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ABCNEWS VideoSource
SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS
04/22/1971
ABC
NYBU17991X
ORIG. COLOR 1000' SOF / MAG. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~cue in~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ KERRY TESTIMONY CONTINUES: " WHERE ARE THE LEADERS OF OUR COUNTRY?" ACCUSES MEN LIKE ROBERT MCNAMARA, WALT ROSTON, OF DESERTING THE TROOPS AND HIDING BEHIND A " FACADE OF PUBLIC RECTITUDE. " SIL OF HEARINGS. FULBRIGHT CALLS COMMITTEE TO ORDER. (THE COMMITTEE IS VIRTUALLY ABSENT EXCEPTING JAVITS, FULBRIGHT, CASE AND SYMINGTON. FULBRIGHT SAYS, IN OPENING STATEMENT THAT HE REGRETS THE REFUSAL BY THE SUPREME COURT TO PERMIT THE VIETNAM VETERANS AGAINST THE WAR THE USE OF THE MALL DURING THEIR WEEKLONG DEMONSTRATION NOW GOING ON (APPLAUSE). KERRY DESCRIBES TORTURES AND BESTIALITIES INFLICTED ON PRISONERS AND VIETNAMESE CIVILIANS BY US SOLDIERS. KERRY GOES ON, VERY ELOQUENTLY, TO INDICT THE WAR AND AMERICA'S PRESENCE THERE IN SOCIO-PSYCHOLOGICAL AND MORAL TERMS, SCORNING THE PRIDE WHICH TURNS ON INSIGNIFICANT BATTLE INTO AN EXTRAVAGANZA JUST BECAUSE WE HAVE TO WIN. " SO WE HAVE HAMBURGER HILL, KHE SANH HILL 881. " THEN KERRY SAYS THE LARGEST PERCENTAGE OF NEMPLOYED IN THIS COUNTRY ARE VETERANS. KERRY CONDEMNS THE NO TROOPS IN LAOS OR CAMBODIA THEORY, SAYING THAT THE HELICOPTERS THAT FLY OVER THOSE AREAS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR DEATHS OF GI'S TOO. SAYS US CONSTANTLY VIOLATES GENEVA CONVENTION. KERRY CALLS FOR THE SETTING OF A DATE FOR WITHDRAWAL WHICH WOULD MEET THE NORTH VIETNAM'S POINT AT THE PEACE TALKS THAT US PRISONERS OF WAR WOULD THEN BE RELEASED. (NOTE: MANY PARTS OF KERRY TESTIMONY IN THIS AND THE A ROLL ARE INTERRUPTED BY CAMERA STOPS AND CERTAIN PARTS OF HIS STATEMENT, WHICH LATER BECAME WELL KNOWN ARE NOT IN THIS FILM. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~cue out~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ CI: GOVERNMENT: COMMITTEES: SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS PERSONALITIES: KERRY, JOHN. PERSONALITIES: FULBRIGHT, J. W. PERSONALITIES: CASE, CLIFFORD. PERSONALITIES: SYMINGTON, STUART. PERSONALITIES: JAVITS, JACOB. ORGANIZATIONS: VIETNAM VETS AGAINST THE WAR. WAR: VIETNAM: DEMOS: WASHINGTON, DC ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~cue in~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ORIG. COLOR 1000' SOF / MAG. CUT STORY: STATEMENT READ BY FORMER VIETNAM SOLDIER, JOHN KERRY IN WHICH HE SAYS, " THE COUNTRY DOESN'T KNOW IT YET, BUT ITS CREATED A MONSTER. IN THE FORM ON MILLIONS OF MEN WHO ARE TAUGHT TO TRADE AND DEAL IN VIOLENCE AND WHO ARE GIVEN THE CHANCE TO DIE FOR THE BIGGEST NOTHING IN HISTORY." HE SAYS THAT IN HIS " AND OUR OPINION (VIETNAM VETS) THERE IS NOTHING IN S. VIETNAM, NOTHING WHICH COULD HAPPEN, WHICH REALISTICALLY THREATENS THE USA. " KERRY GOES ON TO LABEL THE DEATHS OF MEN IN THE WAR AS " CRIMINAL " HYPOCRISY. " (END C.S.) EXCHANGE BETWEEN KERRY SAYS " IF (CONGRESS) CAN FILI- BUSTER FOR PORK BARREL PROGRAMS (IT CAN) FILIBUSTER FOR THE SAVING OF LIVES AND OUR COUNTRY. " (APPLAUSE) KERRY SAYS EXTRAORDINARY TIMES CALL FOR EXTRAORDINARY STEPS AND SUGG- ESTS THAT THERE BE A CONGRESSIOINAL REFERENDUM REGARDING A CUT OFF IN WAR MONY AND FOR A SUPREME COURT RULING ON THE WAR'S CONSTITUTIONABILITY. KERRY SAYS THAT THE "RESPONSI- BILITY " FOR WHAT LIET. WILLIAM CALLEY DID " LIES WITH THE MEN WHO DESIGN FREE-FIRE ZONES, THEN MEN WHO ENCOURAGE BODY COUNTS AND ATTRIBUTES VIOLENCE IN COMICS & TV AND OTHER GLORIFICATIONS OF VIOLENCE TO WHAT MADE CALLEY KILL. CU SEN. CLIFFORD CASE ASKS KERRRY ABOUT HIS VIEWS ON HOW US CAN GET OUT OF THE WAR. KERRY SAYS NIXON'S POLICIES ARE NOT DESIGNED FOR PEACE. HE SAYS U.S. STILL HAS A 1945 PSYCHOLOGY OF WAR WHICH HE CALLS " PARANOID " HE SAYS " THE COMMUNISTS ARE NOT ABOUT TO TAKE OVER OUR MACDONALD HAMBURGER STANDS. " (APPLAUSE) SYMINGTON QUESTIONS KERRY. ON DRUG USE IN VIETNAM, KERRY SAYS ITS WIDESPREAD AND SERIOUS AND THAT THERE ARE RUMORS THAT MRS. NGUYEN CAO KY IS INVOLVED IN DRUG TRAFFIC. SEN. JAVITS QUESTIONS KERRY AND, AS THE OTHERS DID, PRAISES HIS TESTIMONY. FULBRIGHT THANKS ERRY AND SESSION IS RECESSED. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~cue out~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ CI: GOVERNMENT: COMMITTEES: SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS PERSONALITIES: KERRY, JOHN. PERSONALITIES: FULBRIGHT, J. W. PERSONALITIES: CASE, CLIFFORD. PERSONALITIES: SYMINGTON, STUART. PERSONALITIES: JAVITS, JACOB. ORGANIZATIONS: VIETNAM VETS AGAINST THE WAR. WAR: VIETNAM: DEMOS: WASHINGTON, DC
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