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  • Republic of Fear

    03/21/2006 5:03:23 PM PST · by Dog · 18 replies · 674+ views
    weeklystandard ^ | 03/21/2006 | Dan Darling
    WHEN THE IRAQI REGIME collapsed in April 2003, few observers saw reason to mourn the loss of Saddam's brutal dictatorship. While a great deal of information about the former Iraqi regime's assorted atrocities has been uncovered since the invasion, newly-released documents go even further in demonstrating its manifest depravity. One such document is CMPC-2003-012666, a letter from Qusay Hussein that directs as follows: Transfer all Kuwaiti POW's / a total of 448 captured Kuwaitis who are located at the Al-Nida Al-Agher Prison and the Intelligence / General Center and Kazema Prison in Al-Kazema, to make them human shields at all...
  • The Spy in the Hanoi Hilton (Full Episode)

    12/15/2015 6:57:13 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 10 replies
    Smithsonian Channel ^ | Nov 9, 2015 | Smithsonian Channel
    [Ad-free 51 min video] Soldiers returned from the Vietnam War with harrowing tales of survival, but one was especially remarkable. This is the story of James Stockdale and his fellow prisoners at "Hanoi Hilton," who used spy communications to prompt a daring rescue.
  • Wartime Bosnian commander arrested for crimes by Islamic fighters

    12/09/2015 6:42:40 PM PST · by Dragonfly · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 8, 2015 | Maja Zuvela
    Bosnian police arrested a wartime Muslim army commander on Tuesday on charges of failing to prevent crimes committed by foreign Islamic fighters against captive Bosnian Serb soldiers during a 1992-1995 war. The arrest of 63-year-old retiree Sakib Mahmuljin was carried out on orders of the state war crimes prosecutor, the prosecutor's office said in a statement. "The suspect is under investigation for acting in contravention of international humanitarian law and the Geneva Conventions while serving as a commander of the 3rd Corps of the Army of BiH," it said. Mahmuljin has denied the charges during earlier proceedings. Many Islamic fighters,...
  • What This Soldier is Doing in This Photo with Hillary Clinton Has Provoked Controversy for Years

    11/12/2015 6:54:34 PM PST · by · 24 replies
    iNDEPENDENT jOURNAL ^ | Kyle Becker
    Hillary Clinton recently drew scrutiny for a claim that resurfaced in a New Hampshire breakfast on Tuesday that she once tried to join the Marines. The dubious claim, which even implicitly accused the Marines of sexism, brings to mind another case of military optics that might not have worked out the way Mrs. Clinton wanted it: A photo of her taken while shaking the hand of a soldier. The photo inevitably made the rounds in chain emails and on websites for years. But unlike some stories that seem too good to be true, and frequently turn out to be false,...
  • The Story of the Other Racist Flag (Mega BARF Alert!)

    08/12/2015 7:06:38 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 20 replies
    Washington ^ | August 10, 2015 | Rick Perlstein
    The Story of the Other Racist Flag As the Nixon administration prosecuted the Vietnam War, American citizens enacted a bizarre psychic reversal By Rick Perlstein Posted on August 10, 2015 in Politics You know that racist flag? The one that supposedly honors history but actually spreads a pernicious myth? And is useful only to venal right-wing politicians who wish to exploit hatred by calling it heritage? It’s past time to pull it down. Oh, wait. You thought I was referring to the Confederate flag. Actually, I’m talking about this.
  • [Uploaded on July 16, 2008] Why Veterans Should Not Support John McCain

    07/20/2015 7:22:13 AM PDT · by FR_addict · 15 replies
    Cindy Brochure ^ | Uploaded on July 16, 2008 | Cindy Brochure
    Uploaded on Jul 16, 2008 Al Santoli -- combat vet of the Vietnam War and former Congressional investigator Carol Hrdlicka --wife of a Vietnam War pilot shot down, captured, yet never returned Mike Benge -- returned POW of the Vietnam War andEleanor Apodaca -- sister of a Vietnam War MIA explain some of the reasons that: Disabled American Veterans (DAV) rates John McCain's voting record as only 20% in support of veterans, the lowest in Congress; Iraq and Afghanistan American Veterans give McCain a grade of "D"; and Vietnam Veterans of America rate McCain's voting record on veterans' issues at...
  • 70 years after WWII, Japanese company apologizes to US POWs

    07/19/2015 8:32:25 PM PDT · by PROCON · 82 replies
    AP ^ | July 19, 2015 | ANDREW DALTON
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Saying they felt a "deep sense of ethical responsibility for a past tragedy," executives from a major Japanese corporation gave an unprecedented apology Sunday to a 94-year-old U.S. prisoner of war for using American POWs for forced labor during World War II.At the solemn ceremony hosted by the Museum of Tolerance at the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, James Murphy of Santa Maria, California, accepted the apology he had sought for 70 years on behalf of U.S. POWs from executives of Mitsubishi Materials Corp.
  • Attkisson: Trump Said 'Exactly Opposite' of What Is Claimed

    07/19/2015 6:19:07 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 34 replies
    News Max ^ | Sunday, 19 Jul 2015 08:48 PM | By Greg Richter
    The Washington Post's reporting of Donald Trump's statement saying that Arizona Sen. John McCain is "not a war hero" miscast the GOP presidential candidate's words, investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson says. Attkisson, the former CBS News reporter, posted a fact-check of the Post's report on her website, saying that the newspaper had left out the context of Trump's remarks, including the ongoing feud between him and McCain. McCain called Trump supporters at a recent anti-illegal immigration rally "crazies." Attkisson also noted that although the Post reported Trump's initial statement that McCain was not a war hero, it did not report four...
  • John McCain Exposed By Vietnam Vets And POWs

    07/18/2015 4:24:11 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 185 replies
    John McCain's betrayals Exposed By Vietnam Vets And POWs:
  • Hitler's GI Death Camp (Excellent 45 minute video via You Tube)

    11/08/2014 1:56:55 PM PST · by beaversmom · 73 replies
    Nat Geo via You Tube ^ | January 2, 2014 | World History
    Hitler's GI Death Camp I came across this video on NetFlix a few weeks back. Shortly after, I then found someone had uploaded it to You Tube. I watched it for a third time last night with my mom on my little phone. I think it's well done and very emotional. Amazing what these men went through and survived. I have so much respect for these men. On the You Tube thread, one of the posters said that her father, Norman Fellman, who was one of the GI's featured in the documentary, passed away just this past August. God bless...
  • Book Review, "Taps on the Walls"

    12/16/2013 6:18:13 AM PST · by Portcall24 · 10 replies
    Taps on the Walls - Poems from the Hanoi Hilton ^ | 2013 | Major General John Borling
    worked for Major General John Borling when he was a Colonel in the basement of the Pentagon. I’ve been in touch with him and received permission to share one of the poems from his book. In addition to the poems being well developed and written, what is unique is the fact that originally they were NOT written. That’s right. All of these poems were developed in his and his fellow POW’s minds over several years while sitting in small solitary cells in the Hanoi Hilton. John was there almost 7 years. The poems were memorized and communicated between each other...
  • John Mccain Exposed By Vietnam Vets And Pow's

    09/05/2013 10:34:38 AM PDT · by george76 · 58 replies
    U tube ^ | Jul 23, 2013 | Vietnam Vets And Pow’s
    John McCain Exposed By Vietnam Vets And Pow’s .
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "Stalag 17"(1953)

    07/14/2013 1:02:51 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 10 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1953 | Billy Wilder
  • Does this video explain why McCain works against POW's and their family's attempts to get records?

    06/21/2013 11:58:24 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 33 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/21/13 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    This is an old video, but it sheds light on the low character of Arizona's John McCain. McCain has always stopped any inquiry into POW records because he doesn't want us to know what HE did as a POW. This is why he is so easily manipulated by Democrats. Is he being blackmailed? You decide.
  • Who is William Arkin, and why does it matter?

    02/26/2007 5:38:10 PM PST · by Interesting Times · 37 replies · 1,133+ views
    The New Dominion ^ | Feb. 26, 2007 | Max Friedman
    As most of you have read or seen by now, a journalist and NBC/MSNBC media consultant named William “Bill” Arkin has created quite a stir by viciously insulting American soldiers in Iraq. He wrote at his Washington Post blog, “Early Warning: William M. Arkin on National and Homeland Security” column (1/30/07), that “… this NBC (Nightly News) report is just an ugly reminder of the price we pay for a mercenary - oops sorry, volunteer force that thinks it is doing the dirty work” re Iraq. The “report,” according to Arkin, featured “a number of soldiers (who) expressed frustration with...
  • Discovered papers: Hanoi directed Kerry [2004]

    01/29/2013 3:19:13 AM PST · by RaceBannon · 81 replies
    world net daily ^ | Published: 10/26/2004 at 1:00 AM | Art Moore
    memory hole reminder The first documentary evidence that Vietnamese communists were directly steering John Kerry’s group Vietnam Veterans Against the War has been discovered in a U.S. archive, according to a researcher who spoke with WorldNetDaily. Read more at
  • Gadhafi Loyalists Still Battling New Western-backed Rulers in Libya

    10/24/2012 6:22:15 PM PDT · by robowombat · 2 replies
    New American ^ | Monday, 22 October 2012 09:31 | Alex Newman
    Gadhafi Loyalists Still Battling New Western-backed Rulers in Libya Written by Alex Newman A year after the execution of former Libyan despot Moammar Gadhafi at the hands of Western-backed rebels, forces opposed to the new Tripoli-based regime ruling parts of Libya are still fighting on. According to news reports, assorted Libyan militias supposedly aligned with the embattled new government have been shelling the Gadhafi-loyalist stronghold of Bani Walid all weekend in a bid to quash the late dictator’s remaining die-hard supporters. Officials with the new government said the fighting reflected the fact that not all of Libya had been “liberated”...
  • Detainees or POWs?

    01/24/2002 11:40:25 AM PST · by stop_fascism · 22 replies · 204+ views
    National Review ^ | 12/24/2002 | Mackubin Thomas Owens
    Detainees or POWs? Ancient distinctions. By Mackubin Thomas Owens is professor of strategy and force planning at the Naval War College in Newport. His views do no necessarily reflect those of any agency of the U.S. government. January 24, 2002 8:55 a.m. as President Bush's decision launch a "war against terrorism" in response to September 11 now hoisted the United States on its own petard? That would seem to be the case as international organizations and even officials of allied countries such as Great Britain have intensified criticism of the United States concerning its treatment of captured al Qaeda and ...
  • The Rules of War Can't Protect Al Qaeda

    12/31/2001 11:56:44 AM PST · by Croooow · 9 replies · 239+ views
    New York Times ^ | 12/31/01 | Ruth Wedgwood
    The Rules of War Can't Protect Al Qaeda By RUTH WEDGWOOD NEW HAVEN — It makes no sense to win a trial but lose the war. With this in mind, a majority of the American public favors giving President Bush the option to use military tribunals against the Qaeda terror network. The tribunals are designed to permit a "full and fair trial" of war crimes without compromising our ability to track the network's future plans. Al Qaeda's skill at countersurveillance has made plain the need to protect sensitive intelligence sources at trial. But some international-law scholars suggest that President Bush's ...
  • When Ross Perot Calls.....

    01/17/2008 7:33:22 AM PST · by rface · 47 replies · 500+ views
    NewsWeek ^ | 01.17.08 | Jonathan Alter
    The phone rang and it was Ross Perot, who hasn't given an interview in years. Perot, who won 19 percent of the vote in the 1992 presidential election, making him one of the strongest third-party candidates in American history, got straight to the point. "Remember what you wrote about John McCain in the March 13, 2000, NEWSWEEK?" "Sure," I lied. "When McCain called Perot 'nuttier than a fruitcake'?" The Texas billionaire, now 77, still has some scores to settle from the Vietnam era, and his timing is exquisite. Just days before the South Carolina GOP primary, he wants me to...
  • McCain and the POW Cover-Up

    06/05/2010 6:47:58 AM PDT · by all the best · 67 replies · 1,842+ views
    The American conservative ^ | July 1, 2010 | Sydney Schanberg
    John McCain, who has risen to political prominence on his image as a Vietnam POW war hero, has, inexplicably, worked very hard to hide from the public stunning information about American prisoners in Vietnam who, unlike him, didn’t return home. Throughout his Senate career, McCain has quietly sponsored and pushed into federal law a set of prohibitions that keep the most revealing information about these men buried as classified documents. Thus the war hero who people would logically imagine as a determined crusader for the interests of POWs and their families became instead the strange champion of hiding the evidence...
  • [South Texas:]Exhibit lays bare Japanese prisoner of war camps

    06/01/2010 9:06:30 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 28 replies · 1,237+ views
    The Brownsville Herald ^ | May 30, 2010 | TRAVIS WHITEHEAD
    An enraged Japanese guard, the flaps of his hat flying into the air, charges with his bayonet toward an exhausted American soldier on the ground. In other works by Ben Steele, a Japanese soldier strikes a captured American across the face with the butt of his rifle, several guards stand over a withered American digging his own grave, and GIs drink from a mud hole. Copies of these works are currently on display at the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art. "I just kind of want to give people an idea of what went on over there," said the 92-year-old Steele...
  • SERE and the game called MONOPOLY

    05/13/2010 12:19:28 AM PDT · by Neil E. Wright · 3 replies · 361+ views
    via email | Unknown
    Check this out - who knew about the utilization of monopoly? I wonder what one of these versions would bring at auction today! This is a very interesting little tidbit I've never heard about before concerning WWII. Read and enjoy just one more example of American/British ingenuity. Starting in 1941, an increasing number of British Airmen found themselves as the involuntary guests of the Third Reich, and the Crown was casting about for ways and means to facilitate their escape... Now obviously, one of the most helpful aids to that end is a useful and accurate map, one showing not...
  • McCain and the POW Cover-up (How McCain left U.S. POWs and MIAs to rot in hell)

    03/05/2010 1:05:46 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 83 replies · 2,352+ views
    The Nation ^ | 2008-10-06 | Sydney H. Schanberg
    The "war hero" candidate buried information about POWs left behind in Vietnam. Research support provided by the Investigative Fund of The Nation Institute. This is an expanded version, with primary documents attached, of a story that appears in the October 6, 2008 issue of The Nation. (Watch Schanberg's appearance on Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman.) BY SYDNEY H. SCHANBERG John McCain, who has risen to political prominence on his image as a Vietnam POW war hero, has, inexplicably, worked very hard to hide from the public stunning information about American prisoners in Vietnam who, unlike him, didn't return home. Throughout...
  • Ex-POW in Iraq war recalls nightmares, depression

    02/04/2010 3:39:26 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 20 replies · 869+ views
    AP ^ | February 3, 2010 | KIMBERLY HEFLING
    WASHINGTON – Shoshana Johnson survived gunshot wounds to both legs and 22 days as a prisoner of war in Iraq. Life wasn't so easy when she came home, either. In a new book out this week, the 37-year-old single mother describes mental health problems related to her captivity and tells how it felt to play second fiddle in the media to fellow POW Jessica Lynch, who was captured in the same ambush. "It was kind of hurtful," the former Army cook said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "If I'd been a petite, cutesy thing, it would've been...
  • Ted Sampley passes away at 62 - Political activist made his mark locally and nationally

    05/13/2009 4:00:25 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 56 replies · 2,180+ views
    ENC Today ^ | May 12, 2009 | Bryan C. Hanks
    National and local political activist, decorated veteran, POW advocate, businessman and master potter Ted Sampley passed away Tuesday. He was 62. Sampley, who was recovering from heart surgery a week earlier, was experiencing difficulties from the surgery at the Veteran's Hospital in Durham on Tuesday. He died while being rushed to surgery. His sudden passing surprised many in Kinston. "This is a shock to me," said master shipbuilder Alton Stapleford, the architect of the CSS Neuse II, which Sampley helped bring to fruition. "It's really hard to comprehend right now." Sampley served several tours of duty in Vietnam in the...
  • Ann Coulter: WATCHING MSNBC IS TORTURE (Official Drama Queen Network)

    05/06/2009 3:05:17 PM PDT · by Syncro · 36 replies · 2,358+ views
    AnnCoulter.Com ^ | May 6, 2009 | Ann Coulter
    WATCHING MSNBC IS TORTUREMay 6, 2009 The media wail about "torture," but are noticeably short on facts. Liberals try to disguise the utter wussification of our interrogation techniques by constantly prattling on about "the banality of evil." Um, no. In this case, it's actually the banality of the banal. Start with the fact that the average Gitmo detainee has gained 20 pounds in captivity. There's even a medical term for it now: "the Gitmo gut." Some prisoners have been heard whispering, "If you think Allah is great, you should try these dinner rolls." In terms of "torture," there was "the...
  • AP: POW benefit claimants exceed recorded POWs

    04/11/2009 3:58:16 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 900+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/11/09 | Allen G. Breed - ap
    Prisoners of war suffer in ways most veterans don't, enduring humiliating forced marches, torture or other trauma that may haunt them long afterward. In partial recompense, the government extends them special benefits, from free parking and tax breaks to priority in medical treatment. Trouble is, some of the much-admired recipients of these benefits apparently don't deserve them. There are only 21 surviving POWs from the first Gulf War in 1991, the Department of Defense says. Yet the Department of Veterans Affairs is paying disability benefits to 286 service members it says were taken prisoner during that conflict, according to data...
  • VIDEO: Bush Should Have Executed Gitmo Detainees, Says Former CIA Officer

    03/03/2009 11:19:20 AM PST · by trying17 (AKA DrGop0821) · 21 replies · 972+ views
    fox news ^ | 3/2/09
    A former CIA officer tells Fox News its ridiculous that the Bush administration didn't execute numerous prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, regardless of whether they have had a trial, when it had the chance.
  • Fighting Fire with Fire

    01/26/2009 10:44:37 PM PST · by neverhome · 17 replies · 681+ views
    Burkhart's Blog ^ | 01.27.09 | Alan Burkhart
    In a recent article posted at, Phillip Butler makes a case for the arrest of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld for crimes against the U.S. Constitution. Butler is a veteran military pilot and was a POW in Vietnam for 2,855 days. Since his repatriation in 1973, he has earned a PhD in Sociology and according to his author bio, "he mentors business and organization leaders and is a community activist." His article is well-written and thorough, using the Third Geneva Convention and its rules regarding the interrogation of POWs as the basis for his assertions. In...
  • Obama’s View on Power Over Detainees Will Be Tested Early

    01/02/2009 8:15:05 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 10 replies · 697+ views
    NYT ^ | Jan 2, 2009 | Adam Liptak
    Just a month after President-elect Barack Obama takes office, he must tell the Supreme Court where he stands on one of the most aggressive legal claims made by the Bush administration — that the president may order the military to seize legal residents of the United States and hold them indefinitely without charging them with a crime. The new administration’s brief, which is due Feb. 20, has the potential to hearten or infuriate Mr. Obama’s supporters, many of whom are looking to him for stark disavowals of the Bush administration’s legal positions on the detention and interrogation of so-called enemy...

    09/22/2008 4:47:45 AM PDT · by Quaker · 155+ views
    Stuck On Stupid ^ | Sept. 22, 2008 | Quaker
    I am posting this for any Florida readers who might want to attend one of these events. Please spread the word to friends or relatives who might be interested. VETERAN VICTORY 2008 BUS TOUR HITS FLORIDA! The Victory 2008 Bus Tour arrives in Florida on Monday for a three day tour. Events include rallies in Sarasota, Pasco, Ocala, Gainesville, Tallahassee, Panama City, and Pensacola. John McCain’s friend and former cellmate, Lt. Col. Orson Swindle, USMC (Ret), will speak about why John McCain is ready to lead this country. Also speaking will be Col. Tom Moe, USAF (Ret), a former POW...
  • The Wretched Prison Ships (Patriots in Brit Ships during RevWar)

    05/24/2008 8:29:42 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 20 replies · 332+ views
    Newsday ^ | 5-24-08 | George DeWan
    Death, disease and injury were the fate of thousands held at sea More Americans died in British prison ships in New York Harbor than in all the battles of the Revolutionary War. There were at least 16 of these floating prisons anchored in Wallabout Bay on the East River for most of the war, and they were sinkholes of filth, vermin, infectious disease and despair. The ships were uniformly wretched, but the most notorious was the Jersey. Following the Battle of Long Island in August, 1776, and the fall of New York City soon after, the British found thousands of...
  • 2008 Election Prayer Thread for McCain/Conservatives: Day 1

    04/19/2008 10:30:29 PM PDT · by topher · 206 replies · 284+ views
    April 20, 2008 | Vanity
    It is my opinion that we need to pray for our leaders this election. Many Conservative are disappointed with the selection of Senator John S. McCain. But in one sense, he is the true conservative in values -- he has fought for campaign finance reform -- getting big money out of politics. This should allow the little guy (or gal) more voice in what this country is doing. In some religions, it is part of the church service to pray for the leaders of a country (Ukrainian Catholic, for example). We must pray for our leaders and pray that the...
  • Cannon members march to honor Bataan POWs

    03/31/2008 5:17:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 275+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe, USAF
    3/31/2008 - CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFPN) -- "Sand, hills and pain," an elderly marcher said, describing the 26.2 mile Bataan Memorial Death March, held March 30 at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The annual march, in its 19th year, honored the men and women forced to march 60 miles by Japanese soldiers, and in thousands of instances died, in the Bataan Death March during World War II. More than 4,400 Airmen, Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and civilians participated in the march and experienced, in small part, what many thousands of American and Filipino soldiers went through after surrendering to...
  • (Video)McCain: United States Has Been Torturing POWs

    03/09/2008 9:26:56 PM PDT · by Jay777 · 15 replies · 614+ views
    Stop The ACLU ^ | 10 Mar 08 | John Stephenson
    They don’t call him the Maverick for nothing. Its not inconsistent with what he has believed in the past. Its certainly in opposition to President Bush’s statement that the U.S. does not torture. Its quite an uncomforting statement to be saying of our own military. Most surprisingly, its the “Republican” candidate saying this stuff. Maverick… because he supported the President’s veto of the a bill banning it. That support may have been on technicalities, but still mavericky. Quite a statement for someone that should be trying to win over the conservative base. I don’t think he is too worried about...
  • Castro denies Cubans tortured prisoners (denies McCain's claim that Cuban agents tortured POWS)

    02/11/2008 11:57:57 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 170+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/11/08 | Anita Snow - ap
    HAVANA - Ailing leader Fidel Castro on Monday denied U.S. presidential hopeful John McCain's claim that Cuban agents helped torture American prisoners of war in Vietnam in the 1960s, calling the assertion "a strange legend." "Let me remind you, Mr. McCain: the commandments of the religion you practice prohibit lying," Castro wrote in an essay published by the Communist Party newspaper Granma. "The years in prison and the wounds received because of the attacks on Hanoi do not excuse you from the moral obligation of the truth," the essay added. McCain, Republican front-runner for the November presidential contest, was a...
  • Award Winning Documentary Shows Allegations Of McCain's Efforts To Block POW Investigations, Reports

    01/19/2008 4:38:35 AM PST · by america4vr · 44 replies · 1,244+ views
    eworldonline ^ | January 18, 2008 | Staff
    The award-winning documentary film, "Missing, Presumed Dead: The Search For America's POWs" narrated by Ed Asner backs up allegations that John McCain repeatedly thwarted attempts by U.S. Senate investigators to examine the abandonment of American POWs in Southeast Asia and North Korea. "Missing Presumed Dead," which won two film festival "Best Documentary" awards, explores McCain's successful attempt to pass a stealth bill in the Senate which effectively keeps his POW records sealed in perpituity and provides insight into why he does not want these records ever to be made public - including the revelation of the many propaganda radio broadcasts...
  • Christmas tree survives war, Hiroshima bomb

    12/25/2007 7:03:04 AM PST · by RDTF · 19 replies · 231+ views
    Tuscaloosa news ^ | Dec 21, 2007 | ERIC TALMADGE, AP
    TOKYO - Warren Nobuaki Iwatake's family has seen more than its share of calamity. When he was still a child his father was lost at sea off Hawaii. With no breadwinner, his family was forced to move to Japan, where Iwatake was drafted during the war. He lost a brother when the bomb fell on Hiroshima. But through it all one thing has remained constant. The tree. His parents bought it in 1937, and his family has brought it out every Christmas since, without fail, even when that meant risking arrest. "This tree was a shining light, because it was...
  • Secret War In The Skies Over Korea

    12/18/2007 6:37:24 AM PST · by RDTF · 24 replies · 184+ views
    Ny Times ^ | Dec 18, 2007 | Andy Webster
    The Korean War has been called “the forgotten war,” and “Missing in MIG Alley,” on PBS on Tuesday night, illustrates a little-known chapter. It describes the rivalry in the sky between two types of fighter jets then on the cutting edge of military aviation: the Soviet MIG-15, used by the North Koreans, and the F-86 Sabre, flown by the Americans and the British. -snip- The program, an installment of the “Nova” series, reveals that Soviet airmen were actually fighting on behalf of the North Koreans, a fact concealed by the Soviet and American governments at the time for fear of...
  • Beheaded at whim and worked to death: Japan's repugnant treatment of Allied PoWs

    09/18/2007 3:36:43 PM PDT · by Stoat · 139 replies · 1,615+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | September 17, 2007 | Max Hastings
    Beheaded at whim and worked to death: Japan's repugnant treatment of Allied PoWs22:59pm 18th September 2007 The sheer brutality of the battle for the Far East defies imagination. And in a new book, historian Max Hastings argues that Japanese intransigence made it far worse.  Yesterday, he explained why America had to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Here, in the final part of our exclusive serialisation, he reveals how the West was stunned when it emerged how cruelly their prisoners of war had suffered...As the men of the victorious British 14th Army advanced through Burma on the road to Mandalay...
  • Rereading Vietnam

    08/26/2007 11:07:49 PM PDT · by neverdem · 31 replies · 920+ views ^ | August 24, 2007 | Robert D. Kaplan
    The Vietnam analogy looms ever larger in the debate over Iraq, but the U.S. military has memories of that conflict that the public doesn't. In 1943, at the age of 18, George Everette "Bud" Day of Sioux City, Iowa, enlisted in the Marines. He served in the Pacific during World War II, and later became a fighter pilot. He flew the F-84F Thunderstreak during the Korean War and the F-100F Super Sabre in Vietnam. Bud Day, a legendary "full-blooded jet-jock" as one recent account dubbed him, would see service in all three wars as a sanctified whole: For him the...
  • Rescue Dawn MOVIE OF THE YEAR (Silver Screen Salute To An American Hero Alert)

    07/27/2007 3:21:18 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 17 replies · 691+ views
    Debbie ^ | 07/27/2007 | Debbie Schlussel
    Every American needs to see "Rescue Dawn," in theaters nationwide today. If it's the only movie you see this year, you've done yourself a service at the box office. It is the best movie of the year. The silver screen story of Dieter Dengler--a Navy pilot shot down over Laos and imprisoned in a Vietcong POW camp--is not only a great movie. It is patriotic and uplifting. It is the story of survival against all odds, and the story of a man who refused to denounce his adopted country, the United States of America. And it is the story of...
  • Bush lauds Vietnam's economy, help with POWs in talks with Triet+

    06/23/2007 7:12:06 AM PDT · by kellynla · 14 replies · 361+ views ^ | Jun 22, 2007
    WASHINGTON, June 22 (AP) - (Kyodo)— In talks with his Vietnamese counterpart Friday, U.S. President George W. Bush praised the developing nation's growing economy and expressed gratitude for its help in recovering the remains of soldiers captured or missing during the Vietnam War. During what Bush described as a "frank and candid discussion" with Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet, the two leaders also discussed U.S. concerns with Vietnam's apparent backsliding on democracy and human rights. "I explained my strong belief that societies are enriched when people are allowed to express themselves freely or worship freely," Bush said after the meeting....
  • Bones Turned Over To Police To Be Tested As Possible POW Remains

    06/20/2007 6:56:17 AM PDT · by RDTF · 6 replies · 627+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | June 20, 2007 | Suzanne Smalley
    The police detective works often in Boston's Vietnamese community, so he didn't raise an eyebrow when a tipster approached him furtively. But the detective, a Vietnam War veteran, was riveted by the man's tale -- that he had bones and he believed they might belong to American prisoners of war from Vietnam. On June 7, police said yesterday, the informant dropped off two containers of bones bundled in several layers of wrapping. He wanted nothing in exchange. Police say they contacted the state medical examiner and the district attorney's office and were told to process the evidence as they would...
  • McCain: Enemy of the POWs

    06/12/2007 6:14:35 PM PDT · by Anita1 · 31 replies · 1,520+ views ^ | Tuesday, June 12, 2007 | John LeBoutillier
    . . . Everyone in D.C. and Arizona knows of the mean-spirited side of John McCain. But on no issue has John McCain been meaner than the question of the hundreds of U.S. POWs who did not come home in 1973 when McCain came home. He has used his unique and hard-earned status as a former POW not to help the cause of the un-returned POWs, but rather to attack POW activists, demean POW family members, and to bolster the Pentagon's long-term strategy of debunking credible sightings of POWs.
  • Servicemembers Missing From WWII Now Listed In Electronic Database

    06/04/2007 5:44:35 PM PDT · by Dubya · 11 replies · 358+ views
    DOD ^ | 6/4/07 | DOD
    The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that an electronic database listing the names of servicemembers still unaccounted for from World War II is now available for family members and researchers. This new listing will aid researchers and analysts in WWII remains recovery operations. Prior to this three-year effort, no comprehensive list of those missing from WWII has existed. This database, listing nearly 78,000 names, was compiled by researchers from DPMO and the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command. They used hard-copy sources including “The American Graves Registration Service Rosters of Military Personnel Whose Remains were not Recovered” from...

    05/30/2007 5:12:16 AM PDT · by kellynla · 96 replies · 4,079+ views
    An Enormous Crime is nothing less than shocking. Based on thousands of pages of public and previously classified documents, it makes an utterly convincing case that when the American government withdrew its forces from Vietnam, it knowingly abandoned hundreds of POWs to their fate. The product of twenty-five years of research by former Congressman Bill Hendon and attorney Elizabeth A. Stewart, An Enormous Crime brilliantly exposes the reasons why these American soldiers and airmen were held back by the North Vietnamese at Operation Homecoming in 1973 and what these men have endured since. Despite hundreds of postwar sightings and intelligence...
  • Channel 10: Egyptians killed scores of Israeli POWs in 1973 war

    03/21/2007 1:34:31 AM PDT · by BlueSky194 · 4 replies · 651+ views
    Members of the Egyptian army killed ''dozens, if not hundreds'' of captured Israeli soldiers in the 1973 Mideast war, according to an Israeli TV documentary screened Sunday. Channel 10 TV screened interviews with Israelis who served in the 1973 conflict, relating cases in which they said Egyptian forces killed soldiers who had surrendered or been taken prisoner. The Israeli commercial TV channel said that the documentary was a response to the Egyptian outcry over another program shown earlier this month on Israeli state TV about the 1967 conflict. Egyptian media claimed that the program confirmed Israeli forces executed 250 captured...
  • Doctors of Depravity

    03/04/2007 2:53:43 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 298 replies · 5,170+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/2/07 | Christopher Hudson
    After more than 60 years of silence, World War II's most enduring and horrible secret is being nudged into the light of day. One by one the participants, white-haired and mildmannered, line up to tell their dreadful stories before they die. Akira Makino is a frail widower living near Osaka in Japan. His only unusual habit is to regularly visit an obscure little town in the southern Philippines, where he gives clothes to poor children and has set up war memorials. Mr Makino was stationed there during the war. What he never told anybody, including his wife, was that during...