Accounting for the Korean War Missing
In this chapter, Dr. Cole provides a case study that documents how mission creep combined with the lack of effective Congressional oversight corrupted the accounting mission. An amendment to the Intelligence Authorization Act that required DoD to photocopy records from the National Archives was transformed into a project to determine if US Korean War POWs had been transferred to the Soviet Union.
Legislation that resulted in a multi-year archive research project in the former Soviet Union was not, by any stretch of the imagination, intended to produce such an outcome. Consistent with the intensely political nature of the missing person accounting program, the Soviet archive research project was an unintended byproduct, not the purpose, of unrelated legislation passed by Congress for an entirely different purpose.