Local reactions to POW Bergdahl

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Updated: 6/03 10:02 am
(RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- The unprecedented decision by the Obama administration to exchange five terrorist prisoners in order to get back American soldier Sgt. Boe Bergdahl continues to spawn questions this morning.

In the midst of the controversial decision, New 4 wanted to meet with local experts for their reaction. Alyx Sacks spoke with Dean and Political Science Professor, TMCC Fred Lokken.

"These are the worst of the worst and under the circumstances. There's a notion of really never really allowing them to see the light of day of any kind of a trial process, just holding them and so it's very surprising they gave up those five," Lokken said.

Lokken made it clear this is historically unlike the United States.

"In the military setting the notion of an exchange of prisoners is a very well established tradition, the Israelis do it with their Iran neighbors constantly, we've seen it for North and South Korea. Certainly we've seen situations where that's done, but for the United States it has not been practiced and that's what makes this so surprising," Lokken said.

The standard previously set was an understanding that we as a nation never negotiate with terrorists, and this move could be a slippery slope Lokken said.

"We have probably about six or seven at any given time that are caught in some type of government situation held against their will, but we generally don't make deals if this sets that precedent we could have some very serious consequences going forward," Lokken said.


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Kramer - 6/3/2014 11:14 AM
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Y bother to read this garbled "report"? EDIT After all, we aren't Lokken for an educated opinion, just what 'tweets' U TWIT
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