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POWs #213106

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Jan 05, 1971
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(Studio) Film of POWs shown on news broadcast last night. CBS asked viewers who recognized any in film to call local military base.
REPORTER: Charles Collingwood

(Pentagon) Many telephone calls, no definite identifications.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Studio) POWs' fate attracts attention across nation.
REPORTER: Charles Collingwood

(DC) Film shows records, bumper stickers about POWs, speech excerpt by POW wife. United States government prisoners of war release campaign intensified. Activities of National League of Families of American prisoners missing in S.E. Asia described. POW publicity campaigners feel efforts result in better prisoners of war treatment by North Vietnam. [Secretary Defense LAIRD - says North Vietnam failing to treat POWs according to Geneva Convention] [Secretary of State ROGERS - North Vietnam maneuvering with POWs in way that's inhumane.] Critics feel administration exploiting POWs to justify contd. US presence in Vietnam. [Senator Edmund MUSKIE - POWs usually return end of war. US Vietnamization policy doesn't necessarily contemplate end to war.] [W. Averell HARRIMAN - talk about POWs to observe fact that policies being followed won't get POWs out.] [President NIXON - POWs not forgotten. Continue to do everything can to bring back home.] Admin. prisoners of war policy has important by-product: deflects criticism by focusing on safe issue - release of POWs.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

Collingwood, Charles;
Kalb, Marvin;
Schieffer, Bob

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