ABC Evening News for Thursday, Aug 09, 1973
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(Studio) Senator Armed Services Committee conts. hearings on falsified bombing charges in Indochina.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(Capitol Hill) Dep. Defense Secretary William Clements and Admiral Thomas Moorer, chairperson Joint Chiefs of Staff, admit cover targets for bombing in Indochina date to 1966. [MOORER - believes reports not falsified. Reports designed to permit conduct of operation in most effective way.] [Senator Strom THURMOND - charges hearings simply big show. Believes committee should call on Defense Secretary and stop embarrassing men in uniform.] Clements reads top secret orders signed by Defense Secretary Melvin Laird. [Senator Harold HUGHES - asks if order means separate targets entered in records when completely different targets hit.] Clements confirms. [CLEMENTS - believes cover story used to protect United States soldiers and thinks operation well conducted. No apologies should be offered.] Committee still in dark with regard to person behind orders for false reports
REPORTER: Frank Tomlinson
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