A terrorism expert says Barack Obama didn't seem to care about violating the law earlier this year when he authorized the swap of five Taliban leaders for an Army sergeant who had been held prisoner in Afghanistan for five years.
In May, the White House released five senior Taliban terrorists from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in exchange for Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who had disappeared in 2009. Under exchange terms, the terrorists are supposed to remain in Qatar for a year.
Now the Government Accountability Office says the Defense Department's failure to notify the relevant congressional committees at least 30 days in advance of the exchange broke the law. The GAO also says the Pentagon's use of funds to conduct the transfer, when no money was available, was a violation of the Anti-Deficiency Act, legislation that bars spending by agencies above the amount of money that Congress has obligated.
Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch, says President Obama doesn't seem to have any concern for the proper procedures.
"When it's something that is in favor of Islam and in favor of the global jihad, Barack Obama does not hesitate to disregard established procedures ... to disregard rights of the legislative branch, and to do everything he needs to do to give the jihadis what they want," he observes.
According to Spencer, the issue of Bergdahl's loyalty remains a question as well.
"There are many, many of his fellow soldiers who were in his unit who insist that he deserted and joined the Taliban, that he told them that was what he was going to do," he describes. "There seems to be an abundance of evidence to that effect. The Taliban has said the same thing. There's photographic evidence of him apparently very friendly with Taliban jihadis."
Spencer says while he is confident there will be a full investigation of the Bergdahl matter, he not so sure the probe won't be shrouded in political correctness.