FW: Cuban involvement in the torture of GIs in Vietnam... ?

Subject: FW: Cuban involvement in the torture of GIs in Vietnam... ?

Something else I've never heard of!
This column was originally published at www.aim.org  

Whatever one thinks of President Barack Obama’s overtures to Cuba and the accompanying prisoner exchange, an important consideration in need of immediate attention is an accounting of our servicemen captured in the Vietnam War and imprisoned in Cuban-operated POW camps. Of utmost importance is an accounting of the 17 American airmen captured in North Vietnam and then taken to Cuba for medical experiments in torture techniques.

Most Americans are unaware that Cuba was deeply involved in the Vietnam War. In fact they had an engineering battalion called the “Girón Brigade,” that was maintaining Route Nine, a major enemy supply line into South Vietnam. Their facilities included a POW camp and field hospital very near the DMZ, just inside North Vietnam. Meanwhile Cuban interrogators worked in Hanoi at a prison known as the Zoo. We know of these operations and some of what happened to our servicemen after so managed to survive and be repatriated in the winter of 1973, during Operation Homecoming.

Following his release Major Jack Bomar, a Zoo survivor, described the brutal beating of Captain Earl G. Cobeil, an F-105F electronics warfare officer, by Cuban Major Fernando Vecino Alegret, known by the POWs as “Fidel.” Regarding Captain Cobeil, Bomar related, “he was completely catatonic. … His body was ripped and torn everywhere…Hell cuffs appeared almost to have severed his wrists…Slivers of bamboo were imbedded in his bloodied shins, he was bleeding from everywhere, terribly swollen, a dirty yellowish black and purple [countenance] from head to toe.”

In an effort to force Cobeil to talk “Fidel smashed a fist into the man’s face, driving him against the wall. Then he was brought to the center of the room and made to get down onto his knees. Screaming in rage, Fidel took a length of rubber hose from a guard and lashed it as hard as he could into the man’s face. The prisoner did not react; he did not cry out or even blink an eye. Again and again, a dozen times, [Fidel] smashed the man’s face with the hose.”

Because of his grotesque physical condition Captain Cobeil was not repatriated but instead was listed as “died in captivity,” with his remains returned in 1974. (Miami Herald, August, 22 1999, and Benge, Michael D. “The Cuban Torture Program, Testimony before the House International Relations Committee, Chaired by the Honorable Benjamin A. Gilman, November 4, 1999.) Incredibly, Fidel’s torture of Major James Kasler is well known as he somehow managed to survive the Cuban’s torture.

Much less is known about our 17 captured airmen taken to Cuba for “experimentation in torture techniques.” They were held in Havana’s Los Maristas, a secret Cuban prison run by Castro’s G-2 Intelligence service. A few were held in the Mazorra (Psychiatric) Hospital and served as human guinea pigs used to develop improved methods of extracting information through “torture and drugs to induce [American] prisoners to cooperate.”

After being shot down in April of 1972, U.S. Navy F-4 pilot, Lt. Clemmie McKinney, an African-American, was imprisoned near the Cuban compound called Work Site Five. His capture occurred while then-Cuban president Fidel Castro was visiting the nearby Cuban field hospital. Although listed as killed in the crash by DOD, his photograph standing with Castro, was later published in a classified CIA document.

More than 13 years later, on August 14, 1985, the North Vietnamese returned Lt. McKinney’s remains, reporting that he died in November 1972. However, a U.S, Army forensic anthropologist established the “time of death as not earlier than 1975 and probably several years later.” The report speculated that he had been a guest at Havana’s Los Maristas prison, with his remains returned to Vietnam for repatriation. (We also paid big money for the remains—delivered in stacks of green dollars to Hanoi aboard an AF C-141 from Travis AFB, California.) Unfortunately, our servicemen held in the Cuban POW camp near Work Site Five (Cong Truong Five), along with those in two other Cuban run camps were never acknowledged nor accounted for and the prisoners simply disappeared.

If our honor code of “Duty, Honor, Country,” and our national policy of “No man left behind,” are more than meaningless slogans, then before our relations with Cuba can be normalized, their murderous leadership must account for our POWs—especially the 17 airmen taken to Cuba. The civilized world and American veterans demand it.

Additional research on this topic, by John Lowery, is below:

Cuba’s Vietnam War Involvement

Research by John Lowery


“Torture of American Prisoners by Cuban Agents,” Juan O. Tamayo, Miami Herald, August 22, 1999.www.aiipowmia.com/testimony/cubanews5.html  

“ Cuban War Crimes Against American POWs,” Michael D. Benge, Cuba Program Research Paper, October 4, 1999. www.vvof.org/cuba_res.htm  

“The Cuban Torture Program …Torture of American Prisoners by Cuban Agents,” Testimony of Michael D. Benge, before the House International Relations Committee Chaired by the Honorable Benjamin A. Gilman. November 4, 1999. www.aiipowmia.com/testimony/cuba_benge.html .

“Cuban War Crimes Against American POWs During the Vietnam War,” Mike Benge, National Alliance of Families, www.nationalalliance.org/cuba/benge2.htm (Undated)

“The Evidence is Clear,” POW/MIA Freedom Fighters,www.powmiaff.org/evidence.htm , May 23, 2006.

“ Benge, Michael Dennis, Bio” Loss/Capture report, 31 January 1968.

Fwd: FW: new pistol

date:Thu, May 14, 2015 at 12:19 PM
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FW: Muslim Tribute Band

Subject: FW: Muslim Tribute Band


I went to see a muslim tribute band last night at a Mosque in NYC. They were called "Bomb Jovi" and I thought they were brilliant. They performed songs like “Losing my head over you”, “Rocket Launcher Man”, “You’re six, you’re beautiful, and you’re mine”.

 Their last song "Living on a Prayer Mat" almost brought the house down!!

Then this muslim guy started bragging about how he had the entire Koran on DVD.

I was interested, so I asked him, "Can you burn me a copy?"

Well that was when the trouble started.
Those guys have no sense of humor!

Fwd: FW: Hamburgers and Minimum Wage

Subject: Hamburgers and Minimum Wage
date:Wed, May 13, 2015 at 1:22 PM
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Low military pay was not mentioned in the State Of The Union speech.  However, increasing the minimum wage was for those fast food employees  striking for $15 an hour. Let's do some math: At $15 an hour Johnny Fry-Boy would make $31,200 annually.

An E1 (Private) in the military makes $18,378. An E5 (Sergeant) with 8 years of service only makes $35,067 annually.

So you're telling me, LaTisha McBurger flipper, that you deserve as much as those kids getting shot at, deploying for months in hostile environments, and putting their collective asses on the line every day protecting your unskilled butt!?

Here's the deal, Baconator, you are working in a job designed for a kid in high school who is learning how to work and earning enough for gas, and hanging out with their equally goofy high school pals. If you have chosen this as your life long profession, you have failed. If you don't want minimum wage, don't have minimum skills.

My Two Cents worth, just saying...... 


date:Tue, May 26, 2015 at 11:33 AM

"Great Nancy, but how?" asked Harry.

"We'll get some cheesy clothes and shoes, like most Middle Class Americans wear, then stop at the pound and pick up a Labrador Retriever. Then, we'll go to a nice old country bar in Montana and show them how much admiration and respect we have for the hard working people living there." So they did, and found just the place they were looking for in Hamilton, Montana. With the dog in tow, they walked inside and stepped up to the bar.

The bartender took a step back and said, "Hey! Aren't you Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi?"

"Yes we are!" said Nancy, "And what a lovely town you have here. We were passing through and Harry suggested we stop and take in some local color."

They ordered a round of bourbon for the whole bar, and started chatting up a storm with anyone who would listen. A few minutes later, a grizzled old rancher came in, walked up to the Labrador, lifted up its tail, looked underneath, shrugged his shoulders and walked out.

A few moments later, in came another old rancher. He walked up to the dog, lifted up its tail, looked underneath, scratched his head and left the bar.

For the next hour, another dozen ranchers came in, lifted the dog's tail, and left shaking their heads.

Finally, Nancy asked, "Why did all those old ranchers come in and look under the dog's tail? Is it some sort of custom?:

"Lord no," said the bartender. "Someone's out there running around town claiming there's a Labrador Retriever in here with two assholes!"

Fwd: "Leftovers"

date:Fri, May 8, 2015 at 5:30 PM
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FW: Photo: Bill Clinton :-)

date:Thu, May 7, 2015 at 10:28 PM
subject:Photo: Bill Clinton :-)

ha ha ha :-)


date:Tue, May 5, 2015 at 5:04 PM


So true, so true!!!!

Fwd: FW: Dr. Charles Krauthammer

date:Tue, May 5, 2015 at 12:57 PM
subject:Fwd: FW: Dr. Charles Krauthammer

Subject: Fwd: Dr. Charles Krauthammer
Dr. Charles Krauthammer.


1. Born: March 13, 1950.
2. Birthplace: New York City, New York.
3. Raised in Montreal, Canada.
4. Attended Mc Gill University and Harvard Medical School.
5. 1972 diving accident left him paralyzed from the neck on down.
6. Directed psychiatric research for the Carter administration.
7. Began writing career in 1981 with The New Republic.
8. Helped develop the "Reagan Doctrine" in the 80's.
9. Appointed to Presidential Council on Bioethics in 2002.

Dr. Krauthammer is frequently on the Fox News Channel.  He is an M.D., a lawyer and is paralyzed from the neck down.  A friend went to hear Charles Krauthammer.  He listened with 25 others in a closed room.  What he says here is NOT 2nd-hand but 1st.  The ramifications are staggering for us, our children and their children.

Last Monday was a profound evening.  Dr. Charles Krauthammer spoke to the Center for the American Experiment.  He is a brilliant intellectual, seasoned & articulate.  He is forthright and careful in his analysis and never resorts to emotions or personal insults.  He is NOT a fear monger, nor an extremist, in his comments and views.  He is a fiscal conservative and has received a Pulitzer Prize for writing.  He is a frequent contributor to Fox News and writes weekly for the Washington Post.

The entire room was held spellbound during his talk.  I have summarized his comments, as we are living in uncharted waters economically and internationally.

Even 2 Dems at my table agreed with everything he said!  If you feel like forwarding this to those who are open minded and have not drunk the Kool-Aid, feel free....

Summary of his comments:

1.       Mr. Obama is a very intellectual, charming individual.  He is not to be underestimated.  He is a cool customer who doesn't show his emotions.  It's very hard to know what's behind the mask.  The taking down of the Clinton dynasty was an amazing accomplishment.  The Clintons still do not understand what hit them.  Obama was in the perfect place at the perfect time.
2.       Obama has political skills comparable to Reagan and Clinton.  He has a way of making you think he's on your side, agreeing with your position, while doing the opposite.  Pay no attention to what he SAYS; rather, watch what he DOES!!!
3.       Obama has a ruthless quest for power.  He did not come to Washington to make something out of himself but rather to change everything, including dismantling capitalism.  He can't be straight forward on his ambitions, as the public would not go along.  He has a heavy hand and wants to level the playing field with income redistribution and punishment to the achievers of society.  He would like to model the USA to Great Britain or Canada.
4.       His three main goals are to control ENERGY, PUBLIC EDUCATION and NATIONAL HEALTHCARE by the Federal government.  He doesn't care about the auto or financial services industries but got them as an early bonus.  The cap and trade will add costs to everything and stifle growth.  Paying for FREE college education is his goal.  Most scary is his healthcare program because if you make it FREE and add 46,000,000 people to a Medicare-type single-payer system, the costs will go through the roof.  The only way to control costs is with massive RATIONING of services, like in Canada...  God forbid!
5.       He has surrounded himself with mostly far-left academic types.  No one around him has ever even run a candy store.  But they are going to try and run the auto, financial, banking and other industries.  This obviously can't work in the long run.  Obama is not a socialist; rather he's a far-left secular progressive bent on nothing short of revolution.  He ran as a moderate but will govern from the hard left.  Again, watch what he DOES, not what he says.
6.       Obama doesn't really see himself as President of the United States but more as a ruler over the world.  He sees himself above it all, trying to orchestrate & coordinate various countries and their agendas.  He sees moral equivalency in all cultures.  His apology tour in Germany and England was a prime example of how he sees America as an imperialist nation that has been arrogant, rather than a great noble nation that has at times made errors.  This is the first President, ever, who has chastised our allies and appeased our enemies!
7.       He is now handing out goodies.  He would like to blame all problems on Bush, from the past, and hopefully his successor in the future.  He has a huge ego and Dr. Krauthammer believes he is a narcissist.  (The Dr. IS a psychiatrist).
8.       Republicans are in the wilderness for a while but will emerge strong.  Republicans are pining for another Reagan but there will never be another like him.  Krauthammer believes Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty & Bobby Jindahl (except for his terrible speech in February) are the future of the party.  Newt Gingrich is brilliant but has baggage.  Sarah Palin is sincere and intelligent but needs to really be seriously boning up on facts and info if she is to be a serious candidate in the future.  We need to return to the party of lower taxes, smaller government, personal responsibility, strong national defense and State's Rights.
9.       The current level of spending is irresponsible and outrageous.  We are spending trillions that we don't have.  This could lead to hyperinflation, depression or worse.  No country has ever spent themselves into prosperity.  The Liberal Media loves the democratic agenda.  But eventually the bill will come due and people will realize the huge bailouts didn't work, nor the stimulus package.  These were trillion-dollar payoffs to Obama's allies, unions and the Congress to placate the left, so he can get support for #4 above.
10.    I hope this gets you really thinking about what's happening in Washington and Congress.  There is a left-wing revolution going on, according to Krauthammer, and he encourages us to keep the faith and join the loyal resistance.  The work will be hard but we're right on most issues and can reclaim our country before it's far too late.

Do yourself a long term favor.  Send this to all who will listen to an intelligent assessment of the big picture.  All our futures and children's futures depend on our good understanding of what is really going on in DC and our action pursuant to that understanding!!!

If you hold sacred the freedoms granted to you by the U.S. Constitution?

By all means, PLEASE, PASS IT ON!!!

In God We Trust.

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