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Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 17:29:27 -0400

Subject: fwd: Shame on Jane
Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 17:29:27 -0400
From: MIKE BENGE <mbenge@USAID.GOV>

Mike Benge
G/ENV Forestry
3.7.34 Ronald Reagan Bldg.
Agency for International Development
Washington, DC 20523-3800
Tel: (202) 712-4048
FAX: (202) 216-3174
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From: MIKE BENGE@G.ENV.ENR@AIDW, on 04/28/1999 3:29 PM:
To: internet[abc-complaints-1@list2.starwave.com], internet[abcsuggestions-1@list2.starwave.com]

To whom it may concern:

I was a civilian economic development advisor in Viet Nam, and was captured by the North Vietnamese communists in South Viet Nam in 1968, and held for over 5 years.  I spent 27 months in solitary confinement, one year in a cage in Cambodia, and one year in a "black box" in Hanoi.  My North Vietnamese captors deliberately poisoned and murdered a female missionary, a nurse in a leprosarium in Ban me Thuot, South Vietnam, whom I buried in the jungle near the Cambodian border.  At one time, I was weighing approximately 90 lbs. (My normal weight is 170 lbs.).   We were Jane Fonda's "war criminals."  When Jane Fonda was in Hanoi, I was asked by the camp communist political officer if I would be willing to meet with Jane Fonda.  I said yes, for I would like to tell her about the real treatment we POWs were receiving, which was far different from the treatment purported by the North Vietnamese, and parroted by Jane Fonda, as "humane and lenient."  Because of this, I spent three days on a rocky floor on my knees with outstretched arms with a piece of steel rebar placed on my hands,  and beaten with a bamboo cane every time my arms dipped.  Jane Fonda had the audacity to say that the POWs were lying about our torture and treatment.  Now ABC is allowing Barbara Walters to honor Jane Fonda in her Feature "100 Years of Great Women."  Shame, shame on Jane Fonda!  Shame, shame on Barbara Walters!  Shame, shame on 20-20.  Shame, shame on ABC. And, shame, shame on the Disney Company.

I had the opportunity to meet with Jane Fonda for a couple of hours after I was released.  I asked her if she would be willing to debate me on TV.  She did not answer me, her husband, Tom Hayden, answered for her.  She was mind controlled by her husband.  This does not exemplify someone who should be honored as "100 Years of Great Women."  After I was released, I was asked what I thought of Jane Fonda and the anti-war movement.  I said that I held Joan Baez's husband in very high regard, for he thought the war was wrong, burned his draft card and went to prison in protest.  If the other anti-war protesters took this same route, it would have brought our judicial system
to a halt and ended the war much earlier, and there wouldn't be as many on that somber black granite wall called the Vietnam Memorial.  This is democracy.  This is the American way.

Jane Fonda, on the other hand, chose to be a traitor, and went to Hanoi, wore their uniform, propagandized for the communists, and urged American soldiers to desert.  As we were being tortured, and some of the POWs
murdered, she called us liars.  After her heros--the North Vietnamese communists--took over South Vietnam, they systematically murdered 80,000 South Vietnamese political prisoners.  May their souls rest on her head forever.  Shame! Shame!

Respectfully,

Michael D. Benge
2300 Pimmit Dr., #604-W
Falls Church, VA 22043
(202) 712-048 (W)
(703) 698-8256 (H)

cc: Mr. Eisner, Walt Disney Co.

 

Testimony of Michael D. Benge before the House International Relations Committee Chaired by the Honorable Benjamin A. Gilman, November 4, 1999.

My name is Michael D. Benge. While serving as a civilian Economic Development Officer in the Central Highlands of South Viet Nam, I was captured by the North Vietnamese during the Tet Offensive on January 28, 1968. I was held in numerous camps in South Viet Nam, Cambodia, Laos and North Viet Nam. I was a POW for over five years, and spent 27 months in solitary confinement, one year in a "black box," and one year in a cage in Cambodia. I served for almost 11 years in Viet Nam. I was released during Operation Homecoming in 1973. I am a Board Member of the National Alliance of Families for the Return of America's Missing Servicemen. And, I am a POW/MIA activist; that is, I am one who is actively seeking the truth regarding the fate of our Prisoners of War and Missing in Action.

I was not tortured by the Cubans, nor was I part of the "Cuban Program." There were 19 American POWs that I know of who were tortured by the Cubans in Hanoi during the Vietnam War. These brave men include Colonel Jack Bomar and Captain Ray Vohden, who will testify, and also Commander Al Carpenter, who is with us today. They named their torturers "Fidel," "Chico" and "Pancho." The torture took place in a POW camp called the Zoo, and the Vietnamese camp commander was a man they called the "Lump." He was called that because of the presence of a rather large fatty tumor in the middle of his forehead.

No, I was not tortured by Cubans in Vietnam, but I was interrogated by the "Lump," and a person who appeared to be a Latino and who spoke a few words of Spanish to the "Lump" during my interrogation in the early part of 1970. Upon my return to the US, I was shown a picture taken in Cuba of the "Lump," who was with an American antiwar group. Yes, it was the same person who had interrogated me in 1970. I was told by a Congressional Investigator that he was the man who was in charge of funneling Soviet KGB money to American antiwar groups and activists, such as Jane Fonda. After researching my paper, this made more sense, for who would be better suited to liaison with the Cubans. This was my first piece of the puzzle......

[entire testimony here]

Respectfully Submitted
Michael D. Benge
2300 Pimmit Dr.,
#604-W Falls Church, VA 22043
Ph: (703) 875-4063 (W) (703) 698-8256 (H)
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For efforts in rescuing several Americans prior to capture, he received the State Department's highest award for heroism and a second one for valor. He also received three of South Vietnam's highest medals for civilians.

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THE  BATTLE  OF  MINISINK..
 
 HOSPITAL  ROCK
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NEWSWEEK    SCORES  A  BIG  ONE  FOR  THE  TERRORISTS

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"There is... a deep anti-military bias in the media.  One that begins from the premise that the military must be lying, and that American projection of power around the world must be wrong.   I think that that is a hangover from Vietnam, and I think it's very dangerous."
-- Terry Moran, Chief ABC White House Correspondent,    
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ALL  VIETNAM  VETERANS  ARE  ELIGIBLE  FOR  AGENT  ORANGE  EXAMS.
PLEASE  PASS  THIS  IMPORTANT  INFORMATION  TO  ALL  VIETNAM  VETERANS,  WHO  YOU  KNOW.

 
 
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SURRENDER  WAS  NEVER  AN  OPTION
The Vietnam War Experiences of a Proud Vietnam Vet.
 

 
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The poem listed on the below website is the  "Dear Vietnam Veteran"  Letter.

International War Veterans' Poetry Archives

 

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JACK CUNNINGHAM

United States Marine Corps
Phu Da, Vietnam
1970 - 1971

Jack Cunningham: Dear Vietnam Veteran


Visit Jack's website,
"Surrender Was Not an Option"
 

 
 
 
 

 
 
THIS   IS   HAPPENING   ACROSS   AMERICA
 
 

 
FOR  THOSE  OF  YOU  WHO  BELIEVE  THAT  JANE FONDA  IS  A  NATIONAL  HERO,  AND  FOR  THOSE  OF  YOU  WHO DON'T  BELIEVE  SHE  IS,  PLEASE  PRESS  THE  BELOW  LINK:

 
 

 
 

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Check out the Viet-Myths website.  We're another group working on trying to get the truth out on the Vietnam War. 
            Regards,
           Mike Benge,
     Former VN POW '68-73
 
 

Examining the Myths of the Vietnam War

A Conference,
under the auspices of The RADIX Foundation,
which took place at Simmons College,
300 The Fenway, Boston MA, 26-29 July 2004


"The Vietnam War was mis-reported by the Media, mis-recorded by the Historians, mis-taught in our schools and mis-applied in addressing policy decisions.
MMMM should replace UUUU as our recognition symbol."
 

Stephen Sherman

http://www.viet-myths.net/OSession01.htm

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TERRI SCHINDLER:   REMEMBER THE KAREN ANN QUINLAN STORY IN 1975

Learn what Karen Ann Quinlan's parents did in her name.   Maybe, something similar could happen in Terri Schindler's name.   (Or you can donate in Terri Schindler's name directly to the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice.)
 
 

 

 
THE  BELOW  ARTICLES  COME  FROM  THE  BOOK
DIRTY  LITTLE  SECRETS  OF  THE  VIETNAM  WAR
 
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----- Original Message -----
From: Tom Spanne

Well, Folks:
 
Jane Fonda has done a mea culpa for sitting on an NVA Triple A gun.  A gun responsible for downing many a US Airman over North Vietnam during that year of 1972.
 
Now Jane is "So sorry," but why?  BECAUSE JANE FONDA IS SELLING A BOOK.  And Leslie Stahl and the rest of the 60 Minutes (CBS) turncoats are helping her facilitate the whole snow job.
 
I thought this was the "Flower Generation."  These were the rabid anti-capitalists, who have now sold out like the rest of their ilk for the almighty buck.
 
Well Jane, on behalf of all Vietnam Veterans  (living and dead) TAKE YOUR MANUSCRIPT, PUT A NICE BORDER ON IT, PUT IT ON A ROLL AND PUT IT WHERE IT BELONGS:  NEXT TO THE CRAPPER!
 
Tom Spanne 2/9/3 Company Corpsman
U.S. Marines 9th MAB

 

Years ago, Jane Fonda stood up for her beliefs in the name and honor of communism.

Now, Jane Fonda is pushing her capitalistic beliefs.   She wants to make money with her new book and new movie. 

Things change...

Years ago, DISNEY made it big on good, moral, honorable, American family stories.  It's when DISNEY changed their format that the Corporation started having problems.

Wal-Mart made it big;  because they advertised everything sold in the store was American-Made.

Boy, how things change!!

    Jack   http://www.CapVeterans.com 

 

 
It wasn't Jane's fault.   It was because her former husbands made her do it.
(SHE  MUST  BE  TRYING  TO  MAKE  A  COMEBACK.
SHE THINKS AMERICANS ARE STUPID...)
 
 

 
 

 
WHAT HAPPENED IN VIETNAM  ON  MARCH  29, 1971   THIRTY-FOUR  YEARS AGO
 

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Help Democracy grow in Iraq.  Be part of the solution...
             Jack_Cunningham

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"A true friend is someone who thinks you are a good egg   

even though he knows 

       you are slightly cracked." 

 
Adopt  An  American  Veteran
 

 
It's time that American Democrat Leaders got behind a solution and pushed it forward, instead of their DOOM and GLOOM forecasts.  John Kerry is still the Democrats top forecaster.  Does any Democrats think the Iraq Election was a major step forward...   Or are all Democrat politicians afraid of John Kerry, Ted Kennedy and their soon to be elected leader, Howard Dean? 
    There must to be some Democrat Politicians, who are NOT afraid of their Far-Left Leadership...?
      Jack
 
Rice: Iraqi Voting Exceeds Expectations
2 minutes ago
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By ANNE GEARAN, AP Diplomatic Writer

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (news - web sites) said the Iraqi elections went "better than expected" Sunday, despite incomplete reports about the extent of voter turnout in areas plagued by intimidation and violence.

 
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She also called insurgents "terrible thugs" who will not succeed in stopping voting and the progress of democracy in Iraq (news - web sites).

"Every indication is that the election in Iraq is going better than expected," Rice said on ABC's "This Week."

But Sen. John Kerry (news - web sites), D-Mass., sounded a note of caution in an interview on NBC's "Meet The Press."

"It is hard to say that something is legitimate when whole portions of the country can't vote and doesn't vote," Kerry said.

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What CAP did in Vietnam is again working in Iraq!    http://home.earthlink.net/~american_families/id5.html 

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Pictures  From  A  Marine Corps'  CAP Villlage. http://home.earthlink.net/~vietnamwar

Americans did it before...   This is not about politics.

Former CAP Marine Tim Duffie  tduffie@cinci.rr.com  is in contact with Marine Officers of CAP in Iraq.   What CAP did in Vietnam is again working in Iraq!    http://home.earthlink.net/~american_families/id5.html      Lets help the Iraqi People directly.   Please learn how you can help the Iraqi People in these CAP Villages.   Get involved.   Let the Iraqi People learn the truth of the kindness of the American People.
       If the interest to help is there, maybe something can be started with the right people helping out!    During the Vietnam War, packages of needed goods were sent directly through the U.S. Mail to CAP Marines.   The U.S. Navy Corpsmen could always use some family medical supplies to pass around.  However, because of the War on Terrorism and packages, there might be rules in place now.  
      Sometimes, these villages needed schools.  The CAP Marines and Navy Seabees did the work for free.   However, cost of supplies to build and run the school were donated by CAP Marines' families, friends, former schoolmates, fellow-Church members, etc.   I heard of one CAP Navy Corpsman, who paid for one school himself.
       During the Vietnam War, few Americans ever heard of CAP Villages.  
 
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