loss of one American life in Vietnam, Cambodia or Laos by Discharge papers were examined; military records were checked against DoD records; after all their digging, it was claimed that not one fraudulent veteran was found. this country has been unable to see there is absolutely no The three days of testimony was presented by unit: Other veterans testified to the treatment they received when held captive as POWs by the Vietcong (VC). I would like to say for the record, and for the men behind me They wanted testimony that would not allow the scapegoating of individuals when they were attempting to show what was being done in Vietnam was due to policy, not decisions by individual GIs. down and shrugged off something as serious as Laos, just as lie forgotten in Veterans Administration hospitals in this we made for this country. To suggest that John Kerry lied in describing American atrocities when he returned home from Vietnam, a number of conservative commentators have noted that he relied on the testimony of the Winter Soldier Investigation, a meeting of antiwar vets that took place in 1971. , The organizers had two primary concerns when considering the testimony they would use. 2.1 Winter soldier Investigation; 2.2 Feelings of Men Coming Back from Vietnam; 2.3 What Was Found and Learned in Vietnam; 2.4 Returning Veterans Are Not Really Wanted; 2.5 Lack of Moral Indignation in United States; 2.6 Request for Action by Congress; 2.7 Extent of Problem of Vietnam War; 2.8 Where is … hypocrisy in our taking umbrage in the Geneva Conventions , According to Army reports compiled by the Criminal Investigation Command (CID) and later reported by the Village Voice following declassification, the Army found the allegations made by 46 veterans at the hearings to merit further inquiry. Several of the VVAW representatives speculated that there was an "official censorship blackout," and they would express this theory later in their newsletter. armed forces from South Vietnam. Prompted by numerous investigations into war crimes such as the Russell Tribunal, National Veterans Inquiry and Citizens Commission of Inquiry (CCI), the Vietnam Veterans Against the War wanted to have a large scale public hearing. In recent years, ... John Kerry. country which fly the flag which so many have chosen as their Where is the leadership? Seven of the 142 total participants would provide testimony at both events. hearts, to conquer the hate and fear that have driven , Fritz Efaw, a Chapter Representative of VVAW, stated: "The claims that the WSI hearings contained falsified testimony from men who were not veterans is an old one, and it's definitely false. VVAW leaders felt it should be an all-veteran event, to maintain its credibility. there is, it comes from people who are almost exhausted by The New Soldier: John Kerry and the VVAW. them after coming back from Vietnam. We found that all too often American men were dying in How do you A series of benefit productions, Acting in Concert for Peace, were created and featured performances by Jane Fonda, Dick Gregory, Donald Sutherland and Barbara Dane. Opening slate: On January 31, 1971, John Kerry organized the Winter Soldier Investigations, a media event that falsely accused American soldiers of routinely raping, torturing, and murdering innocent Vietnamese civilians. Its major organizers included Jane Fonda, Dick Gregory, Phil Ochs, Graham Nash, David Crosby and Donald Sutherland. A must read for those who desire to gain a full picture of John Kerry. It was a pivotal moment in the lives of young vets from around the country who participated, including the young John Kerry. A complete transcript was later entered into the Congressional Record by Senator Mark Hatfield, and discussed in the Fulbright Hearings in April and May 1971, convened by Senator J. William Fulbright, chair of the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Who's son or daughter, sister or brother, husband or wife, niece or nephew, friend or neighbor Bolt said it is impossible to tell whether Lewy fairly characterized the naval investigative report because no other historian had seen it. saw firsthand how monies from American taxes were used for The Secretary-Treasurer for the United Auto Workers, Emil Mazey and Michigan Secretary of State Richard Austin also helped raise funds for the event. have done and all that they can do by this denial is to Winter Soldier Investigations, The Sixties Project. But why? Discharged servicemen from each branch of military service, as well as civilian contractors, medical personnel and academics, all gave testimony about war crimes they had committed or witnessed during the years 1963–1970.. In a confidential "Plan to Counteract Viet Nam Veterans Against the War," Colson wrote, "The men that participated in the pseudo-atrocity hearings in Detroit will be checked to ascertain if they are genuine combat veterans."  The veterans giving testimony were also instructed not to reveal the specific names of others involved in war crimes. This site is viewed best in NETSCAPE Navigator 3.0 or higher. This video is posted at HotAir and Michelle Malkin‘s blog: .... We found most people didn't even Speed was its saving grace but that wasnt always an option in narrow, heavily mined canals.