Obama broke the law by releasing prisoners

Let’s talk about Obama’s total disregard for the laws of this country ”“ again.

When Obama agreed to release five high-ranking terrorists for the trade of Bowe Bergdahl, a sergeant who deserted in 2009, he again broke another one of his campaign committments. The promise was that he would not get things done with “end runs around Congress.”

This illegal swap was approved by Obama without giving Congress at least 30 days’ notice, which is a violation of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2014 ”“ a law that Obama himself signed in December 2013. In 2008, Obama promised not to use signing statements to do an “end run around Congress,” but that’s exactly what he did when he broke the military’s long-lasting policy not to negotiate with terrorists, and he did it without notifying Congress.

Even CNN analyst Jeffrey Toobin said on air that the president broke the law in making these prisoner exchanges; and, let’s face it, folks, CNN is not the most conservative news channel on TV. It sides with Obama 99 percent of the time.

According to 18 U.S. Code 2381, “Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason.”

Not only should Bergdahl be brought up on charges of treason, but perhaps our president should, too. After all, he released these five hardened, “high-risk” terrorists, who are likely to kill many more Americans now that they’ve left Guantanamo. Two of these terrorists are also wanted by the U.N. for war crimes. Their release is being wildly celebrated by the Taliban and widely condemned by members of Congress.

Carmine Castaldo, Waterboro