Bowe Bergdahl's father receives death threats: police chief
By Laura Zuckerman
SALMON Idaho Sat Jun 7, 2014 11:06pm EDT
(Reuters) - The father of Bowe Bergdahl, the Idaho soldier released from captivity in a controversial prisoner swap with the Taliban, has received emailed death threats that authorities are investigating, an Idaho police chief said on Saturday.
The first of the death threats sent to Bob Bergdahl at his home near Hailey, Idaho, was received on Wednesday, the same day the city canceled a planned rally celebrating the release of his son, Hailey Police Chief Jeff Gunter said.
"There were four specific emails with death threats given to the FBI and they are looking into it,” Gunter told Reuters in an interview.
Allen West Promotes "Bombshell" That Bergdahl's Father "Sanctified" The White House And "Claimed It For Islam." In a June 2 post on his website, Fox News contributor Allen West promoted a "bombshell," "very poignant" email from a senior fellow at Frank Gaffney's Center for Security Policy. In the email, Clare Lopez claims Bergdahl's father used a specific Arabic phrase at the White House, which "sanctified the WH and claimed it for Islam. There is no question but POTUS knows this." [AllenBWest.com, 6/2/14, via Think Progress]
Brian Kilmeade Suggests Bergdahl's Father "Look[s] Like A Member Of The Taliban." Attacking the beard Bergdahl's father reportedly grew out of solidarity with his son, Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade said: "I mean, he says he was growing his beard because his son was -- because his son was in captivity. Your son's out now. If you really don't, no longer want to look like a member of the Taliban, you don't have to look like a member of the Taliban. Are you out of razors?" [Media Matters, 6/3/14]Bill O'Reilly: Bergdahl's Father "Looks Like A Muslim." Discussing Bergdahl's father's May 31 Rose Garden appearance, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly said, "[h]e has learned to speak the language of the Taliban and looks like a Muslim, actually thanking Allah right in front of the president." [Media Matters, 6/3/14]Laura Ingraham On Bergdahl's Father: "If He Wasn't So Light-Skinned, He Actually Looks Like The Terrorists." Referencing O'Reilly's "revelations," ABC News and Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham told her radio audience that if Bergdahl's father "wasn't so light-skinned, he actually looks like the terrorists." [Media Matters, 6/3/14]