No 1003 “En mi opinión” Julio 21, 2015
“IN GOD WE TRUST” Lázaro R González Miño Editor
Lázaro R González candidato a Alcalde del Condado de Miami Elecciones del 8 de Noviembre del 2016 En la boleta en blanco.
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AMENPER: FRANZ UNDERWOOD VS. BILL GATES…
Mis luchas Cibernéticas
Hay veces que viajo con el pensamiento a los años de mi juventud en mi pueblo de Sagua, y cuando me dejo sumergir en el pasado en mi mente y vuelvo a la superficie en el presente me siento totalmente estupefacto, ¿dónde está el papel en el carro de mi máquina de escribir, la palanquita que tengo que golpear de vuelta y la campanita de aviso que oía cuando llegaba al final?
Ahora me encuentro frente a una pantalla y un teclado que no tiene palanquita, pero tiene una cosa que le dicen ratón.
Este ratón que antes estaba amarrado, cuando tenía un cordón eléctrico que se conectaba a la computadora, ahora está libre está conectado a la con algo espiritual que no sé por qué le dicen “diente azul” (BlueTooth) yo nunca he visto un diente azul, parece que por eso es invisible. Ahora el ratón es libre, se puede mover como quiere, parece que por eso se me sigue cayendo en el suelo tantas veces.
Lo que es más asombroso, no sólo tengo un teléfono que no necesita alambres y lo puedo llevar en el bolsillo, pero ese teléfono es también una computadora que recoge y envia mensajes.
Cada día las computadoras se vuelven más pequeñas, el nuevo Surface que sacó Microsoft, es del tamaño de las libretas de cuando estudiaba en los Jesuítas.
Pero tengo adaptarme a la realidad del momento, con el ratón firmemente en dominio, puedo hacer clic en cualquiera de una veintena de palabras y símbolos en algo llamado la barra de menús. Los menús en Sagua nada más que los veíamos cuando íbamos a los cafés y restaurants, pero ahora está en estas barras, y lo que nos enseñan no es para comer pero para navegar, otra cosa rara también. En Sagua navegábamos cuando íbamos a la Isabela o la Panchita en la costa y agarrábamos un barco. Ahora no nos tenemos que montarnos en un barco para navegar, lo podemos hacer sentados en la oficina o en la casa frente a la computadora.
Sin embargo, he aprendido a restringir mi ratón a lo básico – comandos como salir, cerrar, guardar, imprimir, cerrar y bendito sueño.
Estudiosamente evito participación esas Cábalas que tengo que interpretar como barras de herramientas, con sus cajas de imágenes extrañas que me invitan esotéricamente restablecer (Reset) o personalizar. Quisiera restablecer las cosas a cómo eran antes del comunismo y personalizar mis bienes robados, pero no creo que eso es lo que a lo que me está invitando la computadora.
Así que sigo, una vez fui viendo algo que le dicen hipervínculo, estaba pensando que sería una especie de juego de pelota en la cyber orientada para que los fanáticos de los Marlins pudieran ganar juegos aunque fuera de mentira, pero el mensaje en pantalla me tenía confundido con las direcciones para encontrar con el nombre de anclajes. ¿Por qué me preguntan, desea nombrar un ancla? ¿¿Nombre tal objeto? ¿Anclar lo que? Otra vez esto de navegar y anclar, me parece que estoy en la Isabela.
Otras invitaciones de pantalla resuenan con nombre que parece peligroso-tal vez incluso una cuestión mortal unas notas que dicen: “bullets and numbers” que traducido al español son balas y números- Estoy seguro que hay una bala allí en algún lugar con mi número y tengo la intención de esquivarla no importa lo que yo puedo sacrificar en términos de orden, regularidad y clasificación. El menú formato me ofrece la posibilidad de capitular, aunque siempre estoy humildemente y respetuosamente con la cabeza baja en el teclado.
¿Recuerdan la vieja “canción “máquina de escribir” no me acuerdo si se oía en Cuba, pero la oía aquí en los cincuenta en mi época de estudiante. Era el sonido de la máquina de escribir con un acompañamiento melódico, era una sucesión de ratatats de una máquina Underwood y golpe de tambor con instrumental de fondo. Figúrense la música que pudiéramos hacer ahora con la computadora. Mi menú tiene un repertorio que incluye la ingestión de eructos, gruñidos, ruidos, advertencias de serpiente de cascabel, y hasta peos sin peste y otros que son demasiado numerosas para enumerarlos –
Pero los que me conocen saben que lo que más me gusta de mi computadora, es dar libertad a mi sección enajenada del cerebro para crear ilusiones fotográficas de cosas que existen sólo en mi imaginación. Mi dedo arrastra durante una pausa para recoger mis pensamientos. Unos golpes de teclas o el ratón al azar silueteando de una foto a otra y de repente reaparece en la pantalla el producto de mi imaginación. Quien le hubiera dicho esto a Pascual Pérez, un fotógrafo del pueblo de mi juventud.
Y las fotos para original las composiciones, las puedo encontrar gratis en el internet, ¿Quién paga por eso? Me imagino que son donaciones de personas como yo que compartimos nuestro entretenimiento, pero cualquier cosa que necesito sólo tengo que llamarlo y aparece en la pantalla.
También los escritos abundan en la computadora, enciclopedias, artículos del presente y del pasado, y basura cibernética, hay donde escoger, y lo mejor si no quieres leerlo ahora lo puedes guardar para luego.
Aunque esto no siempre sucede. He perdido todo cartas, e mails y capítulos de libros, que a veces subí incrustados en medio de algún archivo olvidado, y ahora no los encuentro, o bien están dando vueltas a Saturno junto con todas las parejas de mis medias perdidas y el equipaje perdido en mi viaje a Barcelona
o están en el lugar donde cayó el avión de Camilo Cienfuegos o el de Malasia.
Pero algunas veces la pantalla vuelve a la amalgama parcialmente comprensible que estoy acostumbrado a ver. Abajo en la parte inferior derecha, aparte del simulacro de papel blanco en que yo estoy escribiendo este un marco conjunto en un fondo que parece un cielo de verano con algunas estelas-allí en una pequeña caja cuadrada aparece un muñequito como una pequeña computadora en dos piernas y piececitos de ratón que me dice que puedo recobrar mis cartas perdidas.
Cuando el pulso con mi ratón la pequeña criatura se empieza a mover con arcos, vueltas, sacudidas, me muestra su parte trasera. La figura se mueve hacia adelante y hacia atrás con aparente impaciencia. No tengo ni idea lo que voy a deducir de esta actividad. Vamos a intentar hacer clic en el pequeño círculo junto a él. Todo se acaba! Una mano que aparece en su despedida de la cara de pantalla y desaparece la caja mini-box que estoy acostumbrado a ver. Abajo en la parte inferior derecha, aparte del simulacro de papel blanco y AOL me dice “Good Bye”. Que atento este Turner.
Pero quizás la culpa no es de Turner pero de Gates con el Microsoft, lo peor que inventó fue el Window Vista, con ese nombre probablemente fue desarrollado por los inmigrantes ilegales de Méjico, era un desastre windows 7 y 8 son un poco mejor, pero este Gates se la pasa inventando ventanas para sacarnos el dinero.
Creo que de ninguna manera un individuo normal puede entender todo un equipo de trabajo de computadora si esa persona nació en los días cuando el entretenimiento familiar era oír los tres Villalobos o Tamakún en el radio. Tengo una educación académica adecuada, leo bastante. Todos saben que escribo E Mails como hobby, pero aunque puedo cambiar una bombilla, estoy indeciso desconectar un enchufe eléctrico por miedo a que la electricidad me dé un corrientazo, para carpintear tengo dos manos derechas (porque soy zurdo) y soy el antítesis del Handyman..
A regañadientes acepto mi computadora como un sofisticado gran nieto de mi maquinita de escribir Underwood, separada de mí por un insalvable abismo generacional aumentado por el exilio político sin nunca haber sido político.
Sin embargo, me adapto a la línea moderna para no ser insultado como un viejo que no sabe andar en una computadora, no puedo darle clases a mis nietos que desde tenían 6 años me enseñaban como cargar un programa pero puedo enseñar a muchos viejos de mi edad como manejar lo que mi señora llama mis secciones con-la-puta-dora, la exploradora.
Why Is Obama So Shy All of a Sudden?
Barack Obama was criticized by many for jumping to conclusions following the homicides of black men like Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown and Freddie Gray. He was also excoriated early in his presidency for prematurely concluding police “acted stupidly” in arresting a prominent black Harvard professor.
When four Marines and one sailor were gunned down in separate attacks last week in Chattanooga, however, Obama’sresponse called for a “thorough and prompt” investigation before he expressed anything other than sympathy.
To many Americans, that response was hardly adequate.
Media figures like Tomi Lahren insisted that Obama intentionally ignored evidence that suspect Muhammad Abdulazeez was influenced by radical Islam. Her rant dominated Western Journalism’s homepage traffic Monday and can be seen in its entirety here.
She was not alone in her criticism, though. Many, especially those with ties to the Marines, were particularly incensed at Obama’s reaction. The mother of three Marines and one Marine vet penned separate editorials blasting the administration’s perceived disrespect.
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AMENPER: LOS MEJICANOS
Estaba leyendo un artículo de Fred Barnes hoy en el Wall Street Journal, Barnes no es un periodista liberal, todo lo contrario, es el Director Ejecutivo del Weekly Journal una de las revistas más conservadoras de los Estados Unidos y además es un comentarista de Fox News.
Pero lo que dice Barnes es algo que por mi relación comercial con la colonia mejicana nacionalmente y hasta localmente en el área de Homstead, puedo darme cuenta de que es una realidad.
Los mejicanos que emigran a Estados Unidos reconociendo la falta de futuro en la política corrupta de su patria, lo hacen muchas veces con su familia, y casi siempre con la idea de trabajar, no de recibir ayudas del gobierno. Estos trabajadores en su mayoría agrícolas, han sido y deben de ser un voto conservador por la manera de ser de esta comunidad en general. De hecho, muchos de los estados con mayoría mejicana son republicanos tradicionales como Nuevo Méjico, Nevada y sobre todo el gran estado de Tejas.
Los gobernadores republicanos de esos estados son reelegidos por mayoría abrumadora.
Barnes cita el caso de Cory Gardner que salió electo en Colorado en las últimas elecciones por sus campañas con los mejicanos. También cita el caso de George Purdue el de los pollos, que ganó con el voto conservador-mejicano en Georgia contra su oponente demócrata.
Si ustedes conocen un mejicano que vive en Estados Unidos, seguramente podrán ver que es un hombre de familia y un trabajador. Son religiosos, familiares y trabajadores, esta es una descripción de un conservador. Las excepciones son más visibles, pero juzgar por excepción en vez de por la mayoría es la estupidez del estereotipo.
La mayoría de los que son legales, y hasta los ilegales, están de acuerdo con el control de las fronteras para evitar el tráfico de drogas y de delincuentes que dañan la imagen del mejicano y todos están de acuerdo que la idea de Bush del trabajador con permiso temporal es algo necesario, como también están de acuerdo los que contratan mano de obra agrícola mejicana.
Así que lo que dice Barnes es que el mejicano es un voto no sólo alcanzable, pero un voto natural.
El mejicano no está de acuerdo con el aborto, no está de acuerdo con el matrimonio homosexual, no está de acuerdo con recibir ayuda sin trabajar, tiene la ética de trabajo y la moral conservadora, y opuesta a la del partido Demócrata.
Decir que no tenemos que tratar de alcanzar a los mejicanos porque es un voto cautivo Demócrata como los negros, es una ignorancia histórica. Reagan y los dos Bush ganaron el voto mejicano en sus elecciones presidenciales, el voto mejicano es un voto cautivo del conservadurismo, lo único que ninguna de las partes se da cuenta de esto y cada día se pierde más el voto mejicano.
Por favor, piensen un poco, ¿Ustedes pueden pensar que Ted Cruz fue electo a todas sus posiciones en Tejas por los anglo-americanos? No se dan cuenta que el que Perry sea gobernador y el que Ted Cruz sea senador es porque existe y es militante el voto conservador mejicano en Texas y otros estados con mayoría mejicana.
Una cosa que también hay que recordar es que son los mejicanos legales los que votan no los ilegales, así que hay que afinar el tono del mensaje cuando hablamos de los mejicanos, como latinos sabemos la diferencia interna de un grupo y la injusticia de la generalización..
Matt Barreto, un profesor de Ciencias políticas de la UCLA dijo. “Los republicanos no necesitan ganar el voto Latino absoluto, sólo necesitan dejar perder tan mal”
Este es el punto, hay que dejar de hablar un lenguaje lleno de retórica en este caso para ganar el voto de los que tienen la percepción de que el mejicano es el enemigo. Hay que darse cuenta que el mejicano de valores conservadores está de nuestro lado, y que los otros mejicanos que son delincuentes nada pueden hacer, todo el poder está en los gobernantes socialistas que son realmente el enemigo. Hasta que no se haga una campaña inteligente no se podrá ni siquiera pensar que podamos derrotar a Hillary y veremos cómo nuestros hijos y nietos tendrán que vivir en un país socialista.
Ted Cruz Makes The BEST Parable About Why He Can’t TRUST the Media
Ted Cruz’s interview with Glenn Beck was one of my favorites for this moment when Cruz took something personal Glenn had just told him and deftly converted it into a brilliant parable about the media and how conservatives should treat their attention.
Cruz exactly diagnoses the problem – Republicans being afraid of reporters and wanting them to like them. And he knows the solution too – you fight back hard, but you do it with a smile. Because your base wants you to angrily shout, but the people you need to convince to vote for you want to see a reasonable man and an amicable man.
This is what gets me excited about Ted Cruz.
EPIC! Legendary SEAL Turns The Tables, Issues This 4-Word Order To Commander In Chief
A defiant message from a battle-hardened hero…
We all know that a Navy SEAL is a formidable fighter who deserves and earns a whole lot of respect. What we may never know is whether social media messages from legendary retired SEAL Marcus Luttrell — messages that caught fire and went viral on both Facebook and Twitter — may have had any influence on a just-announced decision by President Obama.
Obama has now ordered flags at a variety of government locations, including the White House, to be lowered to half-staff in honor of the five service members killed last week by the Chattanooga gunman. Many are saying that this is a clear reversal of what the president had previously indicated.
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Newsweek reports that the traditional tribute of the half-staff flying of Old Glory will be seen at “military posts, naval stations, embassies, and military facilities abroad. The flags will be lowered until July 25th at sunset.”
Many people, Luttrell among them, had sharply criticized the president for not honoring the five murdered U.S. war fighters by ordering flags to be lowered. Prior to Obama’s order, issued at midday on Tuesday, House Speaker John Boehner made sure flags at the U.S. Capitol were flying at half-staff in memory of the four Marines and one sailor who were killed when a man being investigated as a possible Islamic terrorist opened fire on two military installations.
We Don’t Need To See Any More Feigned Outrage… Spare Us Your Feckless Bluster And Just Defund Planned Parenthood.
Mr. Boehner… Mr. McConnell… The American people are sick and tired of your feigned outrage and dog-and-pony shows. You don’t need to mug for the cameras or issue sound-bites for the media to fool us into believing that you oppose government funding of Planned Parenthood so that you can pander for our votes. If you are really outraged… then you can defund Planned Parenthood NOW.
The recent sting video showing how Planned Parenthood harvests and sells the organs of aborted babies in violation of the law proves what right-thinking Americans have known for years. Planned Parenthood is evil. No one needs congressional hearings to confirm that sad and sickening fact, and it’s time for the GOP-majority in Congress to stop show-boating and defund Planned Parenthood, once and for all.
Will Rand Paul Filibuster?
The media is buzzing because Senator Rand Paul is hinting that he will stage a filibuster in the Senate — possibly as early as Tuesday — unless the Senate votes to defund Planned Parenthood.
Paul issued the first shot on Friday when he said: “Not one more taxpayer dollar should go to Planned Parenthood, and I intend to make that goal a reality.”
He added: “The recent revelation that this taxpayer-funded organization is selling body parts of the unborn further proves that this agency deserves our scorn not our tax dollars… I plan to do whatever I can to stop them and will introduce an amendment to pending Senate legislation to immediately strip every dollar of Planned Parenthood funding.”
The Washington Times is already speculating as to when Paul will stage a filibuster:“The Kentucky Republican and presidential candidate released multiple statementsFriday promising to use ‘all legislative vehicles’ to ‘defeat and defund Planned Parenthood’ next week. The statements on his Senate and campaign websites don’t directly mention the pending highway and transit legislation, but it is the next big-ticket item on the Senate’s to-do list, with a procedural vote set for Tuesday.”
Will Paul filibuster? And if he does issue a filibuster, who will join him?
Make no mistake, we want Paul to filibuster. We want the United States Senate to defund Planned Parenthood once and for all. If we’re going to strike while the iron is hot, time is short; but if you start flooding Senate offices with faxes and phone calls, you will make it happen.
“This Is Not Family Planning, This Is Family Destruction.” -Rep. Diane Black [R-TN]
Black went on to say that “this latest discovery has taken us beyond the pro-life versus pro-abortion debate. This is about basic decency and humanity.”
We could not have said it better.
Planned Parenthood has an annual budget of approximately one BILLION dollars a year. Their pockets are flush with cash obtained from the promotion of the butchering of innocent children.
And yet, our government gives hundreds-of-millions of dollars a year to this Moloch and have given over 5 BILLION dollars to Planned Parenthood over the years, and an organization that sells the body parts of aborted children should not receive a single dime of your hard-earned tax dollars.
Talk is cheap. It’s time for our elected officials to start keeping some promises.
Former United States Senate candidate Joe Miller tells us: “In their 2011 Pledge to America, House GOP leadership promised the American people that the new GOP majority would end taxpayer funding for abortion.”
Miller adds: “Yet, around 30 separate opportunities have passed to defund Planned Parenthood in relevant budget bills and the GOP controlled House failed to deliver on their promise. Now that there is a GOP Senate, surely taxpayer funding for the organ traffickers at Planned Parenthood will end.”
“Instead of a hearing, start by ceasing the flow of taxpayer funds to an organization that is incentivized to abort babies to then traffic their organs for profit. Is a congressional hearing really needed to tell us that the act of trafficking dismembered baby’s organs is wrong?”
The answer to Miller’s last question is a resounding NO!
The time for shedding crocodile tears has come to an end. We don’t need dog-and-pony hearings to tell us that Planned Parenthood does not deserve another dime of our money. We don’t want politicians, who plan to do nothing, to use this issue as an excuse to puff their chests, pound their gavels and pimp for our votes.
We want action and the time to demand action is upon us… it is now.
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MCCAIN AND THE POW COVER-UP
The ‘war hero’ candidate buried information about POWs left behind in Vietnam
Sydney H. Schanberg won the Pulitzer Prize in 1975 for international reporting “at great risk” from Vietnam and Cambodia. After the war he served as city editor of the New York Times. The Academy Award-winning film “The Killing Fields” was based on his book “The Death and Life of Dith Pran.” Schanberg was a journalist for 50 years.
This is an expanded version of a story that appeared in the Oct. 6, 2008, issue of The Nation. Research support was provided by the Investigative Fund of The Nation Institute.
By Sydney H. Schanberg
The Nation – John McCain, who has risen to political prominence on his image as a Vietnam POW war hero, has, inexplicably, worked very hard to hide from the public stunning information about American prisoners in Vietnam who, unlike him, didn’t return home. Throughout his Senate career, McCain has quietly sponsored and pushed into federal law a set of prohibitions that keep the most revealing information about these men buried as classified documents. Thus the war hero who people would logically imagine as a determined crusader for the interests of POWs and their families became instead the strange champion of hiding the evidence and closing the books.
Almost as striking is the manner in which the mainstream press has shied from reporting the POW story and McCain’s role in it, even as the Republican Party has made McCain’s military service the focus of his presidential campaign. Reporters who had covered the Vietnam War turned their heads and walked in other directions. McCain doesn’t talk about the missing men, and the press never asks him about them.
The sum of the secrets McCain has sought to hide is not small. There exists a telling mass of official documents, radio intercepts, witness depositions, satellite photos of rescue symbols that pilots were trained to use, electronic messages from the ground containing the individual code numbers given to airmen, a rescue mission by a special forces unit that was aborted twice by Washington – and even sworn testimony by two Defense secretaries that “men were left behind.” This imposing body of evidence suggests that a large number – the documents indicate probably hundreds – of the U.S. prisoners held by Vietnam were not returned when the peace treaty was signed in January 1973 and Hanoi released 591 men, among them Navy combat pilot John S. McCain.
Mass of Evidence
The Pentagon had been withholding significant information from POW families for years. What’s more, the Pentagon’s POW/MIA operation had been publicly shamed by internal whistleblowers and POW families for holding back documents as part of a policy of “debunking” POW intelligence even when the information was obviously credible.
The pressure from the families and Vietnam veterans finally forced the creation, in late 1991, of a Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs. The chairman was John Kerry. McCain, as a former POW, was its most pivotal member. In the end, the committee became part of the debunking machine.
One of the sharpest critics of the Pentagon’s performance was an insider, Air Force Lieut. Gen. Eugene Tighe, who headed the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) during the 1970s. He openly challenged the Pentagon’s position that no live prisoners existed, saying that the evidence proved otherwise. McCain was a bitter opponent of Tighe, who was eventually pushed into retirement.
Included in the evidence that McCain and his government allies suppressed or sought to discredit is a transcript of a senior North Vietnamese general’s briefing of the Hanoi politburo, discovered in Soviet archives by an American scholar in 1993. The briefing took place only four months before the 1973 peace accords. The general, Tran Van Quang, told the politburo members that Hanoi was holding 1,205 American prisoners but would keep many of them at war’s end as leverage to ensure getting war reparations from Washington.
Throughout the Paris negotiations, the North Vietnamese tied the prisoner issue tightly to the issue of reparations. They were adamant in refusing to deal with them separately. Finally, in a February 2, 1973, formal letter to Hanoi’s premier, Pham Van Dong, Nixon pledged $3.25 billion in “postwar reconstruction” aid “without any political conditions.” But he also attached to the letter a codicil that said the aid would be implemented by each party “in accordance with its own constitutional provisions.” That meant Congress would have to approve the appropriation, and Nixon and Kissinger knew well that Congress was in no mood to do so. The North Vietnamese, whether or not they immediately understood the double-talk in the letter, remained skeptical about the reparations promise being honored – and it never was. Hanoi thus appears to have held back prisoners – just as it had done when the French were defeated at Dien Bien Phu in 1954 and withdrew their forces from Vietnam. In that case, France paid ransoms for prisoners and brought them home.
In a private briefing in 1992, high-level CIA officials told me that as the years passed and the ransom never came, it became more and more difficult for either government to admit that it knew from the start about the unacknowledged prisoners. Those prisoners had not only become useless as bargaining chips but also posed a risk to Hanoi’s desire to be accepted into the international community. The CIA officials said their intelligence indicated strongly that the remaining men – those who had not died from illness or hard labor or torture – were eventually executed.
My own research, detailed below, has convinced me that it is not likely that more than a few – if any – are alive in captivity today. (That CIA briefing at the agency’s Langley, Virginia, headquarters was conducted “off the record,” but because the evidence from my own reporting since then has brought me to the same conclusion, I felt there was no longer any point in not writing about the meeting.)
For many reasons, including the absence of a political constituency for the missing men other than their families and some veterans’ groups, very few Americans are aware of the POW story and of McCain’s role in keeping it out of public view and denying the existence of abandoned POWs. That is because McCain has hardly been alone in his campaign to hide the scandal.
The Arizona senator, now the Republican candidate for president, has actually been following the lead of every White House since Richard Nixon’s and thus of every CIA director, Pentagon chief and national security advisor, not to mention Dick Cheney, who was George H. W. Bush’s defense secretary. Their biggest accomplice has been an indolent press, particularly in Washington.
An early and critical McCain secrecy move involved 1990 legislation that started in the House of Representatives. A brief and simple document, it was called “the Truth Bill” and would have compelled complete transparency about prisoners and missing men. Its core sentence reads: “[The] head of each department or agency which holds or receives any records and information, including live-sighting reports, which have been correlated or possibly correlated to United States personnel listed as prisoner of war or missing in action from World War II, the Korean conflict and the Vietnam conflict, shall make available to the public all such records held or received by that department or agency.”
Bitterly opposed by the Pentagon (and thus McCain), the bill went nowhere. Reintroduced the following year, it again disappeared. But a few months later, a new measure, known as “the McCain Bill,” suddenly appeared. By creating a bureaucratic maze from which only a fraction of the documents could emerge – only records that revealed no POW secrets – it turned the Truth Bill on its head. (See one example, when the Pentagon cited McCain’s bill in rejecting a FOIA request.) The McCain bill became law in 1991 and remains so today. So crushing to transparency are its provisions that it actually spells out for the Pentagon and other agencies several rationales, scenarios and justifications for not releasing any information at all – even about prisoners discovered alive in captivity. Later that year, the Senate Select Committee was created, where Kerry and McCain ultimately worked together to bury evidence.
McCain was also instrumental in amending the Missing Service Personnel Act, which had been strengthened in 1995 by POW advocates to include criminal penalties, saying: “Any government official who knowingly and willfully withholds from the file of a missing person any information relating to the disappearance or whereabouts and status of a missing person shall be fined as provided in Title 18 or imprisoned not more than one year or both.” A year later, in a closed House-Senate conference on an unrelated military bill, McCain, at the behest of the Pentagon, attached a crippling amendment to the act, stripping out its only enforcement teeth, the criminal penalties, and reducing the obligations of commanders in the field to speedily search for missing men and to report the incidents to the Pentagon.
About the relaxation of POW/MIA obligations on commanders in the field, a public McCain memo said: “This transfers the bureaucracy involved out of the [battle] field to Washington.” He wrote that the original legislation, if left intact, “would accomplish nothing but create new jobs for lawyers and turn military commanders into clerks.”
McCain argued that keeping the criminal penalties would have made it impossible for the Pentagon to find staffers willing to work on POW/MIA matters. That’s an odd argument to make. Were staffers only “willing to work” if they were allowed to conceal POW records? By eviscerating the law, McCain gave his stamp of approval to the government policy of debunking the existence of live POWs.
McCain has insisted again and again that all the evidence – documents, witnesses, satellite photos, two Pentagon chiefs’ sworn testimony, aborted rescue missions, ransom offers apparently scorned – has been woven together by unscrupulous deceivers to create an insidious and unpatriotic myth. He calls it the “bizarre rantings of the MIA hobbyists.” He has regularly vilified those who keep trying to pry out classified documents as “hoaxers,” charlatans,” “conspiracy theorists” and “dime-store Rambos.”
Some of McCain’s fellow captives at Hoa Lo prison in Hanoi didn’t share his views about prisoners left behind. Before he died of leukemia in 1999, retired Col. Ted Guy, a highly admired POW and one of the most dogged resisters in the camps, wrote an angry open letter to the senator in an MIA newsletter – a response to McCain’s stream of insults hurled at MIA activists. Guy wrote: “John, does this [the insults] include Senator Bob Smith [a New Hampshire Republican and activist on POW issues] and other concerned elected officials? Does this include the families of the missing where there is overwhelming evidence that their loved ones were ‘last known alive’? Does this include some of your fellow POWs?”
It’s not clear whether the taped confession McCain gave to his captors to avoid further torture has played a role in his post-war behavior in the Senate. That confession was played endlessly over the prison loudspeaker system at Hoa Lo – to try to break down other prisoners – and was broadcast over Hanoi’s state radio. Reportedly, he confessed to being a war criminal who had bombed civilian targets. The Pentagon has a copy of the confession but will not release it. Also, no outsider I know of has ever seen a non-redacted copy of the debriefing of McCain when he returned from captivity, which is classified but could be made public by McCain. (See the Pentagon’s rejection of my attempt to obtain records of this debriefing.)
All humans have breaking points. Many men undergoing torture give confessions, often telling huge lies so their fakery will be understood by their comrades and their country. Few will fault them. But it was McCain who apparently felt he had disgraced himself and his military family. His father, John S. McCain II, was a highly regarded rear admiral then serving as commander of all US forces in the Pacific. His grandfather was also a rear admiral.
In his bestselling 1999 autobiography, Faith of My Fathers, McCain says he felt bad throughout his captivity because he knew he was being treated more leniently than his fellow POWs, owing to his high-ranking father and thus his propaganda value. Other prisoners at Hoa Lo say his captors considered him a prize catch and called him the “Crown Prince,” something McCain acknowledges in the book.
Also in this memoir, McCain expresses guilt at having broken under torture and given the confession. “I felt faithless and couldn’t control my despair,” he writes, revealing that he made two “feeble” attempts at suicide. (In later years, he said he tried to hang himself with his shirt and guards intervened.) Tellingly, he says he lived in “dread” that his father would find out about the confession. “I still wince,” he writes, “when I recall wondering if my father had heard of my disgrace.”
He says that when he returned home, he told his father about the confession, but “never discussed it at length” – and the admiral, who died in 1981, didn’t indicate he had heard anything about it before. But he had. In the 1999 memoir, the senator writes: “I only recently learned that the tape … had been broadcast outside the prison and had come to the attention of my father.”
Is McCain haunted by these memories? Does he suppress POW information because its surfacing would rekindle his feelings of shame? On this subject, all I have are questions.
Many stories have been written about McCain’s explosive temper, so volcanic that colleagues are loathe to speak openly about it. One veteran congressman who has observed him over the years asked for confidentiality and made this brief comment: “This is a man not at peace with himself.”
He was certainly far from calm on the Senate POW committee. He browbeat expert witnesses who came with information about unreturned POWs. Family members who have personally faced McCain and pressed him to end the secrecy also have been treated to his legendary temper. He has screamed at them, insulted them, brought women to tears. Mostly his responses to them have been versions of: How dare you question my patriotism? In 1996, he roughly pushed aside a group of POW family members who had waited outside a hearing room to appeal to him, including a mother in a wheelchair.
But even without answers to what may be hidden in the recesses of McCain’s mind, one thing about the POW story is clear: If American prisoners were dishonored by being written off and left to die, that’s something the American public ought to know about.
10 Key Pieces of Evidence That Men Were Left Behind
- In Paris, where the Vietnam peace treaty was negotiated, the United States asked Hanoi for the list of American prisoners to be returned, fearing that Hanoi would hold some prisoners back. The North Vietnamese refused, saying they would produce the list only after the treaty was signed. Nixon agreed with Kissinger that they had no leverage left, and Kissinger signed the accord on January 27, 1973, without the prisoner list. When Hanoi produced its list of 591 prisoners the next day, U.S. intelligence agencies expressed shock at the low number. Their number was hundreds higher. The New York Times published a long, page-one story on February 2, 1973, about the discrepancy, especially raising questions about the number of prisoners held in Laos, only nine of whom were being returned. The headline read, in part: “Laos POW List Shows 9 from U.S. – Document Disappointing to Washington as 311 Were Believed Missing.” And the story, by John Finney, said that other Washington officials “believe the number of prisoners [in Laos] is probably substantially higher.” The paper never followed up with any serious investigative reporting – nor did any other mainstream news organization.
- Two defense secretaries who served during the Vietnam War testified to the Senate POW committee in September 1992 that prisoners were not returned. James Schlesinger and Melvin Laird, both speaking at a public session and under oath, said they based their conclusions on strong intelligence data – letters, eyewitness reports, even direct radio contacts. Under questioning, Schlesinger chose his words carefully, understanding clearly the volatility of the issue: “I think that as of now that I can come to no other conclusion … some were left behind.” This ran counter to what President Nixon told the public in a nationally televised speech on March 29, 1973, when the repatriation of the 591 was in motion: “Tonight,” Nixon said, “the day we have all worked and prayed for has finally come. For the first time in twelve years, no American military forces are in Vietnam. All our American POWs are on their way home.” Documents unearthed since then show that aides had already briefed Nixon about the contrary evidence.
Schlesinger was asked by the Senate committee for his explanation of why President Nixon would have made such a statement when he knew Hanoi was still holding prisoners. He replied: “One must assume that we had concluded that the bargaining position of the United States … was quite weak. We were anxious to get our troops out and we were not going to roil the waters …” This testimony struck me as a bombshell. The New York Times appropriately reported it on page one but again there was no sustained follow-up by the Times or any other major paper or national news outlet.
- Over the years, the DIA received more than 1,600 first-hand sightings of live American prisoners and nearly 14,000 second-hand reports. Many witnesses interrogated by CIA or Pentagon intelligence agents were deemed “credible” in the agents’ reports. Some of the witnesses were given lie-detector tests and passed. Sources provided me with copies of these witness reports, which are impressive in their detail. A lot of the sightings described a secondary tier of prison camps many miles from Hanoi. Yet the DIA, after reviewing all these reports, concluded that they “do not constitute evidence” that men were alive.
- In the late 1970s and early 1980s, listening stations picked up messages in which Laotian military personnel spoke about moving American prisoners from one labor camp to another. These listening posts were manned by Thai communications officers trained by the National Security Agency (NSA), which monitors signals worldwide. The NSA teams had moved out after the fall of Saigon in 1975 and passed the job to the Thai allies. But when the Thais turned these messages over to Washington, the intelligence community ruled that since the intercepts were made by a “third party” – namely Thailand – they could not be regarded as authentic. That’s some Catch-22: The U.S. trained a third party to take over its role in monitoring signals about POWs, but because that third party did the monitoring, the messages weren’t valid.
Here, from CIA files, is an example that clearly exposes the farce. On December 27, 1980, a Thai military signal team picked up a message saying that prisoners were being moved out of Attopeu (in southern Laos) by aircraft “at 1230 hours.” Three days later a message was sent from the CIA station in Bangkok to the CIA director’s office in Langley. It read, in part: “The prisoners … are now in the valley in permanent location (a prison camp at Nhommarath in Central Laos). They were transferred from Attopeu to work in various places … POWs were formerly kept in caves and are very thin, dark and starving.” Apparently the prisoners were real. But the transmission was declared “invalid” by Washington because the information came from a “third party” and thus could not be deemed credible.
- A series of what appeared to be distress signals from Vietnam and Laos were captured by the government’s satellite system in the late 1980s and early ’90s. (Before that period, no search for such signals had been put in place.) Not a single one of these markings was ever deemed credible. To the layman’s eye, the satellite photos, some of which I’ve seen, show markings on the ground that are identical to the signals that American pilots had been specifically trained to use in their survival courses – such as certain letters, like X or K, drawn in a special way. Other markings were the secret four-digit authenticator numbers given to individual pilots. But time and again, the Pentagon, backed by the CIA, insisted that humans had not made these markings. What were they, then? “Shadows and vegetation,” the government said, insisting that the markings were merely normal topographical contours like saw-grass or rice-paddy divider walls. It was the automatic response – shadows and vegetation. On one occasion, a Pentagon photo expert refused to go along. It was a missing man’s name gouged into a field, he said, not trampled grass or paddy berms. His bosses responded by bringing in an outside contractor who found instead, yes, shadows and vegetation. This refrain led Bob Taylor, a highly regarded investigator on the Senate committee staff who had examined the photographic evidence, to comment to me: “If grass can spell out people’s names and a secret digit codes, then I have a newfound respect for grass.”
- On November 11, 1992, Dolores Alfond, the sister of missing airman Capt. Victor Apodaca and chair of the National Alliance of Families, an organization of relatives of POW/MIAs, testified at one of the Senate committee’s public hearings. She asked for information about data the government had gathered from electronic devices used in a classified program known as PAVE SPIKE.
The devices were motion sensors, dropped by air, designed to pick up enemy troop movements. Shaped on one end like a spike with an electronic pod and antenna on top, they were designed to stick in the ground as they fell. Air Force planes would drop them along the Ho Chi Minh trail and other supply routes. The devices, though primarily sensors, also had rescue capabilities. Someone on the ground – a downed airman or a prisoner on a labor gang – could manually enter data into the sensor. All data were regularly collected electronically by U.S. planes flying overhead. Alfond stated, without any challenge or contradiction by the committee, that in 1974, a year after the supposedly complete return of prisoners, the gathered data showed that a person or people had manually entered into the sensors – as U.S. pilots had been trained to do – “no less than 20 authenticator numbers that corresponded exactly to the classified authenticator numbers of 20 US POWs who were lost in Laos.” Alfond added, according to the transcript: “This PAVE SPIKE intelligence is seamless, but the committee has not discussed it or released what it knows about PAVE SPIKE.”
McCain attended that committee hearing specifically to confront Alfond because of her criticism of the panel’s work. He bellowed and berated her for quite a while. His face turning anger-pink, he accused her of “denigrating” his “patriotism.” The bullying had its effect – she began to cry.
After a pause Alfond recovered and tried to respond to his scorching tirade, but McCain simply turned away and stormed out of the room. The PAVE SPIKE file has never been declassified. We still don’t know anything about those twenty POWs.
- As previously mentioned, in April 1993, in a Moscow archive, a researcher from Harvard, Stephen Morris, unearthed and made public the transcript of a briefing that General Tran Van Quang gave to the Hanoi politburo four months before the signing of the Paris peace accords in 1973.
In the transcript, General Quang told the Hanoi politburo that 1,205 U.S. prisoners were being held. Quang said that many of the prisoners would be held back from Washington after the accords as bargaining chips for war reparations. General Quang’s report added: “This is a big number. Officially, until now, we published a list of only 368 prisoners of war. The rest we have not revealed. The government of the USA knows this well, but it does not know the exact number … and can only make guesses based on its losses. That is why we are keeping the number of prisoners of war secret, in accordance with the politburo’s instructions.” The report then went on to explain in clear and specific language that a large number would be kept back to ensure reparations.
The reaction to the document was immediate. After two decades of denying it had kept any prisoners, Hanoi responded to the revelation by calling the transcript a fabrication.
Similarly, Washington – which had over the same two decades refused to recant Nixon’s declaration that all the prisoners had been returned – also shifted into denial mode. The Pentagon issued a statement saying the document “is replete with errors, omissions and propaganda that seriously damage its credibility,” and that the numbers were “inconsistent with our own accounting.”
Neither American nor Vietnamese officials offered any rationale for who would plant a forged document in the Soviet archives and why they would do so. Certainly neither Washington nor Moscow – closely allied with Hanoi – would have any motive, since the contents were embarrassing to all parties, and since both the United States and Vietnam had consistently denied the existence of unreturned prisoners. The Russian archivists simply said the document was “authentic.”
- In his 2002 book, Inside Delta Force, Retired Command Sgt. Major Eric Haney described how in 1981 his special forces unit, after rigorous training for a POW rescue mission, had the mission suddenly aborted, revived a year later and again abruptly aborted. Haney writes that this abandonment of captured soldiers ate at him for years and left him disillusioned about his government’s vows to leave no men behind.
“Years later, I spoke at length with a former highly placed member of the North Vietnamese diplomatic corps, and this person asked me point-blank: ‘Why did the Americans never attempt to recover their remaining POWs after the conclusion of the war?’” Haney writes. He continued, saying that he came to believe senior government officials had called off those missions in 1981 and 1982. (His account is on pages 314 to 321 of my paperback copy of the book.)
- There is also evidence that in the first months of Ronald Reagan’s presidency in 1981, the White House received a ransom proposal for a number of POWs being held by Hanoi in Indochina. The offer, which was passed to Washington from an official of a third country, was apparently discussed at a meeting in the Roosevelt Room attended by Reagan, Vice-President Bush, CIA director William Casey and National Security Advisor Richard Allen. Allen confirmed the offer in sworn testimony to the Senate POW committee on June 23, 1992.
Allen was allowed to testify behind closed doors and no information was released. But a San Diego Union-Tribune reporter, Robert Caldwell, obtained the portion relating to the ransom offer and reported on it. The ransom request was for $4 billion, Allen testified. He said he told Reagan that “it would be worth the president’s going along and let’s have the negotiation.” When his testimony appeared in the Union Tribune, Allen quickly wrote a letter to the panel, this time not under oath, recanting the ransom story and claiming his memory had played tricks on him. His new version was that some POW activists had asked him about such an offer in a meeting that took place in 1986, when he was no longer in government. “It appears,” he said in the letter, “that there never was a 1981 meeting about the return of POW/MIAs for $4 billion.”
But the episode didn’t end there. A Treasury agent on Secret Service duty in the White House, John Syphrit, came forward to say he had overheard part of the ransom conversation in the Roosevelt Room in 1981, when the offer was discussed by Reagan, Bush, Casey, Allen and other cabinet officials.
Syphrit, a veteran of the Vietnam War, told the committee he was willing to testify but they would have to subpoena him. Treasury opposed his appearance, arguing that voluntary testimony would violate the trust between the Secret Service and those it protects. It was clear that coming in on his own could cost Syphrit his career. The committee voted 7 to 4 not to subpoena him.
In the committee’s final report, dated January 13, 1993 (on page 284), the panel not only chastised Syphrit for his failure to testify without a subpoena (“The committee regrets that the Secret Service agent was unwilling …”), but noted that since Allen had recanted his testimony about the Roosevelt Room briefing, Syphrit’s testimony would have been “at best, uncorroborated by the testimony of any other witness.” The committee omitted any mention that it had made a decision not to ask the other two surviving witnesses, Bush and Reagan, to give testimony under oath. (Casey had died.)
- In 1990, Colonel Millard Peck, a decorated infantry veteran of Vietnam then working at the DIA as chief of the Asia Division for Current Intelligence, asked for the job of chief of the DIA’s Special Office for Prisoners of War and Missing in Action. His reason for seeking the transfer, which was not a promotion, was that he had heard from officials throughout the Pentagon that the POW/MIA office had been turned into a waste-disposal unit for getting rid of unwanted evidence about live prisoners – a “black hole,” these officials called it.
Peck explained all this in his telling resignation letter of February 12, 1991, eight months after he had taken the job. He said he viewed it as “sort of a holy crusade” to restore the integrity of the office but was defeated by the Pentagon machine. The four-page, single-spaced letter was scathing, describing the putative search for missing men as “a cover-up.”
Peck charged that, at its top echelons, the Pentagon had embraced a “mind-set to debunk” all evidence of prisoners left behind. “That national leaders continue to address the prisoner of war and missing in action issue as the ‘highest national priority,’ is a travesty,” he wrote. “The entire charade does not appear to be an honest effort, and may never have been. … Practically all analysis is directed to finding fault with the source. Rarely has there been any effective, active follow through on any of the sightings, nor is there a responsive ‘action arm’ to routinely and aggressively pursue leads.”
“I became painfully aware,” his letter continued, “that I was not really in charge of my own office, but was merely a figurehead or whipping boy for a larger and totally Machiavellian group of players outside of DIA. … I feel strongly that this issue is being manipulated and controlled at a higher level, not with the goal of resolving it, but more to obfuscate the question of live prisoners and give the illusion of progress through hyperactivity.” He named no names but said these players are “unscrupulous people in the Government or associated with the Government” who “have maintained their distance and remained hidden in the shadows, while using the [POW] Office as a ‘toxic waste dump’ to bury the whole ‘mess’ out of sight.” Peck added that “military officers … who in some manner have ‘rocked the boat’ [have] quickly come to grief.”
Peck concluded: “From what I have witnessed, it appears that any soldier left in Vietnam, even inadvertently, was, in fact, abandoned years ago, and that the farce that is being played is no more than political legerdemain done with ‘smoke and mirrors’ to stall the issue until it dies a natural death.”
The disillusioned colonel not only resigned but asked to be retired immediately from active military service. The press never followed up.
My Pursuit of the Story
I covered the war in Cambodia and Vietnam, but came to the POW information only slowly afterward, when military officers I knew from that conflict began coming to me with maps and POW sightings and depositions by Vietnamese witnesses.
I was then city editor of the New York Times, no longer involved in foreign or national stories, so I took the data to the appropriate desks and suggested it was material worth pursuing. There were no takers. Some years later, in 1991, when I was an op-ed columnist at Newsday, the aforementioned special Senate committee was formed to probe the POW issue. I saw this as an opening and immersed myself in the reporting.
At Newsday, I wrote thirty-five columns over a two-year period, as well as a four-part series on a trip I took to North Vietnam to report on what happened to one missing pilot who was shot down over the Ho Chi Minh trail and captured when he parachuted down. After Newsday, I wrote thousands more words on the subject for other outlets. Some of the pieces were about McCain’s key role.
Though I wrote on many subjects for Life, Vanity Fair and Washington Monthly, my POW articles appeared in Penthouse, the Village Voice and APBnews.com. Mainstream publications just weren’t interested. Their disinterest was part of what motivated me, and I became one of a very short list of journalists who considered the story important.
Serving in the army in Germany during the Cold War and witnessing combat first-hand as a reporter in India and Indochina led me to have great respect for those who fight for their country. To my mind, we dishonored U.S. troops when our government failed to bring them home from Vietnam after the 591 others were released – and then claimed they didn’t exist. And politicians dishonor themselves when they pay lip service to the bravery and sacrifice of soldiers only to leave untold numbers behind, rationalizing to themselves that it’s merely one of the unfortunate costs of war.
John McCain – now campaigning for the White House as a war hero, maverick and straight shooter – owes the voters some explanations. The press were long ago wooed and won by McCain’s seeming openness, Lone Ranger pose and self-deprecating humor, which may partly explain their ignoring his record on POWs. In the numerous, lengthy McCain profiles that have appeared of late in papers like the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal, I may have missed a clause or a sentence along the way, but I have not found a single mention of his role in burying information about POWs. Television and radio news programs have been similarly silent.
Reporters simply never ask him about it. They didn’t when he ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination in 2000. They haven’t now, despite the fact that we’re in the midst of another war – a war he supports and one that has echoes of Vietnam.
The only explanation McCain has ever offered for his leadership on legislation that seals POW files is that he believes the release of such information would only stir up fresh grief for the families of those who were never accounted for in Vietnam. Of the scores of POW families I’ve met over the years, only a few have said they want the books closed without knowing what happened to their men. All the rest say that not knowing is exactly what grieves them.
Isn’t it possible that what really worries those intent on keeping the POW documents buried is the public disgust that the contents of those files would generate?
How the Senate Committee Perpetuated the Debunking
In its early months, the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs gave the appearance of being committed to finding out the truth about the MIAs. As time went on, however, it became clear that they were cooperating in every way with the Pentagon and CIA, who often seemed to be calling the shots, even setting the agendas for certain key hearings. Both agencies held back the most important POW files. Dick Cheney was the Pentagon chief then; Robert Gates, now the Pentagon chief, was the CIA director.
Further, the committee failed to question any living president. Reagan declined to answer questions; the committee didn’t contest his refusal. Nixon was given a pass. George H.W. Bush, the sitting president, whose prints were all over this issue from his days as CIA chief in the 1970s, was never even approached.
Troubled by these signs, several committee staffers began asking why the agencies they should be probing had been turned into committee partners and decision makers. Memos to that effect were circulated. The staff made the following finding, using intelligence reports marked “credible” that covered POW sightings through 1989: “There can be no doubt that POWs were alive … as late as 1989.” That finding was never released. Eventually, much of the staff was in rebellion.
This internecine struggle (see coverage, at left) continued right up to the committee’s last official act – the issuance of its final report. The “Executive Summary,” which comprised the first forty-three pages – was essentially a whitewash, saying that only “a small number” of POWs could have been left behind in 1973 and that there was little likelihood that any prisoners could still be alive. The Washington press corps, judging from its coverage, seems to have read only this air-brushed summary, which had been closely controlled.
But the rest of the 1,221-page Report on POW/MIAs was quite different. Sprinkled throughout are pieces of hard evidence that directly contradict the summary’s conclusions. This documentation established that a significant number of prisoners were left behind – and that top government officials knew this from the start. These candid findings were inserted by committee staffers who had unearthed the evidence and were determined not to allow the truth to be sugar-coated.
If the Washington press corps did actually read the body of the report and then failed to report its contents, that would be a scandal of its own. The press would then have knowingly ignored the steady stream of findings in the body of the report that refuted the summary and indicated that the number of abandoned men was not small but considerable. The report gave no figures but estimates from various branches of the intelligence community ranged up to 600. The lowest estimate was 150.
Highlights of the report that undermine the benign conclusions of the Executive Summary:
* Pages 207-209: These three pages contain revelations of what appear to be either massive intelligence failures, or bad intentions – or both. The report says that until the committee brought up the subject in 1992, no branch of the intelligence community that dealt with analysis of satellite and lower-altitude photos had ever been informed of the specific distress signals US personnel were trained to use in the Vietnam war, nor had they ever been tasked to look for any such signals at all from possible prisoners on the ground.
The committee decided, however, not to seek a review of old photography, saying it “would cause the expenditure of large amounts of manpower and money with no expectation of success.”
It might also have turned up lots of distress-signal numbers that nobody in the government was looking for from 1973 to 1991, when the committee opened shop. That would have made it impossible for the committee to write the Executive Summary it seemed determined to write.
The failure gets worse. The committee also discovered that the DIA, which kept the lists of authenticator numbers for pilots and other personnel, could not “locate” the lists of these codes for Army, Navy or Marine pilots. They had lost or destroyed the records. The Air Force list was the only one intact, as it had been preserved by a different intelligence branch.
The report concluded: “In theory, therefore, if a POW still living in captivity [today], were to attempt to communicate by ground signal, smuggling out a note or by whatever means possible, and he used his personal authenticator number to confirm his identity, the U.S. Government would be unable to provide such confirmation, if his number happened to be among those numbers DIA cannot locate.”
It’s worth remembering that throughout the period when this intelligence disaster occurred –from the moment the treaty was signed in 1973 until 1991 – the White House told the public that it had given the search for POWs and POW information the “highest national priority.”
* Page 13: Even in the Executive Summary, the report acknowledges the existence of clear intelligence, made known to government officials early on, that important numbers of captured US POWs were not on Hanoi’s repatriation list. After Hanoi released its list (showing only ten names from Laos – nine military men and one civilian), President Nixon sent a message on February 2, 1973, to Hanoi’s Prime Minister Pham Van Dong. saying: “U.S. records show there are 317 American military men unaccounted for in Laos and it is inconceivable that only ten of these men would be held prisoner in Laos.”
Nixon was right. It was inconceivable. Then why did the president, less than two months later, on March 29, 1973, announce on national television that “all of our American POWs are on their way home”?
On April 13, 1973, just after all 591 men on Hanoi’s official list had returned to American soil, the Pentagon got into step with the president and announced that there was no evidence of any further live prisoners in Indochina (this is on page 248).
*Page 91: A lengthy footnote provides more confirmation of the White House’s knowledge of abandoned POWs. The footnote reads:
“In a telephone conversation with Select Committee Vice-Chairman Bob Smith on December 29, 1992, Dr. Kissinger said that he had informed President Nixon during the 60-day period after the peace agreement was signed that U.S. intelligence officials believed that the list of prisoners captured in Laos was incomplete. According to Dr. Kissinger, the President responded by directing that the exchange of prisoners on the lists go forward, but added that a failure to account for the additional prisoners after Operation Homecoming would lead to a resumption of bombing. Dr. Kissinger said that the President was later unwilling to carry through on this threat.”
When Kissinger learned of the footnote while the final editing of the committee report was in progress, he and his lawyers lobbied fiercely through two Republican allies on the panel – one of them was John McCain – to get the footnote expunged. The effort failed. The footnote stayed intact.
* Pages 85-86: The committee report quotes Kissinger from his memoirs, writing solely in reference to prisoners in Laos: “We knew of at least 80 instances in which an American serviceman had been captured alive and subsequently disappeared. The evidence consisted either of voice communications from the ground in advance of capture or photographs and names published by the Communists. Yet none of these men was on the list of POWs handed over after the Agreement.”
Then why did he swear under oath to the committee in 1992 that he never had any information that specific, named soldiers were captured alive and hadn’t been returned by Vietnam?
* Page 89: In the middle of the prisoner repatriation and U.S. troop-withdrawal process agreed to in the treaty, when it became clear that Hanoi was not releasing everyone it held, a furious chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Thomas Moorer, issued an order halting the troop withdrawal until Hanoi complied with the agreement. He cited in particular the known prisoners in Laos. The order was retracted by President Nixon the next day. In 1992, Moorer, by then retired, testified under oath to the committee that his order had received the approval of the President, the national security advisor and the secretary of defense. Nixon, however, in a letter to the committee, wrote: “I do not recall directing Admiral Moorer to send this cable.”
The report did not include the following information: Behind closed doors, a senior intelligence officer had testified to the POW committee that when Moorer’s order was rescinded, the angry admiral sent a “back-channel” message to other key military commanders telling them that Washington was abandoning known live prisoners. “Nixon and Kissinger are at it again,” he wrote. “SecDef and SecState have been cut out of the loop.” In 1973, the witness was working in the office that processed this message. His name and his testimony are still classified. A source present for the testimony provided me with this information and also reported that in that same time period, Moorer had stormed into Defense Secretary Schlesinger’s office and, pounding on his desk, yelled: “The bastards have still got our men.” Schlesinger, in his own testimony to the committee a few months later, was asked about – and corroborated – this account.
*Pages 95-96: In early April 1973, Deputy Defense Secretary William Clements “summoned” Dr. Roger Shields, then head of the Pentagon’s POW/MIA Task Force, to his office to work out “a new public formulation” of the POW issue; now that the White House had declared all prisoners to have been returned, a new spin was needed. Shields, under oath, described the meeting to the committee. He said Clements told him: “All the American POWs are dead.” Shields said he replied: “You can’t say that.” Clements shot back: “You didn’t hear me. They are all dead.” Shields testified that at that moment he thought he was going to be fired, but he escaped from his boss’s office still holding his job.
*Pages 97-98: A couple of days later, on April 11, 1973, a day before Shields was to hold a Pentagon press conference on POWs, he and Gen. Brent Scowcroft, then the deputy national security advisor, went to the Oval Office to discuss the “new public formulation” and its presentation with President Nixon.
The next day, reporters right off asked Shields about missing POWs. Shields fudged his answers. He said: “We have no indications at this time that there are any Americans alive in Indochina.” But he went on to say that there had not been “a complete accounting” of those lost in Laos and that the Pentagon would press on to account for the missing – a seeming acknowledgement that some Americans were still alive and unaccounted for.
The press, however, seized on Shields’ denials. One headline read: “POW Unit Boss: No Living GIs Left in Indochina.”
*Page 97: The POW committee, knowing that Nixon taped all his meetings in the Oval Office, sought the tape of that April 11, 1973, Nixon-Shields-Scowcroft meeting to find out what Nixon had been told and what he had said about the evidence of POWs still in Indochina. The committee also knew there had been other White House meetings that centered on intelligence about live POWs. A footnote on page 97 states that Nixon’s lawyers said they would provide access to the April 11 tape “only if the Committee agreed not to seek any other White House recordings from this time period.” The footnote says that the committee rejected these terms and got nothing. The committee never made public this request for Nixon tapes until the brief footnote in its 1993 report.
None of this compelling evidence in the committee’s full report dislodged McCain from his contention that the whole POW issue was a concoction by deluded purveyors of a “conspiracy theory.” But an honest review of the full report, combined with the other documentary evidence, tells the story of a frustrated and angry president, and his national security advisor, furious at being thwarted at the peace table by a small, much less powerful country that refused to bow to Washington’s terms. That President seems to have swallowed hard and accepted a treaty that left probably hundreds of American prisoners in Hanoi’s hands, to be used as bargaining chips for reparations.
Maybe Nixon and Kissinger told themselves that they could get the prisoners home after some time had passed. But perhaps it proved too hard to undo a lie as big as this one. Washington said no prisoners were left behind, and Hanoi swore it had returned all of them. How could either side later admit it had lied? Time went by and as neither side budged, telling the truth became even more difficult and remote. The public would realize that Washington knew of the abandoned men all along. The truth, after men had been languishing in foul prison cells, could get people impeached or thrown in jail.
Which brings us to today, when the Republican candidate for President is the contemporaneous politician most responsible for keeping the truth about his matter hidden. Yet he says he’s the right man to be the Commander-in-Chief, and his credibility in making this claim is largely based on his image as a POW hero.
On page 468 of the 1,221-page report, McCain parsed his POW position oddly: “We found no compelling evidence to prove that Americans are alive in captivity today. There is some evidence – though no proof – to suggest only the possibility that a few Americans may have been kept behind after the end of America’s military involvement in Vietnam.”
“Evidence though no proof.” Clearly, no one could meet McCain’s standard of proof as long as he is leading a government crusade to keep the truth buried.
To this reporter, this sounds like a significant story and a long overdue opportunity for the press to finally dig into the archives to set the historical record straight – and even pose some direct questions to the candidate.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2015/07/mccain-and-the-pow-cover-up/#wkAfvjr1P5kZf0dS.99
Rush: Trump Tells Establishment to ‘Go to Hell’
Donald Trump is defying “conventional belief” by doubling down and refusing to apologize to Sen. John McCain for comments made over the weekend that at first questioned the senator’s reputation as a war hero before saying that he is one, talk show host Rush Limbaugh said Monday.
“The American people haven’t seen something like this in a long time,” Limbaugh said on his radio program. “They have not seen an embattled public figure stand up, double down, and tell everyone to go to hell.”
Limbaugh insisted that he is not a Trump apologist, but said the media and politicians are following a typical trail they use when they want to get rid of a public figure, and the talk show host said a similar pattern is often followed on his own controversial statements.
“Under conventional belief, a public figure makes a politically incorrect statement that offends somebody,” said Limbaugh. “The Washington establishment and media react in outrage, and the media replays the offensive comment over and over and over.”
Eventually, the establishment “gets together with the media” and all demand the public figure apologize, beg forgiveness, and withdraw from public life and “stay in chagrined irrelevance,” said Limbaugh.
“This charade plays whenever this circumstance happens,” said Limbaugh, and there is one fatal mistake made, when it is assumed that “the collective outrage of the Washington establishment and the media is reflective of the American people.”
He noted that journalist Sharyl Attkisson wrote a “great analysis” of the Saturday incident.
“It is a fact that Trump did not say what he is being reputed to say,” said Limbaugh, that “McCain’s not a hero, and so forth. Four different times, he said McCain is a war hero.”
“Facts don’t matter in a circumstance like this,” Limbaugh said, but instead, statements are “purposely blurred, lied about or ignored, much like my ill fated commentary on ESPN. Take something that wasn’t said and blow it out of proportion.”
He also pointed out that Trump said what he did “following McCain’s insult of Trump’s supporters, calling them ‘crazies.’ This ticked Trump off, [because] he doesn’t want to think they’re a bunch of crazed wackos.”
But nobody is suggesting McCain apologize, but the media and Washington’s establishment are all demanding apologies and saying that Trump’s campaign can’t survive, as is the usual pattern, said Limbaugh.
“Except one thing hasn’t happened: Trump hasn’t apologized,” said Limbaugh. “Not only he hasn’t, but he doubled down and added to his original criticism.”
And the “architects” of the scandal “don’t know what to do…the guilty party is begging for forgiveness but Trump has not,” he said.
Meanwhile, the outraged reaction takes for granted that the American public will find Trump’s words “unpalatable, unforgivable, and unacceptable,” said Limbaugh, because the assumption is that media is reflecting public opinion.
But Limbaugh said that didn’t happen in his own case and he doesn’t think it will happen with Trump either, as the assumption that everybody is outraged “is always erroneous.”
“They’re doing everything they can to destroy Trump by acting like he’s destroying himself with voters,” said Limbaugh. “That’s what presumes this new political reality, but I don’t think that’s the case.”
He noted that polls will likely come out that will show if Trump was damaged by his words, but the Republicans don’t want to be seen as mean people.
“The conventional wisdom is…everybody is outraged the fact that he doesn’t have a lot of public humility, that he’s a mean guy,” said Limbaugh. Meanwhile, McCain has “called tea party people hobbits, crazies.”
And, he pointed out that Trump was not the first to question McCain’s war service, but when attacks come from the left, “they’re warranted because they’re nice people, compassionate people.”
Unlike others, “Trump is not following the rule that targets are supposed to follow,” said Limbaugh. “Targets are supposed to immediately grovel, apologize, say ‘I have the utmost respect for Sen. McCain’ and everybody cheers because the the target has seen the light. [That] usually means another Republican has been taken out.”
“There is an arrogant presumption that the majority of the American people are as outraged as the media,” he concluded.
Google Translate to Spanish: Rush: Trump Indica Establecimiento de ‘ir al infierno’
Donald Trump está desafiando “creencia convencional” de doblar y se niega a disculparse con el senador John McCain por los comentarios hechos durante el fin de que en un primer momento en duda la reputación del senador como un héroe de guerra antes de decir que es uno, dijo el locutor Rush Limbaugh Lunes.
“El pueblo estadounidense no han visto algo como esto en un largo tiempo”, dijo Limbaugh en su programa radial. “No han visto una figura pública asediado de pie, doble hacia abajo, y decirle a todos a ir al infierno.”
Limbaugh insistió en que él no es un apologista Trump, pero dijo que los medios de comunicación y los políticos están siguiendo una pista típica que utilizan cuando quieren deshacerse de una figura pública, y la presentadora de televisión dijo que un patrón similar es seguido a menudo por su propia polémica declaraciones.
“Bajo la creencia convencional, una figura pública hace una declaración políticamente incorrecto que ofende a alguien”, dijo Limbaugh. “El establecimiento y los medios de comunicación de Washington reaccionan con indignación, y los medios de comunicación a reproducir el comentario ofensivo una y otra y otra vez.”
Con el tiempo, el establecimiento “se reúne con los medios de comunicación”, y todos exigen la figura pública disculparse, pedir perdón, y retirarse de la vida pública y “permanecer en la irrelevancia disgustado”, dijo Limbaugh.
“Esta farsa juega cada vez que ocurre esta circunstancia”, dijo Limbaugh, y hay un error fatal hecho, cuando se supone que “la indignación colectiva del establishment de Washington y los medios de comunicación es un reflejo del pueblo estadounidense”.
Señaló que el periodista Sharyl Attkisson escribió un “gran análisis” del incidente Sábado.
“Es un hecho que Trump no dijo lo que él está siendo reputado que decir”, dijo Limbaugh, que “McCain no es un héroe, y así sucesivamente. En cuatro ocasiones diferentes, dijo McCain es un héroe de guerra.”
“Los hechos no importan en una circunstancia como esta”, dijo Limbaugh, pero en su lugar, las declaraciones son “intencionalmente borrosa, mintió sobre o ignorado, al igual que mi comentario malograda por ESPN. Tomar algo que no se dijo y lo expulsa de proporción “.
También señaló que Trump dijo lo que dijo “tras el insulto de McCain de los partidarios de Trump, que califica de ‘locos’. Esta marcada Trump fuera, [porque] no quiere pensar que son un montón de locos locos “.
Pero nadie está sugiriendo McCain disculpas, pero los medios de comunicación y establecimiento de Washington son todos disculpas exigentes y diciendo que la campaña de Trump no puede sobrevivir, como es el patrón usual, dijo Limbaugh.
“Excepto una cosa no ha sucedido: Trump no ha pedido disculpas”, dijo Limbaugh. “No sólo no lo ha hecho, pero se dobló hacia abajo y se añade a su crítica original”.
Y los “arquitectos” del escándalo “no saben qué hacer … el culpable está pidiendo perdón, pero Trump no tiene”, dijo.
Mientras tanto, la reacción indignada da por sentado que el público estadounidense encontrará las palabras de Trump “desagradable, imperdonable e inaceptable”, dijo Limbaugh, debido a que el supuesto es que los medios de comunicación es reflejo de la opinión pública.
Pero Limbaugh dijo que no ocurrió en su propio caso y no creo que vaya a pasar con Trump tampoco, como la suposición de que todo el mundo está indignado “siempre es errónea.”
“Están haciendo todo lo posible para destruir Trump actuando como él mismo está destruyendo con los votantes”, dijo Limbaugh. “Eso es lo que supone esta nueva realidad política, pero no creo que ese es el caso.”
Señaló que las encuestas probablemente salido que mostrará si Trump fue dañada por sus palabras, pero los republicanos no quieren ser vistos como personas promedio.
“La sabiduría convencional es … todo el mundo está indignado el hecho de que él no tiene mucha humildad pública, que es un tipo medio”, dijo Limbaugh. Mientras tanto, McCain ha “llamado té de la gente del partido hobbits, locos.”
Y, señaló que Trump no fue el primero en cuestionar el servicio de guerra de McCain, pero cuando los ataques vienen de la izquierda, “ellos están garantizados porque son buena gente, gente compasiva.”
A diferencia de otros, “Trump no está siguiendo la regla de que se supone que los objetivos a seguir”, dijo Limbaugh. “Se supone Objetivos arrastrarse inmediato, pedir disculpas, decir« Tengo el máximo respeto por el senador McCain y vivas todo el mundo debido a que el objetivo se ha visto la luz. [Eso] por lo general significa que otro republicano se ha sacado. “
“Hay una presunción arrogante que la mayoría del pueblo estadounidense son tan indignados como los medios de comunicación”, ha concluido.
Quintin George: Why are Cuban Voters Favoring Bush Over Rubio?
Brooke Carlucci | Jul 20, 2015
Jeb Bush is attracting more Cuban voters in the GOP field than his Cuban-American opponent Marco Rubio, according to a recent poll.
Rubio, although a Cuban immigrant, does not seem to hold the heart of Cubans in the way that Bush does. Miami has a soft spot for Mr. Bush.
“He’s practically Cuban, just taller,” a young Cuban-American Republican state lawmaker said of Bush in 2002. “He speaks Spanish better than some of us.” “Jeb is Cuban. He’s Nicaraguan. He’s Venezuelan,” said U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, one of three Cuban-American Republicans from Miami in Congress, all of whom have endorsed Bush. “The stamp of South Florida is in his DNA.”
Bush, who won voters over in Florida’s 1998 election, has been referred to as an “honorary” Cuban by supporters in that key voting demographic in the Sunshine state.
If elected, Rubio would become the first Cuban-American president. However, It appears Rubio is struggling to make an appeal into his own demographic.
“Marco Rubio hasn’t made a persuasive case to his own community that he can win. And if he can’t make that case here, he can’t win Florida if the trend holds.”
Bush, on the other hand, has been rather adept at his attempts to win over this voting bloc. In his presidential announcement he made sure to add a Latino flare at his local Miami-Dade College, throwing in his love for his wife and country.
In the short version, it has been a gracious walk through the years with the former Columba Garnica de Gallo. As a candidate, I intend to let everyone hear my message, including the many who can express their love of country in a different language: Ayúdenos en tener una campaña que les da la bienvenida. Trabajen con nosotros por los valores que compartimos y para un gran futuro que es nuestro para construir para nosotros y nuestros hijos. Júntense a nuestra causa de oportunidad para todos, a la causa de todos que aman la libertad y a la causa noble de los Estados Unidos de América.
Bush’s age also works as an advantage over Rubio, as most Cuban-American Republicans are older. The younger demographic of Cuban-Americans are generally registered in higher numbers as Democrats or independents. Older women such as Dora Lorenzo, an 81-year-old Cuban-American Republican, believes that Bush will keep her in safe hands as president.
“He’s the only one who’s going to be strong, who’s going to calm things down a bit, because there’s a lot of crime in this country,” Lorenzo said in Spanish. Of Rubio, she added, “Of course, I like him, too. But I think he’s too much of a youngster.”
Google Translate Espanol: ¿Por qué los votantes cubanos Favorecer Bush Durante Rubio?
Brooke Carlucci | 20 de julio 2015
Jeb Bush está atrayendo a más votantes cubanos en el campo republicano que su oponente cubanoamericano Marco Rubio, según una encuesta reciente.
Rubio, aunque un inmigrante cubano, no parece sostener el corazón de los cubanos en la forma en que Bush hace. Miami tiene una debilidad por el señor Bush.
“Es prácticamente cubana, apenas más alto”, dijo un joven legislador estatal republicano cubanoamericano de Bush en 2002. “Él habla español mejor que algunos de nosotros.” “Jeb es cubano. Él es nicaragüense. Él es venezolano “, dijo el representante. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, una de las tres republicanos cubanoamericanos de Miami en el Congreso, todos los cuales han apoyado a Bush. “El sello del sur de la Florida está en su ADN”.
Bush, quien ganó los votantes más en las elecciones 1998 de la Florida, ha sido referido como un “honorario” de Cuba por los partidarios de ese grupo demográfico de votación clave en el Estado del Sol.
Si es elegido, Rubio se convertiría en el primer presidente cubano-americana. Sin embargo, parece Rubio está luchando para hacer un llamamiento a su propio demográfico.
“Marco Rubio no ha hecho un caso convincente para su propia comunidad que puede ganar. Y si él no puede hacer ese caso aquí, que no puede ganar la Florida si la tendencia se mantiene “.
Bush, por su parte, ha sido más bien adepto a sus intentos de ganarse a este bloque de votantes. En su anuncio presidencial se aseguró para añadir un toque latino a su Miami-Dade College locales, arrojando en su amor por su esposa y su país.
En la versión definitiva, ha sido un paseo de gracia a través de los años con la ex Columba Garnica de Gallo. Como candidato, tengo la intención de que todo el mundo escucha mi mensaje, incluyendo los muchos que pueden expresar su amor a la patria en un idioma diferente: Ayúdenos en Tener Una Campaña Que les da la bienvenida. Trabajen con Nosotros por los Valores Que Compartimos y párr Un gran futuro Que es nuestro de párrafo Construir párr Nosotros y Nuestros Hijos. Júntense una our causa de OPORTUNIDAD Para Todos, a la causa de todos Que aman la libertad ya la causa noble de los Estados Unidos de América.
Edad de Bush también funciona como una ventaja sobre Rubio, como la mayoría de los republicanos cubanoamericanos son mayores. El grupo demográfico más joven de los cubano-americanos son generalmente registrada en números más altos como demócratas o independientes. Las mujeres mayores como Dora Lorenzo, de 81 años de edad, republicano cubanoamericano, cree que Bush mantenerla en buenas manos como presidente.
“Él es el único que va a ser fuerte, ¿quién va a calmar las cosas un poco, porque hay mucha delincuencia en este país”, dijo Lorenzo en español. De Rubio, añadió, “Por supuesto, me gusta, también. Pero creo que es demasiado de un joven “.
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US Resumes Relations With Cuba, Opens Cuban Embassy in DC
Daniel Davis | Jul 20, 2015
The United States and Cuba reestablished diplomatic relations today, with new embassies being opened in each of the nations’ respective capital cities. The two nations severed ties in 1961 and remained at odds throughout the Cold War. The chilly relationship continued into the 21st century. Last December, President Obama extended a diplomatic olive branch when he struck a deal with Cuban leaders to begin normalizing relations.
Cuba’s Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez, personally raised the Cuban flag outside the Cuban embassy as part of the opening ceremony today. Despite the favorable diplomatic development for his own country, he did not shrink from pushing for more pro-Cuba action on the part of the United States. He said:
“The historic events we are living today will only make sense with the removal of the economic, commercial and financial blockade, which causes so much deprivation and damage to our people, the return of occupied territory in Guantánamo, and respect for the sovereignty of Cuba.”
Rodriguez is scheduled to meet later today with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Kerry, in turn, will inaugurate the U.S. Embassy in Havana on August 14.
The U.S. trade embargo on Cuba was initiated in 1960 during some of the most tense days of the Cold War. It was expanded under President Kennedy in 1962 to bar all imports from Cuba. The embargo became a moral instrument in 1992 when Congress passed the Cuban Democracy Act, which stipulated that the U.S. would maintain the sanctions until Cuba moved toward “democratization and respect for human rights.” Bill Clinton also expanded the embargo in 1999 by banning foreign subsidiaries of U.S. companies to do business with Cuba. Despite the ongoing ban on Cuban imports, the U.S. remains the fifth largest exporter of goods to Cuba.
Cubans have long resented the embargo, which they see as a major obstacle to Cuban economic advancement. Last year, President Obama expressed a strong willingness to end the embargo, yet he also acknowledged that Congress holds the key to such a development:
“The embargo that’s been imposed for decades is now codified in legislation. As these changes unfold, I look forward to engaging Congress in an honest and serious debate about lifting the embargo.”
The president could have real trouble getting Congress to adopt his views on diplomatic re-engagement. Republicans have criticized his move, saying that it only reinforces the standing of a dictatorial government that denies its people human rights. Presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), a son of Cuban immigrants, made this point last December and argued that ending the embargo would not help the Cuban people:
“This entire policy shift announced today is based on an illusion, on a lie — the lie and illusion that more commerce, more access to money and goods will translate to political for the Cuban people. All this is going to do is give the Castro regime, which controls every aspect of Cuban life, the opportunity to manipulate these changes to perpetuate itself in power.”
More recently, Sen. Ted Cruz — also a presidential candidate and descendant of Cuban immigrants —vowed to help block funding for the U.S. embassy in Cuba as well as any nominee for ambassador, “unless and until the president can demonstrate that he has made some progress in alleviating the misery of our friends, the people of Cuba.”
Republicans in Congress stand mostly united in opposing an unconditional end of the embargo, but Democrats generally support the president’s moves. Democrats will likely present new legislation to try and undo the strict terms of the current embargo, but Republicans stand poised to block it.
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LA ESTRELLA SOLITARIA 21 de julio del 2015
|¿No la veís? Mi bandera es aquella
que no ha sido jamás mercenaria,
y en la cual resplandece una estrella,
con más luz cuando más solitaria.
Del destierro en el alma la traje
Aunque lánguida y triste tremola,
Si deshecha en menudos pedazos
Fragmento del poema Mi Bandera de Bonifacio Byrne
En el triste día de ayer, 20 de julio del año 2015, fuimos testigo de una infamia que será juzgada por la historia, pero dejara una herida indeleble en el alma de los muchos cubanos que todavía adoramos ésta bandera cómo simbólica de los muchos patriotas que en su nombre y en busca de libertad, sacrificaron vida y fortuna. Esta bandera fue concebida por el General Narciso López en New York, dibujada por Miguel Teurbe Colon y confeccionada por su esposa Emilia. Desde Narciso López, la guerras chiquita y de diez años y de independencia, hasta la lucha contra el castrato en el Escambray, Bahía de Cochinos, y el clandestinaje en el presente, acompaño a los valientes que la enarbolaban en actos de coraje para lograr una Cuba libre y democrática donde todos pudieran vivir libres, con todos los derechos con que se nace y con un gobierno elegido por el pueblo y que responda a los deseos de este. Nunca represento, ni representara a bandidos que asumieron el poder militarmente, robaron el fruto del trabajo de muchos y consolidaron su poder y lo han mantenido por más de 54 años a base de asesinatos, palizas, represión, prisión y supresión de todos los derechos humanos reconocidos por todos los países civilizados. En el presente Cuba no es un país, sino una gran finca donde los Castro y su “elite” se han convertido en millonarios a costa de la sufrida mayoría de la población. Esta unión comercial aplaudida por empresarios, políticos con intereses ideológicos o materiales, y traidores, que comenzó ayer, no es una “apertura”, sino una consolidación de la tiranía. La bandera que adorna la Embajada de Cuba no es la de Martí, Maceo, Gómez ni las de Jones, Puig, Echevarría, entre los numerosos mártires nuestros. Es una burda imitación. La que pronto ondeara en La Habana tampoco es la de Washington, Jefferson, y/o Madison, es otra falsa que esta puesta por personajes “de paso” que además de sus ambiciones personales desean acabar con todos los valores que hicieron grande, y un ejemplo mundial, a este país.
Fernando J. Milanés, MD
Alert: Obama Is Pushing A New Plan That Could Rip Guns From Millions Of Americans
“The implications of this policy are too far reaching to fathom at present.”
The Obama administration is pressing for new regulations that would ban Social Security beneficiaries from owning firearms if they cannot manage their own affairs.
The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday millions people who have their affairs handled by others would be affected. This move is reportedly intended to bring the Social Security Administration (SSA) in line with laws about who is reported to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), a database used to prevent firearms sales to felons and others who should not be carrying.
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Those affected would be anyone collecting Social Security who cannot manage their affairs because of “marked subnormal intelligence, or mental illness, incompetency, condition, or disease,” according to the LA Times, which also notes 4.2 million adults receive monthly payments administered by “representative payees.” Nearly three million people are currently receiving disability payments from Social Security as a result of mental health issues. An additional 1.5 million have finances handled by others for different reasons.
Still, some argue the proposed SSA regulations are illogical. “Someone can be incapable of managing their funds but not be dangerous, violent or unsafe,” Yale psychiatrist Dr. Marc Rosen told the the Times. “They are very different determinations.” Background checks have been in place since 1993 when the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act was signed into law. It was named after former White House press secretary James Brady, who was shot in the head and left partially paralyzed in the 1981 assassination attempt on former President Ronald Reagan.
Chris Cox, chief lobbyist for the National Rifle Association (NRA), condemned the proposal. “Unfortunately, this fits a pattern of abuse within the Obama administration which is clearly hell-bent on destroying the Second Amendment in any way possible,” Cox said in a press release. The NRA was unaware of the administration’s proposal until informed by the LA Times.
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The implications of this policy are too far reaching to fathom at present. Social Security is one of the more prolific and relied upon federal programs in American history. That Obama’s directive could so easily be implemented within the SSA suggests that bureaucrats could effectively cloak such a program in any agency within the growing leviathan that is the federal government.
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