NAM VET SAYS VOTERS SHOULD CONCENTRATE ON KERRY'S BETRAYAL OF POW/MIAs
August 24, 2004
1:05 AM Eastern
Bill Opferman lives in New Jersey and is a veteran who served in Viet Nam. He's also spent decades, along with thousands of other vets, trying to expose the truth about the cover up and betrayal of POW/MIAs from both the Korean War and Viet Nam era. Opferman says that the American people need to know the truth about John Kerry's deliberate and extensive efforts to cover up the fact that thousands of live American servicemen have been abandoned and left as slaves in the hands of the communists in North Korea and Viet Nam.
According to POW/MIA Family Members Against John Kerry:
"John Kerry abandoned our husbands, sons, fathers, and brothers in favor of trade and normalization of relations with Vietnam. His actions paved the way for the further abandonment of POWs and MIAs from World War II, the Korean War, and the Cold War.
"John Kerry, as chairman of the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs, ordered the destruction of committee documents, blocked avenues of investigation, and misrepresented progress on the POW/MIA issue to justify lifting of the trade embargo against Vietnam."
Opferman had these words to add in our interview with him, "These heinous and unlawful acts by Senator John Kerry are what the American people need to focus on right now. The 'Swift Boat' ads have been played out, now it's time for the country to see John Kerry for the despicable individual he really is and demand the Department of Justice look into possible criminal activity in shredding committee documents." Asked if he is pro-Bush, Opferman said absolutely not and wouldn't vote for Bush if he were the only candidate on the ballot. "Basically, Kerry and Bush are the same, they just package their lies and unconstitutional behavior differently."
POW/MIA Family Members Against John Kerry maintain that Kerry's sell out of their loved ones had everything to do with money (search), specifically:
"......it is clear that John Kerry had but one goal as Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs. His goal was to remove the issue of Prisoners of War and Missing in Action, as a roadblock to trade and normalization of relations with Vietnam. The question is.... why? All we need to do is look at two events which occurred shortly after the committee presented its finding, in January 1993.
"Francis Zwenig, staff director for the Committee, who was often seen during hearings whispering in Kerry's ear, became Vice President of the U.S. - Vietnam Trade Council. Ms Zwenig, who helped shaped the conclusion of the committee and its final report was now benefiting financially from the committee's efforts to close the POW/MIA issue.
"In June of 1993, as reported in a Boston Herald article by Michael E. Knell, "Colliers International brokered a $905 million dollar deal to develop a deep sea port in Vietnam.." To skirt the trade embargo still in effect against Vietnam, Colliers International acted through its partner firm Colliers Jardine based in Singapore. At the time the deal was brokered, C. Stewart Forbes was the Chief Executive Officer of Colliers International.
"All through 1993 and into early 1994, John Kerry pushed for the lifting of the trade embargo against Vietnam, citing of Vietnamese cooperation on the POW/MIA issue. As evidenced in the articles of Sydney Schanberg and scripted event involving Senator Kerry and Col. Pham Duc Dia, Vietnamese cooperation was clearly a myth.
"Yet, Kerry persisted in his campaign to lift the trade embargo. Finally, his efforts were rewarded in February 1994, when President Clinton lifted the embargo.
"Did Kerry have an another agenda, beyond the stated goals of the committee? Before you answer that question, there is one other piece of information you need to know. C. Stewart Forbes CEO of Colliers International and John Forbes Kerry are cousins.
"Did financial gain motivate Kerry's actions as Chairman of the Select Committee? Perhaps someone in the media will ask the question."
The POW/MIA families aren't the only ones attempting to get this information out into the mainstream. In a recent column by Sydney H. Schanberg titled, When John Kerry's Courage Went M.I.A., Schanberg writes:
"The stated purpose of the special Senate committee—which convened in mid 1991 and concluded in January 1993—was to investigate the evidence about prisoners who were never returned and find out what happened to the missing men. Committee chair Kerry's larger and different goal, though never stated publicly, emerged over time: He wanted to clear a path to normalization of relations with Hanoi. In any other context, that would have been an honorable goal. But getting at the truth of the unaccounted for P.O.W.'s and M.I.A.'s (Missing In Action) was the main obstacle to normalization—and therefore in conflict with his real intent and plan of action.
"Kerry denied back then that he disguised his real goal, contending that he supported normalization only as a way to learn more about the missing men. But almost nothing has emerged about these prisoners since diplomatic and economic relations were restored in 1995, and thus it would appear—as most realists expected—that Kerry's explanation was hollow. He has also denied in the past the allegations of a cover-up, either by the Pentagon or himself."
"Stump" Avery, nicked named so because he lost his leg in Viet Nam, lives in Northern California and is part of the brigade attempting to reach other vets regarding Kerry. Stump says anyone who votes for John Kerry because of more promises of free health care or support of same sex marriages "shames every POW/MIA abandoned by this government with the direct assistance of John Kerry." He said vets like himself are sickened that the liberal media who make no bones about wanting Kerry as their next President, would forsake the truth about Kerry. "The so-called mainstream media in this country is a joke. That's means you, Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings and Tim Russert and all the rest. You're a joke and people know you're a joke."
Asked if Stump would be voting for President Bush, Stump said, "Why should I vote for a coward who hid behind his daddy's money and political connections while the rest of us went and did our duty when we didn't want to be there either?"
Like growing numbers of Americans, Stump will be voting for a candidate outside what is considered the only two viable parties, the Republican and Democratic parties. Stump said he encourages the 33 million living veterans to "vote your conscience" and for him, it's Michael Peroutka of the Constitution Party, who is now ballot qualified in 28 states holding enough electoral college votes to potentially pull off an upset that would qualify as a major event in American politics. However, political pundits maintain there is no danger of a "third party" candidate winning because most Americans won't "waste their vote."
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