[sixties-l] Vietnam defectors were targeted for elimination

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    "From The Wilderness" has obtained the January 17 deposition of retired
    Joint Chiefs Chairman, Admiral Thomas Moorer taken in connection with a
    series of civil suits filed in the aftermath of 1997 and 1998 CNN reports
    relating to a series of 1970 CIA directed missions known as "Tailwind."
    Those missions, as originally, and apparently accurately, reported by CNN
    involved the use of the poison nerve gas Sarin to kill American defectors in
    Laos. The Moorer deposition not only confirms all of the aspects of the
    original CNN broadcast, it also suggests that former CNN Producers April
    Oliver and Jack Smith may have actually understated the extent of Sarin Gas
    use by U.S. forces under CIA control during the Vietnam war.

    [Complete text of Moorer deposition is linked from this article posted at
    http://www.copvcia.com/sarin_gas_confirmed.htm ]

    On June 7, 1998 CNN aired the "Tailwind" report as a feature news segment on
    their show "Newsstand." Reported by CNN veteran Peter Arnett, the stories
    stated that the CIA connected Studies and Observations Group (SOG), then
    commanded by CIA veteran and Army General John Singlaub, had used the lethal
    gas during covert operations into Laos. In particular, the "Tailwind" story
    reported that American defectors were the intended targets of the attacks.
    The Tailwind report came eight months after an initial CNN "Impact" report
    (also produced by Oliver) that featured extensive, lengthy, and highly
    consistent on-camera quotes from Singlaub regarding similar and related
    missions during the period. The stories established that the United States
    had committed acts during the Vietnam era - specifically the use of lethal
    nerve gas - that would be considered war crimes under current international
    law. Indeed, the United States has repeatedly bombed civilian and military
    targets in Iraq in retaliation for Sadam Hussein's use of the exact same

    In the wake of the June 1998 CNN "Tailwind" story Oliver was sacrificed,
    crucified, tarred, feathered and fired after enormous pressure was brought
    to bear on the network and "TIME" magazine by the likes of Henry Kissinger
    and former Joint Chiefs Chairman Colin Powell. Ted Turner's stock values
    were saved. Singlaub subsequently sued both Oliver and the network for
    defamation and slander. He also demanded a public apology and exoneration.
    Both Singlaub and Moorer denied that they had used the gas or brought it any
    closer to Southeast Asian operations than the island of Okinawa. Yet,
    according to admissions made by Moorer near the end of the deposition, as
    much as 300 pounds of the gas were stored at a secret CIA controlled Thai
    air/operations base called Nakhorn Phanom or NKP.

    Relying upon several exhibits including official memoranda from the Joint
    Chiefs bearing classified notations approved by Moorer and meticulously
    detailed contemporaneous notes from Oliver describing her interviews with
    both Moorer and Singlaub, Oliver's attorney Roger Simmons secured a basic
    admission from Moorer, who served as Joint Chief's Chairman under Richard
    Nixon, that the Tailwind missions into Laos were controlled by Henry
    Kissinger and the CIA, not the Pentagon. This then invalidated Moorer's
    original strident assertions that he had controlled SOG missions as JCS
    Chair and had never authorized the use of Sarin gas or allowed it into the
    area of operations.

    Later in the deposition, while reading notes taken by Oliver during her
    seven hours of interviews with Moorer and later placed in CNN files, Simmons
    elicited agreement from Moorer that he had made statements to Oliver, and
    not disputed her findings that:

    * Military staff near the White House and the National Security Council
    routinely stole documents from Henry Kissinger's briefcase so that they
    could find out what was really going on,

    * As many as twenty U.S. defectors were targeted for elimination by Special
    Forces troops assigned to SOG in the Tailwind mission into the Savan region
    of Laos in 1970,

    * Sarin gas was employed in the mission,

    * The mission was successful,

    * Defectors were a routine "high priority" for execution on all SOG missions
    inside Laos,

    * As many as 30 A1E Skyraider pilots at NKP had planes equipped to dispense
    Sarin gas and that they had authorization to do so on both support and
    search and rescue missions inside Laos,

    * Sarin was routinely used in extractions of downed aircrews in hostile
    conditions, and that

    * It had been an option for pilots unable to rescue downed US aircrews in
    Laos before nightfall to dispense Sarin gas on the U.S. aircrews in order to
    kill them and prevent them from falling into "enemy" hands.

    FTW routinely communicates with several Special Forces and CIA veterans of
    the era. We cannot help but note that these particular areas of Laos were
    heavily occupied by CIA personnel and CIA mercenaries including Montangard
    and Hmong tribesmen actively involved in the heroin trade on CIA's behalf
    and with CIA protection. In a previous issue of FTW (7/98) we reported at
    length how and why we believed that evidence existed that CIA ordered the
    deaths of American POWs to prevent their repatriation and eventual
    disclosure of CIA criminal activities.

    When FTW first learned that the Tailwind cases had been settled we also
    heard something else, utter silence from the allegedly offended party who
    screamed bloody murder when the stories first aired - John Singlaub. That
    suggested to us that April Oliver might have emerged victorious. Inasmuch as
    additional public vindication was one of the main objectives sought by
    Singlaub when he sued Oliver, the fact that the settlements deny him that
    objective only increased our suspicions. Reading the text of Moorer's
    deposition then convinced us.

    Following the Tailwind stories I had the opportunity to meet with Oliver
    several times in person and was a guest on a radio talk show program with
    her. I found her documentation to be meticulous and unassailable. One of the
    reasons for this was that, as she alleged in her counter suit against both
    Singlaub and CNN, Singlaub himself had been a confidential source for the
    story originally. He had violated that confidentiality agreement when he
    initiated suits against her and CNN. Also, Oliver stated that she had
    submitted the entire script of the Tailwind segment to Moorer and secured
    his approval of the script before the broadcast. Moorer admitted to that

    Moorer's repeated insistence under oath that John Singlaub never lied and
    that anything he said could always be totally trusted was put to the test
    when Oliver's attorney confronted Moorer with his own confirmation of
    statements made by Singlaub that defectors were a high priority target. A
    number of people present in the room, including Singlaub, Singlaub's
    attorney and what FTW took to be a CIA handler for Moorer named Rudi
    Gresham, appeared to be caught off-guard by the accurate detail contained in
    contemporaneous notes taken by Oliver during her interviews with both Moorer
    and Singlaub. Those notes had been stored, apparently unnoticed, in CNN
    files after the broadcast.

    Also at issue in the suits was CNN's questionable act of hiring so-called
    "First Amendment Champion," attorney Floyd Abrams to represent Oliver
    without advising her that he was also representing the network. CNN rushed
    into initial agreements that left Oliver and associates twisting in the
    breeze while saving Ted Turner's bacon in the wake of his fawning public
    apology for a crime his vaunted network never really committed in the first
    place. CNN regularly uses military satellites for live news feeds and a
    source inside CNN advised us that the military had threatened to pull the
    plug if Turner did not kill the stories.

    FTW is aware of other cases like that of Los Angeles air freight contractor
    Irwin Rautenberg who have won suits against the government and the CIA for
    illegal activities wherein the essential ingredient for settlement was that
    the victor remain absolutely silent about the victory. The basic rule would
    be something like, "You can fight City Hall but no one can ever know that
    you won because then everyone would do it."

    Coverage of the settlements of the lawsuits has apparently been limited to
    brief stories in the Associated Press and TV Guide. FTW has contacted Oliver
    on several occasions but she has steadfastly refused to discuss or even hint
    at the nature of the settlements. However, she has told FTW that her
    personal life is fine and that - absolutely apart from the settlements - she
    and her husband have just purchased a new car and are have placed a contract
    on a six bedroom, five bathroom house in Bethesda, Maryland where her
    daughter will attend public school.

    Having been a guest in April's current home I can only state that the Oliver
    family has apparently not suffered as a result of the settlement. Oliver
    has not disclosed her future plans but FTW wishes her and her family all the

    Ms Oliver adds that she unequivocally and wholeheartedly stands by her
    original stories - as she produced them.

    Michael C. Ruppert
     From The Wilderness

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