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    Kent State Truth Tribunal

    Kent State Truth Tribunal To Open its Doors to Witnesses of 1970 Student Killings at Protest Over Invasion of Cambodia

    Michael Moore to Broadcast First American Truth-Seeking Initiative Livecast on Internet

    KENT, Ohio - April 30 - On May 1, 2010 the Kent State Truth Tribunal will launch a four-day truth-seeking initiative that will examine the deaths and injuries of student protestors at a 1970 campus rally over the invasion of Cambodia. Dozens of witnesses and participants are scheduled to share their accounts over the first four days of May, some for the first time. The testimonies will be videotaped and broadcast live on filmmaker Michael Moore's website.

    On May 4, 1970 the Ohio National Guard opened fire on unarmed students protesting America's invasion of Cambodia during the Vietnam War. In a day that changed America, four students were killed and nine wounded as they demonstrated against the land invasion. The incident triggered national outrage in a country already divided. In response to the Kent State shootings, more than four million students rose up in dissent across 900 campuses, generating the only nationwide student protest in U.S. history. Fearing civil unrest, President Nixon was taken to Camp David for his protection.

    The Ohio National Guard has never publicized the findings of its investigation of command responsibility for the shootings. And importantly, there has never been a public inquiry to hear, record and preserve the stories of those directly impacted by Kent State.

    "Kent State figures prominently in recent American history yet there has never been a full account of what took place on the day of the shootings," said Laurel Krause who was 15 years old when her older sister Alison was cut down by a Guardsman's bullet. "We hope the Kent State Truth Tribunal will provide an opportunity for the many individuals affected by the shootings to share their truth and come to a collective understanding of what took place on this day that changed America," she added.

    Forty years later, family members of those killed have initiated the Kent State Truth Tribunal to preserve and honor the stories of those whose lives have been touched by this tragedy. The Truth Tribunal will generate the only comprehensive historical record and live archive of the Kent State massacre. The archive will be housed at the prestigious New York University Tamiment Library for viewing by the public NYU Libraries | Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives.

    The tribunal will take place on four consecutive days, mirroring the events of 1970, and held at Franklin Square Deli Building, corner of Water & Main Streets, 110 S. Water Street, in downtown Kent, Ohio on May 1, 2, 3 & 4, 2010. The video accounts will be recorded by award-winning filmmaker Emily Kunstler. The livecast is the first real-time broadcast of a truth-seeking initiative of this kind and will air on www.MichaelMoore.com from 10am-7pm daily.

    Organizers have invited participants and witnesses to the events of May 4th 1970 and others who were present on campus and in the community including protesters, Ohio National Guardsmen, Ohio State officials, local residents, students, family members and others who were affected by the shootings.

    For more information, visit: http://www.truthtribunal.org

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    U.S. attacks inside Cambodia, escalates Vietnam war: The Plain Dealer front page 40 years ago today
    Dave Davis, The Plain Dealer
    April 30, 2010


    Richard M. Nixon addresses the nation on the Vietnam War in November 1969.President Richard Nixon addressed the nation on April 30, 1970, with news that U.S. troops had just launched an attack inside Cambodia, an escalation of the Vietnam war that sparked widespread protests in the days to come.

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    U.S. Starts Cambodia Attack

    WASHINGTON
    --President Nixon dramatically announced last night that American ground troops have attacked -- at his order -- a Communist base extending 20 miles inside Cambodia.

    Nixon told a nationwide radio and television audience that he would stand by his order, certain to provoke controversy, even at the risk of becoming a one-term President.

    "This is not an invasion of Cambodia," he asserted. 'The areas in which these attacks will be launched are completely occupied and controlled by North Vietnamese forces. Our purpose is not to occupy the areas. Once enemy forces are driven out of these sanctuaries and their military supplies destroyed, we will withdraw."

    The attack, commanded by American officers and augmented by units of the South Vietnamese army, began about 7 p.m. EDT, about two hours before Nixon address the nation and about one hour before he met with Democratic and Republican leaders of Congress to discuss his decision.

    Read the rest of the story, including the text from Nixon's address to the nation, by clicking on the file below:

    U.S.-Attacks-Cambodia-1May1970.pdf

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    It would be nice if Crosby Stills and Nash would show up and play Four Dead in Ohio. It would really be a miracle if Crosby made an appearance. I mean being dead and all.

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    Kent State shootings in 1970.

    Draft dodgers shooting draft dodgers.


    Seems like an ugly period in US history both for VN, Cambodia, Laos, and also within the US.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barbaro View Post
    Kent State shootings in 1970.

    Draft dodgers shooting draft dodgers.


    Seems like an ugly period in US history both for VN, Cambodia, Laos, and also within the US.
    I watched a TV interview recently where the then Sec of Defence, McNamara described the Vietnam War as a "misadventure". Presumably he was also talking about what occurred in Laos and Cambodia.

    The bombing by Nixon of Cambodia was the secret war with more bombs being dropped on Laos and Cambodia than during the entire Second World War, a staggering amount by any measure.

    It was indeed a tragic time for all, particularly Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia and a reflection of what was in effect a side show of the cold war.

    These nations, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia still suffer the effects of this bombing campaign by the US military and Nixon administration.

    The Vietnam War, known in Vietnam as the American War, remains deeply burned in the American psyche and will remain so for many many years to come.

    It was indeed a misadventure as history later went on to prove with disastrous consequences for many millions of innocent people.

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    Moreover, Nixon was never brought before any court in order to stand trial for crimes against humanity. He should have been however he did suffer great lose of face and was later pardond by Ford for his role in what lead to his resignation as President.

    A man history will not treat kindly. Richard Millhouse Nixon - a criminal by any measure.

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