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04-08-03, 04:31 PM
Subject: Fw: THE SPEICHER BILL WORKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you to everyone that worked to help pass "THE PERSIAN GULF WAR POW/MIA
ACCOUNTABILITY ACT" which is called "The Speicher Bill". We need to make a
special "thank you" to Senator Campbell's Legislative Director, Larry Vigil
without whose hard work and dedication this bill would never have passed.
His perseverance may have saved a POWs life.
More information on the bill (now law) is on www.greasyonline,com.
Danny "Greasy" Belcher
Infantry Sgt. Vietnam 68-69
"D" Troop 7th Sqdn 1st Air Cav.

April 8, 2003 (202) 224-5852


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-CO) received
confirmation from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that the Persian
Gulf War POW/MIA Accountability Act of 2002, which he authored last
Congress, also applies to Operation Iraqi Freedom. The law offers to grant
refugee status in the United States to nationals of Iraq or the Middle East
region who bring forth information that helps bring home an American

The DHS's confirmation means that Mohammad, an Iraqi man who brought crucial
information to the Marines that resulted in the return of American POW
Jessica Lynch, is covered under Campbell's law, as well as any others who
bring forth crucial information to bring home American POW/MIAs. Currently
Mohammed has received temporary refugee status and is in the custody of the

The Voice of America broadcasting service has complied with Campbell's Bring
Them Home Alive Act by regularly broadcasting news that all Iraqi's who
provide information to bring an American home will be protected under the
law and receive asylum, pending extensive background checks.

Campbell said of the developments:

"All the pieces are here. Voice of America has complied with my law and has
been broadcasting regularly, some of the brave Iraqi people are willing to
help, and at least one has even come forward with crucial information

"I will work with the Bush Administration and my colleagues in Congress to
see that Mohammed is given asylum. As we all know, he has risked his life by
coming forward and temporary refugee status obviously only protects him
temporarily. And I will work with VOA to make sure that the message
specifically mentions that an Iraqi citizen has actually received asylum
because of this law. I want the Iraqi people to know that they do not have
to be afraid to come forward, I want them to know we are good to our word
when we said we would protect them if they brought forth crucial

"Now is the time to try our hardest to bring Americans home, not months from
now, not ten years from now. I will do all I can to make sure this law is
fully utilized. The goal of bringing Americans home is too important to let