Rescue News - Issue No. 1 - March 2002
With this first issue of Rescue News, we would like to express our great appreciation to all of you who have expressed support for our efforts to find and bring home the survivors of Korean Air Lines Flight 007. You have supported us with your prayers and words of encouragement, you have helped us spread the news to others, you have given us information to help fill out the picture of what happened on that fateful night in 1983 when a Soviet fighter shot down the flight that carried 169 passengers and crew-citizens of Korea, Japan, the US and a number of other countries, loved ones, family members and close friends. Thank you.
February was a busy month for us. The two major events were the launching of this web site and a trip to the U.S. by Bert Schlossbergfor meetings and interviews.
Bert Schlossberg was in the U.S. from February 5 to 19. During that period, he was interviewed on radio a total of six times and had two meetings. Some of the radio interviews were archived and can be heard over the Internet. See below for details.
We are very grateful to Reed Irvine and Accuracy in Media (www.aim.org) for their sponsorship of a petition drive and a press conference in Washington on Feb. 14, 2002. This was an opportunity to share the information that we have on the fact that KAL 007 was not destroyed in the air but came down safely and that those aboard were taken prisoner by the Soviet KGB. The petitions-over 500-were collected by AIM and are going to President Bush and President Putin to ask them to reopen the investigation into KAL 007
based on the evidence in the public record for the survival of its passengers and crew.
We were pleasantly surprised and especially grateful to receive a message from Senator Helms thanking us for taking this effort up once again and encouraging us to continue in it.
We had a good meeting with relatives of passengers in Connecticut. This was an opportunity for people to hear the evidence first hand, ask questions and share ideas.
Since these broadcasts and meetings, we have been receiving a lot of inquiries, requests to be added to our mailing list and new information. Our immediate job is to follow up on much of this as well as finish the new material to be posted on the Web.
We are looking into the possibility of Bert returning to the U.S. again in the summer for additional opportunities to spread the word. Hopefully, we will be able to get on some nationally syndicated shows.
The International Committee for the Rescue of KAL 007 Survivors, Inc., incorporated in Connecticut, has applied for recognition of tax-exempt status as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. We will let everyone know when we receive our letter. This will guarantee that any contributions will be tax deductible.