Recently I came across an article that should have, but didn't surprise me. For many others it is shocking evidence pointing toward a horrid event in which the U.S. government decided to debunk and cover up the truth. It also completely obliterates any credibility of well-known maverick John McCain, the apparent war-hero. The article was written by Sydney Schanberg, who was a correspondent during the Vietnam war and was the the only western reporter in Cambodia after its collapse. During his time in Cambodia, he often wrote about how the nation was better without an American presence.
The event that takes place in this article is of the American government abandoning hundreds of POWs, resulting in their deaths or disappearances. For over a decade they used committees, political figures, and other resources to cover up the autocracies they allowed to take place. They even sent false reports to the families of the missing POWs as a part of the scandal.
Here is an except from the Article titled, McCain and the POW Cover-Up:
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 Feb. 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.
So basically, Congress allowed the Vietnamese to keep about half the POWs so that they wouldn't have to pay reparations, all the while, John McCain was granted a Vietnamese POW war-hero status and he and the rest of the elected officials continued to discredit anything proving otherwise. Dick Cheney was also said to have been involved in this scandal, as well as many other foreign and domestic related unjustified actions sometimes directly proving criminal activity. Even the earlier mentioned article has been buried by mainstream media.
Below are some links regarding this issue:
The Dark Heart of the US Government - Discussing the Schanberg article with mention towards some of the media cover up.
Jesse Ventura on Dick Cheney - Gov. Ventura calling out Cheney regarding the Vietnam War.
How I met the Real John McCain
Why Small Media Breaks Big Stories
Jesse Ventura - "In the last 50 years, more people have died in their bathtubs then have died by a terrorist attack" - Afghanistan is Vietnam All Over Again