CBS Evening News for Monday, Jun 12, 1972
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(Studio) Former Air Force General John Lavelle ordered bombing in North Vietnam prior to current authorization.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Capitol Hill) Air Force Chief of Staff John Ryan fired Lavelle for actions. Lavelle admits to House subcommittee he ordered 20 unauthorized strikes in North Vietnam over 5-mo. period because North Vietnam build-up threatened his air crew. [LAVELLE - says he ordered bombing on North Vietnam air defense targets where build-up increased in preparation for what became invasion of South Vietnam.] Committee Chairperson Hebert wants to hear more testimony in closed session. Defense Secretary Laird may be called as witness.
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