U.S. used nerve gas during Vietnam War; Mission targeted American defectors in Laos
From the South Movement, 9 June 1998
The United States used lethal nerve gas during a mission to kill American defectors in Laos during the Vietnam War in 1970, according to the results of an eight-month investigation being broadcast Sunday on the premiere of "NewsStand: CNN & Time."
The "NewsStand" investigation reveals that on September 11, 1970, a "hatchet force" of 16 U.S. soldiers and approximately 140 Montagnard mercenaries helicoptered 60 miles deep into Laos from a Vietnamese base, Dak To.
These soldiers were part of SOG -- the Studies and Observations Group-a small, elite unit of the U.S.Special Forces. SOG commandos carried out "black operations" against unusual targets, using unusual weapons. On Operation Tailwind, officers were briefed that anything in the non-nuclear U.S. arsenal would be available to them.
The report was based on interviews with 200 people, * including dozens who fought or flew on the mission, * called Operation Tailwind. * The report airs Sunday at 10 p.m. EDT and PDT on CNN, * with an updated version airing Monday at the same times.*