|This “USA” in a rice paddy in northern Laos and the huge “walking K” USAF/USN escape and evasion code below it were imaged by a US spy satellite in January 1988. The unmistakable message from the US POW or POWs who constructed this message: “We are alive and awaiting rescue.” (By January 1988, the US Government had received scores of intelligence reports from independent sources reporting the presence of American POWs in this same northern Laotian province.)
The US Government has imaged or photographed perhaps two dozen similar messages from missing aircrewmen since the Paris Peace Accords were signed in 1973 the first, only weeks after the accords were signed, and the most recent when two missing USAF flight officers put escape and evasion codes, a four-digit authenticator assigned to one and the name of the other in a field just outside a prison in northern Vietnam. That information was imaged by a US spy satellite passing over northern Vietnam on 5 June 1992. None of the brave men who sent these pleas for deliverance nor any of the hundreds of their fellow POWs described in the postwar intelligence as having been held back by the North Vietnamese and Pathet Lao at Operation Homecoming have yet been released. Volumes of this intelligence on live prisoners are discussed in detail in the current New York Times bestseller, An Enormous Crime, the Definitive Account of American POWs Abandoned in Southeast Asia (Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin’s Press).
President Bush has a copy of An Enormous Crime. The copy was presented to the President at the White House over Memorial Day weekend by the leaders of Rolling Thunder,® the Vietnam vet bikers who descend by the hundreds of thousands on Washington each Memorial Day to honor their missing brothers.
On this coming Friday, June 22nd, the President of Vietnam, His Excellency Nguyen Minh Triet, will meet with President Bush in the Oval Office. Under pressure from US officials and as a gesture of goodwill, prior to his departure for the US, President Triet ordered the release of two prominent dissidents held in Vietnamese prisons. We want him to release hundreds more our American POWs.
Please call President Bush at the White House (202) 456-1414 right now and give the operator either version of the following message for the President and ask that it be delivered to him immediately. If the line is busy, please continue calling.