News Flash: Trump Caught Lying Again

Breaking News! Exclusive! Shocking! Okay, it’s really none of those things. In fact, it’s quite predictable. At a rally in South Carolina, Donald Trump claimed that the 5 men we swapped for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl had now returned to the battlefield against the US. Since his lips were moving, we know he was lying. Again.

In September 2014, we gave a Pants on Fire rating to a claim that “Three of five detainees swapped (for Bergdahl) are now ISIS leaders.” Has something changed since then?

Best as we can tell, no.

The five detainees (sometimes called the Taliban Five) were released to the Persian Gulf nation of Qatar. Qatar is understood to be a neutral state, as opposed to a “battlefield” for insurgent activity. Under the agreement, the five released detainees are not allowed to leave the country.

This travel ban was initially supposed to last one year, ending June 1, 2015, but it has been extended.

Multiple administration officials and experts told us the Taliban Five haven’t left Qatar, and we couldn’t find any evidence to the contrary.

“They’re all still in Qatar,” said Myles Caggins, a spokesman for the National Security Council.

The United States and Qatar are working together to keep tabs on the Taliban Five. Caggins declined to comment on specific security and surveillance arrangements. But he said “the State Department is in continual discussion with the government of Qatar” regarding the former detainees.

Another barrier to the ex-detainees’ return to the battlefield is an additional travel ban beyond the U.S.-Qatar agreement. Four of the five are restricted from leaving the country due to a travel ban imposed by a 1998 United Nations Security Council Resolution, said Barnett Rubin, associate director of the Center on International Cooperation at New York University.

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  • Raging Bee

    Next question: are any Republicans openly disputing Trump’s latest lie? Or are they letting him do his part to repeat it until it becomes part of the Conventional Wisdom?

  • colnago80

    Re Raging Bee @ #1

    Is the lamestream media pointing this out is the question following that one.

  • StevoR

    Meh. Enjoy the comedy of the Trump run and poll leading while it lasts.

    It won’t last for long.

    Will it? Surely? Nahh.. can’t do. Then again, must admit I was wrong about him even “seriosuly” (snigger) running properly rather than a psuedo-pretend run at all ..

  • Modusoperandi

    You have to admit the man’s got moxie. He’s full of it. Moxie, too.

  • StevoR

    @ ^ Modus : Moxie? Manure more like!

  • holytape

    The Donald is so good at politics, that he can lie without his lips moving.

  • busterggi

    Modus, you take that back about Moxie!

  • Die Anyway

    So this made me wonder what ever happened to Sgt. Bergdahl. I found info on Wikipedia. His trial is scheduled to happen soon, but what was more interesting to me was a copy of the e-mail he sent to his parents shortly before leaving the base and being captured. His sentiments ( if not his actions ) may resonate with many here.

  • blf

    StevoR@5, That’s being unnecessarily cruel of manure.

    Teh Trumprat is an über-dense concentration of himself, accomplished by sticking his own head so far up his arse it came out of one of his ears, allowing him to stick it up his arse in a loop, out another ear(or nostril or…) insert again in arse, and repeat, probably ad infinitum. When he initiated the process he actually had some hair, but the friction caused by the endless and extremely fast self-(fruit-)loopery eroded it off, so it was replaced with the current camouflaged tinfoil hat.

  • LightningRose

    Die Anyway @8,

    Bergdahl was just last week present at a pot raid in N California. He was apparently not involved with the operation.