When Sgt. David Mitchell was due to face a court martial at Fort Hood, Texas,?
MV Brown out of court room at Fort Hood
SV sign "Fort Hood Court Room"
SCU Ossie Brown speaking
MV Attorney into car and away
MV soldier out of car and into court at Fort Benning
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 3: BROWN: "We've contended with a systematic destruction of suspected Vietnamese, Vietcong, and we think that this strikes at the heart of the matter of condemnation".
REPORTER: "And then what relation does that have to Mitchell's case?"
BROWN: "I'm not going to comment on that, sir".
Initials JMR/DW/MH/1632 JMR/DW/BJ/1637
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Background: When Sgt. David Mitchell was due to face a court martial at Fort Hood, Texas, on Tuesday (October 13), his attorney Mr. Ossie Brown, asked for the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Mr. Richard Helms, to be sub-poena, alleging that the C.I.A. was involved in the My Lai killings in Vietnam.
It had been expected that the U.S. Army would start presenting its case against Sgt. Mitchell, who is charged with attempting to murder 30 Vietnamese civilians at Mr Lei. But when the proceedings opened, Mr. Brown objected to one of the colonels selected to hear the court martial. The colonel was replaced on the trial board.
Then Mr. Brown made his application for a sub-poena on Mr. Helms. The judge, Colonel George Robinson, refused the request, although Mr. Brown claimed that he had a witness who could testify that the C.I.A. was in some way involved in the killings.
Later Mr. Brown claimed before reporters that the C.I.A. had long carried out executions in the My Lai area before the so-called massacre there - and that the Government had condoned them.
But an attorney for the C.I.A., who had also been in court, said the charges were absolutely false. The C.I.A. had not been involved in any way in what happened at My Lai.