Summary. The MIA "activist" cult has a truckload of wacky stories that they tell and retell. The problem is that people who hear only those stories and nothing else, tend to believe this crap. One of their wacko stories concerns the first commander of the Joint Task Force -- Full Accounting, General Tom Needham, and a claim that he shredded valuable MIA documents in the US Embassy in Bangkok. The story misrepresents and blows out of proportion an actual incident.
In 1992, the Joint Casualty Resolution Center (JCRC) was absorbed by the Joint Task
Force -- Full Accounting (JTF-FA).
Joint Task Force -- Full Accounting (JTF-FA)
In the late 1980s, it became clear that we would soon have people stationed in Hanoi
and that we would need a unit capable of staying in the field in Vietnam, Laos, and
Cambodia to search for crash and grave sites and to conduct excavations, under the
supervision of CILHI
The JCRC/JTF-FA Files in Bangkok
Over the years the JCRC had produced lots of files and the question was how much of this stuff should be moved back to Hawaii.
JCRC personnel conducted an inventory of everything in their files in Bangkok.
This inventory was sent to Hawaii and to DIA where inventories were conducted. We
determined that almost every document that was in Bangkok also had copies in DIA and in
Hawaii. There were a few files that were unique but not many. Needham told the
folks in Bangkok to destroy the duplicate files, send the files that were not duplicates
to Hawaii and to DIA, and keep only the bare minimum of files in Bangkok.
The Wacky Story
The MIA cult makes a number of absolutely loony claims, including:
Overall, they claim that Needham destroyed irreplaceable documents that prove the
presence of US POWs. Bullshit. The only documents that were shredded were
documents that were known to be duplicated in Hawaii and in DIA.