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Bob Kerrey: A
Phoenix Program hit man?
Unfortunately for the reputation of Mr. Kerrey and his Vietnam SEAL team, they appear to have overlooked at least one witness to their visit to Thanh Phong 32 years ago, a 12 year old girl.
According to this witness (and one of Kerrey's own men), civilians there were not killed accidentally, but rather were systematically murdered in cold blood, gangster-style. The goal: to cover their tracks.
Missing from accounts so far is an informed description of the particulars of the mission Kerrey and his men were on. There's a good reason for that:
Kerrey & Co. may have been a political assassination team working on behalf of the CIA's Phoenix Program.
According to reports, they were in Thanh Phong looking for "a Viet Cong leader (who) was operating in the village."
The purpose of their search? To "take him out." Clearly this was not a "fire fight" with enemy troops.
Who was the leader they were seeking with the intent to kill? Before you jump to the conclusion that he was a "military" leader, realize that "a Viet Cong leader" could well mean the hamlet's mayor or head man. Or some other civilian authority.
In other words, this man may have been targeted for assassination for his political opinions.
Given the artfully vague media descriptions of Kerrey's mission, it is entirely possible that he and his men were doing their dirty work for the CIA's Phoenix Program which carried out the assassination of thousands of 'Viet Cong' (National Liberation Front) civilian leaders. Oliver North cut his teeth in this Program, a fact mostly obscured during coverage of the Iran-Contra Hearings.
Participation in the Phoenix program appears to have been good career move for those involved.
SEALs were a favorite source for Phoenix Program personnel. More often than not, Vietnamese military refused to participate.
Meanwhile, Kerrey and company are working overtime getting their stories straight. I'm sure they're getting plenty of behind-the-scenes help.
"Thrashing out a consensus..." That is, rehearsing a believable lie.
Related: See footage from the film "Panama Deception" of US Marines raiding the homes of and arresting Panamanian labor and political leaders during the US invasion. Had there been a desire to kill them, that could have been arranged just as easily.
Irony: The banner ad over the International Tribune story about Kerrey's work leads here: http://www.childhelpusa.org/
13 children killed. 13 children killed. At least some who were there, and who have no apparent reason to lie, say they were killed execution-style. No accident.
All in pursuit of silencing an opinion...
About the author: Ken McCarthy is a tireless researcher and analyst . His Website is http://www.brasscheck.com. His email posts feature the following quotation: "...if only the press were to do its duty, or but a tenth of its duty, this hellish system could not go on." - William Cobbett, "Rural Rides", 1830
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