Winter Soldiers Face New Law, by D. Keohane (with correction)

In 1971 the Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) held their Winter Soldier Investigation (WSI) during which over one hundred members told often lurid stories of war crimes and atrocities they had witnessed or participated in during the war. The event led to young John Kerry's testimony before Senator Fulbright's Foreign Relations Committee to the effect that such behavior was widespread and routine.None of those who testified faced any charges for crimes they claimed to have committed or witnessed and had not reported at the time, most likely owing in large part to the inability of the military investigators to substantiate that any of the claims were true other than one which had already been under investigation before WSI. Neither, however, were the testifiers put under oath where their claims could subject them to charges of perjury if not true.The Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), formed with the assistance of the older VVAW, is holding its own WSI this...(Read Full Post)