Friday, 3 October 2008

mc cain's squeletons


September 30, 2008

More on blackmail of John McCain

GOP presidential candidate John McCain may have more skeletons transferred from his closet into the files of the neocons than originally thought. On January 16, 2006, WMR reported on the access by the neocons to McCain's Navy files held within the Pentagon. WMR reported: "Why is John McCain so supportive of Bush and Cheney after being so viciously attacked by them in the 2000 campaign? The answer to this question may partially rest in Navy records detailing the events that took place on the USS Forrestal in 'Yankee Station' in the Gulf of Tonkin at the end of July 1967. 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."

On November 20, 2007, WMR followed up with the following report: "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)."

McCain's Pentagon files, including the official and still-largely classified Court of Inquiry report on the Forrestal fire, were available to Pentagon neocons like Paul Wolfowitz and Douglas Feith who were able, along with Vice President Dick Cheney and his staff, to ensure McCain's full support for all neocon policies, including the war in Iraq and opposition to Russia.

On September 19, 2008, WMR reported on another neocon cell still operating within the Pentagon, one with defined links to Israel. WMR reported on the husband of Air Force Cyber-Warfare guru and Iran Project CHECKMATE war planner Dr. Lani (Ilana) Kass, Norman D. Kass, the former Deputy Director of Licensing for the Defense Technology Security Administration (DTSA) and now Executive Secretary for the US/Russia Joint Commission on POWs/MIAs.

WMR reported: "Kass was an Army tactical intelligence officer in South Vietnam and fluent in Russian and Hebrew. Kass served in the DTSA position until 1992. He eventually became Executive Secretary of the U.S./Russia Joint Commission on POWs/MIAs, set up in 1992, in part, to investigate the fate of missing U.S. military personnel from World War II, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and the Cold War. At one point, Kass' work on POW/MIA issues earned him the wrath of conservative Republican New Hampshire Senator Bob Smith, who charged that there was never any provision for an Executive Secretariat at the U.S./Russia Joint Commission. On January 27, 1999, Smith, who served as Chairman of the Vietnam Working Groups of the US/Russian Joint Commission, wrote: "Nowhere in this plan is there reference to the requirement for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for POW/MIA Affairs to ensure that his office provides an Executive Secretariat for the U.S. Members
of the U.S./Russian Joint Commission on POWs and MIAs." Smith always believed that there was a cover-up of by the Pentagon of the POW/MIA issue, particularly those from the Vietnam conflict.

Specifically, Smith charged that McCain was heavily involved in the cover-up of U.S. POWs in Vietnam. A September 19, 2008 article in the Moscow Post may shed some light on what the neocons have anew on McCain and why McCain was so interested in covering up the POW issue. The Russian paper reported that McCain not only received special treatment as a POW but spent much of his five and a half years as a POW being "broken" by KGB interrogators in Russia.

The Russian article states that McCain's KGB code name was "Jack Mouse" and quotes Chan Chong Duet, the commander of McCain's POW prison, nicknamed the "Hanoi Hilton" by its prisoners, as stating that McCain was transferred to a solitary ward in the prison, interviewed by Soviet officers, and treated by Soviet doctors. Fernando Barral, a Cuban psychologist who interviewed McCain on January 24, 1970 in Hanoi, said McCain was "boastful" and "without remorse" over his bombing of civilians in Hanoi.

However, according to the Russian article, McCain may have been play acting his macho feelings. A former KGB agent claims that McCain arrived at the KGB training base at Voronezh in 1968. The agent said McCain was called "Mickey Mouse" by KGB officers in a play on his official code name "Jack Mouse." The agent claims that McCain was transferred back to North Vietnam in 1972.

McCain has always been arrogant and hostile in dealing with Vietnam-era POW/MIA family members. In his position as Executive Director of the US/Russia Joint Commission on POWs/MIAs, Norman Kass certainly has the access to Soviet and Russian files on POWs held by the Russians. If there is any evidence that McCain spent time being debriefed and possibly "broken" in Voronezh, that information would not only be known to the neocons but also to the Israelis. It would explain McCain's total subservience to the neocon plank, including his hawkish policies toward Russia.

However, McCain also maintains a link to the Kremlin via his business ties to Russian mining billionaire Oleg Deripaska, who, according to former KGB officer Dmitry Gvozdev in an interview with the Moscow Post, may be serving as a Kremlin conduit to McCain. The Russians may be sending signals to McCain that they still have proof of the senator's collaboration with the Soviets during his POW status and that he may want to think twice about cutting deals with Georgia's Mikheil Saakashvili, pushing for NATO membership for Georgia and Ukraine, and adopting other anti-Russia stances.

As far as McCain's POW status is concerned, it has always been the subject of skepticism by the POW/MIA families who have seen McCain all too willing to defend the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) against the families. Indeed, based on the families' concerns and the new Russian revelations, there may be some truth to the joke that Gary Glitter spent more time in a Vietnamese prison than did John McCain.

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