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Illinois senator Mark Kirk weighs in on POW release

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - The second day of freedom for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl brought more words of love and appreciation from his parents in Idaho and controversy on Capitol Hill.

Bergdahl's father told the media that he hasn't been able to talk to the former POW yet because his son still needs time to adjust to being free. Officials say Sergeant Bergdahl is in good condition at a hospital in Germany.

"I want you to know that I love you. I'm proud of you, I'm so proud of your character. Most of all, I'm proud of how much you wanted to help the Afghan people," Bergdahl's father said during a news conference.

President Obama's decision to trade five Guantanamo terrorism detainees for Sergeant Bergdahl's freedom has prompted a heated debate over whether the administration improperly released a Gitmo detainee, without first notifying Congress.

Senator John McCain called the five Taliban prisoners the hardest of the hardcore.

The administration says time was critical, because Sergeant Bergdahl's health was declining.

"Sergeant Bergdahl is a prisoner of war. That's a normal process in getting your prisoners back," Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said.

In Berwyn Sunday afternoon, Illinois Senator Mark Kirk met with veterans regarding health care and expressed his concern that the exchange sets a bad precedent.

"When you negotiate with terrorists, you will find that the terrorists will try to capture other u.s. soldiers and get five for one based on this precedent," Kirk said.

Downstate Republican congressman Adam Kinzinger also weighed in Sunday saying he was shocked at the release of the five mid to high level Taliban without notice to Congress.



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