In response to the media demand for experts to answer questions and accept speaking engagements regarding the Vietnam-era war crimes disinformation campaign, we have compiled a list of qualified individuals working in cooperation with WinterSoldier.com. Our speakers are available for print, radio, television and online interviews.
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Captain Larry Bailey, USN (RET)
Larry Bailey retired from the U.S. Navy in 1990 after a 27-year career as a SEAL officer. His career included duty in the United States and in Panama, Bolivia, Scotland, Colombia, Vietnam, and the Philippines. He is a graduate of Armed Forces Staff College and the U.S. Army's Foreign Area Officer School. He holds an undergraduate degree in History from Stephen F. Austin State College in Texas and a master's degree in Education from East Carolina University. Captain Bailey's most significant military assignment was as Commanding Officer of the Naval Special Warfare Center, where all Navy SEALS undergo basic and advanced training. Mr. Bailey is currently a free-lance consultant and writer on military affairs who has been published numerous times in the national press. He is also heading up the Kerry Lied Rally, an effort to put thousands of people in front of the U.S. Capitol on September 12, 2004 for an event intended to "tell the truth about Vietnam veterans, and to counter the lies John Kerry told about them."
Don Bendell is a best-selling author of twenty-one books with over 1,500,000 copies in print worldwide. He was a US Army Special Forces (Green Beret) Captain who served on an A-team (Dak Pek, A-242) in Vietnam in 1968 and 1969 as the Executive Officer / Civil Affairs / Psychological Operations Officer, served in three other Special Forces Groups at Fort Bragg, NC, the 3rd, 6th, and 7th SFG(A), and also served as a District Coordinator of the Top Secret Phoenix Program in Vietnam. He lived with, trained, and fought with the Montagnard tribespeople in Vietnam. Mr. Bendell is an honor graduate of the US Army Intelligence Officers School at Fort Holabird, Maryland, and also graduated from Infantry OCS at Fort Benning, Georgia. In the mid-seventies, as a civilian, he returned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina and taught tae kwon do, karate, judo, and jujitsu to soldiers at the Fort Bragg Boxing Club. Besides weapons defense and expedient weapons, he is an expert on guerilla warfare, counterinsurgency, counter-terrorism, civil affairs/psychological operations, and speaks Vietnamese and Jeh Montagnard. Mr. Bendell is a seventh degree black belt master in Freestyle Karate, Song Moo Kwan Tae Kwon Do, Kodokan Judo, and USJA Jujitsu. He was inducted into the International Karate Hall of Fame in 1995, and into the Martial Arts Museum of America in 1996. Mr. Bendell has written a series of online editorials about John Kerry which have circulated the globe and have elicited hundreds of thousands of letters and e-mails since February, 2004.
Mr. Bendell has also been a radio disc jockey, television talk show host, bodyguard, private detective, and sales executive. He has a Bachelor of Science business degree from Colorado Christian University, and some graduate studies at the Colorado State University-Pueblo. He is a past president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter 4/24 of the Special Forces Association, and is a member of the Special Operations Association, a life member of the VFW, a member of the American Legion, DAV, and a Gold Life member of both the US Judo and US Jujitsu Associations.
B.G. (Jug) Burkett is a Vietnam combat veteran and military researcher best known for his ground-breaking 1996 book Stolen Valor, which debunks many popular myths about the Vietnam War, and examines the phenomenon of phony Vietnam veterans. He has been the object of an award-winning segment on ABC's "20/20," as well as much-acclaimed articles in Texas Monthly and the Reader's Digest. Mr. Burkett is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and the University of Tennessee. Burkett served in Vietnam with the 199th Light Infantry Brigade, and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Vietnamese Honor Medal, and Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm.
Dr. Jerome Corsi
Jerry Corsi has studied and written about the Vietnam antiwar movement over many years, having co-authored a detailed research paper that documented the activities of antiwar groups during the 1972 Democratic and Republican national conventions in Miami. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University in 1972, and has written books on a variety of topics, including computers, judicial politics, banking and finance. Dr. Corsi is currently Managing Director of U.S. Financial Marketing Group (USFMG).
Dr. Corsi is co-author (with John O'Neill) of the #1 best-seller Unfit for Command.
Dr. Corsi has contributed six feature articles to WinterSoldier.com:
John Kerry and the Communist Daily World
Kerry and the Paris Peace Talks
Coordinating with the enemy: Vietnam Veterans Against the War in Paris and Hanoi
Kerry Museum Photo Documented
Kerry Honored by Vietnamese Communists
John Kerry and the VVAW: Hanoi's American Puppets?
Terry Garlock served in the Army as a Cobra helicopter pilot in Vietnam, completing just half his tour before being shot down in a firefight, and medevaced home with a broken back. Mr. Garlock holds a bachelor's degree and MBA from the University of West Florida, and spent a number of years as a consultant to business owners investigating the cause of failure of financial institutions. He is currently an independent Certified Financial Planner and investments advisor. At the age of 50 Mr. Garlock adopted a one-year-old girl from China, and four years later did so a second time. His 2003 book about his daughters, Sisters Redeem Their Grumpy Dad includes a long section about Vietnam so his children will understand what really happened there, no matter what they read in their schoolbooks. Mr. Garlock is active in the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association and has written a number of newspaper columns for the Atlanta Constitution related to the Vietnam War.
Mr. Garlock contributed the feature article Such Good Men to WinterSoldier.com.
Henry Mark Holzer
Professor Holzer received his B.A. degree from New York University, where he studied Russian and political science.
He then served in Korea with military intelligence, holding top secret security clearance, and was Chief Order of Battle Analyst (Chinese Communist Forces) for Eighth Army.
Professor Holzer received his Juris Doctor degree from New York University School of Law. For over forty years, he practiced in New York City and elsewhere in the United States, specializing in constitutional and appellate law.
In addition to his law practice, for over two-decades Professor Holzer was a full-time tenured professor of law at Brooklyn Law School, where he is now Professor Emeritus. His courses included Constitutional Law, First Amendment, National Security and Appellate Advocacy.
Professor Holzer is the author of nearly two hundred articles, essays, and reviews. Currently, he regularly publishes commentary on current legal events at FrontPageMag.com.
Five of Professor Holzer's out-of-print books -- The Gold Clause; Government's Money Monopoly; Sweet Land of Liberty? The Supreme Court and Individual Rights; The Layman's Guide to Tax Evasion; and Speaking Freely: The Case Against Speech Codes -- are sold by various Internet booksellers.
Professor Holzer is co-author -- with his wife, lawyer and novelist Erika Holzer -- of Aid and Comfort: Jane Fonda in North Vietnam, which explores and answers the question of whether Fonda's trip to Hanoi and her activities there constituted treason. He also co-authored, with Erika Holzer, Fake Warriors: Identifying, Exposing, and Punishing Those Who Falsify Their Military Service, published in 2003.
Professor Holzer's monograph, "Why Not Call It Treason?: Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Today," was published also in 2003.
Henry Mark Holzer specializes in federal appeals.
Dr. Alan Hopewell
Alan Hopewell served as a Major in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps during the Vietnam era. He holds four degrees and three foreign language certifications, including three degrees in Psychology. Dr. Hopewell directed the Neuropsychological Laboratory for the 7th US Army thoughout the European Theater and subsequently the Fifth US Army at Brooke Army Medical Center, Ft. Sam Houston, Texas. Dr. Hopewell has written dozens of critically acclaimed articles in the fields of Clinical Psychology and Traumatic Brain Injury, and is currently President of the Texas Psychological Association.
Dr. Hopewell has contributed five feature articles to WinterSoldier.com:
Where soldiers like us helped it in the turning...
The Myth of Agent Orange and Clinical Neuropsychology
Media Bias Disguised as Scientific Op-Ed Articles
My Advanced Genocide Training, or My Advanced Political Duping?
Two Psychologists on Kerry: Dangerous on National Security
Bruce Kesler served as a Sergeant in the Marine Corps, G-2, in Vietnam in 1969-70, enlisting after graduating Brooklyn College, where he led support for the war. Mr. Kesler was one of the organizers of the 1967 Support Our Men In Vietnam parade down New York's 5th Avenue, the longest parade since WWII. He also wrote numerous articles and debated all over the East Coast. Following his service, Mr. Kesler organized the Vietnam Veterans for A Just Peace to counter Kerry and the Vietnam Veterans Against the War in 1971. He left his doctoral studies at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also worked at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. Mr. Kesler's articles have been published in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Freedom At Issue (Freedom House), Orbis, The National Observer, Twin Circles, and many other periodicals. He has worked as a finance and operations executive for Fortune 100 companies, and now owns an employee benefits consulting and brokerage firm in Encinitas, California. Mr. Kesler's proudest accomplishment is being the mid-life father of 4-year old Jason, with another on the way. As Bruce says, Semper Fi!
Mr. Kesler contributed the feature article Oh No! Vietnam Again? Shame On Us All... to WinterSoldier.com.
Col. Robert P. Lindseth, USAF (RET)
Bob Lindseth retired from the U.S Air Force after a career that included more than 30 years of work in Operational Intelligence. He was a key participant in the National Security operation of the United States during operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and helped to develop the current standard electronic intelligence (ELINT) system. Colonel Lindseth holds a Master's degree in Economics, and currently works with Global Professional Solutions as a Vice-President of Department of Defense Intelligence Programs. His service awards include the Legion of Merit and Meritorious Service Medals.
Dr. Leonard Magruder
Leonard Magruder is founder and president of Vietnam Veterans for Academic Reform, a national organization based at the University of Kansas. Dr. Magruder started the VVAR in 1982 after resigning as Professor of Psychology at Suffolk College, N.Y. to protest poor treatment of veterans by the University, and has worked with Vietnam veterans ever since on a variety of events and media projects -- see V-V-A-R.org for details. He served as National Coordinator for the largest Vietnam symposium held to date, at Stony Brook University in 1986. Dr. Magruder has produced several veteran-related documentaries, including "The Shame of the Campus Protestors: Interviews with Vietnam Vets," which is in use at a number of universities.
Dr. Magruder has contributed two feature articles to WinterSoldier.com:
Analysis of John Kerry's Remarks to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
Two Psychologists on Kerry: Dangerous on National Security
John O'Neill served as a Swift boat commander in Vietnam during 1969 and 1970. He came to national attention by debating John Kerry on the Dick Cavett show in June of 1971, opposing Kerry's claims that the U.S. military routinely committed atrocities in Vietnam. The prospect of seeing Senator Kerry become Commander-in-Chief has now motivated him to continue that debate, and to help form an organization of Swift boat veterans to tell the truth about the nature of their service -- see SwiftVets.com.
Mr. O'Neill was graduated from the United States Naval Academy with honors in 1967, and received his J.D. from the University of Texas in 1973, graduating first in his class. He was a member of the Texas Law Review from 1972-1973 and a member of the President's National Advisory Counsel on Supplemental Services and Centers during 1973-1974. Mr. O'Neill served as a law clerk to Justice William H. Rehnquist, U.S. Supreme Court from 1974-1975. He has been a member of the Federal Regulation of Securities Committee, Section of Corporation, Banking and Business Law, American Bar Association since 1978, and currently specializes in large-scale commercial litigation at Clements O'Neill, a law firm he founded.
John O'Neill is co-author (with Dr. Jerry Corsi) of the #1 best-seller Unfit for Command.
See also The Un-Kerry in the National Review.
Scott Swett is the primary creator of WinterSoldier.com, a website designed as a central repository of information on the Vietnam era war crimes propaganda campaign created by John Kerry and the Vietnam Veterans Against the War.
Shortly after its launch in early 2004, the site attracted the interest of Vietnam veterans and researchers, hundreds of whom have written in to share their own experiences and provide additional information. Mr. Swett is also webmaster of the Swift Vets and POWs for Truth web site at SwiftVets.com.
Mr. Swett has contributed twelve feature articles to WinterSoldier.com:
Doonesbury and the Winter Soldier
The Rest of the Kerry Transcript...
Swift Boat Veterans and the Media Iron Curtain
Coordinating with the enemy: Vietnam Veterans Against the War in Paris and Hanoi
American Genocide: Fonda, Kerry, and the war crimes propaganda campaign
Yesterday's Lies: Steve Pitkin and the Winter Soldiers
John Kerry and the VVAW: Hanoi's American Puppets?
They Served Twice: the return of the Vietnam Vets
The Washington Post and the Winter Soldiers
Still Slandering the Troops
Newly Discovered Army Reports Discredit "Winter Soldier" Claims
Did the LA Times Conceal Evidence of "Winter Soldier" Lies?
Professor Robert F. Turner
Bob Turner holds both professional and academic doctorates from the University of Virginia School of Law, and has lectured and taught about the Vietnam conflict for nearly four decades. Following graduation and commissioning as a Second Lieutenant in the Intelligence Service (IS), Turner was transferred to Armor Branch (AR). In 1968, while waiting for orders to active duty, he toured Vietnam as a writer for Indianapolis News. In 1969 Turner joined the staff of Lt. Gen. William P. Yarborough, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army, Pacific (USARPAC), as part of a group of scholars examining North Vietnamese psywar vulnerabilities. He then joined the North Vietnam/Viet Cong Affairs Division in the American Embassy in Saigon, where he investigated Viet Cong terrorism and assassinations, worked with defectors, evaluated captured enemy documents, analyzed the North Vietnamese radio and press, worked with members of the Intelligence community, advised the special branch of the national police, and occasionally briefed members of the media.
Turner was involved in the exhumation of mass graves containing bodies of some of the thousands of victims of Viet Cong executions during their occupation of Hue during the 1968 Tet Offensive, and later authored a classified study on "The Viet Cong Tactic of Assassination."
Turner was recognized in the early 1970s as a leading academic authority on the question of whether there would be a "bloodbath" in Indochina if the United States abandoned its commitment to protect its allies. In September 1972 he wrote an op-ed on this issue for the New York Times at the request of Harrison Salisbury, and in January 1973 he appeared on the PBS program, "The Advocates," arguing (alongside NYU Professor Frank N. Trager) that a bloodbath was likely on a program that also featured Yale Chaplain William Sloan Coffin and a first-term Congressman named Les Aspin.
Upon leaving the Army, Turner accepted a position at Stanford University's Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace, where in 1975 he authored the first major book in English on the history of Vietnamese Communism. (Vietnamese Communism: Its Origins and Development), described as the "definitive account of Vietnamese Communism" in the American Political Science Review.
From 1973-1978, Turner served as the national security adviser to U.S. Senator Robert P. Griffin. Between 1968 and 1975, Turner visited 42 of South Vietnam's 44 provinces at least once as well as Laos and Cambodia.
Turner left the Senate in August 1978 to attend law school in Charlottesville. Just prior to graduation in 1981 he co-founded the Center for National Security Law with Professor John Norton Moore. Between 1981 and 1985 he served in the Pentagon as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, in the White House as Counsel to the President's Intelligence Oversight Board, at the State Department as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs (and for several months as acting Assistant Secretary). For twenty months during 1996-97 he served as the first President of the congressionally-established United States Institute of Peace.
A former three-term chairman of the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Law and National Security (and from 1992-99, editor of the ABA National Security Law Report), Professor Turner has taught undergraduate courses at Virginia on International Law, U.S. Foreign Policy, the Vietnam War, and Foreign Policy and the Law in the Woodrow Wilson Department of Government and Foreign Affairs, in addition to co-teaching law school seminars on Advanced Topics in National Security Law I & II. The author or editor of more than a dozen books and monographs (including coediting the Center's 1200-page law school casebook, National Security Law. and The Real Lessons of the Vietnam War: Reflections Twenty-Five Years After the Fall of Saigon) and numerous articles in law reviews and professional journals, Turner has also contributed articles to most of the major U.S. newspapers and has testified before more than a dozen different congressional committees on issues of international or constitutional law and related topics. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Association of American Law Schools, the Academy of Political Science, and several other professional organizations.
Dr. Turner has contributed two feature articles to WinterSoldier.com:
Honoring a Traitor
On the Edge of Treason?: John Kerry's exploitation of POWs and their Families
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