H.R.1147 - To direct the heads of agencies to disclose information concerning United States personnel classified as prisoners of war or missing in action after 1940, including from World War II, the Korean conflict, and the Vietnam conflict.102nd Congress (1991-1992)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Miller, John R. [R-WA-1] (Introduced 02/27/1991)|
|Committees:||House - Armed Services; Foreign Affairs; Government Operations; Intelligence (Permanent Select)|
|Latest Action:||House - 03/11/1991 Referred to the Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Affairs. (All Actions)|
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HR 1147 SC 102d CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 1147 To direct the heads of agencies to disclose information concerning United States personnel classified as prisoners of war or missing in action after 1940, including from World War II, the Korean conflict, and the Vietnam conflict. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES February 27, 1991 Mr. MILLER of Washington (for himself, Mrs. MEYERS of Kansas, Mr. GOSS, Mr. THOMAS of Wyoming, Mr. BACCHUS, Mr. MRAZEK, Mr. HUCKABY, Mr. TAUZIN, Mr. LANCASTER, Mr. GLICKMAN, Mr. DWYER of New Jersey, Mr. WALSH, Mr. COX of California, Mr. RINALDO, Mrs. BENTLEY, Mr. MCCLOSKEY, Mr. WILSON, Mr. MCGRATH, Mr. LENT, Mr. DREIER of California, Mrs. BOXER, Mr. QUILLEN, Mr. MFUME, Mr. BROWN, Mr. SCHAEFER, Mr. HENRY, Mr. BURTON of Indiana, Mr. SANGMEISTER, and Mr. GILCHREST) introduced the following bill; which was referred jointly to the Committees on Government Operations, Armed Services, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and Foreign Affairs July 24, 1991 Additional sponsors: Mr. ENGEL, Mr. WELDON, Mr. TAYLOR of Mississippi, Mr. LEVINE of California, Mr. HERGER, Mr. KENNEDY, Mr. CHANDLER, Mrs. ROUKEMA, Mr. ALLARD, Mr. UPTON, Mr. HEFLEY, Mr. GUNDERSON, Mr. PACKARD, Mr. MCDERMOTT, Mr. GALLEGLY, Mr. MCNULTY, Mr. BROOMFIELD, Mr. HAMILTON, Mr. CAMP, Mr. SMITH of Texas, Mr. POSHARD, Mr. SUNDQUIST, Mr. GUARINI, Mr. BATEMAN, Mr. ROE, Mr. MACHTLEY, Mr. ROSE, Mr. COSTELLO, Mr. HANCOCK, Mrs. JOHNSON of Connecticut, Mr. TRAFICANT, Mr. PAXON, Mr. RAVENEL, Mrs. UNSOELD, Mr. CARR, Mr. SCHEUER, Mr. HERTEL, Mr. PURSELL, Ms. MOLINARI, Mr. HAYES of Louisiana, Mr. KOLBE, Mr. KLECZKA, Mr. VANDER JAGT, Mr. SENSENBRENNER, Mr. TRAXLER, Mr. SHAW, Mr. DAVIS, Mr. YATRON, Mr. BAKER, Mr. BONIOR, Mr. FORD of Michigan, Mr. ZELIFF, Mr. SAXTON, Mr. WEBER, Mr. SANTORUM, Mr. BRUCE, Mr. COBLE, Mr. HOCHBRUECKNER, Mr. CARDIN, Mr. KILDEE, Mr. AUCOIN, Mr. GALLO, Mr. LIPINSKI, Mr. IRELAND, Mr. ZIMMER, Mr. WISE, Mr. JACOBS, Mr. LAFALCE, Mr. RITTER, Mr. PENNY, Mr. SCHIFF, Mrs. LOWEY of New York, Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN, Mr. HANSEN, Mr. BENNETT, Mr. JONES of North Carolina, Mr. EMERSON, Mr. SMITH of New Jersey, Mr. RAMSTAD, Mr. GINGRICH, Mr. PANETTA, Mr. PALLONE, Mr. SCHULZE, Mr. PETERSON of Minnesota, Mr. DEFAZIO, Mr. HASTERT, Mr. DANNEMEYER, Mr. ROHRABACHER, Mr. MCMILLEN of Maryland, Mr. SMITH of Oregon, Mr. FISH, Mr. SIKORSKI, Mr. CHAPMAN, Mr. BILBRAY, Mr. PAYNE of New Jersey, Mr. BARNARD, Mr. KLUG, Mr. WYDEN, Mrs. MINK, Mrs. VUCANOVICH, Mr. MURPHY, Mr. INHOFE, Mr. SKAGGS, Mr. STAGGERS, Mr. CAMPBELL of Colorado, Mr. MARLENEE, Mr. EVANS, Mr. DERRICK, Mr. OBERSTAR, Mr. BLAZ, Mr. PERKINS, Mr. MCMILLAN of North Carolina, Mr. PRICE, Mr. ERDREICH, Mr. BILIRAKIS, Mrs. MORELLA, Mr. BUNNING, Mr. HUGHES, Mr. TORRES, Mr. FRANKS of Connecticut, Mr. DE LUGO, Mr. REGULA, Mr. YATES, Mr. FROST, Mr. TORRICELLI, Mr. HYDE, Mr. ARMEY, Mr. LEHMAN of Florida, Mr. JOHNSTON of Florida, Mr. LEWIS of Florida, Mr. PETERSON of Florida, Mr. GIBBONS, Mr. BORSKI, Mr. MOODY, Mr. VENTO, Mr. SMITH of Florida, Mr. MORRISON, Mr. GEREN of Texas, Mr. JOHNSON of Texas, and Mr. Stearns A BILL To direct the heads of agencies to disclose information concerning United States personnel classified as prisoners of war or missing in action after 1940, including from World War II, the Korean conflict, and the Vietnam conflict. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION CONCERNING UNITED STATES PERSONNEL CLASSIFIED AS PRISONER OF WAR OR MISSING IN ACTION AFTER 1940. (a) IN GENERAL- Except as provided in section 2, the head of each department or agency which holds or receives any records and information, including live-sighting reports, which have been correlated or possibly correlated to United States personnel listed as prisoner of war or missing in action after 1940, including from World War II, the Korean conflict, and the Vietnam conflict, shall make available to the public all such records and information. (b) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE- The Department of Defense shall make available to the public with its records and information a complete listing of United States personnel classified as prisoner of war, missing in action, or killed in action (body not returned) after 1940, including from World War II, the Korean conflict, and the Vietnam conflict. The listing shall include-- (1) the current classification for each service member; and (2) any changes which have occurred in the service member's classification during or after the conclusion of hostilities of World War II, the Korean conflict, and the Vietnam conflict. SEC. 2. LIMITATIONS ON DISCLOSURE. (a) PROTECTION OF SOURCES AND METHODS- (1) IN GENERAL- Section 1 does not apply with respect to information that would reveal sources and methods of intelligence collection that if released would compromise national security. (2) PERSONS OF AMERICAN PARENTAGE- For purposes of this subsection, information regarding the existence or possible existence of persons of American parentage in Communist countries shall not be interpreted compromising national security. (b) SPECIFIC MENTION BY NAME- No records or information, including fatality reports, which specifically mention a United States service member by name and does not correlate or possibly correlate to circumstances which may involve United States personnel listed as prisoner of war or missing in action, shall be made available to the public pursuant to this Act without the expressed written consent of the closest living relative. This proscription does not limit the access of that family member to the information. This authority may not be delegated to any other person or organization without express legal power of attorney from the closest living relative. SEC. 3. DEADLINES. (a) EXISTING RECORDS AND INFORMATION- The head of each department or agency covered in subsection (a) shall make records and information available pursuant to this Act not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act. (b) NEW RECORDS AND INFORMATION- If the head of a department or agency covered in subsection (a) receives records and information after the date of the enactment of this Act, such records and information shall be made available not later than 180 days after it is received by the department or agency. (c) EXCEPTIONS- If the head of a department or agency determines that release of certain records and information after the date required by subsection (a) or (b) will compromise the safety of United States personnel known or thought to be held prisoner of war, then such a determination once made must be immediately reported to and is subject to the review of the appropriate intelligence committees of the United States Congress and the President.