July 29, 1972 : Former U.S. Attorney General visits North Vietnam

Introduction

Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark visits North Vietnam as a member of the International Commission of Inquiry into U.S. War Crimes in Indochina. This commission was formed to investigate alleged U.S. bombing of non-military targets in North Vietnam. Clark reported over Hanoi radio that he had seen damage to hospitals, dikes, schools, and civilian areas. His visit stirred intense controversy at home. Nothing ever came of Clark’s claims, but he was lauded by antiwar activists for pointing out the damage done by the U.S. bombing attacks. Other Americans condemned Clark as a traitor to the United States.

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July 29, 1972 : Former U.S. Attorney General visits North Vietnam

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    2009

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    July 29, 1972 : Former U.S. Attorney General visits North Vietnam

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  • Access Date

    November 18, 2017

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