OVERVIEW OF THE SFA/SOA NEWS CONFERENCE, 26 JUNE 1998

     THE SFA/SOA NEWS CONFERENCE WAS CONDUCTED ON 26 JUNE 1998 AT THE HILTON
HOTEL IN ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO.  CNN,FOX AND SEVERAL NEW MEXICO TELEVISION
STATIONS COVERED THE CONFERENCE.   IN ADDITION, THE WASHINGTON TIMES, REUDERS
NEWS SERVICE AND COX NEWS SERVICE AND OTHERS HAD COMPLETE COVERAGE OF THE
CONFERENCE.

STATEMENTS WERE PRESENTED BY JIMMY DEAN, HAROLD JACOBSON, CLYDE SINCERE, RUDI
GRESHAM, JOHN PLASTER, AND EUGENE MCCARLEY (ATTACHMENTS).   THE REPORTERS
QUESTIONS WERE ANSWERED BY JOHN PLASTER, EUGENE MCCARLEY, RUDI GRESHAM AND
JIMMY DEAN.  OVER 500 MEMBERS OF THE SFA AND GUESTS ATTENDED THE CONFERENCE
AND ANSWERED EACH STATEMENT WITH A STANDING OVATION.

ON THE 27TH OF JUNE 1998, A COMPLETE BRIEFING OF OPERATION "TAILWIND", WAS
PRESENTED BY JOHN PLASTER AND EUGENE MCCARLEY.   DURING THE BRIEFING, THE
CNN/TIME MAGAZINE CHARGES WERE COMPLETELY REFUTED POINT BY POINT.  AGAIN, CNN
AND FOX TELEVISED THE BRIEFING.  JOHN PLASTER WAS ON THE PAD WHEN THE RAIDERS
RETURNED AND EUGENE MCCARLEY WAS THE GROUND COMMANDER OF THE FORCE.   IT WAS
DURING THIS BRIEFING THAT THE JAY GRAVES STATEMENT WAS RELEASED.
 

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OPENING STATEMENT BY JIMMY DEAN

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WELCOME TO THE SFA/SOA PRESS
CONFERENCE CONCERNING THE CNN/TIME MAGAZINE REPORT THAT OPERATION "TAILWIND"
WAS A MISSION BY SOG TO KILL AMERICAN DEFECTORS AND USED SARIN NERVE GAS
DURING THAT OPERATION.  THE SFA AND SOA HAVE CONDUCTED AN INTENSIVE
INVESTIGATION AND STATE THAT THE CNN/TIME MAGAZINE CHARGES ARE FALSE.  WE WILL
PRESENT SEVERAL STATEMENTS AND THEN WILL TAKE YOUR QUESTIONS.  THANK YOU.
 

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PRESS RELEASE

We, the Special Forces Association and Special Operations Association, demand
CNN to do a total retraction of Newsstand's "Tailwind" story dated June 7 and
8, 1998 and the follow-up of June 14 and 15, 1998.  We also demand a
retraction from Time Magazine.

1.  We demand the immediate dismissal of all senior staffers and personnel who
were directly involved in the decision making in the airing of this program.
2.  We demand a complete, un expurgated copy of the report by CNN
investigator, Floyd Abrams, including all findings and all advice provided.
3.  We also expect equal air time on CNN to clear Special Forces' name and all
Vietnam Veterans involved in this operation.

Signed for,

Special Forces Association and Special Operations Association

by:

 
 
Harold Jacobson
President
Special Forces Association Clyde Sincere, Jr
President
Special Operations Association
 
dated June 26, 1998 at Albuquerque, NM
 

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June 26, 1998
PRESS RELEASE FROM OFFICE OF
     ADMIRAL THOMAS MOORER THROUGH HIS
     SPOKESMAN, RUDI GRESHAM

CNN'S Claims in "Operation Tailwind" Segment
     of NEWS STAND Denied

Subsequent to the broadcast of the Operation Tailwind segment on the CNN
series entitled NEWS STAND, I have conducted detailed research among documents
provided to me by the Pentagon and by various service groups and private
individuals connected with -- or professionally interested in -- the legacy of
the Vietnam era.

Close inspection of these documents plus discussion with high-ranking peers in
the military at that time has led me to the following conclusions:

1.  Operation Tailwind was part of on-going efforts in Laos to disrupt the
progress of communist forces.

2.  Operation Tailwind was NOT designed to pursue American soldiers; such a
notion seems better suited to a Hollywood film such as Apocalypse Now than any
U.S. operation I have ever heard about or would approve.

3.  Operation Tailwind may have used CS gas as part of the extraction
strategy.  (CS gas is a tear-gas designed for crowd control; it has no lethal
power.)  Operation Tailwind DID NOT use sarin or any other kind of nerve gas;
indeed, had such a gas been used as described in the CNN program, it would
have killed both the North Vietnamese and the American troops -- and include
the helicopter crews involved in the extraction.

Finally, I would ask any further queries be routed to me via Rudi Gresham.  He
is my designated spokesman (904) 775-8982 and fax 9917.

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