There are LIVE American POWs in SE Asia!!
April 3, 1973: Pathet Lao (Laotian Communist)
forces declare they are holding more than 100 American POWs and are prepared
to give a full accounting of them The U.S. government responds 9 days later
declaring they are all dead -- without ever talking to the Laotians about
the POWs they admit holding!
1970-1976: After the French pay an unspecified sum of money to the Vietnamese,
the communists release POWs captured in 1954! The North Vietnamese had claimed
all of them had died.
June 25, 1981: Defense Intelligence Agency Director Eugene Tighe testifies
before the House Subcommittee on Asian/Pacific Affairs that live American
POWs remain in Southeast Asia.
December 7, 1984: The Washington Times reports that Bobby Garwood, released
by Vietnam 1979, saw up to 70 live captive Americans long after the war ended.
June 28, 1985: The Washington Times reports DIA Director Lieutenant General
Eugene Tighe testified Hanoi is still holding at least 50-60 live American
October 15, 1985: The Wall Street Journal reports that National Security
Adviser Robert McFarlane says live American POWs remain in Southeast Asia.
August 19, 1986: The Wall Street Journal reports the White House knew in
1981 Vietnam wanted to sell an unspecified number of live POWs for $4 billion.
The White House decided the offer was genuine -- and ignored it!
September 30, 1986: The New York Times reports a Pentagon panel estimates
up to 100 live American POWs are held in Vietnam alone.
October 7, 1986: CIA Director William Casey says: "Look, the nation knows
they (the POWs) are there, everybody knows they are there, but there's no
grounds well of support for getting them out. Certainly, you are not suggesting
we pay for them, surely not saying we could do anything like that with no
January 1988: A cable from the Joint Casualty Resolution Center states that
during General Vessey's visit to Hanoi, "The Vietnamese people were prepared
to turn over 7 or 8 live American POWs if Vessey told then what they wanted
to hear. All the prospective returnees were allegedly held in a location
on the Lao side of the border."
June 10 1989: The Washington Post reports a Japanese monk released after
13 years in a Vietnamese prison had American POW cellmates who nursed him
September 1990: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee's Interim Report on
POW/MIAs in Southeast Asia concluded that despite public assurances in 1973
that no POWs remained in the region, the Defense Department " . . . in April
1974 concluded beyond a doubt that several hundred American POWs remained
in captivity in Southeast Asia."
October 1990: Vietnamese Foreign Minister Nguyen Co Thach admits Vietnam
still holds American POWs but is willing to release "as many as 10 live American
POWs." His offer, like others before it, is ignored by Secretary of State
James Baker III.
February 1991: Colonel Millard Peck, Chief of the Pentagon's Special Office
for Prisoners of War and Missing in Action, resigns in protest of being ordered
by policy makers in the POW/MIA Inter-Agency Group not to investigate
live-sighting reports of American POWs!
April 25, 1991: Senator Bob Smith addresses the Senate and reveals that,
of more than 1,400 eyewitness sightings of live POWs, NONE has ever received
an on-site investigation!
May 23, 1991: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee's Examination of U.S.
Policy Toward POW/MIAs concludes that the U.S. has ignored thousands of American
POWs, and left them to rot in Soviet slave labor camps and North Korean and
Vietnamese prisons. "Any evidence that suggested an MIA might be alive was
uniformly and arbitrarily rejected."
Summer 1991: A flood of new evidence of live POWs pours from Southeast Asia:
pictures, handwriting samples, hair samples, blood samples, fingerprints,
foot-prints, maps and other physical proof. The Bush administration disregards
the evidence and attempts to discredit it by rumor and innuendo. Some of
the photos are scientifically validated -- and have never been scientifically
To Date: We are still waiting for these abandoned men and women to come
All these facts are a matter of public record and clearly indicate that we
have some serious problems in the POW/MIA arena that our elected officials
refuse to acknowledge.
This information was compiled by Task Force Omega of Kentucky, Inc. and edited
for this page by LadyJen.
has tirelessly, and selflessly contributed to this worthy issue! She began
the The POW/MIA Ring Homepage
to bring all of the pages together, along with adopting many MIA/POW's and
creating beautiful pages, with background research for these brave and valiant
men. May God Bless her, and all the MIA'S & POW'S.
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