No Signs of Life

Senate hearings draw a blank on proof that MIAs survive in Asia

The Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs is befogged by mixed political motives and overzealous staff members, but it has two perfectly plain questions to answer: Were any American prisoners unaccounted for when the U.S. pulled out of Southeast Asia in 1973? Are any alive there today? Opening two days of hearings, Democratic Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, the chairman, said the committee had gathered information indicating that "some Americans remained alive in Indochina after Operation Homecoming" in 1973, when North Vietnam handed back 591 prisoners. He said an additional 133, later lowered to 80, were unaccounted for, though there was...

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