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'When John McCain was my captive'
BBC ^ | 6/23/08 | Andrew Harding

Posted on 06/23/2008 11:44:02 AM PDT by LibWhacker

Tran Trong Duyet - a sprightly retiree and amateur ballroom dancer - must rank as one of John McCain's more unlikely supporters.

Four decades ago, during the Vietnam war, Mr Duyet was in charge of the notorious Hoa Lo prison - the place where Mr McCain says he was brutally beaten and tortured during five-and-a-half years as an American prisoner of war.

"McCain is my friend," said 75-year-old Mr Duyet as he feeds the caged birds he now keeps in his garden in this coastal city.

"If I was American, I would vote for him."

Informal chats

Navy pilot John McCain was shot down during a bombing raid over the North Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, in 1967.

He ejected from his aircraft and parachuted into a city lake - only to be dragged out by an angry crowd, barely conscious, and with two broken arms and a broken leg.

From there he was taken to Hoa Lo prison, known to its American military inmates as the "Hanoi Hilton."

McCain has since described enduring months of solitary confinement and systematic torture which drove him to try to kill himself.

"I don't know how he'd react if he met me again," said Mr Duyet, flicking through old black and white photographs of himself and his American prisoners at Hua Lo.

"But I can confirm to you that we never tortured him. We never tortured any prisoners."

Mr Duyet reminisces instead about how he often summoned the future US presidential candidate to his private office for informal chats.

"We used to argue about the war - about whether it was right or wrong," he says.

"He is a very frank man - very conservative, and very loyal to his country and the American ideal.

"He had a very interesting accent and sometimes he taught me words in English and corrected my accent. I have followed his career since he left prison."

Rapprochement

So is Mr Duyet implying that that Senator McCain lied about his treatment at the Hanoi Hilton?

"He did not tell the truth," he says.

"But I can somehow sympathise with him. He lies to American voters in order to get their support for his presidential election."

But Mr Duyet's propaganda-perfect version of events is impossible to verify - and should be treated with caution in a country where the Communist authorities still keep a tight control over the media.

Relations between Vietnam and the United States have improved dramatically in recent years, following the normalisation of ties between the former enemies in 1995.

Mr McCain played a crucial role in bringing about that initial rapprochement - a fact which helps explain Mr Duyet's enthusiastic support for the McCain presidential campaign.

"I wish him success in the presidential election," he says.

"Of course the Americans started the war in Vietnam and killed so many people - but now we want to leave the past behind.

"So now I consider John McCain my friend because he did much to mend relations between our two countries. And if he becomes president he will do more to improve those ties."


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1 posted on 06/23/2008 11:44:09 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker
Wonder what Mr Duyet thinks of Gitmo and giving American civil rights to captured terrorists...
2 posted on 06/23/2008 11:47:39 AM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: LibWhacker

Damning him with faint praise. Looks like Communists on both sides of the Pacific want to undermine his service.


3 posted on 06/23/2008 11:48:28 AM PDT by SlowBoat407 (ANWR would look great in pumps.)
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To: LibWhacker
"But I can confirm to you that we never tortured him. We never tortured any prisoners."

"He did not tell the truth," he says.

"But I can somehow sympathise with him. He lies to American voters in order to get their support for his presidential election."

Yeah I'm totally going to believe that torturing, commie Charlie bastard.

4 posted on 06/23/2008 11:48:37 AM PDT by SolidWood (Refusal to vote for McCain is active support of Obama. Period.)
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To: LibWhacker
the Americans started the war in Vietnam

Bzzzzt!

Thanks so much for playing.

Tell him what he's won, Don Pardo!

5 posted on 06/23/2008 11:49:15 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: LibWhacker
"But I can confirm to you that we never tortured him. We never tortured any prisoners."

Watch the netkooks jump all over this sad lie as proof that McCain is lying about being tortured.
6 posted on 06/23/2008 11:49:38 AM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: LibWhacker

“But I can confirm to you that we never tortured him. We never tortured any prisoners.”

Unbelievable, truly unbelievable.


7 posted on 06/23/2008 11:50:19 AM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: SolidWood
Yeah I'm totally going to believe that torturing, commie Charlie bastard.

No but other torturing, commie bastards will believe him.

"I don't know how he'd react if he met me again," said Mr Duyet

I don't know either but I'd pay money to see it and I'd even hold McCain's jacket for him.

8 posted on 06/23/2008 11:51:42 AM PDT by rhombus
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To: LibWhacker
"I don't know how he'd react if he met me again," said Mr Duyet

Well....the press clippings from February of 2000 may give him a rough idea.....

Several stories that ran last Friday quoted McCain as saying “I hate the gooks. I will hate them as long as I live… I was referring to my prison guards and I will continue to refer to them in language that might offend.”

You can expect this to be brought up again and again during the campaign season as race issues are brought up.

9 posted on 06/23/2008 11:51:59 AM PDT by edpc (Tagline Currently Under Construction)
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To: SolidWood

Yeah, if the North Vietnamese didn’t torture McCain then how come he can’t raise his arms over shoulders. McCain can’t even comb his own hair because of injuries he received as a POW.


10 posted on 06/23/2008 11:52:08 AM PDT by Ticonderoga34
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To: LibWhacker

If I had tortured the man who could become the one of the most powerful men in the world, politically speaking, I think I’d cover my tracks too.


11 posted on 06/23/2008 11:52:32 AM PDT by twigs
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To: LibWhacker

Is it this guy?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nREIkkhJJBY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOPVvOYNVyo


12 posted on 06/23/2008 11:52:34 AM PDT by Lx ((Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.))
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To: AnotherUnixGeek
Watch the netkooks jump all over this sad lie as proof that McCain is lying about being tortured.

And that is precisely why the BBC, part of Britain's Hard Left media world, published this article.

13 posted on 06/23/2008 11:53:07 AM PDT by Publius (Another Republican for Obama -- NOT!!)
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To: LibWhacker
The left thinks the Swift Boat Vets for truth told lies about Kerry and cost him the election, so now they will tell lies about McCain's time in Vietnam in hope of costing McCain the election.
14 posted on 06/23/2008 11:53:56 AM PDT by Libertarianize the GOP (Make all taxes truly voluntary)
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To: LibWhacker
I recall McCain talking quite a few years back of a Cuban officer who was assigned to that prison.

He killed more than one prisoner.

15 posted on 06/23/2008 11:54:48 AM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free, freerepublic.com baby)
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To: LibWhacker

So is Mr Duyet implying that that Senator McCain lied about his treatment at the Hanoi Hilton?

“He did not tell the truth,” he says.

“But I can somehow sympathise with him. He lies to American voters in order to get their support for his presidential election.”

I’m not a big supporter of McCain but I believe him over Duyet!!


16 posted on 06/23/2008 11:55:33 AM PDT by kenmcg
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To: 2banana

Hoa Lo Prison, one of the prisons where John McCain was held, conducted “no torture,” according to one of the guards at the prison. It’s pretty clear to me: McCain and the other POWs broke each other’s arms and legs and strung each other up so they could more easily pull out their fingernails and toenails. They were given lots of yummy food by their guards, but most of the POWs were on strict diets, so they refused to eat that yummy food and dined on rats and crickets, instead.

It’s all so much clearer now.


17 posted on 06/23/2008 11:57:42 AM PDT by OkeyDokeyOkie
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To: LibWhacker

I’m not a big McCain fan but...I’ll side with him any time, any day, anywhere against this silly little liar of a man duyett.


18 posted on 06/23/2008 12:01:27 PM PDT by cubreporter
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To: LibWhacker

I’m not a big McCain fan but...I’ll side with him any time, any day, anywhere against this silly little liar of a man duyett.


19 posted on 06/23/2008 12:01:32 PM PDT by cubreporter
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To: edpc
"I hate the gooks. I will hate them as long as I live“

I believe Gook is used for Koreans and that Dink is used for Vietnamese, but what do I know?

20 posted on 06/23/2008 12:02:30 PM PDT by OldEagle
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To: 2banana

“We never tortured any prisoners.”

I have heard too many vets talk about the torture they received to believe this crap.

I am not a McCain supporter but crap is crap and this is complete crap!


21 posted on 06/23/2008 12:06:39 PM PDT by PORD (People...Of Right Do)
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To: LibWhacker

http://www.aiipowmia.com/testimony/cuban_hrng1.html


22 posted on 06/23/2008 12:07:53 PM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free, freerepublic.com baby)
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To: LibWhacker

There is something deeply bizarre about a former communist jailkeeper who now engages in ballroom dancing.

Very hard picture to conjure up.


23 posted on 06/23/2008 12:10:05 PM PDT by kjo
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To: mware

Mr. BOMAR. Good morning. My name is Jack Bomar, retired Air Force Colonel. I am a graduate of the “Fidel” Program, Class of 1968. I wish to thank the Members of this panel for their interest in uncovering the truth about a subject that has been buried for 31 years-especially you, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen from Florida. When I was shot down in 1967, we were flying an ECM aircraft out of Takhli, Thailand. It is kind of amazing that a SAM suppression aircraft can get knocked down by a SAM. But that is what happened. There were six of us on the aircraft; three of us survived. One was captured by the Chinese and turned over to the North Vietnamese. I went through the initial torture of peasants on the ground trying to spear me with spears as I came toward the ground. I kicked one of them aside and in doing that, I think I ruptured a disc in my back, and broke an ankle. I got a big chunk of shrapnel through my left leg before bailing out. So when I arrived in North Vietnam, I was not in the mood for games. I was tired, I just wanted a drink of water and to be allowed to lay down. The peasants tortured me all day.

Finally I got into Hanoi that night, and went into some real torture by the North Vietnamese.

They didn¹t need our “Fidel” to teach them how to torture people. The Vietnamese were experts at this. I went through what we call the “Rope Trick.” Your arms are tied behind your back, wrists in manacles and the pressure is slowly applied to the upper arms with straps. Eventually I was hung from a hook because I would not reveal the names of my crew.

Finally after three days with no food or water, constant interrogation, the camp commander was suddenly there, then gone. The torture guy-we call him “Straps and Bars”-applied the pressure again. Finally, they showed me a list of my crew members, so they had been working on one of the other three of us pretty harshly. I was sent to “The Zoo” and put in a camp where I met a delegation from the United States. There were three men in this delegation. One was a doctor, I think from France, one was a lawyer from Denmark or someplace, and the other was an anti war type from Berkeley, California, named Neilands, a professor from Berkeley. He and I immediately hit it off by him sticking out his hand-I was on crutches, had bandages from here to here to cover up all the wounds on my hands. I asked him, “What the hell are you doing in North Vietnam?” He said, “Dean Rusk, the son of a bitch, will not tell me where I can go and when I can be there.” So my purpose, primarily, was to get a letter to my family, which got my name out in public. We felt that if you were known to be a POW, your survival chances were much greater than those that were not known.

After that interrogation, I was tortured several more times by the Vietnamese and thrown into solitary. I was in solitary confinement in June. After the delegation visit, there was no more treatment for the hole in my leg. I dug the shrapnel out with my fingers. I was on crutches when I saw the delegation; but now the crutches were long gone. Because of my attitude at the delegation, I was stashed in solitary.

Suddenly they came in and wanted me to meet “several of my countrymen”. I think they said, “When you go to Quiz at night, it is a pretty scary thing; you are not sure what is coming.” I wasn’t sure when I walked in the room with Dum Dum and there were two Caucasians sitting at this table, and the one in the center was quite tall, spoke good English, had a Latin accent, offered me a cigarette, ,which I refused; and then I took it after a few words of encouragement from him. On his side was another gentleman-smaller, lighter hair, I believe-and they said, “Where do you think we are from?” I said “I think you are from Romania.” It was obvious that they were Latin Americans. He said he was there to help me with my defense. I was to be tried by the war crimes tribunal, the Bertrand Russell Tribunal for War Crimes against the Vietnamese people, and he would work on my defense for me. Then he sent me back to the room.

I didn’t know what to make of these two guys, but they weren’t the normal delegation like the one I had just seen. They were a little scarier; they were a little more intense. They were sitting with the camp commander to his right, which is a position of authority. I was called back a couple of days later after he told me now we must fill out a sheet of paper and you will describe your aircraft, 20 pages written there. I left it lying on my bunk. Being in solitary, I had a bunk there, a platform of boards, and I left it blank. Finally, at the last minute, I scratched in a crude sketch of the aircraft. This is a wing, this is a window, this is a door-this is the top, this is the bottom, pure nonsense. The next day I gathered up my stuff, and I met with two other POW’s. Ray Vohden was one of them, on crutches. He was badly hurt; he had also met “Fidel.” The other one was a gentleman named Dave Duart; I think he was an Air Force captain flying a 105. There we sat in this room looking at each other, wondering, what is going on here. Ray Vohden made the-I will not repeat the statement he made, but it was, I think, that we are in deep you-know-what. and we were.

We were in that position maybe three or four weeks. We would go to Quiz, he would threaten us; “Fidel” would threaten us. His entire program to me, I felt was, you will surrender. He didn’t say surrender to what, he didn’t say what he wanted you to do, he said surrender. I think he was running a surrender program up there and could get maybe 10 or 15 POW’s to surrender to anything that came up. That’s a bad position to be in.

I was badly tortured by him when I refused to surrender, or as he said, choose the match box or choose the cigarette case. The match box I chose and went through the straps again. It was just as bad the second time with the manacles that tore up my hands. I was just off crutches, I didn¹t walk that well right then. So he got my attention after a guard came running toward me and grabbed me by the throat and tried to crush my windpipe. That got my attention.

So I nodded, “I surrender.” There was some histrionics of knocking me around the room, and I was sent back to solitary confinement with some leg irons. We were finally joined in a large group, either nine or ten POW’s, and some of them are right here. Jim Kasler was not in our group, as such. I felt that we were being held in limbo there. He would threaten us. He would send us to Quiz. We would go back there, back and forth. He sounded like a Cuban revolutionary to me-Che Guevara. I made a big mistake one day; when Che Guevara died, I said something like “Good riddance”-really a bright statement at the time-and that got me in real big trouble, as if I could get in any more.

We were joined eventually by a fellow prisoner, Earl Cobeil. Cobeil was a complete physical disaster when we saw him. He had been tortured for days and days and days. I went down to clean him up. When “Fidel” dragged us down there, he said, Clean him up; and if anything happens to this man you, Bomar, are responsible.Then he hit him right in the face, knocked him down again. His hands were almost severed from the manacles. He had bamboo in his shins. All kinds of welts up and down all over; his face was bloody. He was a complete mess. They brought him into the room and as far as we could tell, Captain Cobeil was totally mentally out of it. He did not know where he was. I don¹t think he knew where he had been or where he was going. He was just there. ,”Fidel” began to beat him with a fan belt. I call it a fan belt but it wasn¹t really a fan belt. I think it was the side of a Russian truck tire, a very, very painful experience to be hit by this length of fan belt. I saw Cobeil hit as many as 12 or 13 times directly in the face. He never blinked his eyes. He never opened his mouth. He just stood there.

We had him in our cell for I would say 8 months or so. He refused to eat. He refused to bow to the guards. You must understand when the door opened, the guards demanded you will bow, all criminals will bow. We were always a criminal in North Vietnam. We were never a POW. We were governed by the camp regu-lations, not the U.S. code of conduct for military personnel. We took care of Cobeil for about a year. We force-fed him by holding him down, putting a stick in his mouth, and pushing the food down his throat. In all that time he never recognized anything that was going on. Finally he was removed from the room for electrical shock treatments, and then finally was gone. I understand he died a couple of years later there at the Hanoi Hilton. I don’t believe “Fidel” was in Hanoi just to torture American POW’s. I think that events controlled him that he had no control over. I think the Tet Offensive of 1968 was involved. I think when Johnson halted the bombing in 1968, that involved what “Fidel” was doing up there. I believe a conference that was taking place in Hanoi-Havana in 1968 had something to do with “Fidel” being up there. I think we were being prepared for some selective release that would enhance the Vietnam image of lenient and humane treatment worldwide. We were almost waiting for something to trigger this release.

“Fidel” used torture not for direct propaganda or anti war statement as the Vietnamese did. He used torture to break us initially, and to control us and keep us right under his thumb so we would do what he wanted done. His brutal torture of Cobeil and Kasler was due mostly to his frustration and his inability to force his will on others.

When he lost his temper, he was a complete madman. He would get red in the face; he just exploded with rage. So if you refused to bow to him like Cobeil refused to do or if I refused to take the cigarette case instead of the deal, his temper just went out of control. The North Vietnamese knew exactly what “Fidel” was doing up there. They may tell you that he was there to teach English to the guards. I don¹t think that had any part in it whatsoever. He was allowed to do to Cobeil, Kasler and others what was unjustifiable in any society, even a Communist society. Perhaps one day we will positively identify and locate this man. Thank you.


24 posted on 06/23/2008 12:12:08 PM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free, freerepublic.com baby)
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To: LibWhacker

This lying little SOB should be tied down and whipped about the soles of his feet with a bamboo stick for this.

That is exactly what they did to my cousin who was in one of those places.

Or how about being put into a bamboo bird cage which was dug into the ground in a hollow? Put him in there during the rainy season and let the water SLOWLY rise to where all you could do is either drown or hold your head “face up” to not drown.

Lying POS!


25 posted on 06/23/2008 12:12:18 PM PDT by crz
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To: SolidWood

“But I can confirm to you that we never tortured him. We never tortured any prisoners.”

Oh sure, they treated him like royalty. Any evidence of injury was due to his initial wreck, or he must have slipped on the runway when he returned to the U.S.


26 posted on 06/23/2008 12:16:46 PM PDT by Disturbin (Liberals: buying votes with your tax dollars)
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To: LibWhacker
"But I can confirm to you that we never tortured him. We never tortured any prisoners."

The Demokooks will believe this guy over any lying American soldier. He's a patriot in their eyes - he battled the evil invading Americans.

27 posted on 06/23/2008 12:17:10 PM PDT by Mannaggia l'America
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To: mware

STATEMENT OF CAPTAIN RAYMOND VOHDEN, UNITED STATES NAVY, RETIRED
Mr. VOHDEN. Mr. Chairman, Members of the Committee, my testimony is a summary of a lengthier, more detailed statement. I ask that it be included in its entirety in the record.

Chairman GILMAN. Without objection. Mr. VOHDEN. In August 1964, I was assigned to Attack Squadron 216 as the operations officer flying in the A4C Skyhawk off the USS Hancock. Our carrier was in the South China Sea in early 1965 when the war against North Vietnam began to escalate.

On my fifth mission, I was shot down bombing a bridge in North Vietnam. I broke both bones above the ankle when I landed. I was then taken to the camp known as the Hanoi Hilton, where I was in complete solitary and was never moved off a wooden board for four months except to go to the hospital for two hours one night. For the next 2 1/2 years I was moved from camp to camp, until being sent to “The Zoo” in November 1965. In the early part of 1967, September 1967, I was looking forward to the end of the war and my homecoming, when one night I was taken to an interrogation. To my astonishment, the man sitting across from me was a Caucasian. One of the Vietnamese camp officers sat next to him. We talked about the war for the next half hour. He had an excellent command of English and appeared to be very knowledgeable about the U.S. and the war.

Several days later, I was moved to another room with Jack Bomar and another Air Force officer. They both had recently been shot down and had also talked to the Caucasian. One of us named him “Fidel” because we guessed he might be Cuban. Individually, we met with him daily. The war was essentially the main topic. One day I was taken to Quiz. “The Elf,” one of the other Vietnamese officers, was there. The Elf asked me four or five times, what orders did I give. I said, none. He left and came back with six or seven guards who forced me onto floor, put manacles on my wrists behind me and strapped my elbows together behind me. After some time he finally gave me a clue what the order was, it was about throwing food away. I had ordered-I was an SRO in a building one time before, and I told the guys to throw away some food because some of the younger people didn¹t get enough, so they thought it would be better if we didn’t turn back food. Five minutes later, as they were taking the manacles and straps off, the door burst open. In comes “Fidel,” ranting and raving like a madman, pointing his finger at me and telling me that I better have a good attitude now and do everything he says. He slapped me 10 or 15 times. I then had to write on a piece of notebook paper that I surrendered to the Vietnamese people and would do everything they wanted me to do. He told me other things to write and then told me to sign it and then eat it to prove I would do everything he told me to do. Eating paper is interesting.

I went back to the room with Bomar, but Bomar and Duart were gone. For the next two weeks, I was beaten 3 or 4 times a day until I became demoralized and depressed and started to lose my appetite. I finally gave up eating anything. After failing to eat several meals, “Fidel” came in yelling and screaming at me that I was trying to cheat him again and that he would kill me if I didn’t eat. I had reached bottom. I didn’t care if I lived or died. “Fidel” just stood there and watched. Without a word, he left. A week later, the tactic shifted; the treatment improved. “Fidel” responded if we didn’t use what he gave us we would be very sorry. One by one, more POW’s joined us; all had been forced to surrender. At Quiz, “Fidel” tried every argument in the book to convince us that the U.S. was wrong in its war of aggression. Every day he reminded us not to become reactionary or we would suffer. One morning in early 1968, one of the camp officers came to the outside of our room and disconnected the wires to our speaker.

Later that day we heard from guys in another building who had heard the radio program that the first three U.S. prisoners had been released by the Vietnamese. I felt very relieved and proud of myself and the others who served with me in the “Fidel” program because, although I can¹t say for sure what the original purpose of Fidel’s presence was, I believe, the way the program was run, that its purpose was to find someone who could be of value to the North Vietnamese if released. Some found it hard to believe that “Fidel” expected us to adopt the enemy views on the war and talk about good treatment after we were tortured and forced to surrender; but after getting to know “Fidel,” I could see how this was his goal and how he believed it was possible.

After “Fidel” failed in having any of his group released, the “Cuba Program” continued without any real purpose or meaning. Two weeks later I moved to another room with Paul Schultz. I rarely saw “Fidel” again, except on one or two occasions. “Fidel” had been working with some other men and it appeared that one of them, Earl Cobeil, was resisting “Fidel” to the maximum. Of course, “Fidel” was retaliating. Several days after I was moved, Earl Cobeil was moved in with Don Waltman into the room next to mine. Waltman said Earl was all mixed up in his mind. On one occasion, one of the guards, Grimsey, came to the shower area and took us back to our room. “Fidel” was standing at the door. All three of us lined up. I had moved into this room with Waltman and Cobeil. We went to the shower, then we came back. So Waltman and I bowed, but Cobeil just stood there again. I said, “Hey, Cobeil, bow.” Nothing happened. Suddenly Grimsey raised his leg and pushed his foot against Cobeil¹s body, who went tumbling over toward the back of the room. “Fidel” yelled loudly at Cobeil to stop cheating him or he would teach him a lesson he would never forget. The door closed.

After having seen “Fidel” for almost every day for six months, I knew that “Fidel” was going to get his way. He was not going to let the Vietnamese see him fail in any endeavor. I was convinced that he would take a man to any length to get what he wanted. In addition, the difference between the Vietnamese and “Fidel” was that more or less once the Vietnamese got what they wanted they let up at least for awhile. Not so with “Fidel.” There wasn’t a day that went by that there weren’t threats or warnings to all of us. I was in this room with Cobeil and Waltman now; and for the rest of the quiet hour, Waltman and I tried everything imaginable to get Cobeil to come down to earth, but we were unsuccessful. Shortly after the gong sounded ending the quiet hour, “Fidel” came to the door and told me to come outside. “Fidel” asked me if Cobeil was squared away. I told him that in my honest opinion, Cobeil was not at all rational; if he continued working Cobeil over, Cobeil would never make it. I was hopeful that he would believe me about Cobeil.

He accused me of trying to help Cobeil cheat him. The door was closed, locked, and bolted. I started to talk to Cobeil again for a few minutes, when all of a sudden, “Fidel” jumped up in the window, holding the bars, screaming in his loud voice, “I caught you, I caught you cheating me.” Seconds later the door slammed open. “Fidel” screamed to me, get out, get out. A few minutes later “Fidel” returned with what looked like a fan belt of a car, but cut so it was like a whip. As “Fidel” passed by he looked at me with a glaze in his eyes of an enraged madman. “Fidel” went in after Cobeil with Grimsey and Cedric. I could hear the thud of the belt against Cobeil’s body again and again as “Fidel” screamed. I guess Cobeil was hit around 20 or 30 times. It was hard to listen, as I did, to “Fidel” beating Cobeil, a frail, diminutive man, his wrists swollen three times the normal size, a vacant stare in his eyes already pushed by torture beyond the limit for which he might have a chance to regain his sanity. It had been far easier for me to endure the straps than to have to go through this.

The guards all stood around talking loudly, laughing and yelling in Vietnamese. When I saw “Fidel” with the fan belt, I was sur-prised, because up to that time I had never heard of anyone getting hit like that. As I stood there with my crutches, my heart and mind overflowed with emotion. It was the most sickening feeling to hear what was going on and know there was nothing I could do about it.

That was the last day I saw Cobeil. “Fidel” unmercifully beat a mentally defenseless, sick man to death. He, as well as the North Vietnamese Communists, must bear full responsibility for that and other acts.

There have been considerable efforts to locate “Fidel” in Cuba, but without success. I have often wondered what we would do if we found him. Try him as a war criminal? No mention was ever made to try the North Vietnamese leaders as criminals. Thus, I question whether trying to locate “Fidel” would be a wasted effort. Maybe this hearing and the interest shown by Congressman Gilman and Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen to investigate will mean some justice will be served. [The prepared statement of Captain Vohden appears in the appendix.]


28 posted on 06/23/2008 12:20:54 PM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free, freerepublic.com baby)
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To: OkeyDokeyOkie

The Hanoi Hilton featured turn-down service, a 24 hour spa, an indoor Olympic size swimming pool, and complimentary wireless internet. Didn’t you know that? The Vietnamese Government should send the US a bill for the unpaid portion covering John McCain’s stay...


29 posted on 06/23/2008 12:22:07 PM PDT by Alter Kaker (Gravitation is a theory, not a fact. It should be approached with an open mind...)
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To: LibWhacker

bump for later


30 posted on 06/23/2008 12:27:46 PM PDT by joe fonebone (The Second Amendment is the Constitutions reset button)
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To: Izzy Dunne

That’s right, was it over when the Vietnamese bombed Pearl Harbor?


31 posted on 06/23/2008 12:28:08 PM PDT by Philly Nomad
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To: Publius
"I'm here to attest that Mr Tran Trong Duyet is an honorable and trustworthy man. John MeCain was never tortured."


32 posted on 06/23/2008 12:29:00 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: LibWhacker

If McCain were 20 years younger I’m sure he’d love to spend 5 minutes alone with Mr Duyet to reminisce of the old days and repay him in kind for his hospitality.

Heck, I’m sure he might just like to do so even now.

I’m not a big fan of McCain the politician. I do however have absolute respect for the service and sacrifice he’s given the Country.


33 posted on 06/23/2008 12:32:33 PM PDT by WarToad
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To: mware

Thanks for posting that. I hope President McCain starts a program to track down and exterminate Fidel and the other torturers of American POWs.


34 posted on 06/23/2008 12:33:09 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: crz
I am pretty sure that McCain spoke about Earl Cobeil They flogged him to death. The bloody B@st@rds.

oAfter “Fidel” failed in having any of his group released, the “Cuba Program” continued without any real purpose or meaning. Two weeks later I moved to another room with Paul Schultz. I rarely saw “Fidel” again, except on one or two occasions. “Fidel” had been working with some other men and it appeared that one of them, Earl Cobeil, was resisting “Fidel” to the maximum. Of course, “Fidel” was retaliating. Several days after I was moved, Earl Cobeil was moved in with Don Waltman into the room next to mine. Waltman said Earl was all mixed up in his mind. On one occasion, one of the guards, Grimsey, came to the shower area and took us back to our room. “Fidel” was standing at the door. All three of us lined up. I had moved into this room with Waltman and Cobeil. We went to the shower, then we came back. So Waltman and I bowed, but Cobeil just stood there again. I said, “Hey, Cobeil, bow.” Nothing happened. Suddenly Grimsey raised his leg and pushed his foot against Cobeil¹s body, who went tumbling over toward the back of the room. “Fidel” yelled loudly at Cobeil to stop cheating him or he would teach him a lesson he would never forget. The door closed.

After having seen “Fidel” for almost every day for six months, I knew that “Fidel” was going to get his way. He was not going to let the Vietnamese see him fail in any endeavor. I was convinced that he would take a man to any length to get what he wanted. In addition, the difference between the Vietnamese and “Fidel” was that more or less once the Vietnamese got what they wanted they let up at least for awhile. Not so with “Fidel.” There wasn’t a day that went by that there weren’t threats or warnings to all of us. I was in this room with Cobeil and Waltman now; and for the rest of the quiet hour, Waltman and I tried everything imaginable to get Cobeil to come down to earth, but we were unsuccessful. Shortly after the gong sounded ending the quiet hour, “Fidel” came to the door and told me to come outside. “Fidel” asked me if Cobeil was squared away. I told him that in my honest opinion, Cobeil was not at all rational; if he continued working Cobeil over, Cobeil would never make it. I was hopeful that he would believe me about Cobeil.

He accused me of trying to help Cobeil cheat him. The door was closed, locked, and bolted. I started to talk to Cobeil again for a few minutes, when all of a sudden, “Fidel” jumped up in the window, holding the bars, screaming in his loud voice, “I caught you, I caught you cheating me.” Seconds later the door slammed open. “Fidel” screamed to me, get out, get out. A few minutes later “Fidel” returned with what looked like a fan belt of a car, but cut so it was like a whip. As “Fidel” passed by he looked at me with a glaze in his eyes of an enraged madman. “Fidel” went in after Cobeil with Grimsey and Cedric. I could hear the thud of the belt against Cobeil’s body again and again as “Fidel” screamed. I guess Cobeil was hit around 20 or 30 times. It was hard to listen, as I did, to “Fidel” beating Cobeil, a frail, diminutive man, his wrists swollen three times the normal size, a vacant stare in his eyes already pushed by torture beyond the limit for which he might have a chance to regain his sanity. It had been far easier for me to endure the straps than to have to go through this. The guards all stood around talking loudly, laughing and yelling in Vietnamese. When I saw “Fidel” with the fan belt, I was sur-prised, because up to that time I had never heard of anyone getting hit like that. As I stood there with my crutches, my heart and mind overflowed with emotion. It was the most sickening feeling to hear what was going on and know there was nothing I could do about it.

That was the last day I saw Cobeil. “Fidel” unmercifully beat a mentally defenseless, sick man to death. He, as well as the North Vietnamese Communists, must bear full responsibility for that and other acts

35 posted on 06/23/2008 12:36:39 PM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free, freerepublic.com baby)
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To: LibWhacker

The old fool has probably convinced himself that he didn’t allow torture. But then, what we might consider torture, they might consider normal treatment.


36 posted on 06/23/2008 12:40:13 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: LibWhacker
Hoa Lo prison - the place where Mr McCain says he was brutally beaten and tortured

"SAYS"? This reporter is a typical European scum-sucker. Let Europe become Eurabia. No tears will be shed on this side of the Atlantic.

37 posted on 06/23/2008 12:42:02 PM PDT by pabianice
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To: LibWhacker
don't know how he'd react if he met me again," said Mr Duyet, flicking through old black and white photographs of himself and his American prisoners at Hua Lo. "But I can confirm to you that we never tortured him. We never tortured any prisoners."

Disregard my previous post. I was too kind to this POS UK rag. What a saggy, vomitous set of lies.

38 posted on 06/23/2008 12:43:49 PM PDT by pabianice
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To: LibWhacker

Wow, first the MSM go all the way to Vietnam to help John Kerry 4 years ago. Now the BBC talks to someone who should be tried as a war criminal and publish what he says. This just shows that the worldwide MSM will go to ANY length to support Obama.


39 posted on 06/23/2008 12:44:18 PM PDT by winner3000
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To: LibWhacker
"But I can confirm to you that we never tortured him. We never tortured any prisoners."

Bullsh*t.
40 posted on 06/23/2008 12:46:22 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (This tagline is completely naked - STOP STARING!)
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To: OldEagle
I believe Gook is used for Koreans and that Dink is used for Vietnamese, but what do I know?

The Korean word for country is gook. Chung Gook is China, Han Gook is Korea (full phrase is Tae Han Min Gook), Mi Gook is America (pronounced mee-gook).

Now, think about this, when the Americans went to help the Koreans, and a bunch of Koreans meet them yelling "Mi-gook!", what do you think the inevitable outcome of that would be?

41 posted on 06/23/2008 12:49:54 PM PDT by IYAS9YAS
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To: Izzy Dunne

the Americans started the war in Vietnam”

The French beebers are stunned


42 posted on 06/23/2008 12:51:40 PM PDT by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll keep getting what you always get.)
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To: LibWhacker
So is Mr Duyet implying that that Senator McCain lied about his treatment at the Hanoi Hilton? "He did not tell the truth," he says. "But I can somehow sympathise with him. He lies to American voters in order to get their support for his presidential election."

Considering the number of McCain-hating jerks here and on DU, this ought to get a lot of traction as more proof of McCain's truthfulness.

43 posted on 06/23/2008 12:52:41 PM PDT by meandog ((please pray for future President McCain, day minus 216 and counting))
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To: reagan_fanatic

Communists are liars, Vietnam is a dictatorship, this man cannot possibly admit they tortured. McCain cannot raise his arms as the result of torture. Numerous POW’s with McCain have discussed how they were tortured. The Hanoi Hilton was infamous.


44 posted on 06/23/2008 12:54:24 PM PDT by Williams
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To: Izzy Dunne

the Americans started the war in Vietnam”

The French beebers are stunned


45 posted on 06/23/2008 1:02:13 PM PDT by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll keep getting what you always get.)
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To: Alter Kaker

Don’t forget about the blackjack and crap tables for the use of the guests of the hilton!


46 posted on 06/23/2008 1:11:25 PM PDT by Cheapskate (Still backing Hunter"I refuse to be fitted with collar and chain, and given a pat on the back")
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To: mware
I recall McCain talking quite a few years back of a Cuban officer who was assigned to that prison. He killed more than one prisoner.

More than one former POW has threatened to kill "The Cuban" if they ever meet him again.

47 posted on 06/23/2008 1:17:42 PM PDT by Larry381 (Liberals......please.....STFU!)
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To: OldEagle
I believe Gook is used for Koreans and that Dink is used for Vietnamese, but what do I know?

I've heard Slopes used for the Vietnamese.

48 posted on 06/23/2008 1:18:11 PM PDT by Lizavetta
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To: LibWhacker
"McCain is my friend," said 75-year-old Mr Duyet

Yea, McCain used to call him "Staby"
49 posted on 06/23/2008 1:21:05 PM PDT by Vision ("If God so clothes the grass of the field...will He not much more clothe you...?" -Matthew 6:30)
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To: Larry381
It is widely believed that “The Cuban” the most hated interrogator at the Hilton, is no longer faceless-the CIA knows exactly who this scumbag is (or was) *forgive the reply to myself*
50 posted on 06/23/2008 1:28:14 PM PDT by Larry381 (Liberals......please.....STFU!)
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