April 3, 1967

On April 3, 1967, the US State Department reported that Hanoi and Communist Vietnam might be brainwashing American prisoners. American advertising agencies and cigarette companies immediately contacted the Viet Cong clandestinely, and offered to have a sit-down and discuss the different techniques used. When the American companies learned that the Viet Cong used physical torture and isolation tactics, they had to give up on using any of the Communist techniques. They weren’t adverse to it, it was just too expensive to use on a large scale. Do you know how much it would cost to send large men to even one out of ten households and beat a family with bamboo poles to convince them to use a specific brand of shampoo? A lot, let’s just leave it at a lot.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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