Sunday, May 18, 2008

At least 100,000 said executed by US's Korean ally in 1950 summer of terror

As a US Service Person, who served multiple tours in Korea during the 1980's, under the regime of General Chun Doo-hwan, I am absolutly repulsed by my government, which knowingly lied to me, the citizens of the US and the World obout the history of the Korean War, therby morally corrupting what  I believed I was fighting for.

"In 1953, after the war ended in stalemate, after the deaths of at least 2 million people, half or more of them civilians, a U.S. Army war crimes report attributed all summary executions here in Daejeon to the "murderous barbarism" of North Koreans."

When British communist journalist Alan Winnington entered Daejeon that summer with North Korean troops and visited the site, writing of "waxy dead hands and feet (that) stick through the soil," his reports in the Daily Worker were denounced as "fabrication" by the U.S. Embassy in London. American military accounts focused instead on North Korean reprisal killings that followed in Daejeon.

But CIA and U.S. military intelligence documents circulating even before the Winnington report, classified "secret" and since declassified, told of the executions by the South Koreans. Lt. Col. Bob Edwards, U.S. Embassy military attache in South Korea, wrote in conveying the Daejeon photos to Army intelligence in Washington that he believed nationwide "thousands of political prisoners were executed within (a) few weeks" by the South Koreans.

"The American photos, taken by an Army major and kept classified for a half-century, show the macabre sequence of events."






This photograph by the U.S. Army, provided by the U.S. National Archives in College Park, Md., on Monday, May 5, 2008, is one of a series of declassified images depicting the summary execution of South Korean political prisoners by the South Korean military and police at Daejeon, South Korea, over several days in July 1950. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Korea is investigating this and similar mass killings in South Korea in 1950-51. A chief investigator estimates up to 7,000 were killed at Daejeon, and tens of thousands elsewhere. (AP Photo/National Archives, U.S. Army)

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Powder House Cove boat ramp opens May 9

Prineville Reservoir's new boat ramp at Powder House Cove will open for the season Friday, May 9. The day-use site's entrance road and ramp area are being paved this week, ending the first phase of a $1.2 million improvement co-funded by the federal Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), the Oregon State Marine Board and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) lottery dollars. The project's second phase, which includes paving the site's main parking area, will be completed in 2009. Overnight parking is prohibited at Powder House Cove, which is near Bowman Dam 20 miles south of Prineville and 25 miles east of Bend. OPRD maintains and operates the site under a lease agreement with the BOR.