"Operation Tailwind"
        QUESTIONS NOT ASKED AND THOSE THAT GO  UNANSWERED
   Effective:    7/18/98

QUESTION FOR PETER ARNETT;

1. Peter - Tell us about the time you and your fellow correspondents met in
Saigon to plan your own strategy for the Vietnam War.

Tell us what you and Neil Sheehan of UPI, Malcolm Brown of AP and David
Halberstam of the NY Times concluded - how you were going to "do something"
about the establishment.   I understand that these "journalists have sent you
e-Mail backing your side.  Your thoughts on this "Cabal" thirty years later.

2.  Our source, the new AP book on the subject indicates you bragged about
influencing the outcome of this War.  Any comments?
 
3.  Did you not realize what the profound impact this misinformation campaign
would have on the Americans and Vietnamese who were fighting for their very
lives?
 
4.  Would you like to explain to the widows and mothers of the servicemen why
you did this?  How about the 14 million surviving Vets?  What is your
reasoning?
 
5.  What about the Montagnards and others that have fled Vietnam since 1975.
What type of explanation would you give them for your actions?
 
6.  How do you, as a journalist,  explain the events in Cambodia by Pol Pot
and the Khemer Rouge.  Why wasn't more said about this Holocaust?
 
7.  Can you, in good conscience face April Oliver and Jack Smith and tell them
to their face that you were not responsible for this travesty?

8.  You stated that women and children were targeted
                    and killed.  What was that assertion based on?

9.. It has been suggested that the nerve gas was used
     twice, once during the extraction, and once the night before.
    and "According to military officials, during the evening,
    American planes gassed the camp with death sarin nerve
    gas, dropping the special weapon, CBU15."     What military
     officials?  All reports indicate that the existence of
     the camp was not known until the following morning.  If this isn't
       fabrication, what is it?

10.  Knowing, as you must have, that the charges of
       employing nerve agents against friend and foe were
       illogical, and therefore probably false, what was your motive for
       presenting  them?

QUESTION FOR PAM HILL;

1.     Why did YOU  resign, when she could have stuck with Oliver and Smith
and followed their line?

2.  Did YOU  resign because that was the honorable
thing to do knowing what YOUR PART WAS ON  the story's production?  Does she
have at least that much integrity?
3. Do YOU   admit that the story was fabricated?
4. I believe a number of other producers/staffers were also involved, they've
sort of just faded into the woodwork who are they and where are they?

QUESTIONS FOR TOM JOHNSON

1.  One important question is why did the power structure circumvent the man
that CNN pays "big money" to advise them on military matters?  Namely Maj.
Gen. Smith.

QUESTIONS FOR      KAPLAN
1.  What are the 'bona fides' of your confidential sources?
                    What leads you to believe they are any more reliable
than the   Reverends Cathey and Van Buskirk?

 2.  Did you check them [bona fides] as carefully as you
                    checked those of Reverend James Cathey?

 3.  Where is Reverend Cathey?  Why is he unavailable for
                    comment?

 4.  Who is paying for his extended vacation?

 5.  When did you know that Jay Graves had not been assigned
                    to MACVSOG, had not personally seen caucasians, and had
not
                    been associated with Operation Tailwind?

 6.  What role did Ike Isola [mentioned in Abrams' report as a
     confirming witness to Jay Graves presence in Laos] supposedly
     play in this story?

7.  Who suggested to Van Buskirk that defectors were the
     principle target of the mission

 8.  Who was the mysterious Air Force officer who secretly
     briefed Van Buskirk alone on the planned use of nerve agents?

9.  Who was the mysterious SOG officer who ordered Van
     Buskirk to forget killing caucasians?  Why was no
attempt made  to identify these caucasians?

10.  One important question is why did the power structure circumvent the man
that CNN pays "big money" to advise them on military matters?  Namely Maj.
Gen. Smith.
 
 

QUESTIONS FOR APRIL OLIVER;
 

     1.  What are the 'bona fides' of your confidential sources?  What
leads you to believe they are any more reliable than the Reverends
Cathey and Van Buskirk?
 

     2.  Did you check them [bona fides] as carefully as you checked
those of Reverend James Cathey?
 

     3.  Where is Reverend Cathey?  Why is he unavailable for comment?
 

     4.  Who is paying for his extended vacation?
 

     5.  When did you know that Jay Graves had not been assigned to
MACVSOG, had not personally seen caucasians, and had not been
associated with Operation Tailwind?
 

     6.  What role did Ike Isola [mentioned in Abrams' report as a
confirming witness to Jay Graves presence in Laos] supposedly play in
this story?
 

     7.  Who suggested to Van Buskirk that defectors were the principle
target of the mission?
 

     8.  Who was the mysterious Air Force officer who secretly briefed
Van Buskirk alone on the planned use of nerve agents?
 

     9.  Who was the mysterious SOG officer who ordered Van Buskirk to
forget killing caucasians?  Why was no attempt made to identify these
caucasians?
 

    10.  Mr. Arnett stated that women and children were targeted and
killed.  What was that assertion based on?
 

     11.  Mr. Arnett has suggested that the nerve gas was used twice,
once during the extraction, and once the night before.   ARNETT:
"According to military officials, during the evening, American planes
gassed the camp with death sarin nerve gas, dropping the special
weapon, CBU15."     What military officials?  All reports indicate that
the existence of the camp was not known until the following morning.
If this isn't fabrication, what is it?
 

     12.  Knowing, as you must have, that the charges of employing
nerve agents against friend and foe were illogical, and therefore
probably false, what was your motive for presenting them?
 

     13.  Why isn't CNN, or Oliver and Smith, pressuring for a
Congressional investigation?  Why are veterans?
 

     14.  Without revealing your sources, or producing solid facts, how do you
expect those that were in the actual operation to understand why you continue
to back your story.

     15. Tell me April - what is your motivation for seeking the truth?

And why after all these years?  Is it because of declassification of Secret
and Top Secret files - which you obviously do not understand??
 
 

16.  When and from whom did you first discover operation "Tailwind" ?

 17.  While investgating "Tailwind", what FACTS did you discover that would
lead you to believe that this was a story to pursue ?
 

QUESTIONS FOR JACK SMITH;

1.Why isn't CNN, or Oliver and Smith, pressuring for a
Congressional investigation?  Why are veterans?

2. Without revealing your sources, or producing solid facts, how do you expect
those that were in the actual operation to understand why you continue to back
your story.

QUESTIONS FOR TED TURNER

1.What precisely was Kaplan's role in this fabrication?
Reading the transcripts we can pretty well see Arnett's, why wasn't he
fired?

2. Are you surprised by the reaction of both concerned citizens
and veterans?  Why?

3. Why isn't CNN, or Oliver and Smith, pressuring for a
Congressional investigation?  Why are veterans?
 

GENERAL QUESTIONS;

1.      What effort(s) were made to prove the allegations of nerve gas use, on site
in Laos?

2.      Has anyone gone to interview the Laotian people in the area around Chavan?

3.      Has anyone found mass graves near the site and checked the remains - Keep
in mind a graves registration team is in this Area of Operations area right
now!

4.      Can chemical exams be done on the bodies (bones) and or the soil for Sarin?

5.      What do the NVA Archives have to report on the Unit etc at this site at the
time of the alleged use of Nerve Gas.

6. Who are the Confidential Sources ( Positions) that April Oliver claims they
depended upon?
 

7. If they CNN  had 8 sources, as she Oliver claims that supported her story
HOW many (#) were interviewed that disputed the story?..
 What efforts are being made by CNN to attempt to contact these people to
confirm their reliability and creditability?
 

8. We have many  Montagnards now living in the States that were connected with
some of the SOG programs, etc. and none of them have ever heard of the use of
a nerve gas that would kill where are the Montagnards that were on the
operation?

9.      Why did Oliver omit interviews by the piolts of the A-1 aircraft - too
credible?? (in the negative sense??)

10.     Why does Oliver think that GB can be used as a tactical weapon if all the
prime Chemical officers, including the LTC in II corps dispute its use
tactically, as well its lack of being available in-country - storage of that
sort of stuff is very tricky in a war zone, especially when it is considered a
classified weapon system!! - the NIBMY theory (not in my backyard) would
apply!

11.     The SOG history is in the National Archives - did anyone associated with
the program attempt to retrieve it??  Why not??

12.     What is your motive for producing the show - is it to discredit the CIA,
Special Operations, or the countries stated policy ,or was it just to
discredit the US Military and our country?

13. Without revealing your sources, or producing solid facts, how do you
expect those that were in the actual operation to understand why CNN continues
to back the  story.  Retracting only that you can't prove the story, but that
it could of happened?  Why not make an effort to disprove that it  happened by
attempting to prove that it did?

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