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McCain's Georgia Connection

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” … ‘His campaign is run by lobbyists that represent Georgia and other countries,’ New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) said on ABC’s This Week … “

McCain Aide’s Georgian Ties Become an Issue
By Zachary A. Goldfarb

voices.washingtonpost.com
Aug 10, 2008

The presidential campaign veered Sunday into a discussion about the escalating conflict between Georgia and Russia, with a supporter of Sen. Barack Obama suggesting that Sen. John McCain’s criticism of Russia stems from his campaign’s connections to Georgian political leadership.

Randy Scheunemann

“His campaign is run by lobbyists that represent Georgia and other countries,” New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) said on ABC’s This Week, a clear reference to Randy Scheunemann, McCain’s foreign policy adviser, who has been a registered lobbyist in Washington for the Tbilisi government.

That drew a sharp response from Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), reported to be under consideration as a McCain running mate. He said it was wrong for the Obama campaign to focus on any ties between members of the McCain campaign and the Georgian government.

Georgia is “an example of Senator McCain’s push to spread democracy in that part of the world as a very important advance of America’s interest,” Jindal said on ABC. “I wish Senator Obama had actually confronted the issue, not trying to detract our attention by focusing on a McCain adviser.”

The two countries clashed after Georgia tried to reassert control over a separatist province on Friday. Russia launched airstrikes and mobilized tanks, and quickly ramped up its attack. A senior U.S. official called the Russian response disproportionate to the Georgian action.

McCain immediately called on Russia to stop its incursion into Georgia, while Obama took a more cautious approach advocating restraint on both sides.

Jindal said the conflict underscores why a president with deep experience in international affairs is important.

“I think this is another example, during these uncertain times, where we need experienced leadership. We need someone like Senator McCain who will take a stronger view, a more experienced view when it comes to international security and protecting America’s interest,” Jindal said.

Richardson, who ran for president himself this year and was a top diplomat in Bill Clinton’s administration, said McCain’s approach was typical of the Bush administration.

“What Senator McCain wants to do is continue the Bush policies of trying to isolate Russia. … It’s not working,” Richardson said. …

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/08/10/mccain_aides_georgian_ties_bec.html

John McCain’s ties to Charles Keating

LA Times/October 7, 2008

McCain’s ties to a convicted S&L owner

The issue: Probably the biggest political embarrassment of John McCain’s career emanated from his close ties to Charles H. Keating Jr., the high-flying owner of Lincoln Savings & Loan who later went to federal prison.

Lincoln’s failure would ultimately cost taxpayers $3.4 billion, the most expensive rescue of the S&L crisis in the late 1980s.

Two years before Lincoln went under, McCain and four other senators, at Keating’s request, pressured bank regulators at two meetings to ease up their investigation of the thrift. A subsequent Senate Ethics Committee investigation of the meetings concluded that McCain had been guilty of only “poor judgment.” He did not do as much for Keating as other senators, the panel found.

But of the five senators, McCain was closest to Keating, a Phoenix businessman. In addition to accepting more than $150,000 in campaign contributions from Keating and his associates, McCain and his wife had vacationed at Keating’s Bahamas retreat and repeatedly flown on his jet. (McCain subsequently repaid the cost of the travel.) Cindy McCain and her family were also investors with Keating in a shopping mall developed by one of Keating’s companies.

And in the years preceding the meetings, McCain had fought against tougher regulation of the S&L banking sector, a key priority of Keating’s. …

http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-na-keating7-2008oct07,0,7970180.story

John McCain faces ghost of Keating Five scandal

October 6th, 2008 by psburton

My late Mother a devout Irish catholic who attended mass daily thought the world of Charles Keating. He was a very public supporter of Mother Teresa and catholic charities here in Phoenix. She assumed as did many of the elderly that since her banker said the bonds were government insured and he worked for that nice Mr Keating her money would be safe.

According to one of the regulator in charge of the investigation into the collapse of the savings and loan industry, Senator John S McCain was the single individual who most used the power of his office to influence and shield his close friend from the scrutiny of regulators attempting to investigate what became a scandal that eventually cost my Mom tens of thousands of dollars.

The historical facts are indisputable. Keating made contributions of $1.3 million to various U.S. Senators, and he called on those Senators to help him resist regulators. It worked the regulators backed off while Keating attempted in vain to cook the books and prevent the toppling of his corrupt financial empire.

Between 1982 and 1987, John S McCain received $112,000 in political contributions from Keating and associates in addition, McCain’s wife Cindy and her late father a reputed associate of the late Kemper Marley . invested $359,100 in a Keating shopping center in April 1986, a year before McCain met with the regulators.

John McCain and family, nanny included often made weekend trips to Keatings Bahama retreat aboard Chucks Learjet. A fact John failed to disclose despite a law that required him to report trips and gifts he received. Only after the scandal broke was an embarrassed John McCain forced to amend prior disclosure statements to include at least nine trips and more then ten grand in travel expense his friend Keating covered.

To John’s thinking he was completing exonerated by the Senate investigation into the scandal because a deal was made behind closed doors that limited his official punishment. But facts which are a matter of public record, color John McCain as a Senator eager to use his office to protect a crook. A crook who saw to it that hundreds of thousands of dollars ended up in the McCain family bank account.

Which I speculate is the reason Cindy McCain refuses to release tax returns or disclose financial information when every other candidate and spouse has already done so.

http://www.bloggernews.net/118058

Analysis: McCain’s contrition ends over Keating

By Larry Margasak
Associated Press Writer / October 7, 2008

WASHINGTON—Nearly 20 years of John McCain’s contrition over his role in a 1980s banking scandal vanished this week in 17 minutes and 30 seconds. It took that long for John Dowd, McCain’s lawyer in the Keating Five investigation, to make the mea culpas disappear in a telephone conference call with reporters.

Dowd said Monday the Arizona senator, now the Republican presidential nominee, was the victim of “a classic political smear job” and a “cheap shot” by Democrats who investigated him. The lawyer said the Democratic chairman of the Senate ethics committee during the investigation was a “stooge” of his leadership.

When a reporter pointed out that Dowd’s comments seemed at odds with McCain’s history of contriteness, Dowd blew right through the trap — in a way that allows McCain to offer new mea culpas in the future.

“I’m his lawyer and I have a different view of it,” Dowd said. “I understand why John feels the way he does. He feels this was an embarrassing and humiliating matter.” The “matter” was the committee’s investigation of four Democratic senators and Republican McCain, which ended in 1991. All had accepted contributions from Charles Keating Jr., a real estate speculator and savings and loan owner who became the national symbol of greedy thrift owners. Keating’s Lincoln Savings and Loan was among many institutions that failed, and the uninsured financial products he sold cost many investors their life savings.

McCain and Keating — whose real estate company was in McCain’s home state of Arizona — were social friends and political allies. McCain raked in $112,000 from Keating, his family and associates in his early campaigns. The senator and his family — and even his daughter’s baby sitter — flew in Keating’s company plane to the Bahamas and elsewhere.

In the events that triggered the Senate investigation, McCain and the other senators took up Keating’s cause with financial regulators in 1987 as they were investigating the businessman and referring possible criminal charges to the Justice Department. Keating eventually went to prison for financial wrongdoing.

An embarrassed McCain repaid $112,000 to the U.S. Treasury and reimbursed Keating for all the trips. The senator said he believed that Keating had previously been reimbursed for the trips, but he had not been.

McCain clearly was shaken by the experience. During an interview with a reporter during the inquiry, the senator paced back and forth in his office, his step quickening as his anger rose. He was furious about Keating, a one-time friend who had called the decorated Vietnam POW a wimp for not doing more to get financial regulators off his back.

McCain also was furious at himself for walking into a scandal that almost sank his career.

http://www.boston.com/news/politics/2008/articles/2008/10/07/mccain_still_haunted_by_role_in_banking_scandal/

Time for McCain to Look in the Mirror

People for the American Way

Senator John McCain has been making a lot of baseless accusations lately, but he is the one with the troubling past. McCain and Marylin Shannon — a 2008 McCain delegate and former vice chair of the Oregon Republican Party — both appeared at an August, 1993 fundraiser for the far right Oregon Citizens Alliance. McCain appeared against the advice of Mark Hatfield, a GOP senator from Oregon, who feared that the group’s extremist views would taint McCain.

Marilyn Shannon

Shannon, who attended this year’s Republican National Convention as a McCain delegate, spoke immediately before McCain and “praised the Grants Pass woman accused of shooting an abortion doctor in Wichita” earlier in the month, referring to her as a “fine lady.” When McCain spoke next, he said nothing about Shannon’s vile comments and delivered his speech as prepared.

Just a few months later, the Senate voted overwhelmingly to approve a crucial anti-domestic terrorism bill, the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act. McCain opposed the bill.

Between 1977 and 1993 there were “36 bombings, 81 arsons, 131 death threats, 84 assaults, 2 kidnappings, 327 clinic invasions, 71 chemical attacks, more than 6,000 blockades and related disruptions” against reproductive health clinics. Congress was finally spurred into action by the killing of Dr. David Gunn outside a Florida clinic in March of 1993. In August, Dr. George Tiller was shot and wounded in Wichita.

“When anti-choice extremists were terrorizing American women and their doctors, John McCain had multiple opportunities to make what should have been an easy choice,” said Kathryn Kolbert, President of People For the American Way, and a longtime women’s rights advocate who successfully argued a crucial abortion rights case before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1992.

“But he chose political expediency over law and order. He didn’t say a word when Marylin Shannon sympathized with an attempted killer. He voted against the clinic access bill even as everyday Americans were being assaulted and besieged by domestic terrorists. As someone who faced repeated threats for work on behalf of reproductive rights, I am deeply disturbed by John McCain’s willingness to stand with and side with sympathizers and enablers of domestic terrorism.”

http://site.pfaw.org/site/PageServer?pagename=media_2008_10_mccain_and_domestic_terrorism

John McCain: Keynote at Oregon Citizens Alliance Fundraiser

by Bryan
April 21, 2008

Shocking. Blue Oregon has the dirt on McCain’s keynote address at a 1993 fundraiser for the Oregon Citizens Alliance (OCA) headed up by Lon Mabon. The OCA was responsible for numerous anti-gay ballot initiatives up until their last attempt in 2000. If you’ve lived in Oregon for any amount of time, you know the OCA and their hateful and often violent ways.

From Blue Oregon:

It seems that the media is having a lot of fun these days digging up old acquaintances of presidential candidates, finding an objectionable comment, and then badgering the candidates into denouncing those folks.

It doesn’t seem to matter how tenuous the “relationship”, how long ago it was, or anything.

So, courtesy of Jeff Mapes (who has an excellent post about John McCain’s temper), here’s a little snippet from a long-ago Oregonian article.
It seems that in 1993, John McCain was the keynote speaker at a fundraising banquet for the Oregon Citizens Alliance, the notorious anti-gay organization that was causing all sorts of trouble in Oregon in the 1990s.

McCain quickly got a first-hand flavor for the OCA. Marylin Shannon, the vice chairwoman of the Oregon GOP, had a spot on the program to give an opening prayer. In short order, she praised the Grants Pass woman accused of shooting an abortion doctor in Wichita and thanked the Lord “for Lon Mabon and the vision you put in his heart.”

Let’s check that again. Marilyn Shannon praises a terrorist who shot a doctor while introducing John McCain, and not only does he stay, he stands up and gives a fundraising address for these terrorist-lovers?

Outrageous. Will John McCain do what he should have done 15 years ago – and denounce the domestic terrorists who shoot doctors who provide legal medical services?

America is waiting.

http://blog.gayrightswatch.com/2008/04/john-mccain-keynote-at-oregon-citizens-alliance-fundraiser/

Jerome Corsi, author of “Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality,” tried to launch his new book, but violated immigration rules, Kenyan officials say.

By Rob Crilly | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor
October 8, 2008 edition

Nairobi, Kenya – The neoconservative author of an anti-Barack Obama book was detained and ordered out of Kenya on Tuesday night for not having a proper work permit, said Kenyan officials.

Jerome Corsi, who wrote “Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality,” had planned to launch his far-right tract in the Kenyan capital Nairobi on Tuesday. However, immigration officials intercepted him as he arrived at a luxury hotel where the launch event was due to take place.

This is the second time Dr. Corsi has been involved in an effort to question the credentials of the Democratic presidential candidate. The episode also underscores the depth of support for Senator Obama in Kenya. His book has angered many ordinary Kenyans who view Obama – the son of a Kenyan goat herder who grew up to become a government economist – as a hero.

It questions Obama’s fitness to hold office, rakes over his family history, and explores alleged links with the Kenyan prime minister, Raila Odinga.

“We are going to leave for London tonight,” said Corsi’s assistant, Tim Bueler, on Tuesday afternoon. “Our passports and visas are in order but it seems the Kenyan authorities have lost our arrival cards, which we filled in on the plane coming here,” he said. “So we will leave while they complete their investigations, but have been told we can return.”

As well as launching his book, Corsi planned to visit Obama’s half-brother George, who was recently found to be living in squalid conditions in a Nairobi slum.

Corsi, who wrote “Unfit for Command” in 2004 as part of an attempt to malign John Kerry’s Vietnam record, said he had a check for $1,000 to give to George.

The writer has been in Kenya since last Thursday. But it seems the Kenyan authorities woke up to his presence on Tuesday morning when local newspapers advertised the book launch.

The Standard, a Kenyan newspaper, quoted a press release saying: “Dr. Corsi will also expose details of deep secret ties between US presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama and a section of Kenya government leaders, their connection to certain sectoral groups in Kenya and subsequent plot to be executed in Kenya should Sen Obama win the American presidency.”

Obama has ancestral roots in the Luo tribe of Western Kenya, as does Mr. Odinga.

Raila narrowly lost December’s presidential election which was marred by widespread vote rigging. His defeat prompted widespread violence which left some 1,500 dead. It ended only with a power-sharing deal that promoted Odinga to the new position of prime minister.

Obama is deeply popular in Kenya, where he is seen as a political hero, untainted by the corruption and sleaze that dog homegrown politicians here. He has attracted broad support that overcomes traditional tribal divisions.

Corsi’s book alleges that Obama was raised as a Muslim, a false rumor.

A Christian who attended the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Obama’s campaign has dissected the book on their website FightTheSmears.com.

Find this article at:
http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/1008/p04s01-wogn.html

February 17, 2004 Posted: 6:48 PM EST (2348 GMT)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The former chief internal watchdog at the FBI has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl and has admitted he had a history of molesting other children before he joined the bureau for a two-decade career.

John H. Conditt Jr., 53, who retired in 2001, was sentenced last Friday to 12 years in prison in Tarrant County court in Fort Worth, Texas, after he admitted he molested the daughter of two FBI agents after he retired. He acknowledged molesting at least two other girls before his law enforcement career, his lawyer said.

Conditt sought treatment for sex offenders after his arrest last year, said his attorney, Toby Goldsmith.

“The problem these people have is they don’t really feel like it is their fault,” Goldsmith said. “The treatment doesn’t work unless you admit you are the one who instigated it, and he did that.”

Conditt headed the internal affairs unit that investigates agent wrongdoing for the Office of Professional Responsibility at FBI headquarters in Washington from 1999 until his retirement in June 2001, the FBI said. He wrote articles in law enforcement journals on how police agencies could effectively investigate their own conduct.

FBI officials said Tuesday they had no information to suggest that Conditt had any problems during his career and he was never the subject of an investigation.

Tarrant County Assistant District Attorney Mitch Poe, who prosecuted the case, said he wanted a longer prison sentence and was skeptical of Conditt’s claim that his molestation of children subsided during his FBI career.

“Both myself and the judge in open court, we were kind of skeptical but we don’t have any evidence,” Poe said.

A recently retired FBI whistleblower who brought allegations to Conditt’s office that agents had not aggressively pursued evidence of sexual abuse in Indian country said Tuesday she now questions whether his personal history affected that decision.

“Before, it never made any sense,” retired agent Jane Turner said of the FBI’s decision to decline to further investigate her allegations. “Now I can understand. Why in the world wouldn’t you want to investigate that?”

Goldsmith said he was concerned about the safety of his client in prison given that he is a former FBI agent and an admitted child molester. “He’s not going to be comfortable in the penitentiary,” the lawyer said.

Goldsmith said his client had admitted that he had molested at least two other girls before he became an FBI agent more than 30 years ago, but that there was no evidence of any wrongdoing while he served in the bureau.

“It seems that he never did because he had stricter control at that time,” the lawyer said.

Conditt could have faced life in prison, and prosecutors requested he get 50 years. The judge sentenced him to 12 years in prison, in part citing Conditt’s decision to spare the victim the trauma of a trial, Goldsmith said.

Conditt’s conviction is the latest controversy to strike the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility.

Last year, FBI Director Robert Mueller transferred the head of the office to another supervisory assignment outside Washington, three months after rebuking him for his conduct toward a whistleblower.

That whistleblower, John Roberts, alleged the FBI disciplinary office had a double standard that let supervisors off easier than line agents.

Those allegations prompted investigations by Congress and the Justice Department inspector general. The latter concluded there was no systematic favoritism of senior managers over rank-and-file employees but there was a double standard in some cases involving crude sexual jokes and remarks.

Also see: “Bush, McCain and the Old Iran-Contra Team”

ELECTION
gawker.com/10-07-08

Well, this election is fast turning into an opposition-research-fueled shitstorm. On Meet The Press Sunday, Democratic strategist Paul Begala casually mentioned that John McCain sat on the board of the U.S. Council For World Freedom. And the Associated Press this morning elaborated on exactly what that entails [see below]. “The U.S. Council for World Freedom was part of an international organization linked to former Nazi collaborators and ultra-right-wing death squads in Central America.,” AP said. Very interesting! But the rest of the article doesn’t give any details on these Nazis or the role of this group, called the World Anti-Communist League, in launching a “Cocaine Coup” that turned Bolivia into a drug trafficking hub and hotbed of brutal torture. Luckily a former AP and Newsweek reporter named Roberty Parry wrote an oddly fun book called Lost History, which can provide further illumination:

In 1966, the Asian Peoples Anti-Communist League expanded into the World Anti-Communist League, an international alliance that pulled together traditional conservatives with former Nazis, overt radicalists and Latin American “death squad” operatives. In an interview, reitred U.S. Army Gen. John K. Singlaub, a former WACL president], said “the Japanese [WACL] chapter was taken over almost entirely by the Moonies.”

Through WACL and other political relationships, [Moonies founder Sun Myung] Moon built bridges to right-wing forces in South America during the 1970s…. [a] Bolivian WACL leader [last name Gasser]… was a leading figure in the coup….

…CAUSE, one of Moon’s anti-communist organizations, listed as members nearly all the leading Bolivian coup-makers.

…An architect of the Bolivian coup was World War II Nazi fugitive Klaus Barbie, who was working as a Bolivian intelligence officer under the name Klaus Altmann. Barbie drew up plans modeled after the 1976 Argentine coup and contacted the Argentines for help. As the coup took shape, Barbie organized a secret lodge, called Thule, where he lectured his followers under swastikas by candlelight. [[!!!??!!]]

….The slaughter was fierce…. Labor leader Marcelo Quiroga… ‘was dragged off to police headuarters to be the object of a game played by torture experts imported from Argentina’s dreaded Mechanic School of the Navy…’ [[-pages 38-41, 200-202]]

The WACL/Moonie/Barbie forces then transported cocaine on behalf of the drug lords they had made a deal with prior to the coup, Parry wrote. The drug trafficking eventually became an issue for the U.S. government (despite evidence the CIA was complicit in the coup) and the Moonies pulled out. And about a year later the Moonies, apparently flush with cash, launched the conservative Washington Times at an alleged cost of about $100 million per year! Very interesting.

Supposedly McCain was involved with this WACL council about as little as Obama was involved with 1960s radical Bill Ayers. “I don’t recall talking to McCain at all on the work of the group,” Singlaub (the retired Army general from the quote above) told AP. Singlaub, however, doesn’t remember McCain quitting the group in 1984 as McCain has long claimed he did. That’s probably because McCain attended the group’s 1985 “Freedom Fighter Of The Year” awards! (See HuffPo link at top.)

Dredging up this McCain link is a crafty bit of flackery on behalf of Barack Obama’s campaign in that it seems to neutralize the issue of Obama’s affiliation with Ayers. Trouble is, the Ayers issue was useful mainly as an excuse to paint Obama as he was already seen by some voters — an un-American terrorist sympathizer. And the people who think that aren’t going to care about some extreme anti-communist group McCain affiliated himself with a long time ago. The people who might care about that, in fact, are mostly already voting for Obama. So, nice going, oppo-wise, linking McCain with Nazis and so forth, but it’s probably not going to stop all this “Who Is Barack Obama?” business.

http://gawker.com/5059938/mccains-nazi+cocaine-connection
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Oct 7, 5:58 AM EDT

McCain linked to private group in Iran-Contra case
By PETE YOST
Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — GOP presidential nominee John McCain has past connections to a private group that supplied aid to guerrillas seeking to overthrow the leftist government of Nicaragua in the Iran-Contra affair.

McCain’s ties are facing renewed scrutiny after his campaign criticized Barack Obama for his link to a former radical who engaged in violent acts 40 years ago.

The U.S. Council for World Freedom was part of an international organization linked to former Nazi collaborators and ultra-right-wing death squads in Central America. The group was dedicated to stamping out communism around the globe.

The council’s founder, retired Army Maj. Gen. John Singlaub, said McCain became associated with the organization in the early 1980s as McCain was launching his political career in Arizona. Singlaub said McCain was a supporter but not an active member in the group.

“McCain was a new guy on the block learning the ropes,” Singlaub told The Associated Press in an interview. “I think I met him in the Washington area when he was just a new congressman. We had McCain on the board to make him feel like he wasn’t left out. It looks good to have names on a letterhead who are well-known and appreciated.

“I don’t recall talking to McCain at all on the work of the group,” Singlaub said.

The renewed attention over McCain’s association with Singlaub’s group comes as McCain’s campaign steps up criticism of Obama’s dealings with William Ayers, a college professor who co-founded the Weather Underground and years later worked on education reform in Chicago alongside Obama. Ayers held a meet-the-candidate event at his home when Obama first ran for public office in the mid-1990s.

Obama was roughly 8 years old when Ayers, now at the University of Illinois at Chicago, was working with the Weather Underground, which took responsibility for bombings that included nonfatal blasts at the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol. McCain’s vice presidential nominee, Sarah Palin, has said that Obama “pals around with terrorists.”

In McCain’s case, Singlaub knew McCain’s father, a Navy admiral who had sought Singlaub’s counsel when McCain, a Navy pilot, became a prisoner of war and spent 5 1/2 years in North Vietnamese hands.

“John’s father asked me for advice about what he ought to do now that his son had been shot down and captured,” Singlaub recalled in one of two recent interviews. “I said, ‘As long as you don’t give any impression that you care more about him than you care about any of the other prisoners, he won’t be treated any differently.'”

Covert arms shipments to the rebels called Contras, financed in part by secret arms sales to Iran, became known as the Iran-Contra affair. They proved to be the undoing of Singlaub’s council.

In 1987, the Internal Revenue Service withdrew the tax-exempt status of Singlaub’s group because of its activities on behalf of the Contras.

Elected to the House in 1982 and at a time when he was on the board of Singlaub’s council, McCain was among Republicans on Capitol Hill expressing support for the Contras, a CIA-organized guerrilla force in Central America. In 1984, Congress cut off CIA funds for the Contras.

Months before the cutoff, top Reagan administration officials ramped up a secret White House-directed supply network and put National Security Council aide Oliver North in charge of running it. The goal was to keep the Contras operational until Congress could be persuaded to resume CIA funding.

Singlaub’s private group became the public cover for the White House operation.

Secretly, Singlaub worked with North in an effort to raise millions of dollars from foreign governments.

McCain has said previously he resigned from the council in 1984 and asked in 1986 to have his name removed from the group’s letterhead.

“I didn’t know whether (the group’s activity) was legal or illegal, but I didn’t think I wanted to be associated with them,” McCain said in a newspaper interview in 1986.

Singlaub does not recall any McCain resignation in 1984 or May 1986. Nor does Joyce Downey, who oversaw the group’s day-to-day activities.

“That’s a surprise to me,” Singlaub said. “This is the first time I’ve ever heard that. There may have been someone in his office communicating with our office.”

“I don’t ever remember hearing about his resigning, but I really wasn’t worried about that part of our activities, a housekeeping thing,” said Singlaub. “If he didn’t want to be on the board that’s OK. It wasn’t as if he had been active participant and we were going to miss his help. He had no active interest. He certainly supported us.”

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More references from Google:

McCain Pals Around with Racists and Anti-Semites (Wizbang Blue)
… the extremist “U.S. Council for World Freedom” an ultra-conservative right wing organization which was affiliated with the “World Anti-communist League” …
wizbangblue.com/2008/10/05/mccain-pals-around-with-racists-and- antisemites.php – 64k

Council for the Defense of Freedom – SourceWatch
He has served on the board of directors of the U.S. Council for World Freedom as well.(12) Parker is on the National Advisory Board of the American Freedom …
www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Council_for_the_Defense_of_ Freedom – 40k

The Washington Monthly
Oct 7, 2008 … Begala argued that this whole approach may backfire, given McCain’s background with the “very right-wing” U.S. Council for World Freedom, …
www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2008_10/015061.php

Why McCain’s Time With Council Of World Freedom Matters
The U.S. Council of World Freedom claimed to be cleansed of these elements. …
www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/10/06/why-mccains-time-with-cou_n_ 132470.html

heil!
– AC