The main thing to consider was that our Senators that included Sen. Bob Smith were lied to. Sen. Smith was told that Scott Speicher's jet was blown up in midair and there was no chance of survival. No search or rescue was conducted. Sen. Smith later went to the crash sight and saw the jet intact with the canopy and ejection seat missing.
The main thing to consider was that our Senators that included Sen. Bob Smith were lied to. Sen. Smith was told that Scott Speicher's jet was blown up in midair and there was no chance of survival. No search or rescue was conducted. Sen. Smith later went to the crash sight and saw the jet intact with the canopy and ejection seat missing. They were presented with Speicher's flight suit. Why did they not also have Speicher along with his suit??
Danny "Greasy" Belcher
Infantry Sgt. Vietnam 68-69
"D" Troop 7th Sqdn 1st Air Cav.
Executive Director, Task Force Omega of KY Inc.
3 March, 2004
FBI Lab Investigating Possible Missing Navy Pilot Speicher Evidence...
An FBI laboratory is investigating evidence obtained in Iraq regarding
missing Navy pilot Capt. Michael Scott Speicher, U.S. officials say.
Investigators are trying to determine whether the initials "MSS"
found carved on a wooden beam at an Iraqi prison were made by Capt.
Speicher, who might have been held captive there after his F-18 jet
was shot down in 1991.
Vice Adm. Lowell Jacoby, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency,
stated in Senate testimony that evidence related to the case was turned
over to the laboratory in Quantico, Va., as part of "a relatively
small number of active leads still being pursued" by investigators
"There's still some forensic work being done by FBI laboratories
on the beam with the initials on it and some other materials that have
been brought back, and we don't have a final report out from them,"
Adm. Jacoby said.
A defense official said yesterday the investigation is ongoing. The
FBI is using its high-technology resources at the laboratory to analyze
the letters to find out what kind of carving tool might have been used.
Adm. Jacoby said the search for Capt. Speicher remains "an active
The Navy's top admiral said yesterday there is no evidence to change
Capt. Speicher's status from "missing-captured."
"We have not found out new specific intelligence revelations that
have changed our fundamental conclusion," said Adm. Vern Clark,
the chief of naval operations.
Cindy Laquidara, a Florida lawyer who represents Capt. Speicher's family,
said yesterday she has heard about talk in the Pentagon of changing
Capt. Speicher's status back to "killed in action."
A Navy official, however, said there is not enough evidence to reclassify
Capt. Speicher as killed in acton.
Mrs. Laquidara said the U.S. military has top Iraqi officials in custody
who would have information on Capt. Speicher and that she wants to interview
Iraq insisted before the recent war that Capt. Speicher was dead, and
Saddam Hussein had told military interrogators in December, shortly
after his capture, that he knew nothing about the fate of the pilot.
The letters "MSS" were found scrawled on a cell wall in the
Hakmiyah prison in Iraq where informants have said an American prisoner
Capt. Speicher went missing on Jan. 17, 1991, after his F-18 Hornet
was hit by a missile on the first night of the Persian Gulf war.
The Navy initially classified Capt. Speicher as killed in action, but
later reclassified him as missing, based on intelligence that he had
survived the crash and that Iraq was holding an American pilot. During
a visit to the crash site several years ago, investigators found Capt.
Speicher's flight suit.