The Nation: How P.O.W.s Judge 'Tania'

"Anyone can be terrified if it is done the right way," said a retired Navy officer. The man should know. He is former Commander Lloyd ("Pete") Bucher, skipper of the U.S.S. Pueblo, the intelligence ship taken by North Koreans in 1968. Said Bucher, who had confessed to espionage activities but recanted after he was freed, "I signed things in North Korean captivity that I would not have signed unless I had been terrified for myself or for the people who were with me."

Like many other Americans, Bucher has been wondering whether Patty Hearst...

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