In 1970, a special forces team of 16 Americans and 140 Montagnard mercanaries embarked in an "over the fence" mission into Laos, where they were to act as a diversionary force for a CIA mission 60 miles to the north. For 72 hours, the team was surrounded by enemy forces and constant combat. They escaped with the largest cache of enemy intelligence documents ever recovered in the war, and only three of their 156 soldiers killed.
In 1998, CNN runs an expose titled "Valley of Death: New Voices." In this piece, producers April Oliver and Peter Arnett claimed that the U.S. had dropped Sarin nerve gas during the mission--a violation of the Geneva Conventions. This sparked an international controversy, despite there being no proof of the allegations. Ultimately, Oliver and Arnett were fired from CNN over the report.
This 12-minute trailer is a promotional piece I produced, wrote, and directed. Editing by Bradfor Eu of Eu Entertainment. The Director of Photography was Larry Taylor of Coastal Creative Resources. My co-producer was Todd Hewey of Reel Adventures Productions.
There is no way this project could have happened without the passion and resources of Jim Moriarty. As the attorney for the solders defamed by CNN and AOL/Time Warner, Jim had plenty of incentive to see justice served. But the truth is, Jim saw a story here that no one else cared to look for. Having served as a Marine in combat during Vietnam, Jim knew first-hand what the men of Operation Tailwind dealt with. He knew that the bullets and blood and death they faced were the least of their wounds. Wounds heal, but the hurt that arose from CNN's slap in the face dug deep, and hit vital organs on the way in. Jim saw that, and there was no way he was going to let that stand.
Jim dug deep to cover the expense of this project. Financially, true, but that was the least of what he committed. Far more valuable to the project, to the story, and to the place this tale takes in history is Jim's commitment of passion and even rage on behalf of these men. He reached out to his considerable network of contacts and pulled in favors that no one else would have called. He used the full resources of his law firm, taking a deep chunk out of his own pocket, to make sure that everyone and anyone involved had a chance to have their say. In short, Jim risked everything for these men who, in one fashion or another, served with him in one of the most horrific events in human history. One more time. One more go. Without Jim, this would have been impossible. Jim believes this is the last battle of the Vietnam war and that it has yet to be told honestly.
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