
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was released from Taliban captivity on May 31 after five years of being held captive, and despite the administration insisting that Bergdahl needed to be saved immediately due to his ailing health, many say that the soldier was captured by terrorists because he deserted his unit to begin with.
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"While I cannot speak on Bergdahl because it seems that there is a lot that is still unclear about him I can say that I do not agree with this POW swap," said Spann "I believe that the implications from this decision will be seen in the near future. It does become harder and harder to have faith in an administration that is plagued with scandal after scandal. I do not believe that it was the right move by the administration.”