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publisher Ron Unz discovered an astonishing account of the role the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, John Mc Cain, had played in suppressing information about what happened to American soldiers missing in action in Vietnam.
Below, we present in full Sydney Schanberg’s explosive story.
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. Mc Cain, as a former POW, was its most pivotal member.
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.
Reintroduced the following year, it again disappeared.
Later that year, the Senate Select Committee was created, where Kerry and Mc Cain ultimately worked together to bury evidence.