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TO RUEHC/SECSTAE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 2929
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STATE FOR EAP/MLS, L/EAP, LPM, PM/ISO, INR AND DRL
PACOM FOR FPA CHRISTY, JATF/WEST FOR COMMANDER BUSCH

E.O. 12958: N/A
AGS: MASS, MARR, MOPS, PREL, PHUM, TH
SUBJECT: THILAND EMBASSY/STATE DEPARTMENT HUMAN RIGHTS
VETTNG FOR: JUSMAG - 2008 INTERNATIONAL SPECIAL OPERATONS FORCES
WEEK, MACDILL AFB, FLORIDA, MAY 19-23 2008

REF: A. JUSMAG/THAI MEMOS DATED MARCH 06,2008
B. 05 STATE 021314 - GUIDANCE
C.03 STATE 34981 - GUIDANCE

1. (U) This is an action request for human rights
verification required by the Leahy Amendment; see Para. 2.

2. (U) JUSMAG THAI has requested that the Embassy/State Department
complete human rights vetting request for Individuals listed below,
which have been selected to attend the courses listed below.
Embassy Bangkok possesses no credible information at this time of
gross violations of human rights by these units. Embassy Bangkok
Political Officer, Melissa G. Carlson, is the verifying officer for
the Embassy/Department of State.

2008 International Special Operations Forces Week, MacDill AFB,
Florida, May 19-23, 2008.

Participants:

- LT. General Tanasak Patimapragorn, Commanding General, Counter
Terrorist
Operations Center Royal Thai Army, DPOB: November 09, 1953; Bangkok,
Thailand.
- Major General Podok Bunnag, Deputy Commanding General, Royal Thai
Army
Special Warfare Command, DPOB: April 01, 1952; Bangkok, Thailand.

JOHN

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