The Mia Industry Bad Dream Factory

An ex-KGB man claims the Soviets grilled U.S. prisoners long after the Vietnam War, but the hunt for missing Americans is still mainly a hustle based on false hopes, flimsy evidence and bereaved famil

War has always been good business for defense contractors and arms dealers. But the Vietnam War gave rise to a dismal new enterprise: the MIA industry, which plays on the farfetched notion that there are dozens of American prisoners still being held captive in Southeast Asia or China or the former Soviet Union. The industry thrives on false leads, bogus photographs and unprovable allegations about the fate of the 2,273 U.S. servicemen still unaccounted for 17 years after the war ended. Its toxic by-products are the protracted pain of the relatives of the MIAs and continuing public confusion about the extremely...