Ex-Marine released from Iranian jail in 2016 fights
An FBI investigation alleges Amir Hekmati traveled
to Iran to sell classified secrets
Hekmati was released from Iranian custody in
a 2016 deal trumpeted as a diplomatic breakthrough,
he was declared eligible for $20
million in compensation from a special U.S. government fund.
But payday never arrived, leaving Hekmati to wonder
There was no way I was going to tell him I
was an SAS sergeant and with my eight-man, long-range patrol — call
sign Bravo Two Zero — we had been dropped deep into Iraq to destroy
their Scud missile launchers....
'It is not right': Bill offers hope that flyers of CIA's Air
America will finally win recognition
Vietnam War-era veterans fell through cracks, denied benefits
...Air America lost 240 crew members during the Vietnam War era. The
lack of recognition from the U.S. government that employed them is
particularly galling to Mr. Hansen and his fellow Air America
pilots. Their names are not featured on the memorial wall of CIA
who lost their lives on a covert mission.
“The agency didn’t want to admit that they were there,” Mr. Hansen
said. “They were reluctant to admit anything...
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in Terrorism Case Against North Korea...
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In The World
Our history and the courageous
people who made the best of it happen are too often
ignored or left to fade away by those who really
should pay it the proper respect. Unfortunately;
more evidence of that situation has reached us here
On April 1, 2021, the United States Marine Corps
intends to permanently close the Flying Leatherneck
PLEASE read all the way down beyond the Daily Mail news article
link! The emails distributed with permission.
From: POW Network <email@example.com>
Sent: 18 February, 2021 15:23
From: Bob Miller
Sent: 20 February, 2021 13:17
Subject: Re: FW: news
... I am constantly amazed at
the continuing "expose's" those with Gulf War Syndrome from the 1991
and 2002 Iraqi interventions.
My 300 page nonfiction book,
"America's Disposable Soldiers: The Real Truth Behind Gulf
War Illness," with 27 pages and 403 references, which came out
in 2002, was completely ignored by DOD and the Pentagon, but
not before they threatened me with court action for violation of
the National Security Act, and prison time if I did not cease
and desist my research to prove there was not only Sarin in
Iraq, but a host of other chemical weapons to which our veterans
were exposed. I had served for four years as a DIA Mideast
intel analyst from 1991 through 1994, saw report after report
about our troops being exposed to Sarin, and saw what was not
being reported!. Most of it was highly classified and code word.
Only some years later around 1997 did I get so annoyed over the
continuing cover up that I started gathering information with
some help from friends up the river. By 1999 I knew I was in
trouble, but continued when the Director of the VA, Principi,
confided to me in an interview that he knew what was behind it
all but had his hands tied like the rest of us, and would i send
him a copy of my book when it came out.
The whole process was slowed
down as no one in the States wanted to touch the subject, and I
had refused to let DIA edit the manuscript. Finally a Canadian
outfit printed it in 2002. I sent a copy to Principi and a few
months later he announced the VA would no longer wait for DOD to
admit that so many of our veterans were sick from strange
problems which DOD stated were not there, and now all veterans
needed to do was provide copies of their orders that they had
been in the Iraq theater, and VA would take care of them.
Isn't it strange now that
others keep hyping the chemical/Sarin issue as if it is
something they just found out about. I also gave many of my
former associates in DC headaches about our guys lost in various
parts of the world, and was again threatened with serious legal
action... even to the point where they reclassified data I had
obtained as unclassified. I had hundreds of documents I was no
longer supposed to have? Zimmerlee can tell you about those as
he too encountered the same problems when I did. When America's
Abandoned Sons came out, Senators from Missouri and New
Hampshire read it and called for the hearings which led to
DPMO's 'well deserved' downfall.
Smile.... stay well and stay
healthy you all.
Your POW NETWORK Email to Bob Miller?
Sat, 27 Feb 2021 09:07:54 -0500
I also read the article
you sent and feel bad about it. While the war probably could
not have been avoided, the way it was fought and its outcome
could have been. I wish I had said a lot more at the time.
But I didn't want to go to jail and already had enough
people with their sights on me and wanted to throw me under
the bus. For 38 days before the ground war started the Czech
chemical equipment was alarming as low readings were
supposed to do. Our own equipment was useless as it only
went off for lethal doses we needed to detect earlier in a
NATO confrontation with the Warsaw Pact. I saw the 1991-2
lost Army chemical tapes which the Army then lost shortly
When the ground war
started the reporting was much more spotty, even after the
Khamisiyah event in which tens of thousands of our troops
got healthy doses of Sarin and other chemical debris. The
really sad aspect of the whole affair is we provided him
with a lot of the stuff, and documented his approach to
using it on the Iranians. When they put too much into the
wind before the Persians the Persians quickly took
counter-measures to limit the effect. So for day after day
when the prevailing winds were towards the Persians,, Saddam
released small doses which gradually had the ultimate
effect. And even years later when it was all over,
Schwartzkopf too denied chemicals being present... how sad.
Had he led the attacks from the front lines rather than
drinking coffee and donuts from his comfortable headquarters
near Riyadh.... maybe our veterans would have fared better
While writing my book,
every qualified DOD source I spoke with made me feel like an
idiot, not only the chemical issue but DU too, so I ignored
the latter but wished I hadn't. But I knew it would be a
problem, and now we are talking about it? Today I recall
many around me in DC asking, who the hell is this guy, he is
getting in or way. One senior person cut me to pieces in a
public briefing. Looking back now I wish i had just shouted
back that he was a 'posterior sphincter muscle' and needed
to at least consider other opinions. Someone later informed
him of my background and a few days later he got onto an
elevator with me at Clarendon, and apologized for the event
and hoped I understood? But the damage was done.
I was long retired by
the 2002 Iraq conflict a decade later, but again spent
months in meetings in DC and again ran into a lot of
resistance, not only over the skimpy ground force that would
hold Iraq afterwards, but even more so, in the post war
political solution, which many supported me. But then Bush
said no and insisted each Iraqi would have one vote to
determine their political future after the country
stabilized. With sixty percent Shiite, and our already
confrontational situation with Shiite Iran, it made the
outcome obvious. The Sunni, Kurds and minorities are what
they are today - victims of endless chaos and corruption,
while Iran runs the show in Baghdad.
And if you want to know
how many Iraqthere feel, their own health problems related
to the chemical and DU problem are horrific even as we
speak. Why they have not brought this to our doorstep and
made us suffer too, is a miracle. Then too there were our
WW-II POWs who perished by the tens of thousands in Siberia
into the late 1940's and decades that followed, but that is
another saga left for some future time.
Please forgive the
frustrated discantings of an old man. I know that history
marches on. I hope you are all well, and extend my thanks,
appreciation, and even awe, for all you do to keep a light
of hope burning in our troubled world. God Bless you all.
3/9/30 - 2/6/21
The POW/MIA community lost one of it’s most fervent activists last
week. Bob Dumas dedicated his life to finding his brother, Roger,
and in the process became a leader in the search of all American
prisoners-of-war and the missing-in-action. His journey would lead
to a White House meeting with Ronald Reagan and a very long
contentious dialogue with the President’s National Security Advisor,
Admiral James “Budd” Nance, which ultimately resulted in, as
reported by Dan Rather on the CBS Evening News, Bob’s $200M lawsuit
against the President.
It was a brilliant strategy that ultimately evolved into an
unprecedented Federal lawsuit in which Bob prevailed and the Federal
judge ordered the Secretary of the U.S. Army to reclassify Roger
from MIA to POW.
The national news coverage caught the attention of North Korea and
Bob would receive a call from the North Korean ambassador to the
U.N. Mission in NYC. Thus began another “unprecedented”
accomplishment for Bob - a relationship with North Korean
ambassadors that would continue for years with hundreds of phone
conversations and several in-person meetings.
Sadly, as the North Koreans wanted to negotiate for POWs the U.S.
government continued to deny the truth that American POWs were left
behind. Years later Bob would testify before the U.S. Senate Select
Committee on POW/MIA affairs. Committee Co-Chairman Bob Smith (John
Kerry was the Democratic co-chair) asked Bob for his advice on how
to approach the North Koreans on negotiating the POW/MIA issue. Bob
new exactly what the Korean’s wanted and it would be almost 30 years
before his recommendation would actually be acted upon. What the
North Koreans have been asking for since the Korean War Armistice
was signed, Bob said, was a one-on-one negotiation between the U.S.
President and the Supreme Leader of North Korea.
When Roger was reported missing in the early part of the Korean War,
Private First Class Bob Dumas, volunteered to go to battle in North
Korea where he would look for his brother whenever he had the
opportunity. He did two tours in the brutal 3-year war and was
awarded three Bronze Stars. Shortly after the war while his mother
was on her death bed he promised he would never stop looking for
Roger. He never stopped. It’s safe to say there are very few who
have worked as long and as hard and has accomplished as much as Bob
Dumas for our Prisoners of War and Missing in Action.
(Bill Dumas posted on Facebook)
Pakistan's Supreme Court has ordered the release of four Islamist
militants who were convicted and later acquitted in the beheading of
American journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002....
Coalition Members and Friends,
know, the sad and unfortunate passing of Larry O'Daniel,
resulted in the the office of Chairman of the Coalition's
POW MIA Committee being vacating. In an effort to fill the
position, I contacted former Vietnam POW CAPTAIN Eugene
'Red' MacDaniel, USN (ret.)
who willingly accepted the position. We are most grateful
to CAPTAIN McDaniel for his tremendous sacrifice to our
nation, for his
to the Coalition for many years and for being willing to
accept the aforementioned position.
Coalition website will reflect the change shortly.
Blessings to all.
Vietnam & Gulf War Veterans Coalition
Board Members, Officers and Compatriots,
It is my sad
duty to advise you belatedly of the passing of Larry J. O'Daniel.
The last time I
spoke to Larry it was last Spring as he had planned to visit a
friend in South Vietnam with whom he had served in military
intelligence. Since then Larry had been off the radar. I just
learned today that he died at home several months ago.
Larry was a
Captain in the United States Army and served primarily in the III
Corp Area in i968/9 where his function was to identify and
neutralize the Viet cong- including those holding American POWS.
After leaving the military he continued his efforts on behalf of
American prisoners of war and missing in action and was the author
of "Missing In Action Trail of Deceit" in the late 1970s. It was so
controversial that it was reportedly removed from the libraries as
it was one of the first books to reveal that our government
abandoned our prisoners of war and missing in action. He later
authored additional books: "Help Me I'm Still Alive" and in 2000,
"Trails of Deceit." Larry was relentless in his efforts on behalf
of our missing servicemen and he will be missed.
Rest in Peace my
John Molloy, OSJ
& Gulf War Veterans Coalition