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Retired Army colonel weighs in on Bergdahl release

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With the Army War College and Army Heritage Center, we knew that if we were looking for local insight on the release of Bowe Bergdahl we didn't have to look far.

"You could tell they were treated in a horrific manor," retired U.S. Army Colonel Tom Faley said from his South Middleton Township home.

Faley understands what it means to have a loved one become a prisoner of war. In his case it was the dead body of his best friend.

While the U.S. policy of never negotiating with terrorists is a painful one, Faley says it has been effective in lessening the political gain of taking hostages. He adds that he fears the message that trading terrorists sends.

"Because of the way this has been handled, I believe it could be open season on Americans throughout the world because they've seen what we've paid," Faley said.

The other school of thought is that if the government takes the authority to send our women and man to war, they must have the authority to bring them home.

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