At a press conference given in Texas on Thursday (29 March), United States Air Force Colonel James Hughes claimed that he was ill-treated and 'degraded' by his ???
At a press conference given in Texas on Thursday (29 March), United States Air Force Colonel James Hughes claimed that he was ill-treated and 'degraded' by his ??? while imprisoned in North Vietnam, from where he has been recently released.
Using film and magazine pictures showing him, head bandaged and bowed, at a Hanoi press conference in 1967, Hughes talked of his treatment and agreed with the magazine-picture captions describing his position as 'degrading'.
The Texas conference was one of many given around the United States on Thursday, in which ex-prisoners accused their North Vietnamese captors of psychological and physical torture involving the use of 'continual harassment', bread and water diets, solitary confinement, beatings and forced confessions.
Such allegations had previously been suppressed by the U.S. government until the majority of captured servicemen had been freed. One man, Army Captain Robert White, is still being held in Vietnam by Viet Cong forces, and is expected to be released on Sunday or Monday (1 - 2 April).
In Saigon on Saturday (31 March), a North Vietnamese member of the Joint Military Commission refuted the allegations of ill-treatment, saying that the Americans were using them to cover up their own 'atrocities' in South Vietnam during the war.
SYNOPSIS: Coinciding with the safe release on Thursday of the last major batch of United States servicemen from captivity in North Vietnam, ex-prisoners for the first time told Americans about their experiences in prison. In press conferences throughout the United States, the released men spoke of being starved, beaten and treated like criminals by their captors. One such man was Air Force Colonel James Hughes, who used North Vietnamese film to support his allegations of ill-treatment by the North Vietnamese.
Air Force Colonel James Hughes, recently released from a North Vietnamese prison camp, told a United States press conference on Thursday of his experiences at the hands of his captors.