From: Danny Belcher <[email protected]> Sent: Friday, February 1, 2008 8:49:56 AM Subject: 2008 POW/MIA Weekend Demonstration ----- Original Message ----- From: Bob Gibson Sent: Friday, February 01, 2008 6:25 AM Subject: 2008 POW/MIA Weekend Demonstration More will follow next week. We will be asking all veteran and POW/MIA leaders to also organize a POW/MIA Rally at your state capitol on Natl. POW/MIA Reorganization Day which will be Friday, September 19th 2008. Last night I was told by John "Top" Holland that the Indiana Senate Concurrent Resolution asking for the US Congress to appoint an independent council to investigate the POW/MIA issue has passed the Indiana Senate. I will have this resolution out next week so that every state can do the same. Sen. Dan Seum is ready to introduce this in Kentucky. We need this passed in every state. I will have all of this out next week so that we can show the world and our abandoned prisoners of war that we have not forgotten and gave up. Danny "Greasy" Belcher, Executive Director Task Force Omega of KY Inc. Vietnam Infantry Sgt. 68-69 "D" Troop 7th Sqdn. 1st Air Cav Bob "Gibbo" Gibson Duty First ( D&E Platoon Rifleman - Vietnam) 1967-oct1968. AUSTRALIA Concerned Citizens for Known But Abandoned POWs PO Box 305 Moores Hill IN 47032 Email: [email protected] 2008 POW/MIA Weekend Demonstration scheduled for 19, 20 & 21 September 2008 Dear Friends, Several weeks ago I wrote a letter to You All, referring to something ʽBIGʼ coming in the near future. Well, the future is here and the proposed plans for this something ʽBIGʼ are laid out in this letter. For the past forty years or so we have been trying every thing under the sun to awaken the American People to the National Disgrace that is the POW/MIA Issue, but to no avail. One of the principal reasons for this lack of interest must be placed at the feet of the American News Media, which has, for more than sixty years, made no effort to make an in depth investigation of this Issue. The Media reports each incident or report as an individual item and never makes an effort to ʽconnect the dotsʼ and thus never gets the full story told. Several incidents have occurred where individual reporters have made an effort, on their own, to investigate and fully report on the Issue. Each of these people became ostracized by the publishers, editors, and senior journalists who, apparently, actively participate in a cover up of the Issue. In these nefarious actions do we see our ʽFree Pressʼ colluding with the US Government against the will of the People, rather than keeping the People informed of the actions of the government? We believe that by shirking their duty, as given by the US Constitution, the media not only endangers their Freedom of the Press, but they truly endanger all of the liberties we, as a nation, enjoy. If the Media is one of the culprits, the biggest ʽsick fish in this polluted pondʼ is the United States Government. We all know that corporations, the media, and governments cannot, of themselves, be guilty of anything. It is the people who control them who are the guilty parties! With that fact in mind, we can clearly state that there are many guilty parties in the media, as well as those who are, or who were, employees of the United States Government. These people vary from US Presidents and publishers to lowly file clerks who put their positions and livelihood ahead of the lives of our Abandoned Service Personnel. Our POWs, who were known to be held after WW II, The Korean War, The Vietnam War, and other engagements never had their absences properly investigated nor explained, because our laws during this long period did not demand, nor even allow, further investigations. (See the Missing Persons Act of 1942) We activists and our supporters have held rallies, signed petitions, had marches, and hunger strikes, in our effort to bring the governmentʼs attention to the Issue. We have been stymied at every turn by a government that is not only unwilling to listen to our pleas, but a government that has actively hindered our efforts. We have had Congressional and Senate hearings where it was found that POWʼs had been left behind, but no actions were ever taken to learn ʼWhyʼ, nor was any action taken to bring them home. We have had investigations that found the personnel in the elements of our government responsible for handling this Issue were not only inefficient, but were, seemingly, immune from correction or punishment. WE MUST FIND OUT WHY THIS CRIMINAL DISGRACE HAPPENED, AND WHO WERE THE PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE FOR ABANDONING THE MISSING SERVICE PERSONNEL WHO WERE KNOWN TO BE, OR SUSPECTED OF BEING, HELD AS PRISONERS OF WAR, BUT WHO WERE NOT RELEASED. IF ANY ARE STILL ALIVE WE MUST BRING THEM HOME EVEN IF NONE ARE ALIVE, THOSE GUILTY FOR THEIR ABANDONMENT MUST BE BROUGHT BEFORE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FOR JUDGEMENT. THE CULPRITS WHO HAVE DIED SINCE COMMITTING THESE CRIMES MUST HAVE A FOOT NOTE ADDED TO THEIR BIOGRAPHY AND ANY AWARDS THEY RECEIVED, DURING THE TIME THEY WERE INVOLVED IN THIS ISSUE, MUST BE REVOKED. THOSE CULPRITS WHO ARE LIVING MUST FACE JUDGEMENT. . THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY OPEN TO US, AND IT IS THE ONLY ONE THAT HAS NOT BEEN TRIED. WE MUST HAVE AN INDEPENDENT COUNSEL THE COUNSEL WHO INVESTIGATES THE POW/MIA ISSUE, FROM THE DATE THAT THE MISSING PERSONS ACT OF 1942 BE CAME LAW TO THIS VERY DAY, MUST HAVE FULL SUBPEONA AND PROSECUTORIAL POWERS SO NO STONE WILL BE LEFT UNTURNED. NO MAN FORGOTTEN. To say that we need an Independent Counsel and to actually get one are definitely two different objectives. We will have to convince the American People of the need, and then we will have to lead the People in their insistence for this Independent Counsel. The only way we can do this is to start a nationwide movement insisting that an Independent Counsel be appointed to investigate the POW/MIA Issue. This movement can be successful only if organized and coordinated throughout the entire country. These organized demonstrations must be reinforced by strong legislative support at both the national and state levels. WE BELIEVE THERE ARE ENOUGH POW/MIA ACTIVISTS, SUPPORTERS, AND OTHER INTERESTED AMERICANS WHO WILL PUT FORTH ENOUGH EFFORT TO SUCCEED IN THIS ENDEAVOR. In keeping with the above considerations, we have applied for Demonstration Permits to demonstrate for three days in Washington, DC scheduled for 19, 20 & 21 September 2008 (POW/MIA Weekend). Please note that this weekend is approximately six weeks before the National Elections. That gives us about a year to work to work on the incumbents and their challengers in Congress (House and Senate) and also state elected officials. In addition, we must pressure the President and his Administration to accept the idea of appointing an Independent Counsel for the POW/MIA Issue. We have a lobbyist working on House and Senate Resolutions for an Independent Counsel., and a member of each house has agreed to introduce them.. As soon as these Bills are introduced, we will send a copy to who ever accepts the responsibility of having a supporting Bill introduced in their state legislatures. We need at least one individual from each state. In addition to having supporting Bills introduced, in each state legislature, we would also like to have satellite demonstrations. As near as possible we would like to have them at approximately the same time, in every state Capitol City, in every state in the country. We would also like to have them simultaneously in other large cities in the state. We realize that every one cannot come to DC, but we want as many as possible to participate in the movement, and we believe that this will allow nearly every one to participate. THIS MUST BE A STRONG NATIONWIDE EFF0RT We in this new small organization realize that we cannot do this on our own. We can manage to lead the Demonstrations in DC, but any other demonstration is up to those who will do it locally. If we all do it together we all shall be successful, and very possibly end our National Nightmare. As presently planned, the three days of demonstration in DC will consist of : Day one: A Candle Light Ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and a Light & Drum March to the White House and a Drum Rally in Lafayette Park and simultaneously on the south side of the White House. Day Two: A protest March from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to the Capitol Building (or the Mall) with a program of speeches and music. Day Three: A Motorcycle Run (Route to be announced) and a Rally at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. For the first two days at each satellite demonstration we will need a group to volunteer to organize and conduct these demonstrations In that the third day of the demonstration will be a motorcycle run we need a motorcycle group to accept responsibility for organizing and directing the satellite runs through out the country. Very close coordination between these two groups will be required. Organizations interested in organizing and leading these satellite demonstrations can contact us at the E-mail and telephone number noted in the Heading of this letter. TOGETHER WE CAN DO IT!! JOHN (TOP) HOLLAND, President Thank you Susan (Bluewaves) DonaldN Semper Fi!