23 January 1968 – the USS Pueblo was seized in
international waters by
North Korean forces. It
was only the second US Navy ship to be captured by
enemy forces since the War of 1812 (the river
gunboat USS Wake was captured
by Japanese forces on
8 December 1941). It remains on the roster of US
From the desk of
Billy Cox, Staff Writer for the Herald Tribune (Sarasota
- 50th Anniversary of the release of US Military
personnel from the USS PUEBLO as told by former Prisoner
of War, Rick Rogala, US Navy, SK-3, POW- 23 January
1968- 23 December 1968.
The 1986 bombing raid on
we still ask Where is Paul Lorence?
William R. Higgins
http://ojc.org/higgins/ Marine Col on
mission for UN in Lebanon, was taken hostage on February 17, 1988. He was murdered sometime during the next couple years and declared
dead July 6, 1990. Honored by the Navy, the USS HIGGINS DDG 76
was named in his memory. Awarded POW Medal 2003.
a retired FBI agent and private investigator who
disappeared from an
Iranian island in 2007,
is believed to have died in Iranian custody,
his family revealed in
a statement Wednesday....
March 9, 2019 marks
the 12th anniversary of the
abduction of Robert A. “Bob”
Levinson from Kish Island, Iran.
This milestone is an opportunity for
the leadership of the government of
Iran to demonstrate its commitment
to basic freedoms and civil rights
and return Mr. Levinson home to his
family. During the past 12 years,
Hong Kong (CNN)
Driving from their home in New York to Cambridge,
Massachusetts, Harrison Li had no idea it would be the last
time he saw his father for more than a decade......
Kai Li was born in Shanghai, and he was returning
to the city for a ceremony to mark the one-year anniversary
of his mother's death. However when his plane landed, he was
met not by his family, but state security agents --
beginning a years-long ordeal that resulted, in July 2018,
in him being sentenced to 10 years in prison for
UPDATED ON: OCTOBER 20, 2020 / CBS NEWS
Trump secretly sent officials to Syria to try to negotiate
release of Austin Tice, sources say BY TUCKER REALS, GEORGE BAGHDADI, KHALED WASSEF, MARGARET
It's been more than 2,922 days since
Austin Tice, Marine, journalist, son and brother, was
captured in Syria. His family has worked tirelessly for
eight years to bring their son safely home. Now, they
hope with a recent public commitment from President
Donald Trump, they may be one step closer to...
She notes that, “there’s no doubt in anyone’s mind” that her son is
Austin Tice, who served as an infantry officer in theMarine
Corps, was abducted in August 2012
in Darayya, a suburb of Damascus, three months after he entered the
country, according to the U.S. government. The status of Tice and other American hostages in Syria
is unknown, ....
‘Very grim existence’: Former US Marine
Whelan speaks of life in Russian labor camp
The 50-year-old Whelan, giving his first detailed
interview since his arrest in December 2018, said he was spending his
days sewing prison uniforms in the camp “workhouse” and is taking “one
day at a time” — not focusing on his 16-year sentence on espionage
charges that he has always rejected.
Prison guards are waking him at night every two hours to
take his photograph, he said....
This article was originally published by
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission.
A court in Moscow has ordered mental assessments for
former U.S. Marine, Trevor Reed, who was sentenced to 9 years in prison
in Russia for assaulting police, a charge he has rejected. The Moscow City Court began a hearing into Reed’s appeal
on February 10 with a ruling that the 29-year-old Texas student must
undergo psychological and psychiatric evaluations before the hearing
could resume at a later date....
A Russian court on Thursday sentenced former U.S.
Marine Trevor Reed to nine years in prison for assaulting police
officers while drunk. His conviction follows the high-profile
trial of another former U.S. Marine, Paul Whelan, last month on
espionage charges in a case that has fuelled speculation of a
prisoner exchange with the United States...
Reed has been
held in a Moscow prison in pre-trial detention since August 2019.
Trevor Reed, 29,
was handed the sentence on Thursday after being found guilty of
attacking two Russian police officers while drunk last year,
amid suspicion he was set up as part of a prisoner swap....
WASHINGTON — A Democratic senator is calling on
the State Department to prioritize the return of Mark
Frerichs, an American contractor believed to have been taken
by a Taliban-linked militant network in Afghanistan earlier this
SEAL Team Six attempts to rescue American contractor in
SEAL Team Six commandos raided a village looking for
former Navy diver turned contractor Mark
who was kidnapped in Afghanistan back in early February, the Associated
Press reports..... From the perspective of the U.S. government,
Frerichs appears to have vanished without a trace. ...
Iran jails U.S. businessman, possibly jeopardizing Biden's plans for
diplomacy with Tehran
The imprisonment of a fourth American could derail a bid by the
Biden administration to revive a nuclear agreement with Iran
By Dan De Luce
WASHINGTON — Only weeks after the
U.S. election and three days after an Iranian
nuclear scientist was assassinated, Iranian authorities convicted a U.S.
businessman on spying charges, a family friend said....
The man, Emad Shargi, 56, who is Iranian American, was summoned
to a Tehran court Nov. 30 and told that he had been convicted of
espionage without a trial and sentenced to 10 years, a family
years in Dubai prison after pot found in urine
An American man who allegedly smoked or ingested pot in Las Vegas
faces three years in prison in the United Arab Emirates after traces
of marijuana were found days later in his urine, according
to Detained in Dubai, a website published by his attorney.
Peter Clark, 51,
flew from Las Vegas to Dubai on Feb. 24, where he went to the
hospital after suffering an attack of pancreatitis. Doctors there
found traces of hashish in his urine – considered possession in the
UAE – and reported Clark to authorities. He was arrested
on March 3 and spent three days in a “flea-ridden cell” before being
allowed back to his hotel, where he awaits his fate...
The incredible story of
denial, deceit, and deception that ultimately cost
Navy pilot Captain Michael Scott Speicher his life
is exposed in this military tell-all. Asserting that
years of information has been intentionally kept
from an American public, the book reveals that,
contrary to reports, Speicher survived after he
ejected from his stricken F/A-18 Hornet on the first
night of the Persian Gulf War. Protected by a
Bedouin tribal group, he evaded Saddam’s capture for
nearly four years. In that time he was repeatedly
promised by an American intelligence asset that a
deal for his repatriation would be worked out but it
never was. Speicher was left behind. After Saddam
Hussein captured him, Speicher spent the next eight
years in a secret Baghdad prison and being moved
around in secret to avoid an American task force
looking for him, and before he was killed after the
United States invaded Iraq in March 2003. Author Amy
Waters Yarsinske, a former naval intelligence
officer and a veteran investigator and author,
presents her fascinating case after years of
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon's effort to account for tens
of thousands of Americans missing in action from foreign
wars is so inept, mismanaged and wasteful that it risks
descending from "dysfunction to total failure," according to
an internal study suppressed by military officials.
Largely beyond the public spotlight, the decades-old
pursuit of bones and other MIA evidence is sluggish, often
duplicative and subjected to too little scientific rigor,
the report says.....
Pentagon orders new review of POW-MIA group,
citing concern about ...
The decision announced Tuesday follows The Associated
Press's disclosure of an internal report that said the Joint
POW-MIA Accounting Command is "acutely ...
American Trophies: How US POWs
Were Surrendered to North Korea, China and Russia by
Washington's "Cynical Attitude"
and will be released
through Amazon on July 27, the 60th anniversary of
the Armistice of the Korean War.
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