Mother Of Bucks County Man Killed On 9/11 Discusses Prisoner Exchange
By Todd Quinones
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl is at a military hospital in Germany Monday as questions swirl about the swap that resulted in his freedom.
He spent five years in the hands of the Taliban.
Not everyone is on board with the swap, which involved letting Taliban detainees go from Guantanamo Bay.
Any jubilation upon hearing the release of Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl is now lost on Judi Reiss of Morrisville, Bucks County.
Her 23-year-old son Josh was killed on September 11 while working in the North Tower.
“I don’t want another mother to wake up on a beautiful Fall day to what I woke up to, very simply,” Reiss said.
All five detainees were active Taliban fighters and planners.
Three held leadership posts in the Taliban government.
The White House argues their release will not undermine U.S. national security.
But Reiss doesn’t see how there can be any guarantee of that and is critical of their release without a trial.
“It won’t bring my son back, but he does deserved justice,” she said.
All five detainees are now in Qatar, unable to leave for one year.
Their activities will be monitored by authorities there.
On Monday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told CBS News Correspondent Major Garrett sufficient safeguards were in place.
(Garrett:) “Do you disagree with the characterization of the five released detainees as among the hardest of the hard, and possibly responsible for the deaths of thousands of people?”
“We had a long history in this country, and our allies do as well, of exchanging prisoners in an armed conflict, especially when that armed conflict is coming to an end,” Carney said.
“They’re not going to change, and I’m worried about it,” Reiss said.
Conflicting details have emerged about how the militants managed to capture Bergdahl. Some question if he walked off his post. But politics aside, Judi Reiss says she is very happy Sergeant Bergdahl’s parents are getting their son back.