The name of the film, #chicagoGirl, came from an online threat Basatneh received.
To the young girls now joining ISIS, she would say, “Seek help and try to talk to family members about it. Syrian people and girls their age are struggling for freedom. They should be on the right side of history.”
Basatneh hopes more people will see #chicagoGirl and realize that the Syrian people are the ultimate victims of the civil war.
“I love the film. I love it,” she said. “And I want the children of the martyrs and children of the victims and the activists that died 20 years from now to see this documentary and think, “Oh, my God, my dad and my mom have suffered so much for me to live in such a free country and a democratic country.'”
For her part, Basatneh wants to use her freedom to get a Masters in international human rights and work for a global agency helping children.
“Since I was very little, my dad always said that the greatest weapon I could have is a degree,” she said.
She believes that in the end, Syrians will live in peace.
“We’re walking in a very dark tunnel, but at the end of the tunnel we see the light," Basatneh said. "We just don’t know how long that tunnel is."
"Contrary to media reporting, no decision made by Army leadership with respect to Sgt. Bergdahl's case. The process will be respected," Rear Admiral John Kirby said.ORIGINAL REPORT:
"What they are reporting is untrue—there has been no update to what we provided in Dec. Investigation is still with [General Mark] Milley who will determine appropriate action—which ranges from no further action to convening a court martial. We cannot discuss or disclose the findings of the investigation while disciplinary decisions are pending before commanders," the Army said in a statement provided to CNN.
Idaho native and U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was officially assigned to regular Army duty this morning at Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. The assignment comes a month-and-a-half after his release from his Taliban captors and approximately three weeks of therapy at the Texas military base.
Bergdahl's new duties were not immediately disclosed but a brief Army announcement this morning indicated that his assignment would allow Bergdahl to "contribute to the mission of homeland defense."
Bergdahl has had greater access to print and broadcast media for nearly three weeks now after completing inpatient treatment at Ft. Sam Houston and shifted to "outpatient" status in late June.
Meanwhile, the formal investigation continues into the controversial swap for Bergdahl, which saw the release of five detainees from the Guantanamo Bay U.S. military prison. Bergdahl went missing in June 2009 and was held by his Taliban captors for nearly five years.
Critics of Idaho native and U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl are pushing back against the findings of a formal investigation that has cleared Bergdahl of any misconduct during his five years of captivity.
"We have no reason to believe that he engaged in any misconduct," read a very short conclusion from the Pentagon.
Bergdahl remains an outpatient at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, where he was transferred after a surprise swap of POWs with the Taliban. But some soldiers who served with Bergdahl said that the Idaho native should suffer the consequences of walking away from his post, walking into the arms of the Taliban, and some even alleged that "he had helped his captors," according to the Atlantic.
Another report from Fox News indicated that Bergdahl converted to Islam, fraternized openly with his captors and declared himself a "mujahid."
Meanwhile the Associated Press reports that Army officials said there was "no suggestion that Bergdahl was guilty of any misconduct," so there was no reason yet to read him his legal rights. "The tenuous legal line is that the reintegration team is focusing on the five years he spent in captivity, not how he got there."
To date, Bergdahl has still not yet been interviewed by the two-star general appointed to investigate the Bergdahl case. Additionally, Bergdahl has not asked for a lawyer.
The Pentagon confirmed June 22 that Idaho native and U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl had begun outpatient treatment at a Texas military medical center, as he continues his care in the shadow of nearly five years as a prisoner of war.
Military and hospital officials at the Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, said Bergdahl will remain on the base but he will "be exposed to more people as part of his treatment."
"Debriefings and counseling from Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape psychologists continue to ensure he progresses to the point where he can return to duty," said a military statement.
While receiving inpatient care, Bergdahl was being held in a hospital room with no television or access to Army personnel other than the handful of officials who helped him "reintegrate" back into service. But being an outpatient will allow Bergdahl access to broadcast and print media in addition to much more personnel on the Army base.
U.S. Army officials want to do everything they can to stem an enormous storm of media scrutiny waiting to sweep down on Idaho native and Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
"At some point he will be exposed to the controversy and the media," said Col. Bradley Poppen, an Army psychologist who has worked with Bergdahl. But "we want to titrate that."
Bergdahl touched down on U.S. soil early Friday for the first time in nearly five years of captivity in Afghanistan. Officials at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, said that Bergdahl "appeared just like any sergeant" when he exchanged salutes with commanders. He walked into to Brooke Army Medical Center without assistance.
"We are pleased with his physical state," said Col. Ronald Wool, a gastroenterologist supervising Bergdahl's treatment. "It's a slow decompression, to introduce him slowly to what's been happening over the past five years."
And small things matter right now because Bergdahl, for the first time in years, is able to make some choices, including what he eats.
"Peanut butter is a favorite," Wool said.
Meanwhile, Bergdahl's family is being extremely careful not to make their travel plans public. It is believed that they will see their son sometime in the near future at the San Antonio military medical facility but they're not anxious to make it a media event.
Only two weeks ago, the Bergdahls stood in the White House Rose Garden alongside President Barack Obama to announce the freedom of their son.
UPDATE: June 11, 2014, 3 p.m.
Blaine County Commissioners said Wednesday that they have had it up to here with reporters hounding their fellow citizens with questions about Hailey native and U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.
"They've been answering questions politely and honestly, and hoping for the sake of the family that you all go away," said Blaine County Commissioner Larry Schoen, according the Twin Falls Times-News.
The Twin Falls newspaper reports that Schoen said the people of Hailey "are sick of the attention and will be getting on with their lives now. He said they're tired of being stopped on the street and questioned by reporters."
"We only have wanted to support his family and to see Bowe returned safely to U.S. soil."
Schoen said the public should not "rush to judgment."
"Be patient and allow the military justice process to work," he said.
Blaine County commissioners have announced that they'll be holding a 1 p.m. press conference Wednesday. The lawmakers said the topic will be "the controversy in our community surrounding Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's return."
The Idaho native and U.S. Army sergeant gained freedom a week and a half ago after five years as the only U.S. military prisoner of war during the war in Afghanistan. Bergdahl's freedom was secured through a controversial swap of five Taliban POWs.
The city of Hailey canceled a welcome-home celebration for Bergdahl following a storm of criticism from critics of the White House's plan to swap prisoners with the Taliban.
Today's press conference is set for the Blaine County Courthouse on First Avenue in Hailey.