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              The Manchurian Candidate


The following are excerpts from articles from newspapers with links.

After being periodically slapped around for "three or four days" by his captors who wanted military information from him, McCain called for an officer on his fourth day of captivity. He told the officer, "O.K., I'll give you military information if you will take me to the hospital."
U.S. News and World Report, May 14, 1973 article written by former
POW John McCain
McCain was taken to Gai Lam military hospital.
(U.S. government documents)

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Try to separate the real John McCain from the mythical John McCain.

Senator Goes Missing Where are the soldiers?
The MIA-POW issue the press never asks McCain about.

by Sydney H. Schanberg
The Village Voice/June 7th, 2005 10:28 AM

There is one part of his record, however, that the press almost never asks
him about. They never ask why this decorated navy pilot and Vietnam P.O.W.
has spent so much of his time and energy as a senator pushing through
legislation to block the release of information about American P.O.W.'s
and M.I.A.'s who are still not accounted for.


Working hand in hand with the Pentagon and the intelligence community, McCain has kept hidden critical documents about a body of prisoners who were alive but secretly held back by Hanoi when the war ended as bargaining fuel for war reparations. They were never returned. They are now merely listed as either dead or missing in action. Seven successive presidents, starting with Richard Nixon, have privately endorsed this cover-up and blackout on P.O.W. documents?while claiming to have directed the Pentagon and the intelligence agencies to declassify everything possible. Sure. And all your toys are made by Santa's elves.
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The MIA-POW issue the press never asks McCain about

The traitor talks                                     

He was shot down over Truc Bach Lake near Hanoi on 26 October 1967. It was his 23rd sortie over North Vietnam.

He has given conflicting accounts of what happened to him from the moment he ejected.

In the following pages you will find transcripts of official traffic. FBIS reports, DOD Message Traffic concerning interviews that this man gave from captivity to foreign correspondents beginning just four (4) days after his shootdown.

From time to time he has referenced the fact that the enemy had broken him. That he was tortured into submission. In an article that he himself wrote for Us News & World Report ? for the May 14, 1973 edition, he wrote that after several days in a cell with injuries that he told one of his guards, "OK, get the officer." He relates how an officer, "a psychotic torturer, one of the worst fiends we had to deal with," came into the room. "OK, I will give you military information if you will take me to the hospital."

But this conflicts with what he told one of the correspondents not days after his shoot down. In official Department of Defense traffic, this American POW is quoted stating he was immediately taken to a hospital.

Is John McCain a War Hero?
Continued from page 7
Published: March 25, 1999

The most infamous McCain/family encounter took place in 1996 in the hallway of the Russell Senate Office Building, outside McCain's office.

Carol Hrdlicka was in Washington for a POW/MIA event. She and a group of other family members were gathering to try to meet with McCain. As Hrdlicka recalls it, she and two others were early. They bumped into McCain in the hallway as he walked down the hall to another office.

"Down the hall he comes, and I said, 'Senator McCain, are you coming back?'" Hrdlicka recalls. She hadn't seen him in years, since the Senate Select Committee hearings, and he obviously didn't recognize her.

"'Oh, yeah,' he says, 'I'll be back in a minute.'"
In the meantime, the group of more than a dozen family members gathered, including one woman who was wheelchair-bound--right outside the office McCain had stepped into. He emerged into the crowd.

"What's really funny is, when he thinks you're just a regular civilian, he's got all these smiles on his face," Hrdlicka says.

But the family members started talking and, Hrdlicka says, the smile faded. She says the senator shoved Jeanette Jenkins, who was pushing her aunt's wheelchair, against the wall, in his haste to escape. Hrdlicka took off after McCain. He stopped in front of an elevator.

"I stepped in front of him and I said, 'Senator McCain, David Hrdlicka is still sitting over there,' . . . and he says, 'You just don't understand.' And I said, 'I understand.' I said, 'I understand. David Hrdlicka is still sitting over there and you're here.' And at this point the elevator opens and he steps on and he says, 'Well, you just don't understand,' and I said, 'Yes I do, you're a traitor.' And at that point the doors shut."

Hrdlicka, Jenkins and Jane Duke Gaylor, the woman in the wheelchair, all complained to the nate Ethics Committee. No action was ever taken.
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Is John McCain a War Hero?

Col. Bui Tin, a former Senior Colonel in the North Vietnamese Army (he had actually interrogated McCain and other U.S. prisoners) testified before the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs in 1992.
At least 55 American POWs were murdered by their interrogators and guards while in North Vietnamese prisoner of war camps.
Pictured above: During a break in the hearing, Sen. McCain moved to where Col. Bui Tin was seated and warmly embraced him as if he were a long lost brother.
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Col. Bui Tin

McCain, Cornyn Engage in Heated Exchange
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) hasn't spent much time in the Capitol this year as he seeks the GOP presidential nomination. But one of his rare appearances this week provided a pretty salty exchange with a fellow Republican.

During a meeting Thursday on immigration legislation, McCain and Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) got into a shouting match when Cornyn started voicing concerns about the number of judicial appeals that illegal immigrants could receive, according to multiple sources -- both Democrats and Republicans -- who heard firsthand accounts of the exchange from lawmakers who were in the room.

At a bipartisan gathering in an ornate meeting room just off the Senate floor, McCain complained that Cornyn was raising petty objections to a compromise plan being worked out between Senate Republicans and Democrats and the White House. He used a curse word associated with chickens and accused Cornyn of raising the issue just to torpedo a deal.

Things got really heated when Cornyn accused McCain of being too busy campaigning for president to take part in the negotiations, which have gone on for months behind closed doors. "Wait a second here," Cornyn said to McCain. "I've been sitting in here for all of these negotiations and you just parachute in here on the last day. You're out of line."
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McCain shows his temper again

Definition of  Treason:

Under Article III, Section 3, of the Constitution, any person who levies war against the United States or adheres to its enemies by giving them Aid and Comfort has committed treason within the meaning of the Constitution. The term aid and comfort refers to any act that manifests a betrayal of allegiance to the United States, such as furnishing enemies with arms, troops, transportation, shelter, or classified information. If a subversive act has any tendency to weaken the power of the United States to attack or resist its enemies, aid and comfort has been given.

Definition of Traitor:
Noun 1. traitor - someone who betrays his country by committing treason
2. traitor - a person who says one thing and does another

What you make of this information is up to you. 
My feelings are clear. 
He betrayed his brothers in arms in Viet Nam.
If he's elected president of United States, he'll betray this country. 
His mistreatment of the families of POW/MIA's over many years is unforgivable. 

The dilemma this election year is that the other choices are just as bad, if not worse.