ACCESSION NUMBER:237271 FILE ID:EP-502 DATE:07/31/92 TITLE:POW PANEL TO HOLD HEARINGS ON LIVE-SIGHTINGS (07/31/92) TEXT:*92073102.EPF *EPF502 07/31/92 * POW PANEL TO HOLD HEARINGS ON LIVE-SIGHTINGS (Text: Senate panel release of 7/30) (210) Washington -- The Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs will hold hearings August 4-5 on live-sighting reports of American prisoners-of-war in Indochina. Following is the text of the panel's July 30 press release: (begin text) U.S. INVESTIGATION OF LIVE-SIGHTING REPORTS FOCUS OF AUGUST 4-5 HEARINGS Officials responsible for U.S. efforts to examine live-sighting reports about missing American servicemen will testify at hearings on August 4 and 5. At issue: What do Defense Intelligence Agency investigators do when they receive a 1eport that an American has been seen alive in Southeast Asia? What was their practice in the past? When was this practice reformed? What is the turn-around time between receiving a report and acting upon it? What was it before policies were changed? What criteria do investigators use to decide whether a report is serious or valid? Which is checked first -- the report, or the source's credibility? The hearings are set for August 4 and 5 in Room 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Each hearing begins at 9:00am. The witnesses are representatives of the Defense Intelligence Agency, which was created in 1961. (end text) NNNN .