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The Evidence Is Clear: There are LIVE American POWs in SE Asia!!

April 3, 1973: Laotian Communist forces declare they are holding more than 100 American POWs and are prepared to give a full accounting. The U.S. government responds 9 days later by declaring all POWs are dead – without ever talking to the Laotians about the prisoners they admit holding.

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 in 1979, saw up to 70 live captive Americans long after the war ended.

June 28, 1985: The Washington Times reports DIA Director Lt. Gen. Eugene Tighe testified Hanoi is still holding 50-60 live American POWs.

August 19, 1986: The Wall Street Journal reports the White House knew in 1981 Vietnam wanted to sell 57 live POWs for $4 billion. The White House determined the offer was genuine – and ignored it.

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 groundswell 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 public support.”

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 POWs.

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 public support."

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 to health.

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 1400 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 suggests 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, blood samples, fingerprints, footprints, 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 by nationally recognized experts, but none of them has ever been scientifically proved.

June 5, 1992: Lt. Peter R. Matthes, USAF, puts his authenticator code – GX2527 – outside his prison camp in North Vietnam .

June 1992: Maj. Henry M. Serex, USAF, puts his last name and secret authenticator code – 72TA88 – right outside the prison wall of a second prison camp where he was being held in North Vietnam .

Both locations were photographed because of solid live-sighting reports of U.S. POWs being held at these locations. Furthermore, these are just the latest satellite photographs made public of LIVE AMERICAN PRISONERS OF WAR held captive in Southeast Asia since the mid-1970’s. There is no doubt there are more.

If any of the above seems hard to believe, than read about the:

"POW/MIA Returns From Death"

Army MSgt. Mateo Sabog served 24 years in the U.S. Army. On Feb. 25, 1970 , Sabog vanished after finishing his second tour of duty in Vietnam .

Family asked for help in finding Sabog and challenging the Army’s determination that he had deserted. After reviewing all available evidence, an Army board of officers recommended that Sabog’s status be changed to “Missing – Presumptive Finding Of Death”.

On April 11, 1995 , Sabog’s family was notified that remains that the Vietnamese government indicated were Sabog’s had been recovered. The Vietnamese also turned over some personal effects and clothing to the Army’s Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii (CILHI) for examination.

CILHI did indicate the bones might belong to Sabog. In late February 1996, Mateo Sabog used his correct name and social security number to apply for veterans benefits in Northern Georgia . Fingerprints were compared and they proved Sabog was who he claimed to be. Where has Sabog been from 1970 until 1996?

Credible Evidence
Our Government Leaders Know…

The following incident took place during the first six months of 1984. The commander of a Special Forces regiment, oriented to Laos , within the Thai Special Forces, had been providing us intelligence on POWs.

We set up a meeting with him and he stated that an operation had been set up to rescue three American POWs in May 1984. I returned to Korea and passed this intelligence to DIA/CIA and requested to return to the USA and brief MG Moore at DCSOPS in the Pentagon. The answer from MG Leuer was that we were restricted to the Korean Peninsula and we would not contact MG Moore or any of the Thais.

We later went to Thailand , at the request of Congress, and were told by the Thai Colonel and his staff that the deal fell through and that one of the POWs had died after we did not show up as planned. For those who think this was some kind of money scam, check the dates. There was no reward being offered at that time. Ex-POW Vietnam Maj. (Ret.) Mark A. Smith

(This information remains classified today.)

Change in Status for POW/MIA

January 11, 2001: Secretary of the Navy Danzig announced “The Department of the Navy is changing the status of Cmdr. Michael S. “Spike” Speicher, the first American shot down on 17 January 1991 over land during the Persian Gulf War, from Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered under a Presumptive Finding of Death (KIA/PFOD) to Missing In Action.”

This unprecedented action to change a military man’s status from a living category (POW/MIA) to dead by a legal status change, then reverse that action and return him to a living status of Prisoner of War or Missing In Action, has never before been allowed to happen by our government.


To Date: We are still waiting for these abandoned men and women to come home................

This information was compiled by Task Force Omega of Kentucky, Inc.

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.





Published on: 2005-05-13 (6501 reads)

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