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BOISE -- As the complaints and criticism continue surrounding Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's release, the questions and speculation continue as well.

This week Rolling Stone published an article about the four myths behind Bowe's capture and the deal to free him.

The first is that his exchange for five Taliban prisoners sets a dangerous precedent that the U.S. will negotiate with terrorists.

The article calls this idea absurd.

And the White House says history shows that we've seen similar deals before.

It is absolutely a situation with a long history and precedent where we engage in an exchange of prisoners in an armed conflict, said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

The second is that the five Taliban are the hardest of the hardcore.

This one seems harder to prove.

Some says they are senior Taliban commanders who were involved in the financing of terrorist attacks.

Other reports say one, maybe two, had close ties to Osama Bin Laden.

These individuals were involved in a very high level, a planning level of both Al-Qaeda as well as the Taliban, and we know they were engaged in the planning for IEDs that ultimately killed many Americans, said Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss.

But the U.S. government paints a different picture.

He would never have signed that order, he would never have done that if he didn't believe that we had the appropriate assurances from the government of Qatar that these individuals would pose a direct threat to the government of the United States, said Rear Admiral John Kirby, Pentagon spokesperson.

The third is that six to eight U.S. soldiers died looking for Bergdahl.

The parents of 2nd Lt. Darryn Andrews say their son was one of those men.

But government officials have not confirmed any casualties in the search for Bergdahl.

We do not have any indication at this time that there were specific casualties caused by his disappearance or the search for him in the aftermath. But again, the Army is going to review this, said Kirby.

The fourth is that the swap shows President Obama's willful disregard for the law and his embracing of an imperial presidency.

While some lawmakers claim he violated the law, government officials say the executive branch has the right to act swiftly when lives are on the line.

There was a question about his safety, we found an opportunity and we took that opportunity, said Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.

Obviously, much more will come out in weeks and months ahead.

The Army will be launching a full investigation into the actions leading up his capture.

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