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Serial S02 - Ep. 2: The Golden Chicken

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🗓️ 17 December 2015

⏱️ 58 minutes

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Summary

On the move with Bergdahl, the Taliban slip past the U.S. Army’s massive effort to find him. During those days and weeks, each side is asking, what is Bergdahl worth to us?

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0:00.0

Before we get on with episode two, some news.

0:04.3

A few days ago, the army announced that it will take Bobergdahl's charges to court

0:07.8

marshal, to trial, basically.

0:10.4

He's charged with two crimes, desertion and something called misbehavior before the

0:14.2

enemy.

0:15.4

That second one, it's not used very often.

0:17.8

It carries the possibility of a life sentence, which doesn't seem likely that would happen.

0:22.2

That'd be so extreme.

0:23.6

But it does mean Bob could face some amount of prison time if he's convicted.

0:28.4

The army's decision to go to court marshal.

0:30.5

It's not that it's so surprising.

0:31.9

I mean, this was always a strong possibility.

0:34.3

It's just that for a lot of people watching Bob's case, it's been hard to handicap.

0:39.2

All outward signs have pointed to an army that has two minds about how to deal with what

0:43.1

Bob did, whether to throw the book at him, or whether to say, okay, yes, he screwed up

0:48.3

in a huge way, but five years with the Taliban, enough is enough.

0:52.9

On the one hand, the army leveled pretty severe charges against Bob.

0:56.9

But then at a military hearing in September, the two star general in charge of investigating

1:01.1

Bob's case, a man named Kenneth Dahl, who took a 371 page statement from Bob, who assembled

1:07.1

a 22 person team who coordinated with 24 government agencies, interviewed 56 people.

1:13.2

He said he believed that Bob told him the truth about why he did what he did, that Bob was

1:17.5

remorseful, that Bob recognizes, quote, that he was young and naive and inexperienced,

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