Fred Branfman is a US-American anti-war activist and author of a number of books about the Indochina War. Working as the Director of Project Air War in 1969 he wrote about the U.S. bombing in Indochina, purportedly directed at undefended civilians.
Fred worked as a policy advisor for former California governor Jerry Brown, Gary Hart and Tom Hayden.
Fred was working as an educational advisor for the U.S. government in Laos, when in September 1969 thousands of refugees fled into the Laotian capital of Vientiane.
Told by U.S. officials in Laos that Americans had nothing to do with the bombs, Fred gathered details, journeyed to Washington and spoke at a special session of the U.S. Senate Committee on Refugees, exposing the U.S. government’s covert activities.
Today Fred works as a writer, living in Santa Barbara. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Harper’s, Playboy and the New Republic.
He also contributed to the traveling exhibition Legacies of War, which was created to raise awareness about the history of the Vietnam War-era bombing in Laos.