Mr. Leonard Downie Jr.
Executive Editor
The Washington Post
1150 15th St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20071

Dear Mr. Downie:

Your February 8 front-page article about Senator John Kerry's record whitewashed his role as chairman of a committee investigating the Vietnam POW/MIA issue. You ignored the report that his conduct on that committee may have been influenced by a Kerry cousin making a real estate deal with Hanoi. Even the Center for Public Integrity has documented this. Vietnam Veterans Against John Kerry says that Kerry tried to "bury" the issue of POW/MIAs and "never missed a chance to propagandize and distort the facts in favor of Hanoi." The group is led by former POW Michael Benge. POW/MIA researcher Roger Hall can also testify as to Kerry's deceitful conduct on this matter. His phone number is 301-585-3361. If you do not follow up on this information, we will know beyond a doubt that the Post is in Kerry's back pocket.