FROM PHOENIX, ARIZONA Topic: NORTH AMERICAN AFFAIRS
PHOENIX, Apr. 20, 1997 - Remember Senator John McCain of Arizona - the "American hero" who miraculously survived years of imprisonment in a North Vietnamese POW camp? If you're to believe Ted Sampley, publisher of the "U.S. Veterans Dispatch," McCain "is a fraud, a collaborator, and a danger to the security of the United States.... He is a phony 'Rhinestone hero.'"
Wow! What a contrast from the official public portrait of this American "patriot!"
Meanwhile, here's what the "Butcher Kiet," one of the North Vietnamese who allegedly relished torturing and killing the American POW's, said in an interview with the TIME magazine some two years ago (April 1995):
Now a little more about Vo Van Kiet and one of our senators who supported the "normalization" of relations:
TiM Ed.: As would the "Vietnam war hero" - Senator John McCain of Arizona. And he would have to explain a few other "perks" which he appears to have enjoyed as a POW, if the accounts of some POW sources are to be believed. Which closes the loop of his likeness with one Bill Klinton.
Isn't it amazing, therefore, that in our "free enterprise" society, which is supposed to ensure that the "the cream always rises to the top," actually the gutter-snakes made it to the top? While the likes of the Versace's got a bullet in the back of the head. What kind of a society does that make America today? A ROTTEN ONE, if you ask this writer...
Here's the full text of Ted Sampley's report, as also shown at: http//www.ueib.com/ueibdiscussion/_disc1/00000181.htm
ARIZONA'S JOHN McCAIN:
A Fraud, "Rhinestone Hero," and National Security Risk
A Special Two-Part Series Article by Ted Sampley
THE U.S. VETERAN DISPATCH, JULY 1995, SPECIAL EDITION
John McCain the second-term Republican senator from Arizona and former Navy pilot captured and held prisoner during the Vietnam War, is a fraud, collaborator, and danger to the security of the United States because he is being black-mailed by the COMMUNIST Vietnamese. He is a phony--a "rhinestone hero."
While a prisoner of war, McCain was treated as a "special prisoner," with privileges including being given his own private and affectionate nurse.
McCain's treatment as a "special prisoner" is a contradiction to his much publicized image of a great war hero who was severely tortured and kept in solitary confinement for long period's of time because he refused to break during interrogation.
Ted Guy, a former Air Force Colonel held 5 1/2 years by the Vietnamese and McCain's senior ranking officer (SRO) in the POW camp, told the U.S. Veteran Dispatch he cannot remember the communists ever laying a hand on McCain.
Other sources have told the U.S. Veteran Dispatch that the Vietnamese are holding as much as fifty hours of film footage secretly taken of McCain during the time his KGB-trained handlers had him isolated from other U.S. prisoners of war.
Some of the film, according to the sources, is of McCain receiving special privileges during the time he claims he was being tortured and held in long-term solitary confinement.
The sources say interrogators have candid camera footage of McCain with the nurse, who allegedly supplied him with more than just medical attention during those lonely days and nights in so-called solitary confinement.
In June 1992, Trung Hieu, a film director from the Vietnamese Ministry of Culture and former North Vietnamese Army photographer, told the U.S. Veteran Dispatch that Hanoi does have considerable film of POW McCain and some of it involves a Vietnamese woman.
Trung, who worked during the war as an official photographer in North Vietnam's POW camps, was in the United States seeking political asylum when he told the U.S. Veterans Dispatch about the film.
Trung also said that during the war he photographed a nearly intact B-52 bomber, which was shot down at the edge of an air field near Hanoi in December 1972. He said the North Vietnamese traded the B-52 and some of its surviving crew members to the Soviets for three MIG-23 jet interceptors. Trung said the Soviets wanted to interrogate the crew about U.S. electronic warfare.
Trung said he took movie film of an American F-111 fighter bomber also shot down in 1972. He said the F-111 capsule, along with the surviving crew, was sent to China. The crew, according to Trung, was later returned to Hanoi.
McCain, who was a member of the 1992 Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs, argued emotionally during the hearings that "none of the returned U.S. prisoners of war released by Vietnam were ever interrogated by the Soviets."
Trung has said Hanoi has a large, secret vault containing shelves loaded with POW/MIA related film, which it has never allowed the U.S. government to view.
Gene Brown, who was employed by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) for a period of time in 1992 and 1993, told the U.S. Veteran Dispatch that, while in Hanoi, he had been inside a vault which contained wall-to-wall film and that there appeared to be approximately 50 hours of film about McCain.
Brown, who was in Hanoi secretly working for the DIA under the code name "Druid Smoke" succeeded in smuggling nearly 4,500 photographs out of Hanoi by buying them from Communist officials with money supplied by the DIA. The photos, most of which had never been seen by the U.S. government, were taken during the Vietnam War and depicted, Americans killed in the war and the wreckage of many U.S. aircraft.
To avoid embarrassing the COMMUNISTS, USG officials declared the release of Brown's black market photographs "important progress" and "unprecedented cooperation" toward resolving the POW/MIA issue and publicly thanked the Vietnamese for their cooperation.
Garnett Bell, a 30 year employee of DOD and former chief of the U.S. office for POW/MIA Affairs in Hanoi, told the U.S. Veteran Dispatch that he had actually seen some film footage of McCain taken by the Vietnamese when McCain did not know he was being filmed.
Last month the United Press International (UPI) quoted the Cambodian Khmer Rouge accusing McCain of being a "Vietnamese Agent."
"Who is John McCain?" the rebel group asked rhetorically in a radio broad-case monitored in Bangkok.
"He is Vietnamese. He has a Vietnamese wife and Vietnamese children. He is an American by nationality, but he is a Vietnamese agent..."
MCCAIN THE COLLABORATOR
From the first days of McCain's captivity, he seriously violated the Military Code of Conduct, which outlines the basic responsibilitiese and obligations of members of the Armed Forces of the United States who have been captured by the enemy.
According to documentation obtained by the U.S. Veteran Dispatch, not only did POW McCain promise to give the COMMUNISTS "military information" in exchange for special hospital care not ordinarily available to U.S. prisoners, but he also made numerous anti-war radio broadcasts.
Article V of the Code of Conduct is very specific in declaring that U.S. military personnel are required to avoid answering questions to the utmost of their ability and to make no oral or written statements disloyal to the United States and its allies or harmful to their cause. Any violation of this code is considered collaborating with the enemy.
The following is McCain's own admission of collaboration in an article he wrote, printed May 14, 1973 in U.S. News and World Report:
"I think it was on the fourth day [after being shot down] that two guards came in, instead of one. One of them pulled back the blanket to show the other guard my injury. I looked at my knee. It was about the size, shape and color od a football. I remembered that when I was a flying instructor a fellow had ejected from his plane and broken his thigh. He had gone into shock, the blood had pooled in his leg, and he died, which came as quite a surprise to us - a man dying of a broken leg. Then I realized that a very similar thing was happening to me.
"When I saw it, I said to the guard, `O.K., get the officer.'"
"An officer came in after a few minutes. It was the man that we came to know very well as "The Bug." He was a psychotic torturer, one of the worst fiends that we had to deal with. I said, `O.K., I'll give you military information if you will take me to the hospital.'"
THE ADMIRAL'S SON GETS "SPECIAL" TREATMENT
McCain claims it was only a coincidence that, about the same time he was begging to be taken to a hospital, the Vietnamese learned his father was Admiral John S. McCain, Jr., commander of all U.S. forces in Europe and soon-to-be commander of all U.S. forces in the Pacific, including Vietnam.
McCain does concede he survived because the Vietnamese learned who his father was, rushing him to a hospital where his wounds were eagery treated.
The former POW admitted in the U.S. News and World Report article that the Vietnamese usually left other U.S. prisoners with similar wounds to die, not wishing to waste medication on them. McCain pointed out "there were hardly any amputees among the prisoners who came back because the North Vietnamese just would not give medical treatment to someone who was badly injured. They weren't going to waste their time."
McCain has failed to mention what he has confided to another U.S. prisoner, that since the Vietnamese felt they had in their hands such a "special prisoner" and propaganda bonanza, a Soviet surgeon was called in to treat him.
The COMMUNISTS figured that because POW McCain's father was of such high military rank, McCain was of royalty or the governing circle. They bragged that they had captured "the crown prince."
His COMMUNIST handlers believed McCain, because he came from a "royal-family", would, when finally released, return to the United States to some important U.S. miltary or government job. Communist Interrogators and psychological warfare experts drooled at the thought.
McCain's handlers were very much aware that he would be under great psychological pressure not to do or say anything that would tarnigh the name of his famous military family.
In fact, the COMMUNISTS considered that to be the key to eventually breaking and then "turning" their "special" prisoner, using blackmail if necessary.
According to U.S. government documents, within a week of POW McCain being transferred to the Gai Lam military hospital, the Hanoi press began quoting him giving specific military information.
One report dated Nov. 9, 1967 read, "The question of the correspondent, McCain answered: "My assignment in to the Oriskany, I told myself, was due to serious losses of pilots, which were sustained by this aircraft carrier (due to raids on the North Vietnamese Territory * VNA), and which necessitated replacements. From 10 to 12 pilots were transferred like me from the forest to the Oriskany. Before I was shot down, we had made several sorties. Al together, I made about 23 flights over North Vietnam."
In that article, McCain was further quoted describing the number of aircraft in his flight, information about rescue ships, and the order of which his attack was supposed to take place.
Six weeks after McCain was shot down, he was taken from the hospital and delivered to Room No. 11 of "The Plantation" and into the hands of two other POWs, who helped further nurse him along until he was eventually able to walk by himself.
Afterwards, his handlers isolated "special prisoner", McCain from other American prisoners and made him the target of intense psychological programs.
MCCAIN CONTINUOUSLY VIOLATES THE CODE OF CONDUCT
In direct violation of the Code of Conduct, McCain, who was supposedly in solitary confinement, met with and was interviewed by several foreign news reporters and political delegations, including many high-ranking North Vietnamese leaders, such as Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap, North Vietnam's Minister of Defense and natinal hero.
Through the Freedom of Information Act, the U.S. Veteran Dispatch acquired a declassified Department of Defense (DOD) transcript of an interview prominent french television reporter Francois Chalais had with McCain.
Chalais told of his private interview with POW McCain in a series titled "Life in Hanoi", which was aired in Europe. In the series, Chalais said his neeting with McCain was "a meeting which will leave its mark on my life."
"My meeting with John Sidney McCain was certainly one of those meetings which will affect me most profoundly for the rest of my life. I had asked the North Vietnamese authorities to allow me to peronally interrogate an American Prisoners. They authorized me to do so. When night fell, they took me --- without any precautions or mystery --- to a hospital near the Gia Lam airport reserved for the military (passage omitted). The officer who receives me begins: "I ask you not to ask any questions of political nature. If this man replies in a way unfavorable to us, they will not hesitate to speak of `brainwashing' and conclude that we threatened him.
"This John McCain is not an ordinary prisoner. His father is none other than Admiral Edmond John McCain, commander in chief of U.S. Naval forces in Europe. (passage omitted).
Another declassified DOD document reports an interview between POW McCain and Dr. Fernando Barral, a Spanish psychiatrist who was living in Cuba at the time. The interview was published in the Havana Gramma in January 1970.
According to the DOD report, the meeting between Barral and McCain took place away from the prison at the office of the Committee for Foreign Cultural Relations in Hanoi. During that interview, POW McCain sipped coffee and ate oranges and cakes with his interrogator.
During that interview, McCain again seriously violated the Code of Conduct by failing to "evade answering questions" to the "utmost" of his ability when he, according to the DOD report, helped Barral by answering questions in Spanish, a language McCain had learned in school.
On Dec. 7, 1969, McCain was moved out of isolation and into the "Hanoi Hilton" with other prisoners of war.
MCCAIN IS HANOI'S LEADING ADVOCATE
Today, McCain, who claims he was brutally tortured by the Communist Vietnamese, has in?? focally emerged as Hanoi's leading advocate for normalizaed relations with the United States.
McCain's high-profile and unrelenting support for a government that brutally tortured and murdered his fellow POWs is causing POW/MIA Family members and fellow Vietnam veterans to question the senator and his motivations.
They ask what drives McCain, who owers his public life to the tag "former POW," to work so hard for Hanoi and so diligently to discredit any possibility, in fact the probability, that Hanoi held back live U.S. prisoners of war after the 1973 prisoner release.
The POW/MIA families point out that they worked hard during the Vietnam War to secure McCain's freedom when he was being held by the Communists and the familes want to know why he is now betraying them in their efforts to get answers about their missing loved ones.
None of the senators who served on the 1991-92 Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs were as vicious in their attacks on POW/MIA family members, veterans, and activists than McCain.
During the POW/MIA hearings, Frances Zwenig, the $118,000-a-year staff director of the Senate Select Committee, reported to McCain that she was told by the Vietnamese, during a July 1992 meeting with the Vietnamese, that something had to be done about the POW/MIA activists who were opposing lifting the U.S. imposed trade embargo against Vietnam.
Not long after, McCain started demanding that the Select Committee investigate the activists, prompting one observer to ask, "Are the Vietnamese now directing the affairs of the Senate Select Committee?"
McCain accused the POW/MIA families and activists who openly challenged the U.S. government's POW/MIA policy, of fraud. In his attacks he said, "The people who have done these things are not zealots in a good cause. They are criminals and some of the most craven, most cynical, and most despicable human beings to ever run a scam."
McCain took the lead in the Senate and demanded a U.S. Justice Department investigation of the activists. The Justice Department did investigate and found no reason to charge any of the POW/MIA activists.
When one of McCain's former interrogators, Col Bui Tin, a former Senior Colonel in the North Vietnamese Army, testified before the Senate Select Committee, McCain did not display that same "pit bull" inclination to attack as he did for the POW/MIA families and activists. Col Tin told the committee that because of his high position in the Communist Party during the war, he had the right to "read all the documents and secret telegrams from the Politburo" pertaining to American prisoners of war. He said not only did the Soviets interrogate some American prisoners of war, but they treated them very badly.
During a break in the hearing, McCain warmly embraced Bui Tin as if he were a long lost brother. McCain fought a hard and successful campaign to get the U.S.-impoed trade embargo against Vietnam lifted, despite the opposition of all major veterans organizatinos, the two POW/MIA family groups, and the majority of the Vietnamese Americans in this country. The veterans want to know why McCain, the "conservative" politician, takes such strong stand for the Vietnamese COMMUNISTS and against such partiotic groups?
JOHN SIDNEY MCCAIN, III
John McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone on August 29, 1936. His father was Admiral John McCain II, who became commander-in-chief of the Pacific forces in 1968. Admiral McCain later ordered the bombing of Hanoi while his son was being held there as a prisoner of war. His grandfather was Admiral John S. McCain, Sr., the famous commander of aircraft carriers in the Pacific under Admiral William F. Halsey in World War II.
McCain's early years were spent in various places on both the east and west coats. He attended Episcopal High School Alexandria, VA., and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in June 1958.
His grades in electrical engineering were "satisfactory", although he had numerous demerits for breakng curfews and infractions and he graduated fifth from the bottom of his class.
Nevertheless, in spire of his low class standing, his request for training as a Navy pilot was granted, no doubt his father's rank of admiral and family history playing part in the decision.
After qualifying as a Navy pilot, McCain was shipped to Vietnam.
On his 23rd mission over North Vietnam on Oct 26, 1967, McCain was shot down by a surface-to-air missile.
To relate the event, McCain later recalled that he was flying right over the heart of Hanoi in a dive at about 4,500 feet, when a Russian missile the size of a telephone pole came up -- the sky was full of them -- and blew the right wing off my Skyhawk dive bomber. It went into an inverted, almost straight-down spin.
"I pulled the ejection handle, and was knocked unconscious by the force of the ejection -- the air speed was about 300 knots. I didn't realize it at the moment, but I had broken my right leg around the knee, my right arm in three places and my left arm. I regained consciousness just before I landed by parachute in a lake right in the center of Hanoi, one they called the Western Lake. My helmet and my oxygen mask had been blown off.
"I hit the water and sank to the bottom.....I did not feel any pain at the time, and I was able to rise to the surface. I took a breath of air and started sinking again."
After bobbing up and down, McCain said he was eventually pulled from the water by Vietnames who swam out to get him.
He said a mob gathered on shore and that he was bayoneted in the foot and his shoulder was smashed with a rifle butt. He said he was put on a truck and taken to Hanoi's main prison.
THE "RHINESTONE HERO"
In Congress, McCain's peers tout him as a great war hero. On occasion, the press categorizes McCain as one of the most tortured prisoners of the Vietnam War. Neither is true. He was never brutally tortured and, by his own admission, he collaborated with the COMMUNISTS.
When one totals McCain's 23 missions over North Vietnam, times the number of minutes he was actually over enemy territory (approximately 20 to 35 minutes per mission), McCain's total time over Vietnam before being shot down, was about 10 1/2 hours.
For those 10 1/2 hours over Vietnam, McCain, the Admiral's son, was awarded two Silver Stars, two Legions of Merit, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, three Bronze Stars, the Vietnamese Legion of Honor and three Purple Hearts averaging over one hero medal per hour.
Compare McCain's 10 1/2 hours of combat and 13 medals to that of a U.S. infantry private who spent 365 days trudging through South Vietam's jungle and mud, facing death on a daily basis. He was lucky to leave Vietnam with a simpe good conduct ribbon.
Compare McCain's record as a prisoner of war to that of Army Special Forces Captain "Rocky" Versace, who was captured by Vietnamese Communists (Viet Cong) on Oct. 29, 1963 in South Vietnam and who resisted his captors to the end. Very few, if any, in Congress know about Capt. Versace.
He spent two years chained in a bamboo cage and endured almost daily torture by the Vietnamese Communists. Capt. Versace continuously frustrated his Viet Cong interrogators by refusing to obey demands that he denounce America and accept the Communist Philosophy of revolution. He told his captors as they were dragging him to an interrogation hut, "I am an officer of the United States Army. You can force me to come here, you can make me sit and listen, but I don't have to believe a damn word you say."
The Viet Cong decided that day to take no more resistance from Rocky Versace. A few days later, one orders of Viet Cong leader Vo Van Kiet, today Vietnam's prime minister and McCain's friend, Versace was dragged from his filth-ridden, mosquito-infested bamboo cage for the last time and forced to kneel with his forehead pressed into the jungle mud. Cap. Versace was then shot in the back of the head.
McCain doesn't talk about MIAs Capt. Rocky Versace, from Norfolk, VA., or Sgt. Kenneth Roraback of Fayetteville, N.C., or Army Sgt. Harold Bennett of Perryville, Ark., who were all ordered executed by his friend, "BUTCHER" Kiet, according to reports.
Compare McCain, the POW hero, to another fellow prisoner of war, Marine Capt. Donald Cook, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. Capt. Cook was awarded our nation's highest award for valor because, during his years of captivity, he jeopardized his own health by sharing his meager supply of food and scarce medicines with other U.S. prisoners who were more sick. He becamse legendary for his refusal to betray the military Code of Conduct. On one occasion, Vo Van Kiet's Viet Cong cadre put a pistol to Capt. Cook's head, demanding that he denounce the United States. Capt. Cook, resisted and calmly recited the nonemclature of the parts of the pistol, giving the Communists nothing.
The Viet Cong were so infuriated at Capt. Cook's resistance that they isolated him from other American prisoners. They intentionally denied him much needed food and medicine. Like Capt. Versace, Capt. Cook disappeared and was never heard from again. Today, Hanoi claims Capt. Cook died as a result of malaria and that they do not know where his remains are buried.
McCain discouragese any talk about Capt. Versace, Sgt. Roraback, Sgt. Bennett, and Capt. Cook.
To talk about such patriots would require the United States to demand the return of their remains, or, at the very least, records of their deaths. If those MIAs are proven dead and their remains returned, then McCain's friend, Vo Van Kiet, would be forced to explain the holes in the back of their skulls and why he had ordered the POWs murdered.
John McCain is NO Hero. He violated the military Code of Conduct and willfully collaborated with the Vietnamese, Soviets, and Cubans.
It is not yet publicly known just how much he collaborated and what kind of favors he received in return. Those in the U.S. government that do know are not talking.