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This profile was last updated on 4/22/06  and contains information from public web pages.
 
Background

Employment History

  • Sergeant
    US Army
  • Operations and Intelligence Specialist
    US Army
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www.miafacts.org, 22 April 2006 [cached]
Barry Toll -- More Tales. Another of the heroes of the MIA cult is former US Army sergeant Barry Toll. Toll appeared on the scene during the Senate Select Committee hearings, 1991 - 1993. Toll had served as an intelligence sergeant in the detachment that supported the national airborne command post at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia. He claimed that while in this assignment -- 1973-1975 -- he saw briefing material for the Nixon and Ford White Houses and for senior military commanders. Toll claimed that these briefings told of US knowledge that 290 to 340 US POWs were being held in Laos or North Vietnam. He further claimed that US intell had tracked Soviet flights carrying US POWs from SEAsia to the USSR or to Soviet bloc countries in Eastern Europe.
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www.chainedeagles.com, 11 Dec 2004 [cached]
Barry Toll, an Operations and Intelligence Specialist for the U.S. Army during the Vietnam war, provides a declaration in which he explains the CIA's involvement in operations in North Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia conducted by MACV SOG groups and testifies to first-hand confirmation that these records were given to the CIA.See Attachment A-4.Mr. Hall details in his affidavit various documents he has assembled verifying the presence of POW/MIAs in China and possibly the Soviet Union, Hall Affidavit at ¶¶ 43 and 48, which confirm CIA involvement in at least monitoring those activities, as well as information and testimony from former officers in the Royal Laotian government about giving various live sighting reports directly to the CIA.Hall Affidavit at ¶¶ 49 and 51.
Barry Toll - More Tales
www.miafacts.org [cached]
Barry Toll:
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Another of the heroes of the MIA cult is former US Army sergeant Barry Toll. Toll appeared on the scene during the Senate Select Committee hearings, 1991 - 1993. Toll had served as an intelligence sergeant in the detachment that supported the national airborne command post at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia. He claimed that while in this assignment -- 1973-1975 -- he saw briefing material for the Nixon and Ford White Houses and for senior military commanders. Toll claimed that these briefings told of US knowledge that 290 to 340 US POWs were being held in Laos or North Vietnam. He further claimed that US intell had tracked Soviet flights carrying US POWs from SEAsia to the USSR or to Soviet bloc countries in Eastern Europe.
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Another former American noncommissioned officer with a background in intelligence, Barry Toll, also made dramatic allegations about POW transfers to the Soviet Union. Had he been able to substantiate his assertions, Barry toll would have become famous, and in the process unearthed a truly monstrous conspiracy meant to cover up the abandonment of hundreds of American POWs in Indochina and the transfer of many of them to the Soviet Bloc.
Barry Toll arrived on the POW/MIA scene in the summer of 1992, when he contacted Senator Kerry, chairman of the Senate Select committee on POW/MIA Affairs. Toll sent Kerry a long statement detailing sensational charges that the highest level of the American government had been aware of up to 340 American POWs held in Laos after Operation Homecoming in 1973.
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The team on which Toll was a junior member was one of several charged with around-the-clock duty to administer the "doomsday" orders under the Single Integrated Operational Plan (SIOP) in the event of nuclear war. In this capacity, Toll's team allegedly received sensitive, high-level intelligence from U. S. government sources worldwide. These intelligence bulletins were part of daily updates to be used in strategic decision-making in the event of sudden nuclear war. (52)
Barry Toll claimed that he "personally saw, distributed and briefed high-ranking officers of the Joint Staff, on intelligence reports, analyses and operations regarding the transfer of U.S. POWs and/or MIAs from the custody of North Vietnamese or Laotian authorities through Soviet Bloc nations, or directly into the USSR. (53)
Toll further stated that it was "the considered opinion of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the entire U.S. intelligence community" that there were an estimated 290 to 340 U.S. POWs alive in Laos after Operation Homecoming. He stated that he specifically recalled this information , as well as reports on the transfers of U.S. POWs to the Soviet Bloc, was included in the President's Daily Intelligence Briefing agenda on more than one occasion between 1973 and 1975. Toll said he personally recalled u to five occasions when American intelligence agencies tracked the "real-time movements" of Soviet and Eastern Bloc aircraft carrying American POWs out of Indochina. (54)
He provided detailed descriptions of these flights, which he said included diplomatic courier trips and on two occasions used the presence of an East European ambassador to North Vietnam as cover for the transfer of American POWs . And on one occasion, he said, the U.S. military made an attempt to intercept and force down one of these aircraft believed to be carrying American POWs out of Indochina. But the plane "fled into Soviet air space at the approach of U.S. intercept aircraft, and the attempt was abandoned. (55)
Toll stated that it was his knowledge of the cover-up of these events by the American intelligence community and two presidential administrations that drove him to request immediate relief from duties that resulted in his discharge from the Army in August 1975.
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None of these officers or NCOs recalled seeing any of the message traffic that Toll claimed described surviving POWs or transfers of prisoners from Indochina to the Eastern Bloc or Soviet Union. (57)
Gekoski's investigation also revealed that Toll never mentioned the alleged conspiracy as the reason for his request for discharge from the Army. Rather, Toll had gone Absent Without Leave (AWOL) from his duty station during the period July 3 to 9, 1975. This was a serious infraction for someone in his position, which was covered by the military's Personnel Responsibility Program (PRP). Personnel serving under the restrictions of the PRP, who include those responsible for strategic nuclear weapons and extremely sensitive intelligence, are automatically suspended from duty and subject to criminal investigation for infractions such as going AWOL. It was clear that Toll's period of AWOL would have disqualified him from further service on the SIOP Battle Staff. (58)
Gekoski further discovered that Toll was under active investigation by the Defense Intelligence Agency before having gone AWOL.
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Although the DIA did not reveal the exact nature of this investigation, Gekoski surmised that it was connected to Toll's increasingly unstable behavior.
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As a combat veteran of the Vietnam War, Toll had been treated for "a traumatic war neurosis" before July 1975, and had manifested symptoms of that disorder when interviewed by an Army psychiatrist after requesting release from military service. (59)
Attorney J. Lawrence Wright, who represented Barry Toll on the AWOL charges that led to his discharge from the Army in 1975, clearly recalled the incident in correspondence to the Senate select committee, which included a sworn affidavit describing the events.
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Wright confirmed that Toll was under investigation by the Defense Intelligence Agency at the time. (60)
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In his affidavit, Wright also stated that Toll was particularly affected by the fall of South Vietnam to the Communists and the Khmer Rouge victory in Cambodia, which precipitated the notorious genocide.
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Wright cited Toll's "overwhelming belief that the Administration was lying to the American people," and noted that Toll "said he could no longer serve in the military.
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(61) Wright also noted that another reason for Toll's request for discharge "had to do with secret document and transmissions that Staff Sergeant Toll had seen but cold not disclose to me." (62)
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During Steve Gekoski's and the select committee counsels' exhaustive investigation of Barry Toll, they encountered some other unusual aspects of Toll's background.
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Among these was Toll's statement that convicted Soviet spy John Walker, then a retired Navy warrant officer, might have tried to recruit Toll for his espionage ring.
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Toll later pursued the Walker spy ring allegation by contact the FBI in September 1986, offering to provide information about Walker.
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In a phone conversation on September 11, 1986, Tampa , Florida FBI Special Agent E. S. O'Keefe, Jr., spoke with Toll about the matter. Toll stated that he left the U. S. Army after "flipping out" and receiving psychiatric treatment Toll also told O'Keefe he actually had no information that John Walker had ever tried to recruit him, "or otherwise engage him in his [Walker's] espionage ring. (66)
(Toll also later began telling journalists and claiming on computer bulleting boards that he had been on secret reconnaissance missions as a member of the elite covert operations branch of the American military in Vietnam, MACV-SOG, and had served as an intelligence officer at the American embassy in Bangkok. (67) )
Gekoski eventually reached the conclusion that Barry Toll was s deluded self-promoter, possible motivated by a desire to create a smokescreen of sensational charges to disguise the true circumstances of his discharge from the Army and his later drug conviction.
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This inference was bolstered during one interview when Toll gave Gekoski a disjointed and rambling account of his service on the Battle Staff of the Airborne Command Post.
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During his deposition to the select committee, Toll did not reiterate this particular bizarre charge. But he did discuss equally strange events. Toll stated that during the 1973 October War in the Middle East, the Airborne Command Post staff received repeated messages from members of President Nixon's cabinet "telling us not to obey a nuclear execution order from the president. This, Toll testified, was "virtually treasonous and unconstitutional, but this was the pervasive atmosphere of circus and theatrics going on in the Nixon administration. (69)
Even though Barry Toll continues to be one of the most consistently cited "intelligence experts" among radical POW/MIA activists, select committee Vice Chairman Senator Bob Smith, not a man to shy away from controversial figures, has distanced himself from Toll. Even though Barry Toll continues to be one of the most consistently cited "intelligence experts" among radical POW/MIA activists, select committee Vice Chairman Senator Bob Smith, not a man to shy away fr
The SSC Final Report
www.miafacts.org, 28 Oct 2000 [cached]
Barry Toll (SGT USArmy, booted out);
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Terry Minarcin and Barry Toll
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Barry Toll was a former US Army sergeant who had served a tour as an intelligence staff member on the airborne command post -- the "doomsday aircraft" operating out of Langley AFB, Virginia. Toll claimed to have had midnight conversations with Richard Nixon, and he claimed to have seen briefing material about US POWs still alive in SEAsia. Toll's stories are bogus -- he was under investigation by the Defense Intelligence Agency when he got out of the Army, he later served time for cocaine trafficking. Read about Toll here.
What the SSC said about Toll and Minarcin
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Although Barry Toll did occupy the position of Intelligence NCO on the CINCLANT Airborne Command Post and did have access to sensitive message traffic, Committee investigators were unable to locate any former crew members of his team who could corroborate the messages he claims to have seen. His former Army JAG lawyer did corroborate partly his allegations that DIA continued to monitor his whereabouts after his military discharge.
What the committee really found out about Minarcin and Toll was not in their final report because the activist staffers kept it out.
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It's not that witnesses could not be found to support Minarcin or Toll, it's that witness after witness who served with these men refuted everything that Minarcin and Toll claimed.
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It's not that witnesses could not be found to support Minarcin or Toll, it's that witness after witness who served with these men refuted everything that Minarcin and Toll claimed.
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You will never hear the activists use the SSC report when they talk about Minarcin and Toll.
Kerry Not to Be Trusted - Opinion - Fairfax Connection - Connection Newspapers
www.fairfaxconnection.com, 4 Mar 2004 [cached]
The list includes James Rhodes, Vietnam veteran, who personally saw living POWs still in Vietnam in 1992; Richard Armitage, former National Security adviser; Richard Allen, former National Security chairman; Barry Toll, intelligence specialist, who reported his sighting in 1981; and Stan Cotrell, a personal friend of Billy Graham.
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