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Afghanistan / Accidental Bombing / Hearing #719577

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Jan 14, 2003
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(Studio: John Roberts) Report introduced.

(Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana: Bob McNamara) The hearing at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana of Maj. Harry Schmidt†† and Maj. William Umbach†† for the friendly fire bombing of Canadian ground troops in Afghanistan last April featured; details given of the pilots’ use of "go pills," amphetamines which help pilots stay awake during long missions; courtroom sketches by Pat Lopez shown. [Pilot’s attorney Dave BECK†- says they believed they were under attack.] [US Air Force Col. Peter DEMPSEY†- says only miniscule amounts of the drug are used.] [From “The Early Show,” pilot’s wife Marlene UMBACH†- suggests the pilots are being used to cover up higher-level blunders.] [Victim’s mother Claire LEGER†- says we want to clarify what went on.]

Roberts, John;
McNamara, Bob

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