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POWs Alive in Vietnam and Laos
Posted on April 13, 2007

POW/MIAs This book has been over 8 years in the making. Buy a copy and learn more facts about live POWs than anyone thought existed. Former Congressman Billy Hendon has been in the POW/MIA files as a congressman and in SE Asia looking for live POWs. He has the evidence way beyond reasonable doubt that live POWs are waiting to come home.

Danny "Greasy" Belcher, Executive Director
Task Force Omega of KY Inc.
Vietnam Infantry Sgt. 68-69
"D" Troop 7th Sqdn. 1st Air Cav

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, April 13, 2007 11:13 AM

FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2007




Indeed, the abandonment of 600 of our living American Prisoners-of-War in 1973 was - and still is - an enormous crime. And that is the title of the single best book - ever written - about the criminal behavior of our government beginning 35 years ago and continuing right up to the present.

On Memorial Day, AN ENORMOUS CRIME; The Definitive Account of American POWs Abandoned in Southeast Asia, written by Former Congressman Bill Hendon and Beth Stewart, will be published by St. Martin's Press.

The first reviews - enclosed below - summarize this meticulously-researched book: From Publishers Weekly: "Controversial former North Carolina Congressman Hendon and attorney Stewart make the case that the U.S. knowingly left hundreds of POWs in Vietnam and Laos in 1973, and that every presidential administration since then has covered it up."

And from Kirkus Reviews: "A sprawling indictment of eight U.S. administrations...a convincing, urgent argument."

I have been involved with this book since its inception; I have read every draft and am very familiar with the research done by Bill Hendon and Beth Stewart. The beauty of this book is that it is based totally on US Government documents. In fact, Hendon and Stewart spent years in the National Archives digging out previously-classified and never-before-published documents. So, when USG officials and former officials try to attack this book they are going to have a difficult time: the book isn't Hendon and Stewart's opinions; it is from the intelligence gathered through radio intercepts, satellite and aerial imagery, and thousands of reports from HUMINT sources (human intelligence) - and given to all our high-level officials from the Oval Office on down.

In other words, they all knew.

And they have all lied and covered-up the existence of our POWs to this day.

They all knew that the USG knowingly left 600 POWs behind - and this crime has been systematically covered up ever since by officials from both parties in every administration.

AN ENORMOUS CRIME is based on 66,000 pages of never-before-published USG intelligence reports. A companion web site will allow readers - and critics - to see all these documents and judge for themselves. Every intelligence report and government memorandum mentioned or discussed in the book will appear in its entirety on the web site for every reader to read and study - and decide for him/herself who is telling the truth about live POWs: the intelligence sources or those who have debunked the intelligence and covered up the existence of live pows through eight presidential administrations. This web site will also contain other information not contained in the book.

Here is what I am asking you to do:

1) Spread the word about this book to everyone you know who cares about our abandoned brothers;

2) Go to Amazon - here is the direct link -- - and pre-order this book;

3) Pray - as a community of POW activists - for the successful return of all our POWs.

4) Start to regain our sense of life-and-death desperation and our fighting spirit - the spirit we POW/MIA activists used to have when we took on our corrupt and arrogant government officials in the past - liars like McCain, Kerry, Kissinger, George "Sit Down and Shut Up!" Bush and those DIA Debunkers - and get ready to make one last push to get our POWs home - alive - now - beginning on Memorial Day when this book comes out.

This book is NOT about crash site excavations, bones, or a couple of teeth-used-to-identify-an-eight-man- flight-crew!

AN ENORMOUS CRIME is about one thing - and one thing only: living US POWs still held against their will by the North Vietnamese and Pathet Lao - and covered-up by a corrupt government in Washington, DC.

In fact, the Pentagon is still receiving new, up-to-date, credible reports of sightings of US POWs this year! (Of course, they're hiding those reports from the public.)

So we owe it to these brave American heroes to make one more concerted effort to get them home.

What can you do?

Some people will call for War Crimes Trials for former and current US Government officials who abandoned our men and covered up their fate;
Others will call for the impeachment and removal from the US Senate of John McCain and John Kerry;
Some will agree with Hendon/Stewart's suggestion to urge a Presidential-level delegation of all former Presidents and high-level officials to go to Hanoi and Vientiane and "stay there and negotiate until they get the POWs released."
Some will join the current effort to create a new US House Committee on POW/MIA Affairs. (Having served in the 1980's on the earlier version of that committee - and seeing two more since then - I can assure you nothing any good will ever come from a Congressional Committee; the CIA/DIA infiltrates the staff and 'rig' the investigations. So we'd be better off channeling our energies elsewhere.) Some will want to return to the in-the-streets activism of the 1980's and 1990's - staging demonstrations aimed at making the media and the government pay attention to the Live POW issue.
Others will get on their computers and spread the word through the blogosphere in an effort to - finally - get the truth about our living POWs out there with thousands of supporting documents to back us up.
Some might write supportive letters-to-the-editors to their newspapers and magazines and urge them to cover the live POW issue - truthfully and fairly.
Others will come up with other ideas and ways to get the Live POW issue back into our national consciousness.

Whatever you do, DO SOMETHING!

The POWs need our help - so it is up to us to do whatever we can do to help get this issue back on the front pages and back in the news.

Please help our brothers!

Sincerely, Former Congressman John LeBoutillier

P.S. Please feel free to forward this email to any and everyone you know! Spread the word!

Publisher's Weekly:

An Enormous Crime: The Definitive Account of American POWs Abandoned in Southeast Asia Bill Hendon and Elizabeth Stewart. St. Martin's/Dunne, $29.95 (640p) ISBN 978-0-312-37126-8

Controversial former North Carolina congressman Hendon and attorney Stewart make the case that the U.S. knowingly left hundreds of POWs in Vietnam and Laos in 1973, and that every presidential administration since then has covered it up. The main reason for the secrecy, say the authors, is the billions in war reparations demanded by the Vietnamese and promised by Henry Kissinger and Richard Nixon at the Paris Peace talks. Hendon and Stewart provide a mountain of evidence, mainly intelligence reports of live sightings of American prisoners in Vietnam and Laos that make for less-than-scintillating reading. But riveting sections describe Hendon's crusade on this issue in the early 1980s, including two meetings with President Reagan, pleading his case that the government free the live POWs. Hendon and Stewart directly accuse a long list of government officials of the coverup. Among the most culpable: Kissinger, President George H.W. Bush, Senators John McCain and John Kerry, Gen. Colin Powell, former secretary of state George Schultz and former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld. It's a chore wading through the live-sighting reports and the massive, detailed endnotes, but the descriptions of Hendon's unsuccessful personal mission provide an intriguing story—and carry the ring of truth. 36 b&w photos not seen by PW. (June 1)

Kirkus Reviews:

A sprawling indictment of eight U.S. administrations. The charge: sacrificing American war prisoners in the interest of focusing, as Bush aides have said, “not on Vietnam’s past but on its future.” Beginning in 1966, write former Rep. Hendon (R-NC) and attorney Stewart, GIs captured in South Vietnam were moved north along the Ho Chi Minh Trail and other routes. Cataloguing sightings with the diligence of Vincent Bugliosi—whose Reclaiming History (2007), on the JFK assassination, is something of a companion piece—Hendon and Stewart reckon that hundreds of POWs had crossed the Demilitarized Zone by the time of the Tet Offensive, their numbers swelled by pilots downed over North Vietnam. Many of these soldiers, Hendon and Stewart charge, were used as human shields against American bombing attacks on power plants, military headquarters and other strategically important venues. North Vietnam and its allies in Laos and Cambodia weren’t particularly forthcoming on all these things, but the U.S. played a dirty hand, too; by the authors’ account, the prisoners’ ultimate release was bound up in negotiations conducted by Henry Kissinger, “the surrogate president,” who reneged on promises of U.S. aid owing to supposed violations of previous accords, thus closing off a diplomatic channel for repatriation. Fast forward to 1987, when Ross Perot traveled to Vietnam and told the foreign minister, who insisted that there were no POWs there, “Don’t embarrass yourselves, I know too much.” Fruitful negotiations ensued, the authors report, only to be brushed aside by the Reagan administration—even though, they claim, at least 100 U.S. prisoners were still alive in Vietnam. Hendon and Stewart, who appear nonpartisan in their disdain for governmental inaction and double-dealing, close by offering advice to President Bush to send an army of former presidents and their staffs to negotiate the release of the remaining captives. Much of the authors’ evidence is circumstantial, but there’s an awful lot of it. A convincing, urgent argument.

Hendon, Bill & Elizabeth A. Stewart
The Definitive Account of
American POWs Abandoned in
Southeast Asia
Dunne/St. Martin’s (640 pp.)
Jun. 1, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-312-37126-5

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