Monthly Archives

June 2014

Alisa Weinstein on her father’s captivity and the risks to development workers

By GABE SPITZER, Humanosphere
Published: June 20, 2014

Warren Weinstein had been in Pakistan for some seven years, working with a contractor on local-scale economic development. Then four days before he was due to leave, in August 2011, gunmen barged into his house in Lahore and took him prisoner.

Read More

Bergdahl reveals the impossible choices faced by hostages’ families

By DAVID ROHDE, Reuters
Published: June 6, 2014

The furor surrounding the exchange of five Taliban prisoners for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl this week has exposed the murky world — and impossible choices — of the families of Americans taken captive by militants.

Read More

Bergdahl backlash sparks fear for another American hostage’s daughter

By CATHERINE E. SHIOCHET, CNN
Published: June 5, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-06-30 at 6.27.08 PMMore questions are being asked about the deal that secured the release of U.S. soldier Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held prisoner in Afghanistan, and that includes the relatives of Americans still held hostage.

Read More

Mikulski, noting Bergdahl, presses Obama on detainees from Md.

By JOHN FRITZE, The Baltimore Sun
Published: June 5, 2014

Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski called on the Obama administration Thursday to turn its attention to two Marylanders who are being detained overseas and argued that the recent release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl raised significant questions for U.S. efforts to bring those men home.

Read More

Senators Want Answers From Obama on Alan Gross, Warren Weinstein

By BRIDGET BOWMAN, Roll Call
Published: June 5, 2014

Senator-WeinsteinIn the wake of a national debate surrounding the exchange of five Taliban detainees for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, Maryland’s two senators are asking the Obama administration for answers regarding the fate of two Americans civilians held captive abroad — Alan Gross and Warren Weinstein.

Read More

Pentagon effort to free more hostages with Bergdahl nixed

By OREN DORELL, USA Today
Published on: June 5, 2014

The deal to free Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five Taliban detainees held by the U.S. military nixed a broader effort by the Department of Defense to include other U.S. citizens held by the Taliban and its allies, a top congressional aide said Thursday.

Read More

P.O.W Families Question Deal to Release Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

Fox Baltimore
Published: June, 2014

More questions are being asked about the deal that secured the release of U.S. soldier Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held prisoner in Afghanistan, and that includes the relatives of Americans still held hostage.

Read More

Senators Show Frustration After Briefing on Ex-P.O.W.

By MICHAEL D. SHEAR and JEREMY W. PETERS, New York Times
Published: June 4, 2014

senators-frustrationWASHINGTON — White House officials failed Wednesday night to quell rising anger and frustration in both parties on Capitol Hill after a senators-only classified briefing about President Obama’s decision to free five Taliban prisoners in return for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who military officials say walked off his base in Afghanistan five years ago.

Read More