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How the U.S. unleashed hell's agent: It left a trail of
        appalling birth defects in Vietnam

When Carol Van Strum moved to Five Rivers, Oregon, in 1974, she thought she had found the perfect rural idyll. Surrounded by National Forest, her four young children could grow up close to nature. They loved fishing and playing by the river, fascinated by the little 'dipper' birds that sat on the rocks. 'They knew everything that lived down there,' she recalls. 'There were beavers and otters in the river, and all the fish and herons and ospreys. So they just were part of that.' Then one day the children fell sick, choking and gasping.


    ...Agent Orange, according to Tran, is the mother of them all, though. ‘If we allow it to be forgotten, the tragedy of pesticides will continue,’ she says.

    And whether we mean Vietnam or Oregon, no one has been made properly accountable.

    The People Vs. Agent Orange is available to rent or buy at

Ex-Marine released from Iranian jail in 2016 fights espionage claims
An FBI investigation alleges Amir Hekmati traveled to Iran to sell classified secrets

After Amir 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 why....



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 personnel 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...

Federal Court Awards $2.3 Billion to USS Pueblo Crew Members, Families in Terrorism Case Against North Korea...

Air Force General, Known for Leadership in Son Tay Raid, Dies at 100...

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum In Danger of Shutdown

Museum Has The Largest Collection Of Historical Aircraft, Flown By Marine Corps Aviators, 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 at ANN.

On April 1, 2021, the United States Marine Corps intends to permanently close the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum....


PLEASE read all the way down beyond the Daily Mail news article link!  The emails distributed with permission.


From: POW Network <>
Sent: 18 February, 2021 15:23
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: news

Gulf War syndrome which left 250,000 veterans suffering long-term fatigue and dizziness was caused by exposure to a NERVE AGENT - and not debris from depleted uranium munitions, study claims


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.  

 FYI, if interested, you can find my books on Amazon, or my website BOBMILLERBOOKS.COM

Smile.... stay well and stay healthy you all.

Bob Miller 



Your POW NETWORK Email to Bob Miller?


Sat, 27 Feb 2021 09:07:54 -0500


Bob Miller


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 later. 

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 these days? 

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.

Bob Miller 

Bob Dumas
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.
In his honor please consider signing the petition to keep the search alive for our Korean War POW/MIAs:
(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....

Subject: Fwd: National Vietnam & Gulf War Veterans Coalition Chairmanship of POW MIA Committee
Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2021 20:16:57 -0500 (EST)
Dear Coalition  Members and Friends,
As you 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 service to the Coalition for many years and for being willing to accept the aforementioned position.
The Coalition website will reflect the change shortly.
Blessings to all.
John J. Molloy, OSJ
National Vietnam & Gulf War Veterans Coalition


Subject: Passing of Larry J. O'Daniel, Vietnam veteran, POW-MIA Activist, Author, Chairman of POW MIA Committee of National Vietnam & Gulf War Veterans Coalition
Date: Tue, 12 Jan 2021 13:02:46 -0500 (EST)

Dear 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 Friend.
John Molloy, OSJ
National Vietnam & Gulf War Veterans Coalition

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