ACCESSION NUMBER:238199 FILE ID:PF-551 DATE:08/07/92 1ITLE:HOUSE POW/MIA UNIT SEEKS FULL STORY ON ALLEGED SOVIET SPY (08/07/92) TEXT:*92080751.PFS *PFS551 08/07/92 * HOUSE POW/MIA UNIT SEEKS FULL STORY ON ALLEGED SOVIET SPY (Article based on press release, research on 8/7) (380) By Jim Shevis USIA Staff Writer Washington -- A recently formed congressional task force on America's missing servicemen is seeking "a full and complete" investigation into the current activities of Joel Barr, an American who defected to the former Soviet Union in the 1940s and recently was allowed to return to the United States. According to Representative Sam Johnson of Texas, a leader of the newly created Republican Congressional Leadership POW/MIA Task Force in the House of Representatives, Barr turned over U.S. technology to the Soviets that enabled them to develop antiaircraft guns like those used against American pilots during the Vietnam War. The Federal Bureau of Investigation never completed an investigation into charges that Barr was transmitting U.S. secrets to the Soviets before his defection, Johnson said. The House Task Force wants the Justice Department to complete that inquiry. "The Cold War may be over, but nothing can justify an American collaborating with the (former) Soviet Union -- working against American citizens and servicemen," said Johnson. Johnson, who represents the 3rd Texas congressional district in the Dallas area, is a former Air Force pilot who was shot down by a Soviet antiaircraft system and held as a prisoner-of-war (POW) in the then North Vietnam for seven years from 1966-1973. "Thanks to some no-name bureaucrat, Barr is living in Brooklyn and receiving Social Security at the expense of American taxpayers," Johnson said. "I'm outraged, and I want to see a full investigation. "This country owes me, my fellow veterans and every American citizen an explanation." Johnson, along with California Republican Congressmen Randy Cunningham, Robert K. Dornan and Duncan L. Hunter, announced formation of the POW/MIA Task Force in June. Johnson said then that he hopes the group's efforts will raise the consciousness of Congress and of all Americans on issues involving POWs and MIAs from World War Two, the Cold War and the Korean War, as well as the Vietnam War. "There are so many questions still unanswered. There's so much room for dishonesty and rumors," Johnson said. "I believe this government has some of the best intelligence throughout the world, but until every American is accounted for -- every name checked off every list -- all of us can do more." NNNN .