OPEN LETTER TO ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER
February 28, 2009
Dear Attorney General Holder,
Sir, please help correct a situation for a significant military hero, General Vang Pao.
The general, who is the leader of the Hmong people, has been compared to America’s George Washington.
He and 10 others, including retired US Army officer, LTC (R) Harrison Jack, were arrested by the BATF on 4 June, 2007 for plotting to overthrow the government of Laos in a what is considered by most to be a “sting operation.”
General Vang Pao has been on the CIA payroll since the early 1960s (he probably still is) and everyone involved, including the general, was led to believe that their actions had CIA support.
I only spent two years in combat in Vietnam, but General Vang Pao and his Hmong soldiers fought and died for America in Laos for over 14 years – all paid for by the CIA. As a result, the Hmong people in Laos paid for their involvement by losing 10 percent of their entire population. This number would equate to America losing 17,000,000 soldiers in the Vietnam War!
Sir, these heroic men deserve better treatment by the American government. The Hmong fought, gave up their country, lost hundreds of thousands of family and friends killed by the Laotian government…and then they had their leader arrested in a US sting operation.
All of this is overwhelming to the Hmong people.
I beg of you, please do the right thing for our brothers-in-arms. After 45 years of suffering, the Hmong people need to find peace. They are living a nightmare and it still continues today.
Mr. Attorney General, please have this case thrown out.
Thank you, in advance, for your swift action in helping to correct this wrong.
Sincerely and respectfully,
A concerned Vietnam veteran
As we go to press, we have learned that the hearing for Gen. Vang Pao has been scheduled for 11May, 2009. – Ed.