by Dick M
Prior to the public release of the existence of the Presidential "Kill List", Secret units comprised of Military, Ex-Military, Intelligence and Ex-Intelligence officers operated under the control of a secret organization within the Federal Government. These units are referred to in the media as "Death Squads"
A death squad is an armed group that conducts extrajudicial killings or forced disappearances of persons for the purposes of political repression, genocide, or revolutionary terror. These killings are often conducted in ways meant to ensure the secrecy of the killers' identities. Death squads are often, but not exclusively, associated with police states, one party states, or military dictatorships. It is not unheard of, however, for democratic governments to form death squads.
Death squads may have the support of domestic or foreign governments (see state terrorism). They may comprise a secret police force, paramilitary groups, or government soldiers and policemen. When death squads are not controlled by the state, they may consist of insurgent forces of Privatized Security companies or organized crime.
The following is the story of one such Death Squad Leader subsequently finding himself in prison on the charge of Treason.
Gene "Chip" Tatum joined the Air Force Special Force as a forward air controller in the early 70's, at age 19. He went to US Army Special Forces school and was assigned to South-East Asia as Airman First Class (A1C) in December 1970, he was assigned as a radio operator on a Forward Air Control (FAC) aircraft attached to Task Force Alpha (secretly under operational control of the CIA, but on paper it looked like it was under the 56th Special Operations Wing, and under the major command, US Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), under the Joint Chief of Staff and Secretary of Defense.
56th Special Operations Wing and Task Force Alpha were operating out of Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Force Base Phnom Pehn, Thailand. As to how much of a secret this was I don't know, but it appears the US did whatever we could to keep our operations there secret. I have noted more about 56th Special Operations Wing at the end of this article.
Shortly after being assigned to Thailand, Airman Chip Tatum, assigned to a task force code-named, Team Red Rock. The team was composed of Airman Tatum, eight US Army Green Berets, three US Navy SEALs and two CIA paramilitary officer or (aka direct action) or contract agents/soldiers (a total of 14 US men) that was under operational control directly from the White House.
A plan had been drawn up by Siagon (Theodore "Ted" Shackley) and ordered by President Nixon, Henry Kissinger and General Alexander Haig, operational direction by Ted Shackley and Bill Colby, Team Red Rock was to enter Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh, and secretly attack the Pochentong airport, military and civil installations, and destroy all of the Cambodian air force parked there, or as many as possible. The plan called for the team to parachute into the outskirts of Phnom Penh. They were tasked to take with them two formerly captured, North Vietnamese Army (NVA) POWs wearing their NVA uniforms, but were unarmed and alive. The plan was to murder the POWs and their bodies left to be discovered by Cambodian forces. The purpose of this was to makes the Cambodian leaders come to the false conclusion that the North Vietnamese were responsible for the attack. This kind of operation is called a "False Flag" operation. This whole plan including the murders was approved and ordered by President Nixon, Henry Kissinger, General Alexander Haig.
According to Tatum, he and the rest of his team were dressed in North Vietnamese uniforms as were the NVA POWs, This is a violation of the Geneva and Hague convention (a war crime) and the team could be shot as spies if were captured.
It was also part of the secret mission, and ordered by Pres. Nixon, Kissinger, and/or Haig, that Team Red Rock was not to return from this mission alive. A detachment of Montagnard tribesmen working for the CIA, was assigned to kill the team and dispose of the bodies to make sure no word about this mission ever leaked out.
Chip Tatum is not very forth coming in his video interview with Ted Gunderson, a former FBI Chief of Station, for Los Angeles. It will help you in understanding what I am telling you here, if you watch the following video tape after reading this.
In video tape Tatum only stated that in 1971 he was many times on classified mission in Cambodia. Also he did not have a good understanding of why Nixon wanted this false flag mission done. In face, Tatum may have been lied to as to the real purpose of his mission and had never got around to doing a Google search about the history of his mission. By looking at the open source history of the civil war in Cambodia, I was able to learn the date of Team Red Rocks attack and destruction of the pro-US Cambodian Air Forces' airplanes. General Lon Nol was at this time the leader of Cambodia.
A little background of events in Cambodia at the time: