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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Why?

Judge awards $65M to men taken from USS Pueblo

2 hrs 10 mins ago

WASHINGTON – A federal judge on Tuesday awarded more than $65 million to several men who were captured and tortured by North Korea after the communist country seized the U.S. spy ship USS Pueblo during the Cold War. North Korea never responded to the lawsuit filed by William Thomas Massie, Donald Raymond McClarren, Dunnie Richard Tuck and the estate of Lloyd Bucher. U.S. District Judge Henry H. Kennedy Jr. entered the judgment against the country.
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The USS Pueblo was seized off North Korea while it was on an intelligence-gathering mission on Jan. 23, 1968. The North claimed the ship was inside its coastal zone while the U.S. Navy contended it was in international waters.
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Massie, McClarren and Tuck each received $16.7 million. Bucher's estate received $14.3 million and his wife, Rose, $1.25 million.
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Too little too late?

Now don't get me wrong. I'm not saying they didn't deserve anything for putting up with this shit, but awarding them or their estates millions 40 years after the fact?

No, I think the money would have been better spent getting them out of there in the first place, bombing the shit out of the country, and blowing the captured ship all to hell.
If it would have come from North Korea, it may have meant something. But any award this many years later is nothing more than an attempt by the judge to get a feather in his cap.

But then, what do I know?


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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Remember the song about that?

As the storm was raging
out on the peaceful sea
73 men sailed into history

No one heard them calling,
no one came at all.

They were too busy watching those old rain drops fall!

No shit. And today we make deals with the North Koreans and hope to buy them off.

curmudgeon said...

Hermit,
Obamm-bamm is going to make it all good now. He'll talk some sense into them and we'll all be getting along just fine, right?