The Red Sox aren’t the only ones delivering an “October surprise,” it seems. Newly discovered Viet Cong documents from the Vietnam archive at Texas Tech University that strongly suggest that it was the Communist Viet Cong who were calling the shots of the American anti-war groups, one of which was headed by John Kerry.
The spontaneous antiwar movements in the US have received assistance and guidance from the friendly ((VC/NVN)) delegations at the Paris Peace Talks.
Vietnam Archive: On Antiwar Movements in the US
The double parenthesis are abbreviations used by the translators and ((VC/NVN)) stands for “Viet Cong/North Vietnam.”
Twice Kerry went to Paris to confer with the Viet Cong leadership, and returned to America where he promoted the Viet Cong’s “seven point proposal.”
The second document contains more evidence the link between the Viet Cong and antiwar protesters.
Of the US antiwar movements, the two most important ones are: The PCPJ ((the People’s Committee for Peace and Justice)) and the NPAC ((National Peace Action Committee)). These two movements have gathered much strength and staged many demonstrations. The PCPJ is the most important. It maintains relations with us.
Vietnam Archive: Directive
John Kerry’s antiwar activities were highly publicized, especially his 1971 “Winter Soldier” testimony during which he accused fellow soldiers of rape, murder and torture.
JOHN KERRY: They told the stories at times they had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam
C-SPAN: Winter Soldier Testimony
Later in his testimony, he implied that he had also committed war crimes.
We could come back to this country; we could be quiet; we could hold our silence; we could not tell what went on in Vietnam, but we feel because of what threatens this country, the fact that the crimes threaten it, no reds, and not redcoats but the crimes which we are committing that threaten it, that we have to speak out.
Some people have questioned the authenticity of these documents. I e-mailed the assistant director of the Vietnam archive and asked him to personally verify the documents. Here is his response.
The documents referenced by Mr. Thomas Lipscomb are authentic materials located in the Douglas Pike Collection at the Vietnam Archive at Texas Tech University. Mr. Pike donated his manuscript collection to the Vietnam Archive in 1997 but he spent his lifetime collecting those materials, to include during his decade of service in Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
The physical materials in the Vietnam Archive and online in the Virtual Vietnam Archive are very secure. the Vietnam Archive is a controlled access facility which protects the actual documents in our collections. Researchers are restricted to using our collection materials in a supervised reading room and are limited to what they can bring into that reading room. Researchers are not allowed access to the stacks and cannot browse through materials unsupervised.
The online documents reside on a server system that lies behind several layers of Enterprise level network security. This includes firewalls and network monitoring software designed to detect and prevent unauthorized access. The documents in question were scanned and added to the Virtual Vietnam Archive on January 8, 2004.
Adding to the authenticity of these documents, they are also available as part of the Combined Document Exploitation Center Collection at the National Archives and Records Administration in College Park, MD, although it would take considerably more time to locate them at that location since their copies are not digitized and part of a searchable database.
These documents are also part of the CDEC Collection on Microfilm although, again, it will be time consuming to locate those specific documents on the film as it contains 954 reels and each reel contains 2,000-3,000 pages of documentation. Making matters more difficult, there is no finding aid for that microfilm collection. Still, we are attempting to locate the copies on microfilm to provide additional authentication.
I think it’s going to be an interesting week for both the Kerry and Bush campaigns.