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Vail Daily letter: Colby film raises questions

My wife and I attended the Vail Veterans Program on March 18, titled “The Man Nobody Knew, In Search of My Father CIA Spymaster William Colby.” I was impressed with the quality of this documentary and with William Colby’s desire to present the truth regarding the CIA’s involvement in the Vietnam War and in particular the Phoenix project. His subsequent testimony before Congress was impressive in his attempt to rein in the illegal activities of the CIA.

One of the most disturbing concepts presented in the film was the fact that William Colby was replaced as head of the CIA by a “loyalist” who was willing to lie to Congress and the American people. It is disheartening to know that the CIA illegal activities continue, especially regarding the 935 documented lies in a “carefully orchestrated,” “methodically propagated” system to enter the U.S. into the Iraq War (also referred as the occupation of Iraq) and the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan.

It is important to remember that it took 40 years for the truth to be documented by Robert McNamara exposing the lies regarding the Gulf of Tonkin incident that propelled us into the Vietnam conflict.

Furthermore, the film enforced the need for honest citizens and politicians to question the all-important “why.” Who approved our involvement? Was it legal, constitutional? Were those breaking the law held accountable? What was accomplished?

As a footnote, today Vietnam, now officially the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, whose motto is “Independence-Freedom-Happiness,” has an active tourism industry and economic growth among the highest in the world since 2000, per Citigroup. This socialist republic produces, among other products, my Talons Challenge baseball cap.

To date, in spite of the illegal acts William Colby bravely testified about, our government has chosen to not prosecute illegal activities committed by the CIA. As for me, I want the truth regarding war crimes, false flag terrorism, etc. and those persons responsible held accountable. In my opinion, “the highest form of patriotism is to question our government, to demand accountability and to protect our constitutional rights.”

Ted Tilton

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