The US Army has charged Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion and “misbehavior before the enemy”. The desertion charge could’ve possibly seen Bergdahl facing the death penalty, but the level he has been charged with carries a 5 year prison sentence maximum. However, the “misbehavior before the enemy” charge means he could be facing life in prison.
Along with the prison sentence, Bergdahl faces dishonorable discharge from the Army, his rank being reduced to “E-1″, the lowest possible, and forfeiting his military pay. The next step is an “article 32″ hearing, the Army’s equivalent of a grand jury hearing in a civilian court.
Germanwings Flight 4U952, an Airbus A320, crashed into the French Alps, killing all 144 passengers and 6 crew members on board. The flight left Barcelona for Dusseldorf 20 minutes later than scheduled and crashed less than an hour into the flight. Among those killed was an opera singer who was traveling with her baby and German schoolchildren and two of their teachers, who were returning from an exchange trip in Barcelona.
Germanwings is a low-cost subsidiary of Lufthansa that is popular with German tourists. It has emerged that the plane grounded for faults only 24 hours before the deadly crash. The search of the wreckage has been called off due to difficult conditions, but one of the plane’s black boxes has been found and will be examined immediately.
Ted Cruz officially announced he is running for president today, becoming the first major candidate to announce. The Republican Senator from Texas made the announcement at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, the country’s largest Christian college. He declared, “It is a time for truth! It is a time for liberty! It is a time to reclaim the Constitution of the United States.”
It is widely expected that the first announcement would target a string of announcements, at least on the Republican side, and that already appears to be the case, with Rand Paul reportedly planning on announcing his campaign on April 7th. Cruz’s biggest moment of applause came when he slammed President Obama for his “boycotts” on Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and said, “imagine a president who stands with Israel!”