A major political controversy has built up in the United States over reported conditions at the South Vietnamese island prison on Con Son.
A major political controversy has built up in the United States over reported conditions at the South Vietnamese island prison on Con Son. The row broke out when two congressmen alleged that hundreds of men and women were locked like animals in barred concrete cells, were punished by having lime thrown at them, and that many could not stand up through malnutrition and lack of exercise.
The two representatives, William Anderson, a Tennessee democrat and Augustus Hawkins, also a democrat from California were members of a 12-man mission which spent two weeks on an Indo-China inspection tour. Their allegations came after a 70-page report issued by the committee chairman, Mr. G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery, a Mississippi democrat. The report made only brief mention of the prison, which lies 60 miles off the Mekong River Delta in the South China Sea.
A staff aide to the committee Mr. Thomas Harken announced after his return to Washington that he had resigned his position. He alleged that some congressmen and government officials had tried to hide information about what he called "inhuman torture cells" for the political prisoners at Con Son.