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                MIA's from Vietnam era return to headlines

The United States lost some 58,000 soldiers in the Vietnam War, and their names
appear on the black memorial wall in Washington, D.C.   But more than four decades
later, there still are some for whom there has been no accounting, and a prominent
Washington watchdog wants to resolve the issue.   
The Vietnam MIA-POW issue is a sore spot for many veterans and concerned
Americans.    Why is the Pentagon stonewalling our attempts to obtain information
that is clearly in the public interest?   Judicial Watch filed Freedom of Information Act
requests, and the court case came about based on the government’s lack of
response.   Rrequests asked for lists of American prisoners of war or soldiers
missing in action that were given to North Vietnam.   Also it asked for the materials
used to brief President Nixon in 1973 about the missing soldiers.   
A followup request asked for: all live-sighting reports of American POWs in Vietnam
and Laos, satellite photographs of possible or suspected rescue symbols seen in the
territories of Vietnam and/or Laos, and electronic messages containing individual
code numbers issued to U.S. airmen transmitted from the ground in Vietnam and/or
Laos.   The DoD confirmed receipt of the requests but said it would not be able to
respond within the statutory time period because of the “unusual circumstances.”   
So far, the federal agency has not produced the records or demonstrated that the
records are exempt from disclosure.   Nor has it told Judicial Watch of the scope of
any responsive records.