Click on this text to hear McCain's broadcast on behalf of the North Vietnamese...

Recording of John Mccain while a prisoner of war. Authentic recording found.An audio recording has surfaced proving that U.S. Senator John McCain collaborated with the North Vietnamese by recording a “Tokyo Rose”-style propaganda message that was broadcast on North Vietnamese radio in 1969.

 

The Dangling McCAIN Puppet aka "SONGBIRD"

McCain and Lieberman at Wailing Wall
Jewish Senator Joe Lieberman and McCain at Jerusalem's "Wailing Wall"
 
There are many non-Jewish politician puppets that gladly
dangle from their master’s puppet strings and perform
every sort of treasonous act for the benefit of their
masters. A few examples would be George W. Bush,
Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney and... the Senator from
Arizona, John McCain.

How can a self-absorbed, disloyal, grand-standing
Zionist lackey lap-dog like John McCain get away with
every shameful shenanigan he’s ever been caught doing?
Well, it helps a lot if a Zionist Jewish author like Robert
Timberg writes a glowing whitewash about you and the
Zionist media omits anything critical of you in return for
your fullest support of Israel’s agenda.
 
Not to mention all
the Zionist contributions to McCain political campaigns.
For instance... Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, Goldman
Sachs, Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan Chase, Credit Suisse
Group and Blank Rome LLP were all amongst McCain’s
top 10 presidential campaign contributors and he is still
beholden to them all.
 
The American-Israeli Public
Affairs Committee (AIPAC) alone contributed $750,000
to McCains’ ill-fated, ill-advised presidential run of 2008.
 
Senator John McCain got away with a lot of
unprofessional wastes of taxpayer money as a Navy pilot
but was regularly promoted up through the ranks in spite,
of incompetence and tomfoolery... only because his
father was a very influential Navy admiral.
For instances: McCain crashed a jet into Corpus Christi
Bay on March 12th, 1960 while undergoing advanced
flight training. The official Navy investigation blamed
McCain’s inattention to altitude and speed for the crash.

In December of 1961, while McCain was on a training
mission flying from the carrier U.S.S. Intrepid, he clipped
some power lines while hot dogging with his aircraft in
Spain. McCain offers in his book, "Faith of My Fathers":
 
“There were occasional setbacks in my efforts to round
out my Navy profile. My reputation was not enhanced
when I knocked down some power lines while flying too
low over southern Spain. My daredevil clowning had cut
off electricity to a great many Spanish homes and created
a small international incident.”

He did manage to land his aircraft on the Intrepid while
trailing ten feet of power cable and dealing with a
severed oil line. Any dumb-ass pilot who pulled such a
stunt would have been court marshaled... unless their
daddy was an influential admiral.

McCain suffered another flameout over the Chesapeake
Bay on November 28th, 1965, and blamed it on an “an
explosion in the engine” after making a safe ejection.
 
In a report dated Jan. 18th, 1966, the Naval Aviation Safety
Center said it could not determine the cause of the
accident or corroborate McCain’s account of an
explosion in the engine.

A close examination of the engine found “no
discrepancies which would have caused or contributed to
engine failure or malfunction.” ...Then, two weeks after
issuing its initial report, the Safety Center revised its
findings and said the accident resulted from the failure or
malfunction of “an undetermined component of the
engine.” So, the Admiral’s son benefitted from the fix again.
 
McCain was not responsible for the explosions and fire
aboard the U.S.S. Forrestal on July 29th, 1967 that killed
134 sailors. The so called “wet start” theory does not
hold water.

“Wet starting” involves deliberately dumping fuel into
the afterburner of a jet engine before starting causing a
large flame to shoot out from the tail of an aircraft when
started. The subsonic A-4 jets that McCain’s squadron
was flying were powered by non-afterburning Pratt &
Whitney J-52-P-408A engines. And although a “wet
start” can be accomplished with a non-afterburning
engine, the fact that McCain’s aircraft was parked on
deck with the tail pointed out to sea with no aircraft
behind him shoots down the theory that McCain “wet
started” his aircraft causing a flame to shoot out from his
tail which “cooked-off” (ignited) a Zuni rocket attached
to the aircraft behind him.

The man can’t be faulted for being in the wrong place at
the wrong time, as usual, while losing yet another jet aircraft...
 
The fourth aircraft McCain lost was the Skyhawk he was
flying when he was shot down during a bombing raid
over Hanoi, North Vietnam on October 26th, 1967; and
thus began the nearly five and a half years of
imprisonment in North Viet Nam that is interesting upon
close inspection...

First we must ask why McCain would vote against the
HR 3603 Truth Accountability Bill. The bill was
supported by Senator Bob Dornan (R-Ca.) and Senator
Bob Smith (R-N.H.). The purpose of the bill was to
get any and all records of POWs in Vietnam, Korea, and
anywhere else to determine if any POWs were still alive
and still captive.

The House passed the bill by a vote of 401 to 0, but when
it got to the Senate for a vote, McCain was the only one
that blocked the bill. McCain did not want any scrutiny
brought to his own POW records that he had permanently
sealed for very good reasons.

McCain does not want the general public to know how
cooperative he was with his North Vietnamese captors.

He broke both arms and a leg while ejecting from his
aircraft after being hit by a surface to air missile over Hanoi.
 
 
John McCain lies in a hospital bed in Hanoi, North Vietnam, after being taken prisoner of war.
John McCain lies in a hospital bed in Hanoi, North Vietnam, after being taken prisoner of war.
 
 
 
He needed medical attention for his condition
after capture and arranged to trade classified information
for medical treatment; he also agreed to appear in no
fewer than thirty-two anti-American propaganda
interviews with the North Vietnamese news service. In
these interviews he stated that America’s principal targets
were schools, orphanages, hospitals, temples, and churches.
 
McCain has freely admitted in his autobiography, "Faith of
My Fathers," that he felt disgraced and ashamed of himself
for making a propaganda tape for the North Vietnamese
that was broadcast over the Hanoi Hilton (POW camp)
public address system describing himself as a war
criminal who had bombed a school.
 
He claims that, “I
felt faithless and couldn’t control my despair,” for having
made the tape, and said, “I still wince when I recall
wondering if my father had heard of my disgrace.” This
admission is only the tip of the iceberg of his traitorous behavior.
 
McCain’s 1991 McCain Bill created a bureaucratic maze
from which only the tiniest fraction of available
documents could emerge related to missing and deceased
POWs. So restrictive were the bill’s provisions that one
clause actually stated that the Pentagon didn’t have to
inform the public if, or when, it received intelligence that
Americans were alive in captivity.
 
McCain supporters point out that he passed on an
opportunity to be released early and ahead of those who
had been imprisoned longer at the Hanoi Hilton. But had
McCain taken the early out his Navy career would have
been over for disregarding Navy code and he would have
become a cowardly pariah; not to mention any political
aspirations would have been off the table. Besides, he
received enough special treatment to make his time as a
POW bearable.

McCain’s first wife since 1965, Carol, was a former
swimsuit model for Jantzen swimwear and was in a car crash
on Christmas Eve 1969. She suffered two smashed legs, a
broken pelvis, broken arm and ruptured spleen.
 
She chose not to inform her husband of her accident
reasoning that he had enough to worry about as a POW.
Businessman, former presidential candidate, and POW
advocate Ross Perot stepped up to pay for all of her
medical care.

BTW: Remember Ross Perot warning America about
how much damage NAFTA and other “free-trade”
agreements would do to us. He was right about every
warning he issued during his presidential run for office.
The 17 trade agreements have gutted America’s
manufacturing engine and has hamstringed all of
America’s trade advantages.

When the McCains were reunited upon his release from
captivity on March 14th, 1973, Carol was then four inches
shorter, in a wheelchair or on crutches and was much
heavier than when he’d last seen her. The next six years
were a series of extramarital affairs by John resulting in
separations. John pushed for a divorce that Carol agreed
to without contesting that was finalized on April 2nd, 1980.
 
John McCain then married the pretty, young (18 years
younger than McCain) Arizona multi-millionaire alcohol
distributorship heiress (Hensley & Co.), Cindy Lou
Hensley, six weeks later.

As Cindy’s trophy husband working for alcohol
distributor Hensley & Co., McCain met and befriended
some influential Phoenix crooks such as future Arizona
Governor Fife Symington who resigned as governor after
his conviction for bank fraud in 1997 (later pardoned by
President Clinton), and Charles Keating, who defrauded
American tax-payers out of $3 billion dollars and left
23,000 Lincoln Savings and Loan customers holding
worthless junk bonds after Lincoln Savings and Loan collapsed.
 
Five U.S. Senators, who associated with Charles Keating
and accepted his financial contributions, argued for
preferential treatment from government regulators
investigating Keating and became known as the Keating Five.
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See John McCain Exposed By Vietnam Vets And Pow's...

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See OHN MCCAIN BUSTED! 'MISFILED' CIA RECORDING PROVES HIS ENTIRE CAREER BUILT ON A LIE...

 
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John McCain was one of the five and the only one
of the five senators with close personal, business, and
social ties to Keating. McCain had to pay back all the
money Keating spent on all the McCain family vacations
spent at Keating’s Bahamas vacation retreat (including
transportation aboard Keating’s private jet) after the
whole scandal hit the news.

Financier Charles Keating being sworn in, before refusal to testify,
during House Banking Comm. hearing on failure of his Lincoln Savings & Loan Assoc. 
 
McCain was eventually somehow exonerated of
“impropriety,” but was “criticized for poor judgment.”
And then the hypocrite sponsored a campaign finance
reform bill that would eliminate the corrupting influence
of large political contributions from corporations, labor
unions, and wealthy individuals. It became his signature
issue, along with Jewish Senator Russ Feingold, that was
named the McCain-Feingold Act.
 
The Act was initially
filibustered in the Senate and never came to a vote until
seven years later and after much watering down ... of course.
 
It was John McCain and Zionist Senator Joe Lieberman
who authored the legislation that created the totally
compromised and abjectly corrupted 9/11 Commission
that completely whitewashed 9/11. This was after he
pushed very hard for an Iraq invasion.

McCain pushed the Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Act of 2007 which was an illegal immigrant amnesty bill.

He supported Bush II and the tax cut extensions that
benefitted the wealthy (such as his wife).

After choosing the embarrassingly incompetent fool
Sarah Palin as his running mate for the 2008 presidential
campaign, McCain suspended his campaign long enough
to push for the Wall Street bailout.
 
McCain has been the chairman of a little known
organization funded ($80 million annually with 400
employees) by the U.S. government called the
International Republican Institute (IRI) since 1993.
 
The motto of the IRI is “Advancing Democracy Worldwide”
and they endeavor to “expand freedom throughout the world.”
 
The IRI conducts international political programs
sometimes called ‘democratization’ programs in foreign
countries. IRI involvement in the Haitian coup of 2004,
the Honduras coup of 2009, and the uprisings in Egypt,
Tunisia and Libya during the so-called “Arab Spring” are
examples of IRI ‘democratization.’

The IRI boasts about having been in 40 different
countries to “monitor” the proceedings and results of
over 130 elections; yet where was this neocon peopled
far right organization when our own elections of 2000
and 2004 were hijacked?
 
Check out the International
Republican Institute and see if you can smell a rat like I
do; after all, you are paying for this “institute.” The IRI
sounds like a CIA front company to me...

I wonder what the IRI thought of McCain’s 2008
presidential campaign committee being fined $80,000
by the Federal Election Commission for accepting
contributions that exceeded federal limits.

There was a book published in 2006 titled, "Debunking
9/11 Myths: Why Conspiracy Theories Can’t Stand Up to
the Facts." It touted itself as, “An In Depth Investigation
By Popular Mechanics.” It was a lame whitewash, failed
to debunk any 9/11 facts, and relied on the once reputable
name of Popular Mechanics to lend credibility to the
disinformation. Zionist Jew James B. Meigs is the editor-
in-chief of the Hearst owned Popular Mechanics and
wants the 9/11 truth trail leading away from Israel and
Jewish Americans at all costs. John McCain wrote the
foreword for the Popular Mechanics 9/11 disinformation book.
 
 In summation: John McCain was not a war
hero. There is nothing heroic about being shot down after
only 23 combat missions and then earning the
designation, “Songbird,” by your fellow captives and
captors for cooperating with the enemy.

His sucking up to Israel by endorsing the lies related to
the USS LIBERTY massacre is traitorous. His sucking
up to Israel related to our fighting Israel’s wars in the
Middle East is traitorous. His being a brutal
obstructionist and turning his back on former POWs and
MIAs is shameful. His being a “globalist” is disturbing to
the point of repulsion.

Zionists control the media that controls lackeys for Israel
like John McCain who will be a featured speaker at the
2013 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
convention... again. McCain will be consorting with the
enemy again...

And speaking of McCain consorting with the enemy...
He spent Memorial Day 2013 in civil war torn Syria
meeting with the Syrian rebels. His “super-secret” grand
stand was an end-run around the Obama administration’s
policy of caution regarding involvement in Syria’s civil
war that was agitated by Israel in the first place.
Israel wants the current Syrian leadership out because it
isn’t in bed with Israeli regional domination designs.
McCain crossed the border into Syria from Turkey to
meet with rebel military leadership. McCain has never
met a war he didn’t like and went on location to hype the
prospects of another Middle Eastern debacle where
America can shed blood and capital in a civil conflict
where both sides hate us for being Israel’s lap dog.
 

 McCain chatting with ISIS leaders aka "Syrian Oposition"
 
 
Also speaking at the 2013 AIPAC policy conference will
be Vice President Joe Biden, Israeli Prime Minister Bibi
Netanyahu, Israeli Defense minister Ehud Barak, House
Majority Leader Eric Kantor (R-Va.), uber-Zionist
Dennis Ross and former National Security Advisor to
Bush II, Elliot Abrams.

AIPAC is nothing more or less than a Washington D.C.
gang of Jewish Zionist political arm twisters and bribery
specialists who want nothing more than to use the
American military to eviscerate Iran as the next step in
Israel’s goal of total dominance over the Middle East
region; then they will work on tipping over all the other
dominoes on the planet.

Recall how Americans were told that we had to stop
“communist aggression” in Vietnam or else all of Asia,
and eventually the world, would come under the
dominance of communism. If you consider that
communism was invented by Jews such as Marx, Lenin
and Trotsky, then the commie-domino theory isn’t too far
off-base.
 
Only... after America was unceremoniously
kicked out of Vietnam, after a decade of slaughter, no
other dominoes fell; but they sure are falling in the
Middle East and America has been totally subjugated
herself... Evidently America was used, and is being used,
as an imperial war machine by the actual people who
have designs of world domination. Very clever of the
Globalists isn’t it?
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 Tue, Sep 12, 2017 1:02 am
Subject: NAVY RELEASES McCAIN’s RECORDS – McCain was personally responsible for the deadliest fire in the history of the US Navy

John McCain totally disgusts me. Anyone of these POWs is worth 1 million John McCains. I don't even know any of these possible POWs or MIAs. But I can tell you that it has always haunted me because I am absolutely positive that they left many many POWs behind. My heart weeps for their families and for those who were left behind. I ask everyone to please forward this email to as many as you possibly can to take down John McCain and let him wallow in shame. Please, please read this entire accounting.


 
  
 

NAVY RELEASES McCAIN’s RECORDS – McCain was personally responsible for the deadliest fire in the history of the US Navy

by Edward Morgan

WAYNE MADSEN/WAYNE MADSEN REPORT

INTRODUCTION:

Donald Trump Was ‘Spot On’ Relating To John McCain’s Military Career & Records

 

John McCain was a ‘rat’ or ‘stoolie’ telling on other
U.S. officers being held captive at the Hanoi Hilton
prison.  When McCain first went to congress,
members of congress turned their backs on him
and did not communicate with him because of this,
and also how he disgraced the military and his
fellow officers who were severely punished by the
North Vietnam guards and commanders of the
Communist prison by McCain ratting them out.  I
am also led to believe that McCain was referred to
as ‘the canary’ by the other officers for telling or
squealing on the others.  If you search the internet
you will find some of these articles about what
McCain did to his fellow officers in captivity and
the stories of the other brave officers who reported
on McCain upon returning to the United States.  He
was also given special treatment by the
communists while in prison, because his father
was a 4 star Admiral.  Donald Trump was and
is CORRECT!
 
Dr. James P. Wickstro
 
McCain was personally responsible for the
deadliest fire in the history of the US Navy. That
catastrophe, with 27 dead and over 100 wounded
trumps McCain’s record as a prisoner of war in
North Vietnam.
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USS Forrestal, July 29, 1967 – The worst accident
aboard a US Navy surface vessel since WWII
 
BY WAYNE MADSEN/WAYNE MADSEN REPORT
 
The Navy released John McCain’s military record after
a Freedom of Information Act request from the
Associated Press. The record is packed with
information on McCain’s medals and commendations
but little else.  The one thing that the McCain campaign
does not want to see released is the record of
McCain’s antics on board the USS Forestal in 1967. 
McCain was personally responsible for the deadliest
fire in the history of the US Navy.  That catastrophe,
with 27 dead and over 100 wounded trumps McCain’s
record as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam.
WMR has learned additional details regarding the
deadly fire aboard the Navy aircraft carrier, the USS
Forrestal, on July 19, 1967 in the Gulf of Tonkin.  The
additional details point to then-Lt. Commander John
McCain playing more of a role in triggering the fire and
explosions than previously reported.
On January 16, 2006, WMR reported that according to
a US Navy sailor who was aboard the Forrestal on the
fateful day of the fire, “McCain and the Forrestal’s
skipper, Capt. John K. Beling, were warned about the
danger of using M-65 1000-lb. bombs manufactured in
 1935, which were deemed too dangerous to use
during World War II and, later, on B-52 bombers.  The
fire from the Zuni missile misfire resulted in the heavy
1000 pound bombs being knocked loose from the
pylons of McCain’s A-4 aircraft, which were only
designed to hold 500-pound bombs.”
WMR further reported, “The unstable bombs had a
60-second cook-off threshold in a fire situation and
this warning was known to both Beling and McCain
prior to the disaster.”   WMR also cited the potential
that McCain’s Navy records were used against him by
the neo-cons in control of the Pentagon.  “The
neo-cons, who have had five years to examine every
file within the Department of Defense, have likely
accessed documents that could prove embarrassing
to McCain, who was on board the USS Forrestal on
July 29, 1967, and whose A-4 Skyhawk was struck by
an air-to-ground Zuni missile that had misfired from an
F-4 Phantom.”
 
WMR has been informed that crewmen aboard the
Forrestal have provided additional information about
the Forrestal incident.  It is believed by many crewmen
and those who have investigated the case that
McCain deliberately “wet-started” his A-4E to shake up
the guy in the plane behind his A-4.  “Wet-starts”, done
either deliberately or accidentally, shoot a large flame
from the tail of the aircraft.
 
In McCain’s case, the “wet-start” apparently “cooked
off” and launched the Zuni rocket from the rear F-4
that touched off the explosions and massive fire.  The
F-4 pilot was reportedly killed in the conflagration.
 “Wet starting” was apparently a common practice
among young “hot-dog” pilots.
 
McCain was quickly transferred to the USS Oriskany
(the only Forrestal crewman to be immediately
transferred).  Three months later, McCain was shot
down over North Vietnam on October 26, 1967.
 
As WMR previously reported, at the time of the
Forrestal disaster, McCain’s father, Admiral John
McCain, Jr., was Commander-in-Chief of US Nava
l Forces Europe (CINCUSNAVEUR) and was busy covering up the details of the deadly and pre-meditated June 8, 1967, Israeli attack on the NSA spy ship, the USS Liberty.  [John McCain is one of the best cases against military ‘nepotism’ in American history.]
The fact that both McCains were involved in two incidents just weeks apart that resulted in a total death count of 168 on the Forrestal and the Liberty, with an additional injury count of 234 on both ships (with a number of them later dying from their wounds) with an accompanying classified paper-trail inside the Pentagon, may be all that was needed to hold a Sword of Damocles over the head of the “family honor”-oriented McCain by the neo-cons.
WMR has also been informed by knowledgeable sources, including an ex-Navy A-4 pilot, the “wet-start game” was a common occurrence.  However, it is between “very unlikely” and “impossible” for the Forrestal “wet start” to have been accidental.  “Wet starts” were later rendered impossible by automated engine controls.
Wayne Madsen reports on military and political affairs in Washington at his website, WayneMadsenReport.com.
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 VIEW VIDEO:

USS Forrestal Mishap July 29, 1967

McCain Lies About Being Tortured As  A  P.O.W.

From: NATIONAL VIETNAM P.O.W. STRIKE FORCE

To: CBS News, 10/12/97

You did not do your homework well enough on “Hanoi John” McCain. If you had read the lengthy article about him in the April 1973 issue of U.S. News and World Report, you would have seen that in none of his quotes did he allege torture, except from the irate civilians at the scene of his crash. Once in captivity, he lived in relative splendor compared to his hapless cohorts who refused to denounce America on the radio and paid for their patriotism in blood, literally. Here are some other facts your sloppy journalism omitted:

(1) USAF Major Overly could not have cared for McCain’s “wounds” for very long; he collaborated and accepted early release in less than five months from shootdown.

(2) Another of McCain’s roommates “disappeared” and was not released at Homecoming I. McCain was kept in the camp for “progressives” (collaborators) and away from “reactionaries” (John Wayne types who spit in the face of their torturers). Other roommates were Day and Flynn, both of whom made propaganda broadcasts along with McCain urging pilots to return to carriers and soldiers to surrender.

(3) McCain returned from communist captivity 10 pounds heavier.

(4) Patricia O’Grady, daughter of a POW/MIA, on a visit to Hanoi to look for her father, was given a tour of the “Hanoi Hilton” prison. They showed her McCain’s cell. It had a writing desk, a large bed, a goldfish bowl, a flush toilet and a nice window of downtown Hanoi out the window.

(5) Both North Vietnamese Generals Giap and Bui Tin met with McCain in his cell. No other returned POWs reported meeting with high-ranking generals. I have a picture of McCain enjoying a large plate of food while talking to a Soviet KGB officer in the Foreign Ministry. A Soviet doctor was rushed to Hanoi to treat his wounds.

(6) In personal conversations I have had with General Bui Tin, he assured me they never touched McCain, saying that since he was the son of the CINCPACFLT Admiral, “He too important”.

(7) McCain said in 1973, he sustained his ordeal with his “love for his wife”. In a matter of months he had dumped her for a woman 1/3rd his age whose father owned the Coors Beer franchise in Phoenix. (His good friend Senator Kerry, about the same time, dumped his wife after fornicating with Jane Fonda.) McCain also has a secret “wife” in Hanoi and an illegitimate son.

(8) McCain would sit beside with army officers at a table when newly-captured pilots arrived and urged them to cooperate.

(9) McCain viciously fought against the formation of the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA and then got on it and sabotaged any hopes of finding real answers. He called me and others crooks profiteering on the issue, yet he is the biggest loot recipient of the Keating Five.

(10) If the “Crowned Prince” of the “Plantation” does not stop his outlandish lies about his “torture”, several of his fellow POW’s “will” soon break their “code of silence”. McCain is a brainwashed Manchurian candidate who has fawningly supported Hanoi and the Communist Bloc countries ever since he entered congress. The man is a liar, a traitor and a crook. Any senator who uses the word “scumbag” 20 times a day addressing his employees is not fit to serve.

Also, CBS, you went on to a segment of a Latino who was on death row (wrongfully) in a “miscarriage of justice”. The biggest “MOJ” of this decade would be for traitor and Hanoi lover McCain to continue in office after the 1998 elections.

Joe L. Jordan

USN Squadron VQ-1

Da Nang 1967-68

National Vietnam P.O.W. Strike Force

P.S. McCain is the only returned POW NEVER TO BE DEBRIEFED.

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Source: CONTACT: THE PHOENIX PROJECT, October 27, 1997, Volume 18, Number 9, Page 10.

John McCain: Traitor

Forbidden Knowledge TV

Feb. 3, 2015
Earl Hopper spent 30 years with the Army in Airborne Special Services and with Army Intelligence and he was a founding member of the National League of Families, dedicated to returning living POWs and MIAs of the Vietnam War.
He and those interviewed allege that the narrative propagated by McCain, of his five and a half years as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam is about as far from the truth as one could possibly imagine.  They allege that McCain, from the very first moments of his capture behaved as a COLLABORATOR and propaganda tool for his North Vietnamese captors.
McCain is described as engaging in no less than 30, and up to 38 anti-American propaganda broadcasts for Radio Hanoi during the period of his captivity.
Far from the image of the dedicated American “hero” sweating it out in a North Vietnamese prisoner’s “hotbox” for five and half years, McCain was observed by fellow prisoners to be receiving special treatment by his captors, who were fully aware of his father’s and grandfather’s 4-star Admiral positions with the US Navy.
Not a single contemporary captive interviewed here ever witnessed McCain’s alleged “torture” at the hands of his jailers and the consensus opinion of the other POWs in McCain’s camps was that McCain was actually NEVER tortured by the North Vietnamese.
McCain’s disgraceful and wholly reprehensible conduct (along with that of John Kerry) during the 1991-93 Senate Committee on POW/MIAs, where McCain made massive efforts to block the release of classified documents and is described here as the person who did the “most harm” to the movement of families who wanted to rescue any remaining loved ones, left behind in Vietnam and Laos.
McCain is described by those interviewed in this clip as perhaps the person who did the most to quash this movement – and they suspect that this was because he didn’t want the truth to be revealed by them.
To them, his actions leave no doubt that McCain is a traitor to this country and its veterans and especially, to the [POWs and MIAs and their families].
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John Mccain Traitor- By Vietnam Vets And Pow’s

 
McCain and the POW Cover-Up
 
By Sydney Schanberg
July 1, 2010
[QUOTING:]
The “war hero” candidate buried information about POWs left behind in Vietnam.
Eighteen months ago, TAC publisher Ron Unz discovered an astonishing account of the role the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, John McCain, had played in suppressing information about what happened to American soldiers missing in action in Vietnam.  Below, we present in full Sydney Schanberg’s explosive story.
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John McCain, who has risen to political prominence on his image as a Vietnam POW war hero, has, inexplicably, worked very hard to hide from the public stunning information about American prisoners in Vietnam who, unlike him, didn’t return home.  Throughout his Senate career, McCain has quietly sponsored and pushed into federal law a set of prohibitions that keep the most revealing information about these men buried as classified documents.  Thus the war hero who people would logically imagine as a determined crusader for the interests of POWs and their families became instead the strange champion of hiding the evidence and closing the books.
Almost as striking is the manner in which the mainstream press has shied from reporting the POW story and McCain’s role in it, even as the Republican Party has made McCain’s military service the focus of his presidential campaign.  Reporters who had covered the Vietnam War turned their heads and walked in other directions.  McCain doesn’t talk about the missing men, and the press never asks him about them.
The sum of the secrets McCain has sought to hide is not small.  There exists a telling mass of official documents, radio intercepts, witness depositions, satellite photos of rescue symbols that pilots were trained to use, electronic messages from the ground containing the individual code numbers given to airmen, a rescue mission by a special forces unit that was aborted twice by Washington—and even sworn testimony by two Defense secretaries that “men were left behind.”  This imposing body of evidence suggests that a large number—the documents indicate probably hundreds—of the U.S. prisoners held by Vietnam were not returned when the peace treaty was signed in January 1973 and Hanoi released 591 men, among them Navy combat pilot John S. McCain.
Mass of Evidence
The Pentagon had been withholding significant information from POW families for years.  What’s more, the Pentagon’s POW/MIA operation had been publicly shamed by internal whistleblowers and POW families for holding back documents as part of a policy of “debunking” POW intelligence even when the information was obviously credible.
The pressure from the families and Vietnam veterans finally forced the creation, in late 1991, of a Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs.  The chairman was John Kerry.  McCain, as a former POW, was its most pivotal member. In the end, the committee became part of the debunking machine.
One of the sharpest critics of the Pentagon’s performance was an insider, Air Force Lt. Gen. Eugene Tighe, who headed the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) during the 1970s.  He openly challenged the Pentagon’s position that no live prisoners existed, saying that the evidence proved otherwise.  McCain was a bitter opponent of Tighe, who was eventually pushed into retirement.
Included in the evidence that McCain and his government allies suppressed or sought to discredit is a transcript of a senior North Vietnamese general’s briefing of the Hanoi politburo, discovered in Soviet archives by an American scholar in 1993.  The briefing took place only four months before the 1973 peace accords.  The general, Tran Van Quang, told the politburo members that Hanoi was holding 1,205 American prisoners but would keep many of them at war’s end as leverage to ensure getting war reparations from Washington.
Throughout the Paris negotiations, the North Vietnamese tied the prisoner issue tightly to the issue of reparations.  They were adamant in refusing to deal with them separately.  Finally, in a Feb. 2, 1973 formal letter to Hanoi’s premier, Pham Van Dong, Nixon pledged $3.25 billion in “postwar reconstruction” aid “without any political conditions.”  But he also attached to the letter a codicil that said the aid would be implemented by each party “in accordance with its own constitutional provisions.”  That meant Congress would have to approve the appropriation, and Nixon and Kissinger knew well that Congress was in no mood to do so.  The North Vietnamese, whether or not they immediately understood the double-talk in the letter, remained skeptical about the reparations promise being honored—and it never was.  Hanoi thus appears to have held back prisoners—just as it had done when the French were defeated at Dien Bien Phu in 1954 and withdrew their forces from Vietnam. In that case, France paid ransoms for prisoners and brought them home.
In a private briefing in 1992, high-level CIA officials told me that as the years passed and the ransom never came, it became more and more difficult for either government to admit that it knew from the start about the unacknowledged prisoners.  Those prisoners had not only become useless as bargaining chips but also posed a risk to Hanoi’s desire to be accepted into the international community.  The CIA officials said their intelligence indicated strongly that the remaining men—those who had not died from illness or hard labor or torture—were eventually executed.
My own research, detailed below, has convinced me that it is not likely that more than a few—if any—are alive in captivity today.  (That CIA briefing at the Agency’s Langley, Virginia, headquarters was conducted “off the record,” but because the evidence from my own reporting since then has brought me to the same conclusion, I felt there was no longer any point in not writing about the meeting.)
For many reasons, including the absence of a political constituency for the missing men other than their families and some veterans’ groups, very few Americans are aware of the POW story and of McCain’s role in keeping it out of public view and denying the existence of abandoned POWs.  That is because McCain has hardly been alone in his campaign to hide the scandal.
The Arizona senator, now the Republican candidate for president, has actually been following the lead of every White House since Richard Nixon’s, and thus of every CIA director, Pentagon chief, and national security adviser, not to mention Dick Cheney, who was George H.W. Bush’s Defense secretary.  Their biggest accomplice has been an indolent press, particularly in Washington.
McCain’s Role
An early and critical McCain secrecy move involved 1990 legislation that started in the House of Representatives.  A brief and simple document, it was called “the Truth Bill” and would have compelled complete transparency about prisoners and missing men.  Its core sentence reads: “[The] head of each department or agency which holds or receives any records and information, including live-sighting reports, which have been correlated or possibly correlated to United States personnel listed as prisoner of war or missing in action from World War II, the Korean conflict and the Vietnam conflict, shall make available to the public all such records held or received by that department or agency.”
Bitterly opposed by the Pentagon (and thus McCain), the bill went nowhere. Reintroduced the following year, it again disappeared.  But a few months later, a new measure, known as “the McCain Bill,”suddenly appeared.  By creating a bureaucratic maze from which only a fraction of the documents could emerge—only records that revealed no POW secrets—it turned the Truth Bill on its head.  The McCain bill became law in 1991 and remains so today. So crushing to transparency are its provisions that it actually spells out for the Pentagon and other agencies several rationales, scenarios, and justifications for not releasing any information at all—even about prisoners discovered alive in captivity.  Later that year, the Senate Select Committee was created, where Kerry and McCain ultimately worked together to bury evidence.
McCain was also instrumental in amending the Missing Service Personnel Act, which had been strengthened in 1995 by POW advocates to include criminal penalties, saying, “Any government official who knowingly and willfully withholds from the file of a missing person any information relating to the disappearance or whereabouts and status of a missing person shall be fined as provided in Title 18 or imprisoned not more than one year or both.”  A year later, in a closed House-Senate conference on an unrelated military bill, McCain, at the behest of the Pentagon, attached a crippling amendment to the act, stripping out its only enforcement teeth, the criminal penalties, and reducing the obligations of commanders in the field to speedily search for missing men and to report the incidents to the Pentagon.
About the relaxation of POW/MIA obligations on commanders in the field, a public McCain memo said, “This transfers the bureaucracy involved out of the [battle] field to Washington.”  He wrote that the original legislation, if left intact, “would accomplish nothing but create new jobs for lawyers and turn military commanders into clerks.”
McCain argued that keeping the criminal penalties would have made it impossible for the Pentagon to find staffers willing to work on POW/MIA matters. That’s an odd argument to make.  Were staffers only “willing to work” if they were allowed to conceal POW records?  By eviscerating the law, McCain gave his stamp of approval to the government policy of debunking the existence of live POWs.
McCain has insisted again and again that all the evidence—documents, witnesses, satellite photos, two Pentagon chiefs’ sworn testimony, aborted rescue missions, ransom offers apparently scorned—has been woven together by unscrupulous deceivers to create an insidious and unpatriotic myth. He calls it the “bizarre rantings of the MIA hobbyists.”  He has regularly vilified those who keep trying to pry out classified documents as “hoaxers,” “charlatans,” “conspiracy theorists,” and “dime-store Rambos.”
Some of McCain’s fellow captives at Hoa Lo prison in Hanoi didn’t share his views about prisoners left behind.  Before he died of leukemia in 1999, retired Col. Ted Guy, a highly admired POW and one of the most dogged resisters in the camps, wrote an angry open letter to the senator in an MIA newsletter—a response to McCain’s stream of insults hurled at MIA activists. Guy wrote, “John, does this [the insults] include Senator Bob Smith [a New Hampshire Republican and activist on POW issues] and other concerned elected officials?  Does this include the families of the missing where there is overwhelming evidence that their loved ones were ‘last known alive’?  Does this include some of your fellow POWs?”
It’s not clear whether the taped confession McCain gave to his captors to avoid further torture has played a role in his postwar behavior in the Senate. That confession was played endlessly over the prison loudspeaker system at Hoa Lo—to try to break down other prisoners—and was broadcast over Hanoi’s state radio.  Reportedly, he confessed to being a war criminal who had bombed civilian targets.  The Pentagon has a copy of the confession but will not release it.  Also, no outsider I know of has ever seen a non-redacted copy of the debriefing of McCain when he returned from captivity, which is classified but could be made public by McCain.
[In an interview with 60 Minutes in 1997, McCain mentioned the confession his North Vietnamese captors forced him to write: “I was guilty of war crimes against the Vietnamese people.  I intentionally bombed women and children.” The truth, of course, is that what McCain wrote under duress is actually an accurate statement. –https://www.lewrockwell.com/ 2008/ 09/ laurence-]
All humans have breaking points.  Many men undergoing torture give confessions, often telling huge lies so their fakery will be understood by their comrades and their country.  Few will fault them. But it was McCain who apparently felt he had disgraced himself and his military family.  His father, John S. McCain II, was a highly regarded rear admiral then serving as commander of all U.S. forces in the Pacific.  His grandfather was also a rear admiral.
In his bestselling 1999 autobiography, Faith of My FathersMcCain says he felt bad throughout his captivity because he knew he was being treated more leniently than his fellow POWs, owing to his high-ranking father and thus his propaganda value.  Other prisoners at Hoa Lo say his captors considered him a prize catch and called him the “Crown Prince,” something McCain acknowledges in the book.
Also in this memoir, McCain expresses guilt at having broken under torture and given the confession.  “I felt faithless and couldn’t control my despair,” he writes, revealing that he made two “feeble” attempts at suicide.  (In later years, he said he tried to hang himself with his shirt and guards intervened.)  Tellingly, he says he lived in “dread” that his father would find out about the confession.  “I still wince,” he writes, “when I recall wondering if my father had heard of my disgrace.”
He says that when he returned home, he told his father about the confession, but “never discussed it at length”—and the admiral, who died in 1981, didn’t indicate he had heard anything about it before.  But he had.  In the 1999 memoir, the senator writes, “I only recently learned that the tape … had been broadcast outside the prison and had come to the attention of my father.”
Is McCain haunted by these memories?  Does he suppress POW information because its surfacing would rekindle his feelings of shame?  On this subject, all I have are questions.
Many stories have been written about McCain’s explosive temper, so volcanic that colleagues are loath to speak openly about it.  One veteran congressman who has observed him over the years asked for confidentiality and made this brief comment: “This is a man not at peace with himself.”
He was certainly far from calm on the Senate POW committee. He browbeat expert witnesses who came with information about unreturned POWs. Family members who have personally faced McCain and pressed him to end the secrecy also have been treated to his legendary temper.  He has screamed at them, insulted them, brought women to tears.  Mostly his responses to them have been versions of: How dare you question my patriotism?  In 1996, he roughly pushed aside a group of POW family members who had waited outside a hearing room to appeal to him, including a mother in a wheelchair.
But even without answers to what may be hidden in the recesses of McCain’s mind, one thing about the POW story is clear: if American prisoners were dishonored by being written off and left to die, that’s something the American public ought to know about. 10 Key Pieces of Evidence That Men Were Left Behind
1.    In Paris, where the Vietnam peace treaty was negotiated, the United States asked Hanoi for the list of American prisoners to be returned, fearing that Hanoi would hold some prisoners back.  The North Vietnamese refused, saying they would produce the list only after the treaty was signed. Nixon agreed with Kissinger that they had no leverage left, and Kissinger signed the accord on Jan. 27, 1973 without the prisoner list.  When Hanoi produced its list of 591 prisoners the next day, U.S. intelligence agencies expressed shock at the low number.  Their number was hundreds higher. The New York Times published a long, page-one story on Feb. 2, 1973 about the discrepancy, especially raising questions about the number of prisoners held in Laos, only nine of whom were being returned.  The headline read, in part, “Laos POW List Shows 9 from U.S.—Document Disappointing to Washington as 311 Were Believed Missing.”  And the story, by John Finney, said that other Washington officials “believe the number of prisoners [in Laos] is probably substantially higher.”  The paper never followed up with any serious investigative reporting—nor did any other mainstream news organization.
2.    Two Defense secretaries who served during the Vietnam War testified to the Senate POW committee in September 1992 that prisoners were not returned. James Schlesinger and Melvin Laird, both speaking at a public session and under oath, said they based their conclusions on strong intelligence data—letters, eyewitness reports, even direct radio contacts. Under questioning, Schlesinger chose his words carefully, understanding clearly the volatility of the issue: “I think that as of now that I can come to no other conclusion … some were left behind.”  This ran counter to what President Nixon told the public in a nationally televised speech on March 29, 1973, when the repatriation of the 591 was in motion: Tonight,” Nixon said, “the day we have all worked and prayed for has finally come.  For the first time in 12 years, no American military forces are in Vietnam.  All our American POWs are on their way home.”  Documents unearthed since then show that aides had already briefed Nixon about the contrary evidence.
Schlesinger was asked by the Senate committee for his explanation of why President Nixon would have made such a statement when he knew Hanoi was still holding prisoners.  He replied, “One must assume that we had concluded that the bargaining position of the United States … was quite weak. We were anxious to get our troops out and we were not going to roil the waters…” This testimony struck me as a bombshell.  The New York Times appropriately reported it on page one but again there was no sustained follow-up by the Times or any other major paper or national news outlet.
3.    Over the years, the DIA received more than 1,600 first-hand sightings of live American prisoners and nearly 14,000 second-hand reports.  Many witnesses interrogated by CIA or Pentagon intelligence agents were deemed “credible” in the agents’ reports.  Some of the witnesses were given lie-detector tests and passed.  Sources provided me with copies of these witness reports, which are impressive in their detail.  A lot of the sightings described a secondary tier of prison camps many miles from Hanoi.  Yet the DIA, after reviewing all these reports, concluded that they “do not constitute evidence” that men were alive.
4.    In the late 1970s and early 1980s, listening stations picked up messages in which Laotian military personnel spoke about moving American prisoners from one labor camp to another.  These listening posts were manned by Thai communications officers trained by the National Security Agency (NSA), which monitors signals worldwide.  The NSA teams had moved out after the fall of Saigon in 1975 and passed the job to the Thai allies. But when the Thais turned these messages over to Washington, the intelligence community ruled that since the intercepts were made by a “third party”—namely Thailand—they could not be regarded as authentic. That’s some Catch-22: the U.S. trained a third party to take over its role in monitoring signals about POWs, but because that third party did the monitoring, the messages weren’t valid.
Here, from CIA files, is an example that clearly exposes the farce. On Dec. 27, 1980, a Thai military signal team picked up a message saying that prisoners were being moved out of Attopeu (in southern Laos) by aircraft “at 1230 hours.”  Three days later a message was sent from the CIA station in Bangkok to the CIA director’s office in Langley.  It read, in part: “The prisoners … are now in the valley in permanent location (a prison camp at Nhommarath in Central Laos).  They were transferred from Attopeu to work in various places … POWs were formerly kept in caves and are very thin, dark and starving.”  Apparently the prisoners were real.  But the transmission was declared “invalid” by Washington because the information came from a “third party” and thus could not be deemed credible.
5.    A series of what appeared to be distress signals from Vietnam and Laos were captured by the government’s satellite system in the late 1980s and early ’90s.  (Before that period, no search for such signals had been put in place.)  Not a single one of these markings was ever deemed credible. To the layman’s eye, the satellite photos, some of which I’ve seen, show markings on the ground that are identical to the signals that American pilots had been specifically trained to use in their survival courses—such as certain letters, like X or K, drawn in a special way.  Other markings were the secret four-digit authenticator numbers given to individual pilots.  But time and again, the Pentagon, backed by the CIA, insisted that humans had not made these markings.  What were they, then?  “Shadows and vegetation,”  the government said, insisting that the markings were merely normal topographical contours like saw-grass or rice-paddy divider walls.  It was the automatic response—shadows and vegetation.  On one occasion, a Pentagon photo expert refused to go along.  It was a missing man’s name gouged into a field, he said, not trampled grass or paddy berms.  His bosses responded by bringing in an outside contractor who found instead, yes, shadows and vegetation.  This refrain led Bob Taylor, a highly regarded investigator on the Senate committee staff who had examined the photographic evidence, to comment to me: “If grass can spell out people’s names and secret digit codes, then I have a newfound respect for grass.”
6.    On Nov. 11, 1992, Dolores Alfond, the sister of missing airman Capt. Victor Apodaca and chair of the National Alliance of Families, an organization of relatives of POW/MIAs, testified at one of the Senate committee’s public hearings.  She asked for information about data the government had gathered from electronic devices used in a classified program known as PAVE SPIKE.
The devices were motion sensors, dropped by air, designed to pick up enemy troop movements.  Shaped on one end like a spike with an electronic pod and antenna on top, they were designed to stick in the ground as they fell.  Air Force planes would drop them along the Ho Chi Minh trail and other supply routes.  The devices, though primarily sensors, also had rescue capabilities. Someone on the ground—a downed airman or a prisoner on a labor gang —could manually enter data into the sensor.  All data were regularly collected electronically by U.S. planes flying overhead. Alfond stated, without any challenge or contradiction by the committee, that in 1974, a year after the supposedly complete return of prisoners, the gathered data showed that a person or people had manually entered into the sensors—as U.S. pilots had been trained to do—no less than 20 authenticator numbers that corresponded exactly to the classified authenticator numbers of 20 U.S. POWs who were lost in Laos.  Alfond added, according to the transcript, “This PAVE SPIKE intelligence is seamless, but the committee has not discussed it or released what it knows about PAVE SPIKE.”
McCain attended that committee hearing specifically to confront Alfond because of her criticism of the panel’s work.  He bellowed and berated her for quite a while.  His face turning anger-pink, he accused her of “denigrating” his “patriotism.”  The bullying had its effect—she began to cry.
After a pause Alfond recovered and tried to respond to his scorching tirade, but McCain simply turned away and stormed out of the room.  The PAVE SPIKE file has never been declassified.  We still don’t know anything about those 20 POWs.
7.    As previously mentioned, in April 1993 in a Moscow archive, a researcher from Harvard, Stephen Morris, unearthed and made public the transcript of a briefing that General Tran Van Quang gave to the Hanoi politburo four months before the signing of the Paris peace accords in 1973.
In the transcript, General Quang told the Hanoi politburo that 1,205 U.S. prisoners were being held.  Quang said that many of the prisoners would be held back from Washington after the accords as bargaining chips for war reparations.  General Quang’s report added: “This is a big number.  Officially, until now, we published a list of only 368 prisoners of war.  The rest we have not revealed.  The government of the USA knows this well, but it does not know the exact number …and can only make guesses based on its losses.  That is why we are keeping the number of prisoners of war secret, in accordance with the politburo’s instructions.”  The report then went on to explain in clear and specific language that a large number would be kept back to ensure reparations.
The reaction to the document was immediate.  After two decades of denying it had kept any prisoners, Hanoi responded to the revelation by calling the transcript a fabrication.
Similarly, Washington—which had over the same two decades refused to recant Nixon’s declaration that all the prisoners had been returned—also shifted into denial mode.  The Pentagon issued a statement saying the document “is replete with errors, omissions and propaganda that seriously damage its credibility,” and that the numbers were “inconsistent with our own accounting.”
Neither American nor Vietnamese officials offered any rationale for who would plant a forged document in the Soviet archives and why they would do so.  Certainly neither Washington nor Moscow—closely allied with Hanoi—would have any motive, since the contents were embarrassing to all parties, and since both the United States and Vietnam had consistently denied the existence of unreturned prisoners.  The Russian archivists simply said the document was “authentic.”
8.    In his 2002 book, Inside Delta Force, retired Command Sgt. Maj. Eric Haney described how in 1981 his special forces unit, after rigorous training for a POW rescue mission, had the mission suddenly aborted, revived a year later, and again abruptly aborted.  Haney writes that this abandonment of captured soldiers ate at him for years and left him disillusioned about his government’s vows to leave no men behind.  “Years later, I spoke at length with a former highly placed member of the North Vietnamese diplomatic corps, and this person asked me point-blank: ‘Why did the Americans never attempt to recover their remaining POWs after the conclusion of the war?’” Haney writes.  He continued, saying that he came to believe senior government officials had called off those missions in 1981 and 1982. (His account is on pages 314 to 321 of my paperback copy of the book.)
9. There is also evidence that in the first months of Ronald Reagan’s presidency in 1981, the White House received a ransom proposal for a number of POWs being held by Hanoi in Indochina.  The offer, which was passed to Washington from an official of a third country, was apparently discussed at a meeting in the Roosevelt Room attended by Reagan, Vice President Bush, CIA director William Casey, and National Security Adviser Richard Allen.  Allen confirmed the offer in sworn testimony to the Senate POW committee on June 23, 1992.
Allen was allowed to testify behind closed doors and no information was released. But a San Diego Union-Tribune reporter, Robert Caldwell, obtained the portion relating to the ransom offer and reported on it.  The ransom request was for $4 billion, Allen testified. He said he told Reagan that “it would be worth the president’s going along and let’s have the negotiation.”  When his testimony appeared in the Union-Tribune, Allen quickly wrote a letter to the panel, this time not under oath, recanting the ransom story and claiming his memory had played tricks on him.  His new version was that some POW activists had asked him about such an offer in a meeting that took place in 1986, when he was no longer in government.  “It appears,” he said in the letter, “that there never was a 1981 meeting about the return of POW/MIAs for $4 billion.”
But the episode didn’t end there.  A Treasury agent on Secret Service duty in the White House, John Syphrit, came forward to say he had overheard part of the ransom conversation in the Roosevelt Room in 1981, when the offer was discussed by Reagan, Bush, Casey, Allen, and other cabinet officials.
Syphrit, a veteran of the Vietnam War, told the committee he was willing to testify, but they would have to subpoena him.  Treasury opposed his appearance, arguing that voluntary testimony would violate the trust between the Secret Service and those it protects.  It was clear that coming in on his own could cost Syphrit his career.  The committee voted 7 to 4 not to subpoena him.
In the committee’s final report, dated Jan. 13, 1993 (on page 284), the panel not only chastised Syphrit for his failure to testify without a subpoena (“The committee regrets that the Secret Service agent was unwilling …”), but noted that since Allen had recanted his testimony about the Roosevelt Room briefing,  Syphrit’s testimony would have been “at best, uncorroborated by the testimony of any other witness.”  The committee omitted any mention that it had made a decision not to ask the other two surviving witnesses, Bush and Reagan, to give testimony under oath.  (Casey had died.)
10. In 1990, Col. Millard Peck, a decorated infantry veteran of Vietnam then working at the DIA as chief of the Asia Division for Current Intelligence, asked for the job of chief of the DIA’s Special Office for Prisoners of War and Missing in Action.  His reason for seeking the transfer, which was not a promotion, was that he had heard from officials throughout the Pentagon that the POW/MIA office had been turned into a waste-disposal unit for getting rid of unwanted evidence about live prisoners—a “black hole,” these officials called it.
Peck explained all this in his telling resignation letter of Feb. 12, 1991, eight months after he had taken the job. He said he viewed it as “sort of a holy crusade” to restore the integrity of the office but was defeated by the Pentagon machine.  The four-page, single-spaced letter was scathing, describing the putative search for missing men as “a cover-up.”
Peck charged that, at its top echelons, the Pentagon had embraced a “mind-set to debunk” all evidence of prisoners left behind.  “That national leaders continue to address the prisoner of war and missing in action issue as the ‘highest national priority,’ is a travesty,” he wrote.  “The entire charade does not appear to be an honest effort, and may never have been. …  Practically all analysis is directed to finding fault with the source.  Rarely has there been any effective, active follow through on any of the sightings, nor is there a responsive ‘action arm’ to routinely and aggressively pursue leads.”
“I became painfully aware,” his letter continued, “that I was not really in charge of my own office, but was merely a figurehead or whipping boy for a larger and totally Machiavellian group of players outside of DIA …  I feel strongly that this issue is being manipulated and controlled at a higher level, not with the goal of resolving it, but more to obfuscate the question of live prisoners and give the illusion of progress through hyperactivity.”  He named no names but said these players are “unscrupulous people in the Government or associated with the Government” who “have maintained their distance and remained hidden in the shadows, while using the [POW] Office as a ‘toxic waste dump’ to bury the whole ‘mess’ out of sight.”  Peck added that “military officers … who in some manner have ‘rocked the boat’ [have] quickly come to grief.”
Peck concluded, “From what I have witnessed, it appears that any soldier left in Vietnam, even inadvertently, was, in fact, abandoned years ago, and that the farce that is being played is no more than political legerdemain done with ‘smoke and mirrors’ to stall the issue until it dies a natural death.”
The disillusioned colonel not only resigned but asked to be retired immediately from active military service.  The press never followed up.
My Pursuit of the Story
I covered the war in Cambodia and Vietnam, but came to the POW information only slowly afterward, when military officers I knew from that conflict began coming to me with maps and POW sightings and depositions by Vietnamese witnesses.
I was then city editor of the New York Times, no longer involved in foreign or national stories, so I took the data to the appropriate desks and suggested it was material worth pursuing.  There were no takers.  Some years later, in 1991, when I was an op-ed columnist at Newsday, the aforementioned special Senate committee was formed to probe the POW issue.  I saw this as an opening and immersed myself in the reporting.
At Newsday, I wrote 36 columns over a two-year period, as well as a four-part series on a trip I took to North Vietnam to report on what happened to one missing pilot who was shot down over the Ho Chi Minh trail and captured when he parachuted down.  After Newsday, I wrote thousands more words on the subject for other outlets.  Some of the pieces were about McCain’s key role.
Though I wrote on many subjects for Life, Vanity Fair, and Washington Monthly, my POW articles appeared in Penthouse, the Village Voice, and APBnews.comMainstream publications just weren’t interested.  Their disinterest was part of what motivated me, and I became one of a very short list of journalists who considered the story important.
Serving in the Army in Germany during the Cold War and witnessing combat firsthand as a reporter in India and Indochina led me to have great respect for those who fight for their country.  To my mind, we dishonored U.S. troops when our government failed to bring them home from Vietnam after the 591 others were released—and then claimed they didn’t exist.  And politicians dishonor themselves when they pay lip service to the bravery and sacrifice of soldiers only to leave untold numbers behind, rationalizing to themselves that it’s merely one of the unfortunate costs of war.
John McCain—now campaigning for the White House as a war hero, maverick, and straight shooter—owes the voters some explanations.  The press were long ago wooed and won by McCain’s seeming openness, Lone Ranger pose, and self-deprecating humor, which may partly explain their ignoring his record on POWs.  In the numerous, lengthy McCain profiles that have appeared of late in papers like theNew York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal, I may have missed a clause or a sentence along the way, but I have not found a single mention of his role in burying information about POWs.  Television and radio news programs have been similarly silent.
Reporters simply never ask him about it.  They didn’t when he ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination in 2000.  They haven’t now, despite the fact that we’re in the midst of another war—a war he supports and one that has echoes of Vietnam.  The only explanation McCain has ever offered for his leadership on legislation that seals POW files is that he believes the release of such information would only stir up fresh grief for the families of those who were never accounted for in Vietnam.  Of the scores of POW families I’ve met over the years, only a few have said they want the books closed without knowing what happened to their men.  All the rest say that not knowing is exactly what grieves them.
Isn’t it possible that what really worries those intent on keeping the POW documents buried is the public disgust that the contents of those files would generate?
How the Senate Committee Perpetuated the Debunking …
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Incumbent Sen. John McCain Running For A Fifth Term
Rocky Montana
May 27, 2016
The above compendium of the articles about the past behavior of John McCain tell it all.  As McCain is now running for a fifth term as U.S. senator for Arizona, these articles are being posted once again in an effort to inform more Arizona voters and the American people about McCain past behavior.  On November 8, 2016, Arizona voters either reelect John McCain for a fifth term, knowing that he has lied to and deceived the them and the American public throughout his political career, or they will finally do the right thing and run McCain out of office, and replace him with a more honest, honorable and deserving individual.  The U.S. Senate and the Republican Party will do just fine without John McCain.
In review: John “McCain was personally responsible for the deadliest fire in the history of the US Navy.  That catastrophe, with 27 dead and over 100 wounded’ and over $72 million in aircraft damage, eclipses ‘McCain’s record as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam.”  McCain has admited: “I’m not a war hero.” , but for nearly 50 years he has allowed falsehoods to be reported about himself by the controlled media and his colleagues in the Washington Establishment.  They have repeatedly claimed that John McCain is a “war hero” and that he was tortured by his captors while “imprisoned” at Hanoi.
Due to John McCain’s duplicity in falsely stating his war record, his captivity record, his cooperating with the enemy (North Vietnamese Communists), and his efforts to cover up the truth about P.O.W.’s left in Vietnam, speaks to the man’s character.  His continued deceit and profiteering dishonors the memory of all legitimate war heros, war captives, P.O.W.’s left behind, and the military men and women who have died in service to our country.  The above articles have been available to the Arizona voters and American public for decades, and yet the incumbent Senator has been undeservedly rewarded with a 34 year political career to date, from 1982 though 2016.  Interested parties can contact John McCain or his staff at: 
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The Other Side of John McCain:


And the following interview with Stewart Rhodes whom I have cc-ed this reply to as well:

John McCain Busted‎: 'Misfiled' CIA Recording Proves His Entire Career Built on a Lie:


Following Youtube was worth watching as well for more about 'songbird' John McCain which US media ignored as well during his 2008 presidential run:

Vietnam Veterans Against John McCain:‎


Following URL linked to friend Steve Sniegoski's article about how McCain begun sucking up to the neocons to run for president:

John McCain Began Sucking Up to the Neocons to Run for President:


 

 

John McCain's Family Ties to Jewish Organized Crime Syndicates in Arizona

His support for pro-Israel, anti-Russian American foreign policy was zealous, verging on fanatical. This explains part of that puzzle.

  

This is a reprint of an article from August 2008 by the excellent Michael Collins Piper. Vladimir Putin once famously speculated that he thought McCain suffered from mental instability caused by his long detention in Vietnamese prisons, when trying to explain why McCain was so fanatically pro-Israel and hostile towards Russia. Perhaps Putin's vaunted intelligence resources hadn't filled him in on McCain's family ties.

 


IF YOU STILL DOUBT that the big media  is determined to keep under wraps the organized crime origins of the $200 million fortune of John McCain and his wife Cindy, take note of how the prestigious Washington Post touched on the issue in its July 22 edition. Rather, instead, note how the Post covered up the matter.

 

The Post reported: Cindy Lou Hensley grew up as an only child, and a privileged one, in a large rancher in an upper-class section of Phoenix. Her dad, Jim Hensley, founded what became a large Anheuser-Busch distributorship, and her mom, Marguerite, was a proper belle who emphasized impeccable manners.

 

His positions on foreign policy were indistinguishable from Hillary's
 

The Post also added, almost discretely, that Mrs. McCain’s wealth “may” exceed $100 million (although most sources estimate it is worth $200 million or more) and—for the record—that “she was the apple of her father’s eye.”

 

 

 

 

  The Post did not mention that Mrs. McCain’s father was a highly-placed fixture in the Arizona branch of the national organized crime syndicate: He was the chief henchman of the late Kemper Marley, Arizona point man for infamous mob chief Meyer Lansky and his powerful partners-in-crime, the super-rich Bronfman family of Montreal.

 

In that capacity—for 40 years until his death in 1990—Marley was undisputed political boss of Arizona, acting as the behind-the-scenes power over both the Republican and Democratic parties.

 

As such, his wealth and connections played the primary role in advancing John McCain’s political career from the start.

 

Although some Democrats have muttered that Mrs. McCain’s business interests could impact on her husband’s decision-making as president, none has dared cross the line and make reference to the fact this vast wealth was spawned by what others have indelicately (although quite correctly) called “the Jewish Mafia.”

 

Correspondents for American Free Press have repeatedly referenced the McCain fortune’s ties to the Lansky-Bronfman syndicate going back to 2000 when McCain first ran for president. Most recently, in its July 14/21 issue AFP reported the story again. At that time, AFP pointed out that in its June 30 edition, Newsweek (owned by the Washington Post’s parent company) also suppressed McCain’s mob link.

Newsweek said Mrs. McCain’s family “was deeply rooted in Arizona,” and that her father “was one of the most prominent men in the state,” who was “a World War II bombardier . . . shot down over the English channel,”—in other words, a war hero like McCain.

 

Newsweek did not mention (or even hint of) the racketeering, corruption and murder associated with Hensley and his patrons.

 

Newsweek said Hensley “borrowed $10,000 to start a liquor business” which became one of the largest Anheuser-Busch distributorships in the country and pointed out that the vast Hensley influence and fortune “got [McCain] access to money and connections” after he divorced his ailing first wife and married his then mistress, Cindy Hensley, and settled in Arizona where he first ran for office in 1982. But there was much more to the story.

 

Newsweek did not mention what AFP had reported and which is republished here in order to keep this important story before the American public: 

 

To repeat: McCain’s father-in-law was the top lieutenant for Kemper Marley, the Lansky syndicate’s chief Arizona operative who acted, in turn, as the front man for the Bronfman family—key players in the Lansky syndicate.

During Prohibition, the Canadian-based Bronfmans supplied—and thus controlled—the “spigot” of liquor funneled to Lansky syndicate functionaries in the United States, including Al Capone in Chicago.

 

After Prohibition, Lansky-Bronfman associates such as Marley got control of a substantial portion of liquor (and beer) distribution across the country. Marley’s longtime public relations man, Al Lizanitz, revealed that it was the Bronfmans who set Marley up in the alcohol business.

 

In 1948, 52 of Marley’s employees (including Jim Hensley, the manager of Marley’s company) were prosecuted for federal liquor violations. Hensley got a six month suspended sentence and his brother Eugene went to prison for a year.

 

In 1953 Hensley and (this time) Marley were prosecuted by federal prosecutors for falsifying liquor records, but young attorney William Rehnquist acted as their “mouthpiece” (as mob attorneys are known) and the two got off scot-free. Rehnquist later became chief justice of the Supreme Court and presided over the “fix” that made George W. Bush president in a rightly disputed election.

 

Arizona insiders say Hensley “took the fall” for Marley in 1948 and Marley paid back Hensley by setting him up in his own beer distribution business. 

Newsweek implied Hensley’s company was a “mom and pop” operation that became a big success, but the real story goes to the heart of the history of organized crime.

 

Hensley’s sponsor, Marley, was also a major player in gambling, a protégé of Lansky associate Gus Greenbaum who, in 1941, set up a national wire for bookmakers. After Lansky ordered a hit on his own longtime partner, Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel, who was stealing money from the Flamingo Casino in Las Vegas—which was financed in part by loans from an Arizona bank chaired by Marley—Greenbaum turned operations of the wire over to Marley while Greenbaum took Siegel’s place in tending to Lansky’s interests in Las Vegas.

 

In 1948 Greenbaum was murdered in a mob “hit” that set off a series of gang wars in Phoenix, but Marley survived and prospered as did Jim Hensley, who sponsored McCain’s rise to power.

 

McCain’s father-in-law also dabbled in dog racing and expanded his fortune by selling his track to an individual connected to the Buffalo-based Jacobs family, key Prohibition-era cogs in the Lansky network as distributors of Bronfman liquor.

 

Expanding over the years, buying up race tracks and developing food and drink concessions at sports stadiums, Jacobs enterprises were described as being “probably the biggest quasi-legitimate cover for organized crime’s money-laundering in the United States.”

In 1976, Hensley’s mentor—Marley (at the height of his power)—was the key suspect behind the contract murder of journalist Don Bolles who was investigating the mob in Arizona, but Marley was never prosecuted. 

 

Since McCain’s career was sponsored by the Lansky-Bronfman syndicate, it is no coincidence McCain recently traveled to London where Lord Jacob Rothschild of the international banking empire raised money among American expatriates on McCain’s behalf. 

 

Rothschild has long been allied with the Bronfman family as major patrons of Israel.

 



 
 

John McCain, warmonger, Hero of the Deep State, helped cover up Israeli attack on USS LIberty

 

(1) Why the US ruling class mourns John McCain

(2) Ralph Nader Demands McCain to Come Clean on Israel's 1967 Attack on the USS Liberty (2008)

(3) John McCain backs Jewish zionist A. Jay Cristol's exoneration of Israel

(4) McCain called Trump's meeting with Putin 'disgraceful’ and ‘tragic’

(5) McCain's 'tireless and treacherous record of warmaking'

(6) McCain lobbied for TOW missiles and MANPADs to be sent to Syria rebels

(7) John McCain an agent of the Deep State -  E. Michael Jones

(8) McCain photograph with ISIS terrorists

(9) McCain continues to meet with ISIS/Al Qaeda terrorists

(10) John McCain Praises Father’s Whitewashing of Israel’s Attack on the USS LIBERTY!

 

(1) Why the US ruling class mourns John McCain

 

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/08/27/pers-a27.html

 

27 August 2018

 

There is a well-known saying, of murky Latin origin, that one should not speak ill of the dead. But when the death of an individual becomes the occasion for such universal glorification by the political establishment and the media, as with Senator John McCain of Arizona, a correction is in order. This is especially necessary since the newly deceased had such a lengthy record as a militarist and supporter of political reaction, and the further promotion of such policies is the transparent purpose of the hosannas being sung in his praise.

 

The Sunday television interview programs on five networks devoted the bulk of their coverage to McCain’s life and career and to fond reminiscences by well-heeled journalists and big-business politicians, Democratic and Republican. “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd noted that McCain was the single most-interviewed person on the program, appearing 73 times in his 36-year political career.

 

McCain was a right-wing Republican, but the loudest tributes to his political record are coming from Democrats. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer proposed renaming the US Senate’s Russell Office Building. Instead of Richard Russell of Georgia, a Democratic Party defender of Jim Crow segregation, the building would now be named after a Republican defender of wars in Vietnam, Central America, Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, etc.

 

Speaking on ABC’s “This Week,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said, “Right now I'm just heartbroken. I think America’s in tears about the loss of this great man.” Senator Bernie Sanders tweeted, “John McCain was an American hero, a man of decency and honor and a friend of mine. He will be missed not just in the US Senate but by all Americans who respect integrity and independence.”

 

In yet another characteristic display of lickspittling subservience to the ruling elite, “socialist” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted: “John McCain’s legacy represents an unparalleled example of human decency and American service. As an intern, I learned a lot about the power of humanity in government through his deep friendship with Sen. Kennedy. He meant so much, to so many. My prayers are with his family.”

 

What does John McCain’s “legacy” consist of? How did he provide “an unparalleled example of human decency and American service”?

 

McCain spent four years in the House of Representatives and 32 years in the US Senate, but it would be impossible to cite a single piece of legislation with which he was associated that benefited the broad mass of the American people. As far as domestic affairs were concerned, he was best known for voting (in the House) against the bill that established a national holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In the Senate, he was the lone Republican among the “Keating Five,” senators who lobbied federal regulators on behalf of savings and loan swindler Charles Keating in 1987.

 

The political embarrassment caused by this episode, in which McCain narrowly avoided sanctions by the Senate Ethics Committee, led to his involvement in a decade-long effort to establish at least token limitations on corporate contributions to political campaigns. But the McCain-Feingold bill, as it became known, was ultimately gutted by the Supreme Court, which rejected most limitations on corporate purchasing of legislators as an infringement on “free speech.” Throughout his career, McCain was a reliable vote for the Republican right—for the Gramm-Rudman Act to slash federal social spending, for the impeachment conviction of President Bill Clinton, and for (with a few exceptions) measures to deregulate business and cut taxes for the wealthy.

 

The overriding feature of McCain’s career, however, was his reflexive hawkishness on foreign policy. He supported war after war, intervention after intervention, always promoting the use of force as the primary feature of American foreign policy, and always advocating the maximum allocation of resources to fuel the Pentagon. In his honor, after his diagnosis with brain cancer made it clear that he was unlikely to survive this year, his Senate colleagues named the 2018 version of the Pentagon budget bill the John McCain National Defense Authorization Act.

 

McCain’s identification with militarism began with his family background: his father and grandfather were both admirals and now have US Navy warships named after them. McCain graduated from the Naval Academy and became a pilot, leading to his capture in Vietnam and five-and-a-half years of imprisonment. No doubt the circumstances he faced there were very difficult, but any sympathy must be tempered by the fact that he became a POW after dropping bombs on largely defenseless people, making him a front-line participant in one of the greatest war crimes in history, the savage American onslaught on Vietnam.

 

As the World Socialist Web Site noted in a commentary published after McCain sought to lecture the Vietnamese in 2000 about their political and economic policies:

 

While McCain gives sermons to the Vietnamese, let us recall that American military forces carried out mass executions, bombed civilians, defoliated half the country, carried out rape and torture, burned villages, shot children, threw prisoners out of helicopters and cut off the ears of people both alive and dead, keeping them as mementos and trading them for cans of beer. Not every soldier perpetrated such crimes individually, of course, but the military intervention as a whole was of a brutal, anti-democratic, imperialist character, which inevitably found expression in such sadistic conduct.

 

Once freed following the Paris agreement between Washington and Hanoi, McCain came home a “war hero.” After his first marriage ended in divorce in 1980, McCain married Cindy Lou Hensley, the daughter of a multimillionaire beer distributor in Arizona. Now flush with money, McCain moved to Arizona to begin a career in Republican politics. First elected to the House of Representatives in 1982, he backed the US invasion of Grenada in 1983 and the Reagan administration policy of supporting fascist forces in Central America, including death squads in El Salvador and Guatemala and the contra terrorists at war with Nicaragua (he was on the board of the US Council for World Freedom, the American chapter of the World Anti-Communist League, for several years). After succeeding Barry Goldwater in the US Senate in 1986, he backed the first Bush administration’s invasion of Panama in 1989 and the full-scale American war against Iraq in 1990-91, during which hundreds of thousands of Iraqi conscripts were incinerated by American bombs, rockets and shells.

 

After some initial reluctance, McCain backed the Clinton administration’s military threats in Bosnia, including the bombing of Serb forces, and then in 1999 cheered the full-scale bombing of Serbia, declaring that the United States could accept no limitation on its military operations in support of its aims in Kosovo: “We’re in it, and we have to win it. This means we have to exercise every option.”

 

Like virtually every other Democrat and Republican, he supported the October 2001 invasion of Afghanistan, launching a war that is now approaching the end of its 17th year, the longest in American history.

 

It was in the second Iraq War that McCain played his most prominent and reactionary role, cosponsoring the 1998 Iraq Liberation Act, along with Democrat Joe Lieberman, endorsing the bombing of Iraq, first under Clinton and then George W. Bush, cheerleading the 2003 invasion and then pushing for a more aggressive use of force during the protracted US occupation, culminating in Bush’s “surge” of additional troops in 2006-2007.

 

McCain was a full-throated supporter of whatever lie the Bush administration chose as the basis of its war propaganda: Saddam Hussein’s alleged ties to terrorism; his possession of “weapons of mass destruction”; the desire to establish “democracy” in Iraq; and finally, the need to preserve “stability,” i.e., to deal with the consequences of the US destruction of Iraq as a functioning society.

 

Along the way, McCain found time to advocate military action against North Korea in 2003, US intervention in Iran in 2007, and US support for Georgia in the war between Russia and that Caucasian republic in 2008 (when he dispatched his wife Cindy to Tbilisi in a show of support).

 

Finally, in 2008, McCain won the presidential nomination of the Republican Party. Already in ill health, the 71-year-old nominee displayed his “love of country” by selecting the fascistic nitwit, Sarah Palin, as his running mate.

 

McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign was defeated, in part because of popular hostility to the war in Iraq, with which he was so identified, and partly because of his failure, during the financial crisis of September 2008, to respond as quickly as Obama to the demands of Wall Street for a full-scale federal bailout of the banks.

 

Throughout the Obama administration, McCain was a firm supporter of the Democratic president when he used military force, as in Libya, or threatened it, as in the South China Sea, and a critic when Obama pulled back, as in Syria. McCain and John Kerry introduced a Senate resolution to sanction the war in Libya, and McCain called for US air power to be used in “a heavier way.” In September 2013, McCain backed a resolution passed by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to give US support to military operations in Syria that would “change the momentum on the battlefield” and strengthen forces opposed to the regime of Bashar al-Assad. He repeatedly called for “more boots on the ground” for the US-backed war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

 

In October 2016, while the Democratic Party was focusing its presidential campaign on alleged Russian “meddling,” McCain authored an op-ed column published in the Wall Street Journal in which he indicted Russia for having “slaughtered countless civilians” in Syria through “relentless indiscriminate bombing.” There was no little irony in the former bomber of North Vietnam denouncing Russia for doing a tiny fraction of the damage inflicted by the “shock and awe” campaign in Iraq, which led to one million deaths and which McCain supported enthusiastically.

 

We have noted the embrace of McCain’s legacy by his supposed opponents in the Democratic Party. This is not merely the result of McCain’s support for the bogus allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 US elections, peddled by the Democrats and much of the military-intelligence apparatus. More than a decade ago, in the summer of 2004, there were back-channel discussions between Kerry and McCain, in which the Democratic nominee suggested the formation of a bipartisan presidential ticket, with McCain running as his vice-president, to oppose the reelection of George W. Bush. McCain toyed with the idea, but ultimately decided to remain with the Republicans.

 

In 2007, when his second campaign to seek the Republican presidential nomination was floundering in its initial stages, McCain was interviewed on the “60 Minutes” program on CBS about the mounting opposition to the war in Iraq. “At what point do you stop doing what you think is right and you start doing what the majority of the American people want?” he was asked. McCain responded, “I disagree with what the majority of the American people want.” The Wall Street Journal hailed this response—which essentially rejected popular sovereignty as the basis of democracy—as “McCain’s Finest Hour.”

 

It is this absolute commitment to the defense of American imperialism that endeared McCain to the US ruling elite as a whole and explains the outpouring of adulation over the weekend.

 

Patrick Martin

 

(2) Ralph Nader Demands McCain to Come Clean on Israel's 1967 Attack on the USS Liberty (2008)

 

http://www.votenader.org/media/2008/10/30/israelattack/

 

Nader Demands McCain to Come Clean on Israel's 1967 Attack on the USS Liberty

 

Thursday, October 30, 2008 at 12:00:00 AM

 

Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Marc Abizeid, 202-471-5833, marcabizeid@votenader.org; Toby Heaps, 202-471-5833, toby@votenader.org

 

Nader Calls on Senator McCain to Come Clean on What He Knows About Israel’s 1967 Attack on the USS Liberty

 

Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader today called on Senator John McCain to come clean on what he knows about the 1967 attack on the USS Liberty.

 

The attack killed 34 American soldiers and wounded more than 170.

 

The Israelis claim that the attack on the Liberty was an accident.

 

But the crew of the Liberty, and high ranking U.S. officials, including then-CIA director Richard Helms, then-Secretary of State Dean Rusk, as well as Admiral Thomas Hinman Moorer, former Chief of Naval Operations and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff — said the attack was deliberate.

 

Senator McCain’s father, John S. McCain Jr., at the time Commander in Chief, United States Naval Forces, Europe, rushed approval of an internal report exonerating Israel.

 

A few years ago, a Florida bankruptcy court judge, A. Jay Cristol, wrote a book — The Liberty Incident — accepting the Israeli thesis that the attack was an accident.

 

Senator McCain, against all evidence, gave an approving blurb to the book which read:

 

"After years of research for this book, Judge A. Jay Cristol has reached a similar conclusion to one my father reached in his June 18, 1967 endorsement of the findings of the court of inquiry. I commend Judge Cristol for his thoroughness and fairness, and I commend this work."

 

In a signed affidavit released at a 2003 Capitol Hill news conference, retired Captain Ward Boston, a former Navy attorney who helped lead the military investigation into the 1967 Israeli attack on the Liberty, said that former President Lyndon Johnson and his defense secretary, Robert McNamara, ordered that the inquiry conclude the incident was an accident.

 

Boston said Johnson and McNamara told those heading the Navy’s inquiry to "conclude that the attack was a case of ‘mistaken identity’ despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary."

 

According to press reports, Boston was senior legal counsel to the Navy’s original 1967 review of the attack.

 

Boston said in the sworn statement that he stayed silent for years because he’s a military man, and "when orders come … I follow them."

 

Boston said he felt compelled to "share the truth" following the publication Cristol’s book — which concluded the attack was unintentional.

 

"The evidence is overwhelming that the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty was not an accident," Nader said. "I call on Senator McCain to search his conscience and tell the truth about what he knows about the cover up of this Israeli attack that killed 34 American sailors and wounded 170 other American sailors on that clearly identified U.S. Navy technical research ship."

 

(3) John McCain backs Jewish zionist A. Jay Cristol's exoneration of Israel

 

https://www.amazon.com/Liberty-Incident-1967-Israeli-Attack/dp/1574885367

 

The Liberty Incident: The 1967 Israeli Attack on the U.S. Navy Spy

 

February 23, 2003

 

by A. Jay Cristol

 

After years of research for this book, Judge A. Jay Cristol has reached a similar conclusion to one my father reached in his June 18, 1967, endorsement of the findings of the court of inquiry. I commend Judge Cristol for his thoroughness and fairness, and I commend this work. -" Sen. John McCain

 

(4) McCain called Trump's meeting with Putin 'disgraceful’ and ‘tragic’

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2018/07/16/disgraceful-and-tragic-john-mccains-excoriation-of-trump-on-russia-annotated/?utm_term=.374cdfc4289e

 

‘Disgraceful’ and ‘tragic’: John McCain’s excoriation of Trump on Russia

 

By Amber Phillips

 

July 16 at 3:11 PM

 

Hands down, one of the harshest criticisms comes from a leader of his own party, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). McCain issued a statement hours after Trump and Putin gave a joint news conference, calling Trump's performance “disgraceful.”

 

McCain, who is at home in Arizona battling brain cancer, is Trump's leading GOP antagonist. He has issued several takedowns of Trump's worldview over the past year. But McCain's statement on Trump's performance in Helsinki is so blistering that it stands alone and is worth spending time on. Here's the full statement, annotated. Click on the highlighted text to read the annotations:

 

“Today’s press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory. The damage inflicted by President Trump’s naivete, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate. But it is clear that the summit in Helsinki was a tragic mistake.

 

“President Trump proved not only unable, but unwilling to stand up to Putin. He and Putin seemed to be speaking from the same script as the president made a conscious choice to defend a tyrant against the fair questions of a free press, and to grant Putin an uncontested platform to spew propaganda and lies to the world.

 

“It is tempting to describe the press conference as a pathetic rout — as an illustration of the perils of under-preparation and inexperience. But these were not the errant tweets of a novice politician. These were the deliberate choices of a president who seems determined to realize his delusions of a warm relationship with Putin’s regime without any regard for the true nature of his rule, his violent disregard for the sovereignty of his neighbors, his complicity in the slaughter of the Syrian people, his violation of international treaties, and his assault on democratic institutions throughout the world.

 

“Coming close on the heels of President Trump’s bombastic and erratic conduct towards our closest friends and allies in Brussels and Britain, today’s press conference marks a recent low point in the history of the American presidency. That the president was attended in Helsinki by a team of competent and patriotic advisers makes his blunders and capitulations all the more painful and inexplicable.

 

“No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant. Not only did President Trump fail to speak the truth about an adversary; but speaking for America to the world, our president failed to defend all that makes us who we are — a republic of free people dedicated to the cause of liberty at home and abroad. American presidents must be the champions of that cause if it is to succeed. Americans are waiting and hoping for President Trump to embrace that sacred responsibility. One can only hope they are not waiting totally in vain.”

 

(5) McCain's 'tireless and treacherous record of warmaking'

 

https://21stcenturywire.com/2018/08/26/remembering-john-mccain/

 

Remembering John McCain

 

AUGUST 26, 2018

 

BY 21WIRE {Patrick Henningsen}

 

U.S. Senator John McCain died Saturday after a long battle with brain cancer. McCain was 81 years old. In his final hours, the self-proclaimed “maverick” Republican from Arizona turned down further medical treatment.

 

As the Sunday news programs made their final edits on what would be a weekend of nonstop tributes, we couldn’t help but reflect on this man’s tireless and treacherous record of warmaking – death and destruction visited upon people all over the world because of his dedicated public service to the industry of war. Here’s but a sampling of what we and others had to say about his legacy.

 

You will not find a word of this spoken on the corporate media circuit. These outlets are too busy filling their coffers with advertising dollars, and their board seats with individuals, from the same war industrial complex…

 

Sarah Abdallah @sahouraxo

 

 John McCain heavily promoted the lies that led to the Iraq war.

 

He championed the NATO bombing of Libya.

 

He supported & armed the jihadists destroying Syria.

 

He played a role in bringing neo-Nazis to power in Ukraine & backed Saudi Arabia’s genocide in Yemen.

 

He was no hero.

 

Bernie Sanders @SenSanders

 

John McCain was an American hero, a man of decency and honor and a friend of mine. He will be missed not just in the U.S. Senate but by all Americans who respect integrity and independence. Jane and I send our deepest condolences to his family.

 

John Pilger @johnpilger

 

 The Guardian describes the late John McCain as a "war hero". As a pilot in Vietnam, McCain cravenly bombed a mostly undefended country of civilians.  When he was skilfully brought down, his life was saved by the very people he was trying to harm.  A true American plastic hero.

 

George Galloway @georgegalloway

 

 Was #JohnMcCain a hero because he bombed the defenceless people of Vietnam? Or because he ceaselessly prosecuted war in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, the Ukraine? Or was it because he wanted to “Bomb Bomb Iran” to the tune of Barbara Ann? Asking for some dead friends...

 

Crimes of USA @CrimesofUS

 

 John McCain supported the destruction of Libya. He supported the war on Syria. He not only supported terrorists in Libya and Syria but gave them arms and cash. McCain also supported neo-Nazis in Ukraine. Your archetypal US war criminal through and through.

 

Bryan MacDonald @27khv

 

 Today’s eye-opener: the amount of supposedly centrist, liberal European politicians retweeting eulogies to John McCain. Because if he had been European, he’d have been seen as a hardcore, conservative, nationalist militarist. I guess this shows the sheer power of US propaganda.

 

????? ????????? @poroshenko

 

Sad news for all Ukrainian people - died a great friend of Ukraine Senator John McCain.

 

We will never forget his invaluable contribution to the development of democracy and freedom in Ukraine and the support of our state.

 

Condolences to the family and all American people.

 

(6) McCain lobbied for TOW missiles and MANPADs to be sent to Syria rebels

 

https://sputniknews.com/analysis/201808261067488240-mccain-deep-state-relationship/

 

27 AUGUST 2018

 

Prominent American independent journalist Patrick Henningsen has discussed the passing of US Senator John McCain with Radio Sputnik, explaining the divisive nature of the late politician’s figure and his relationship with the so-called “deep state.”

 

Sputnik: The news of Mr. McCain’s death has drawn mixed emotions across the international public. Why was his figure so divisive?

 

Patrick Henningsen: John McCain is a very divisive political character, so [he] made a lot of enemies over the years in politics. And he was quite assertive and he put himself really out front on a lot of controversial issues, and I think that probably one of the one of the most controversial aspects of John McCain, what he stood for, really was pushing for military intervention and the application of hard power by the United States in overseas war theaters, and actively lobbying to arm what he called “the moderate rebels” in Syria which we now know were a strain of al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist groups.

 

He actively lobbied for TOW missiles and MANPADs to be sent to them in order to turn the tide of that war, when in effect what it did was extend the war in Syria, and has succeeded in flooding the region with illicit arms and weapons that has caused untold suffering. So I can understand why there are a lot of people who would oppose his militaristic stances on Syria, Libya, Yemen and also on Ukraine. And his career in Vietnam as well, if you want to add that, there’s no shortage of people lining up to oppose what he stood for.

 

Sputnik: I remember in recent times, one of the incidents that first brought Mr. McCain to my attention was when he was in Kiev, Ukraine at the time and actively encouraging the public to go against the democratically voted-in parliament; that was 2014, of course when the uprising and the new Western-oriented government came in. Would you say then that Mr. McCain was very much part of the deep state, the American geopolitical culture that so embedded the country in recent years?

 

Patrick Henningsen: Yeah, I think that if anybody embodies the deep state or embodies the unofficial forces that really conduct power in Washington along the lines of the Pentagon, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Department of Defense in general, it is John McCain; he embodies that unseen sort of hidden hand.

 

The problem with John McCain is that, I think, sneaking into Syria and being photographed with militants, being on stage with Svoboda and Right Sector lobbying for lethal aid to the Ukraine and aligning himself with neo-Nazi factions there prior to the Maidan coup, he’s going to attract a lot of warranted criticism, unfortunately. But because he represented the deep state interests, he was absolutely ring-fenced and protected by the mainstream media in the United States.

 

(7) John McCain an agent of the Deep State -  E. Michael Jones

 

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/04/03/557345/Senators-Graham-and-McCain-complete-operatives-of-US-Deep-State

 

Graham and McCain complete operatives of US Deep State: Analyst

 

Tue Apr 3, 2018 06:33PM

 

Hawkish Republican Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain are complete operatives of the US Deep State, which wants to keep wars going in the Middle East, says E. Michael Jones, a political analyst in Indiana.

 

Jones, a writer, former professor, media commentator and the current editor of the Culture Wars magazine, made the remarks in a phone interview with Press TV on Tuesday.

 

Graham on Sunday warned President Donald Trump against pulling American forces from Syria, saying it would lead to a re-emergence of the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group and increased Iranian influence over the Syrian government.

 

"It’d be the single worst decision the president could make," Graham, a Republican member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in an interview with Fox News.

 

"We got ISIL (Daesh) on the ropes. You want to let 'em off the ropes, remove American soldiers," Graham said.

 

Commenting on this, Jones said, “This is completely preposterous. These people were proxies of the United States to begin with. If the United States is not supporting them, they will not come back.”

 

(8) McCain photograph with ISIS terrorists

 

https://endoftheageheadlines.wordpress.com/2017/03/05/its-time-to-investigate-john-mccains-ties-to-isis/

 

Photo of McCain with ISIS leaders is at https://endoftheageheadlines.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/serveimage-21.jpeg?w=600

 

IT’S TIME TO INVESTIGATE JOHN MCCAIN’S TIES TO ISIS

 

PROOF THAT JOHN “INSANE” MCCAIN HELPED CREATE ISIS: It is not simply Democrats who are mounting a coup against President Donald Trump! John McCain is essentially the political spokesman for the surveillance state that is leaking and faking information to discredit or entrap Trump, the deep state who have set the world on fire with “regime change.” It was an open “secret” that our government armed and created ISIS even before the John Kerry tapes surfaced. Yet McCain continues to meet with ISIS and Al Qaeda terrorists, sneaking across the border to meet with them at the end of February. McCain’s policy of creating & aiding ISIS for regime change is NOT Trump’s policy of destroying ISIS. Why is his secret meeting not aiding & abetting terrorists and seditious conspiracy?

 

(9) McCain continues to meet with ISIS/Al Qaeda terrorists

 

https://www.infowars.com/investigate-this-mccains-ties-to-isis/

 

INVESTIGATE THIS: MCCAIN’S TIES TO ISIS

 

Why is his secret meeting not “aiding & abetting terrorists” and “seditious conspiracy”?

 

Infowars.com - MARCH 4, 2017

 

It is not simply Democrats who are mounting a coup against Trump. John McCain is essentially the political spokesman for the surveillance state that is leaking and faking information to discredit or entrap Trump — the deep state who have set the world on fire with “regime change.”

 

It was an open “secret” that our government armed and created ISIS even before the Kerry tapes surfaced. Yet McCain continues to meet with ISIS/Al Qaeda terrorists, sneaking across the border to meet with them at the end of February.

 

McCain’s policy of creating & aiding ISIS for regime change is NOT Trump’s policy of destroying ISIS.

 

Why is his secret meeting not aiding & abetting terrorists and seditious conspiracy?

 

(10) John McCain Praises Father’s Whitewashing of Israel’s Attack on the USS LIBERTY!

 

http://america-hijacked.com/2011/09/02/john-mccain-praises-fathers-whitewashing-of-israels-attack-on-the-uss-liberty/

 

September 2nd, 2011 | Author: Patriot

 

“After years of research for this book, Judge A. Jay Cristol (an Israel firster of Jewish descent) has reached a similar conclusion to one my father reached in his June 18, 1967, endorsement of the findings of the court of inquiry. I commend Judge Cristol for his thoroughness and fairness, and I commend this work.” – SEN. JOHN McCAIN

 

Ralph Nader calls into question John McCain’s patriotism and loyalty to the United States: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0q7yEnMjQ6U

 

USS Liberty survivors Stan White and Phil Tourney on John McCain and admiral Father’s role in USS Liberty cover-up: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_VYNWAqn7o

 

Captain Ward Boston mentioned John McCain’s admiral Father and his association with ongoing USS Liberty cover-up in following youtube:

 

Captain Ward Boston’s Testimony Regarding USS Liberty Cover-Up: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytHtFh_MPpU

 

Liberty Cover-Up and John McCain’s Conscience http://dissidentvoice.org/July2004/Hughes0712.htm

 

Liberty Survivors Invoke Benghazi, Demand Hearings: http://www.military.com/daily-news/2013/06/07/liberty-survivors-invoke-benghazi.html

 

Following comment shows in comments section at bottom of above article:

 

WHY McCain doesn’t want to talk: –

 

There are Two Main reasons why Senator John McCain wants to keep the attack on the USS Liberty buried.

 

1-  McCain’s Father (Admiral John S McCain) was in charge of US Naval Forces in Europe at the time of the attack and Admiral McCain was involved in the COVER-UP, of the attack on the Liberty.

 

2-  In America, huge sums of Money are needed to Win Elections at the National Level.  (Congress, President)   Wealthy American Jews give huge sums of Cash to Pro-Israeli Congressmen and Congresswomen. Anyone deemed to be “anti-Israel” is cut off from Funding.  As a result, it’s very hard to Win an Election at the National Level, unless the candidate is a full time stooge to the powerful US Israeli Lobby.  (AIPAC)

 

John McCain confronted about USS Liberty cover-up & Media Accomplices: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2d0CKXy8HQ&list=PL32A3140D59BF5772&feature=plpp_play_all

 

John McCain Confronted About USS Liberty Cover-up Memorial Day 2012: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWyjykrLbvU

 

McCain and Israel’s Bombing of the U.S.S. Liberty: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0q7yEnMjQ6U

 

Liberty Survivors Invoke Benghazi, Demand Hearings (that Israeli first traitor McCain ignores): http://www.military.com/daily-news/2013/06/07/liberty-survivors-invoke-benghazi.html

 

New USS Liberty documentary (‘The Day Israel Attacked America’): http://america-hijacked.com/2014/10/30/the-day-israel-attacked-america/

 

Six Days of War, 40 Years of Secrecy: http://www.theage.com.au/news/opinion/six-days-of-war-40-years-of-secrecy/2007/05/26/1179601730257.html

 

Former US Navy JAGC Merlin Staring said USS Liberty attack deliberate http://www.uss-liberty.com/2010/05/01/statement-of-rear-admiral-merlin-h-staring-jagc-usn-ret/

 

‘USS Liberty’ veterans demand investigation:  http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/viewpoints/articles/0603liberty0603.html

 

BBC Documentary on the USS Liberty: “Dead in the Water”: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3319663041501647311

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ujoc1DYjuPE

 

USS Liberty Cover Up – Full Documentary – “The Loss Of Liberty”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZluFfyQ7sAI

 

Israel’s deadly attack on USS Liberty emerges from the past: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f98jxoUUrzg

 

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: SURVIVOR OF ISRAELI ATTACK REVEALS SECRETS OF 1967 HIGH SEAS MASSACRE and MCCAIN, BACHMANN CONFRONTED OVER “INCIDENT”

 

[[Big, big articles by AFP re interviews with Phil Tourney and James Morris]]

 

http://americanfreepress.net/?p=2309

 

http://www.uss-liberty.com/2012/01/14/exclusive-interview-survivor-of-israeli-attack-reveals-secrets-of-1967-high-seas-massacre/

 

Look what Admiral Thomas Moorer (former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff) had to say during an interview!:

 

“I’ve never seen a President — I don’t care who he is — stand up to them. It just boggles the mind. They always get what they want. The Israelis know what is going on all the time. I got to the point where I wasn’t writing anything down. If the American people understood what a grip these people have got on our government, they would RISE UP IN ARMS. Our citizens certainly don’t have any idea what goes on.” – Admiral Thomas H. Moorer, US Navy & Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff during interview on 24 August 1983

 

Admiral Thomas Moorer Rejects Israel’s Excuse http://www.ussliberty.org/moorer3.htm

 

Israeli Attack on U.S. Navy Ship Led to Cover-Up (By Admiral Thomas Moorer) http://www.wrmea.com/component/content/article/259-2004-march/5021-israeli-attack-on-us-navy-ship-led-to-cover-up.html

 

Admiral Moorer mentioned at following URL as well:  “No American President can stand up to Israel.” http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18192.htm Scroll down to link for George Washington’s ‘Farewell Address’ (warning US to avoid passionate attachments and entangling alliances for foreign nations like we have with Israel which is taking US down as conveyed via  http://tinyurl.com/motivation911  as well) to read at bottom of http://astandforjustice.org

 

Read via following article by former Republican Congressman Paul Findley why the USS Liberty attack/cover-up still matters even to this day:

 

The High Cost of Subservience to Israel (by Paul Findley): http://america-hijacked.com/2011/05/30/the-high-cost-of-subservience-to-israel-by-paul-findley/

 

 

 

 

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John McCain: When ‘Tokyo Rose’ Ran for President

 

 

 

 

John McCain, above, is shown with his father, Admiral John S. McCain Jr., after his release from a North Vietnamese prison camp in 1973. PHOTO: TheItem.com/HBO

 

 

What Was John McCain’s True Wartime Record in Vietnam?

 

 

By Ron Unz | 9 March 2015

 

THE UNZ REVIEW — Although the memory has faded in recent years, during much of the second half of the twentieth century the name “Tokyo Rose” ranked very high in our popular consciousness, probably second only to “Benedict Arnold” as a byword for American treachery during wartime. The story of Iva Ikuko Toguri, the young Japanese-American woman who spent her wartime years broadcasting popular music laced with enemy propaganda to our suffering troops in the Pacific Theater was well known to everyone, and her trial for treason after the war, which stripped her of her citizenship and sentenced her to a long prison term, made the national headlines.

 

The actual historical facts seem to have been somewhat different than the popular myth. Instead of a single “Tokyo Rose” there were actually several such female broadcasters, with Ms. Toguri not even being the earliest, and their identities merged in the minds of the embattled American GIs. But she was the only one ever brought to trial and punished, although her own radio commentary turned out to have been almost totally innocuous. The plight of a young American-born woman alone on a family visit who became trapped behind enemy lines by the sudden outbreak of war was obviously a difficult one, and desperately taking a job as an English-language music announcer hardly fits the usual notion of treason. Indeed, after her release from federal prison, she avoided deportation and spent the rest of her life quietly running a grocery shop in Chicago. Postwar Japan soon became our closest ally in Asia and once wartime passions had sufficiently cooled she was eventually pardoned by President Gerald Ford and had her U.S. citizenship restored.

 

Despite these extremely mitigating circumstances in Ms. Toguri’s particular case, we should not be too surprised at America’s harsh treatment of the poor woman upon her return home from Japan. All normal countries ruthlessly punish treason and traitors, and these terms are often expansively defined in the aftermath of a bitter war. Perhaps in a topsy-turvy Monty Python world, wartime traitors would be given medals, feted at the White House, and become national heroes, but any real-life country that allowed such insanity would surely be set on the road to oblivion. If Tokyo Rose’s wartime record had launched her on a successful American political career and nearly gave her the presidency, we would know for a fact that some cruel enemy had spiked our national water supply with LSD.

 

The political rise of Sen. John McCain leads me to suspect that in the 1970s some cruel enemy had spiked our national water supply with LSD.