NBC Evening News for Thursday, Sep 18, 1969
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(Studio) Army to court-martial 6 of 8 Green Berets accused of killing a South Vietnam, thought to be double agent. 6 are officers, incling, Berets Commander Colonel Robert Rheault. Other 2 are Warrant Ofr. and sergeant
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(DC) Army Secretary Stanley Resor says won't take over case; has faith in mil. justice. Congress feels military can't be trusted. [Representative Peter RODINO - asks why Resor and Army Counsel withhold information that shows Berets acting under orders. Why are they made scapegoats? If information not given, we'll demand resignations of civilian representatives and military Cmdrs. who are more concerned with own prestige than accused's rights.] [Representative Clarence LONG recites telegram to President Nixon asking him to intervene in trial.] [Representative Tom GETTYS - wants civilian officials to reassert authority over military] Army won't ask for death penalty.
REPORTER: Robert Goralski