4/22/1971, "Vietnam War Hearing: John Kerry Testimony - Vietnam Veterans Against the War (1971)," You tube, C-Span, Pacifica Radio archives
"Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Hearing on Viet Nam war." (Pres. Lyndon Johnson approved the first US bombing of North Viet Nam on August 4, 1964).
Spokesman for Viet Nam Veterans Against the War, John Kerry, addressed the April 1971 hearing. (Kerry served in Viet Nam 1968-69).
"Several months ago in Detroit, we had an investigation at which over 150 honorably discharged and many very highly decorated veterans, testified to war crimes committed in Southeast Asia. Not isolated incidents, but crimes committed on a day to day basis with a full awareness of officers at all levels of command.
Its' impossible to describe to you exactly what did happen in Detroit.
The emotions in the room, the feelings of the men who were reliving
their experiences in Viet Nam. But they did, they relived the absolute horror of what this country in a sense made them do. They told the stories of times that they had
raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable
telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs,
blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in the
fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun,
poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of
South Viet Nam. In addition to the normal ravage of war, and the normal
and very particular ravaging which is done by the applied bombing power
of this country. We called this investigation the Winter Soldier
Monday, May 30, 2016
John Kerry tells US Senate in 1971 that US soldiers committed war crimes in Viet Nam: 'raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, randomly shot at civilians, shot cattle and dogs for fun, razed villages in the fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan'
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