Bits 'N' Pieces 1998

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BITS N PIECES 1998

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December 5, 1998

National Alliance Mourns The Passing... Update On Russian Document... State Department Double Talk... Report: US Discouraged POW Data... Russian Foreign Ministry Heard That State Dept. Officials "Were Discouraging Further Release of Such Documents..." The More Things Change... Time For Clinton To Act... Contact the President And Russian Ambassador... Thanks To The Schantags of The POW Network... Servicemen Accounted For... Special Thanks To Our Santa's... Happy Holidays


November 21, 1998

American POWs To The Soviet Union... Volkogonov Thought So... Moscow Refuses To Release Document.... Says Its Classified... No Document No Aid... Senja And Mooney... The Mindset To Debunk... Yeltsin Said In 1992... DoD Now Says Vietnam War Began in 1955... Nightmares... The Alliance Still Needs Your Help.... Happy Thanksgiving


November 7, 1998

Get Well Irene... Senator Bob Smith Heads For Moscow... Hanoi Agrees To Increase Level Of Cooperation... So Where Is The Full Cooperation... DPMO Is Happy... Wiping Away Last Known Alive... DAV Takes Strong Stand... North Korea and Vietnam Repatriate Remains... An MIA From World War I... Real Time Intelligence This One A Fabrication.... The Alliance Still Needs Your Help....


October 24, 1998

Korean Peace Talks Resume... Escaped South Korean POW Says More POWs In The North.... Roger Dumas, Someone Is Finally Going To Ask The Chinese.... Another Vietnamese Amnesty... Don't Look For Americans... More Real Time Intelligence.... Remains Identified or Names Wiped Off The List.... Dedication To The Men Of Site 85... Alliance Needs Your Help....


October 10, 1998

Another South Korean POW Escapes North Korea... Where is Edward Guillroy... What About Marshall Kipina... Who Is The POW in "Sleeping Dress".... Korean War Peace Talks Resume In Geneva... Two More Servicemen Accounted For.... North Korea Repatriates Remains.... Alliance Needs Your Help....


September 26, 1998

POW Flag Flies Over Embassy In Vietnam... Real Time or Air Conditioned... Harris or Key... Key Says Not Me... The Russians Are Coming... More on mtDNA... National Alliance of Families And Our Annual Forum In Jeopardy....


September 12, 1998

Vietnamese Amnesty, Who Were the Americans... Korean War POWs in Soviet Work Camp 1960... Can We Find Their Families... Will Toon Ask For the Men From Buffalo and Chicago's Liberty Street... Airport Encounter Sam Cretaro and John Mc Cain... More on the Vietnam Known.... Empire State Goes Yellow... DPMO says mtDNA is Not Used As The Primary Or Sole Means of Identification... Forget About Identifications of Plumadore, Apodaca and Judge... "I asked how the Pentagon Knew About My Capture, But All That The Debriefer Said Was That "We Have People Out There, Not Necessarily American" Frank Anton - "Why Didn't You Get Me Out?"


August 28, 1998

Sympathy on the passing of Mrs. Jordan.... Vietnamese Amnesty and "American Expatriates" ..... Not what we hope for..... National Intelligence Estimate.... also Not what we hoped for.... Statement by Senator Bob Smith.... Vietnamese full faith cooperation.... Would Clinton lie... Hanoi's Top Enemy... Is the U.S. Number 1 one the list... Servicemen Declared Identified.....


August 1, 1998

Passing of Col. Phillip Corso... Get well wishes... Jackson-Vanick - The deed is done... House votes MFN for China... More on the Known - what did they know and when did they know it... North Korea returns remains... It's vacation time... Going fishing...


July 18, 1998

Get Well wishes... Help stop the Jackson - Vanick Waiver... Stop MFN for China... A Vietnamese opinion on U.S. - Vietnam relations... Site Salting... Was that Pat Plumadore at Air Force Casualty... More on CIL-HI, AFDIL and mtDNA as it applies to the Apodaca case... The guidelines, why aren't they followed... The Known, so much more is known about how he became the Unknown...


July 4, 1998

Michael Blassie is going home... Alliance calls for investigation of CIL-HI practices... Why does Johnie Webb still have a job... Jackson Vanik Hearing.... Alliance 9th Annual Forum... mtDNA the rest of the story... "unique" is not unique.... Noted forensic anthropologist Sam Dunlap says every ID made by Tadao Furue should be reopened... The Punchbowl...


May 30, 1998

"Should such facts go public..." "hard-won trust built up with the POW/MIA families over the past would be jeopardized..." Possibilities... Servicemen accounted for... mt-DNA Britain doesn't use it for primary or sole means of identification... Clinton certifies... The POW/MIA flag fly's, thanks to Senator Bob Smith... North Korea repatriates remains... Rolling Thunder XI huge success...


May 9, 1998

Tomb of the Vietnam Unknown to be exhumed... Spin doctors hard at work... Voodoo science... Incompetent at best... The An Loc Nine... What the families have to say...What did they know and when did they know it... Remains identified... mt-DNA not what is should be... NATO expansion... Thanks to Senator Bob Smith...


April 25, 1998

Don't buy the lie... Send Michael Blassie Home.... Second South Korean POW Escapes the North... Spent 3 years in coal mine with three Americans... Released in 1956... Prisoners of War not for Direct Repatriation... Who were they... The facts on the case of Earl Hopper Jr....


April 11, 1998

Rebel fighters found in Viet Jungle... New Legislation... Bring Richard Desautel Home... NATO and Poland, reporter has someones Blood Chit.... Remains Designated... No mention of mt-DNA testing... The Know - send Michael Blassie home... CIL-HI turns animal bones to human....


March 28, 1998

Japanese POW Home from Russia after 52 years... Eastern Bloc Countries and POW information... The Known... Michael Blassie... What is DoD telling Senators about mt-DNA testing... Cold Warrior, Capt Pete Ray... you will not find him on any list.... Deny and Lie... Declassification, don't hold your breath.... Download and send....


March 14, 1998

National Alliance mourns the passing of Frances Kirkpatrick and Mildred Malcolm... the Vietnam Unknown, who didn't know... Clinton certifies Vietnamese "Full Cooperation..." Clinton Waive$ Jackson-Vanik... Senator Smith outraged... Korean Peace Talks resume... David Lamb says "virtually everyone agrees now that no Americans alive... A small number... They just don't get it... China trip for Clinton... will he ask for POWs... Serviceman accounted for...


Feb 28, 1998

National Alliance mourns the passing of Betty Hopper... more on the mt-DNA database... x-26 = Michael Blassie - Vietnam Unknown... Sounds of Silence... Id'd without remains.


Feb 14, 1998

25th Anniversary of the start of Operation Homecoming...Bob Smith (R-NH) introduced Senate Resolution 177...NATO membership for Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary...Are DPMO employees looting the National Archives...More on Jackson-Vanick...Do we see a Double Standard...Defense POW/MIA Weekly Update February 4, 1998: "The remains of two American servicemen previously unaccounted-for from Southeast Asia have been identified."...But notably missing was DPMO's bluster about mtDNA...Tomb of the Vietnam Unknown- To our knowledge no decision has be made on the exhumation of remains believed to be 1LT. Michael J. Blassie...The National Alliance of Families Ninth Annual Meeting...To the families of our POW/MIAs still waiting, we paraphrase Admiral James Stockdale and say; Remember, we are Americans. With faith in God, trust in one another, and devotion to our country, we will overcome. We will triumph.


Jan 31, 1998

General Tighe and American survive ability... 25th anniversary of the signing of the Accords...All the POWs are not home...Know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away and know when to run...are we bluffing?...Jackson Vanik Waiver...More on AFDIL & mtDNA...The Vietnam Unknown and the Blassie family...Tourist Attraction...The Ninth Annual NAF Forum....this and more!


Jan 24, 1998

A very Special Edition of Bits N Pieces which is dedicated to: Kenny Plumadore, Mark Judge, William Berry, the Unknown of Yreka California, the Men of Operation Kingfisher, wherever they are, Victor J. Apodaca and Michael J. Blassie. We are about to show you some startling information over mtDNA testing that is relied upon by our government in their rush to make this issue go away. Please read it in it's entirety and follow the links.


Jan 17, 1998

Another South Korean Escapes North Korea... Are there American "Survivors"?.. Aid and Trade... Exempt from the Jackson-Vanik amendment?...Watch your pocketbook!...How this man spent Congress' Winter Rece$$...Vietnam repatriates remains... How time changes the story - Captured, Held and Moved to Cambodia or Dead in a Sandy Grave?... If you have e-mail and are receiving Bits by Fax...Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom...The 9th annual Alliance Forum...this and more!


Jan 3, 1998

Korea Peace Talks Recess...A rescue attempt...What happened to Gulf War MIA Lt. Cdr. Michael Scott Speicher...Is the issue of MIA loosing steam?..Questions we'd like answered...U.S. moves closer to normal trade with Vietnam...Helms needs a prod?