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{Disarmed} Re: Fwd: A Good Read

  • Subject: {Disarmed} Re: [iris-photos] Fwd: A Good Read
  • From: "jjbhphd" JBHPHD@BELLSOUTH.NET
  • Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2006 22:42:48 -0400

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Sent: Monday, July 24, 2006 3:24 PM
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Fwd: A Good Read

I go to Iris Photos for pictures and information about irises and iris people, not for political commentary.  Please direct your commentary to contacts other than those of us at Iris Photos. 
In regard to your internet info - please check out your sources.  The best place to do so is at Snopes.com.  Here is the site for the story you are passing on to people.  Please go to it and read the whole thing.  Jane Fonda did say many things I did not appreciate but she did not do what this story (legend) claims.
THEN send us IRIS RELATED stuff.  AND sign your name to it.
Thank you,  Jan in Chatsworth
Claim:   Jane Fonda betrayed U.S. POWs during the Viet Nam War.

Status:   Multiple:
  • During a 1972 trip to North Vietnam, Jane Fonda propagandized on behalf of the North Vietnamese government, declared that American POWs were being treated humanely and condemned U.S. soldiers as "war criminals" and later denounced them as liars for claiming they had been tortured:   True.
  • Jane Fonda handed over to their captors the slips of paper POWs pressed upon her:   False.
  • In 1999, Jane Fonda was profiled in ABC's A Celebration: 100 Years of Great Women:   True.

    kpb9012@wmconnect.com wrote:

From: "Rick Laatsch" <rlmlo223@earthlink.net>
To: "Ann" <keplrng3@verizon.net>
Subject: A Good Read
Date: Fri, 21 Jul 2006 07:49:02 -0500


In 168, the former Commandant of the USAF
Survival School was a POW in Ho Lo Prison 
the "Hanoi Hilton."
Dragged from a stinking cesspit of a cell,
cleaned, fed, and dressed in clean PJ's, he was
ordered to describe for a visiting American
"Peace Activist" the "lenient and humane
treatment" he'd received.
He spat at Ms. Fonda, was clubbed, and was
dragged away.
During the subsequent beating, he fell forward
on to the
FONT color="blue">camp Commandant's feet, which  

sent that officer berserk.
In 1978, the Air Force Colonel stillsuffered from
double vision (which permanently ended his
flying career) from the Commandant's frenzied
application of a wooden baton.
From 1963-65, Col. Larry Carrigan was in the
47W/DO (F-4E's).  He spent 6 years in the
"Hanoi Hilton",,, the first three of which his
family only knew he was "missing in action".
His wife lived on faith that he was still alive.
His group, too, got the cleaned-up, fed and
clothed routine in preparation for a           
"peace delegation" visit.
They, however, had time and devised a plan to
get word to the world that they were alive    
and still survived.  Each man secreted a tiny
piece of paper, with his Social Security Number
on it, in the palm of his hand.
When paraded before Ms. Fonda and a
cameraman, she walked the line, shaking each
man's hand and asking little encouraging
snippets like: "Aren't you sorry you bombed
babies?" and "Are you grateful for the humane
treatment from your benevolent captors?"
Believing this HAD to be an act, they each

palmed her their sliver of paper.
She took th em all without missing a beat.  At the
end of the line and once the camera stopped
rolling, to the shocked disbelief of the POWs,
she turned to the officer in charge and handed
him all the little pieces of paper.
Three men died from the subsequent beatings.
Colonel Carrigan wasalmost number four    
but he survived, which is the only reason we
know of her actions that day.
I was a civilian economic development advisor
Vietnam, and was captured by the North
Vietnamese communists in
South Vietnam in
1968, and held prisoner 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
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 weighed only about 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 her.
I said yes, for I wanted to tell her about the real
treatment we POWs received... and how
different it was from the treatment purported by
the North Vietnamese, and parroted by her as
"humane and lenient."
Because of this, I spent three days on a rocky
floor on my knees, with my arms outstretched
with a large steel weights placed on my hands,
and beaten with a bamboo cane.
I had the opportunity to meet with Jane Fonda
soon after I was released.  I asked her              
if she would be willing to debate me on TV. 
She never did answer me.
These first-hand experiences do not exemplify
someone who should be honored as part        
of "100 Years of Great Women."
Lest we forget..." 100 Years of Great Women"
should never include a traitor whose hands are
covered with the blood of so many patriots.
There are few things I have strong visceral
reactions to, but Hanoi Jane's participation in
blatant treason, is one of them.
Please take the time to forward to as many
people as you possibly can.
It will eventually end up on her computer and
she needs to know that we will never forget.
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