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Charges dropped against 12 Hmong men accused in plot to overthrow Laotian government

Federal prosecutors in Sacramento on Monday dropped charges against 12 Vietnam War expatriates accused of plotting to overthrow the Laotian government, officials said.

The decision follows a federal judge's November ruling to dismiss the charge that the men had violated the Neutrality Act. The ruling prompted prosecutors to reassess the case and determine that "it is not in the government's interest to continue this prosecution," according to a statement by the U.S. attorney's office in Sacramento.

"Based on the totality of the circumstances in the case, the government believes, as a discretionary matter, that continued prosecution of defendants is no longer warranted," according to court documents.

U.S. Atty. Benjamin B. Wagner filed the motion in a federal court in Sacramento. It was signed by U.S. District Judge Frank C. Damrell Jr.

"While some defense attorneys have raised claims of misconduct, I believe the case was investigated and prosecuted properly and professionally," Wagner said in a statement. "The decision to seek dismissal of this case was not the result of any alleged misconduct by any government employee. The agents and attorneys who worked on this case have done so with honor and good faith."

In 2007, the men were indicted for allegedly conspiring to acquire $10 million in weapons and recruit mercenaries to take offensive action against the communist regime in the Southeast Asian country of Laos.

Many of the men were members of California's Hmong community and fought for the United States during the Vietnam War and were believed to have violated the Neutrality Act, which prohibits people in the U.S. from engaging in any military action against the government of another nation with which the U.S. is at peace.

The motion to dismiss follows last week's death of 81-year-old Vang Pao, a Hmong leader who was a key ally of the United States during the Vietnam War. Pao was believed to be the ringleader of the scheme to launch a coup and had been dismissed from the case in 2009 while two other defendants were added.

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Thank God! we save million of dollars to help the poor. Why drop it two years ago? We already threw millions & millions away. This is a lesson for the federal govt. Agencies not to abuse the power again.

The Hmong should sue the federal goverment for its negligent toward the minority such as the Hmong. The federal government can not just be careless and ruled over the law of the land. No one above the laws....

The reality in the case started when Ambassador Doug Hartwick did not get what he wanted, to serve what the LPDR (Communist Lao) wanted. Instead of represent the people of the United States, he brought back a representation of the Communist regime, an effort to pass Free Trade agreement to benefit the LPDR. Ambassador Doug Hartwick failed too many times, till his group put the bill to be a hiden bill under a tax bill. Mr. Hartwick might think that General Vang Pao is the people behind, not supporting the Free Trade Agreement. It's his signal to the Justice Department that brought General Vang Pao and these rest of the twelve people into this mass.

Thanks to the JUSTICE and COURT of this County, the United Stated of America

This started when Ambassador Doug Hartwick didn't represent the people of the United States, but Corporations and LPDR (who he called his friends). Hartwick had tried to sell his Normal Trade Relation to Vang Pao, the Hmong, and Laotian in the US; but noone supported the idea except a few Communist spies and Yang Dao. The US Congress also were in favor of General Vang Pao, not to grant NTR to the LPDR. Mr. Doug Hartwick and an ex-Congressman from Michagan or Detroit area secretly inserted the NTR into a trade bill. Instead of being a bill, it's just a few line in the Trade Bill. It was passed, but this NRT is meaningless.

Due to Mr. Doug Hartwick's ignorance, many U. S. citizens of course hated Mr. Hartwick. People have blamed him for representing the LPDR to the United States instead of the other way around. He came to Fresno, and noone wants to talk to him. This pissed him off. He then made a few signals to the Justice Department to go after General Vang Pao and a few of these innocent people.

This gives the Justice Department reasons to get more money into their budgets. Everyone wanted tax payers money. The investigators want promotion, the DA down here in California wanted some kind of budgets for those years , and the list goes on and on......These people are excellent in creating fiction stories and get many of the judges believed in them by signing those warrants. Thanks to Judge Frank C. Damrell Jr. sorted this case through.

Now the case is over. I think we the people and Congress needs to do an investigation. Those who abused and stole tax payers money should be punished. The investigators, the management from the Justice Department should all be fired, put them in prison for a few years. Those people should be sued in civil court for days in prison, years in chainlocks, and financial bidden.

A solute to Judge Frank C. Damrell Jr.

is it wrong to try to take there country back?


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