For the last two years, Mr. Khao has contacted every legislator he can, asking for official recognition and veteran's benefits for these thousands of U.S. citizens who were soldiers for the CIA's secret war in Laos. So far nothing has come to pass.
The more information that has emerged in USA vs. Harrison U. Jack et. al., a preemptive arrest terrorism case in Sacramento, California, the more it looks as though the prosecution should be on trial instead of the defendants.
Unless Laos invites observers in to confirm or refute the claims that former resistance leaders have been imprisoned and tortured, most Hmong will believe that the US and Thailand have once again abandoned their former allies, with devastating results.