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Wed May 9, 2018, 11:00 PM

Gina Haspel is no Hugh Thompson.



During the My Lai massacre, Thompson and his Hiller OH-23 Raven crew, Glenn Andreotta and Lawrence Colburn, stopped a number of killings by threatening and blocking officers and enlisted soldiers of Company C, 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 11th Brigade, 23rd Infantry Division. Additionally, Thompson and his crew saved a number of Vietnamese civilians by personally escorting them away from advancing United States Army ground units and assuring their evacuation by air. Thompson reported the atrocities by radio several times while at Sơn Mỹ. Although these reports reached Task Force Barker operational headquarters, nothing was done to stop the massacre. After evacuating a child to a Quảng Ngăi hospital, Thompson angrily reported to his superiors at Task Force Barker headquarters that a massacre was occurring at Sơn Mỹ. Immediately following Thompson's report, Lieutenant Colonel Frank A. Barker ordered all ground units in Sơn Mỹ to cease search and destroy operations in the village.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_Thompson_Jr.





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Reply Gina Haspel is no Hugh Thompson. (Original post)
Tactical Peek May 2018 OP
BigmanPigman May 2018 #1
lunatica May 2018 #2
Solly Mack May 2018 #3

Response to Tactical Peek (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2018, 11:27 PM

1. Ken Burns covered My Lai well during his show about Vietnam.

Thompson was a hero as were the others on his helicopter. Meanwhile Lt. William Calley ordered his men, along with his Captain Medina, to kill about 500 women, children and seniors after raping them. They got a slap on the wrist and even fan mail (I have a book about it). Unbelievable. The 50th anniversary was remembered at the Vietnamese church near my home about 2 months ago. Calley is still alive and lives in the Atlanta area and gives talks at the Rotary Club I read.

I wish McCain could vote from Arizona against the new CIA director.

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Response to Tactical Peek (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2018, 11:34 PM

2. Gina Haspel is the perfect example

Of what Hannah Arendt was writing about in her book The Banality of Evil

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Response to lunatica (Reply #2)

Thu May 10, 2018, 12:32 AM

3. Yep, and so is the positive to qualified accepting response of her.

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