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SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS - JOHN KERRY
04/22/1971
ABC
A69028B
ORIG. COLOR 1000' SOF / MAG. 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 UNEMPLOYED 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. CI: GOVERNMENT: COMMITTEES: SEN. FOR. REL. 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: WASH. , D. C.
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