Tuesday, October 28, 2008

An October surprise?

IF this is true, does this matter?
Maybe not, but I think it does from the perspective of; what other skeletons are hiding in the closet?
Also, was it his fault? Was he drunk?
This is a guy with a ton of baggage on his head in the form of; locked up in a Hanoi prison for 5 years while being tortured. That would fuck me up. How badly did it fuck up McCain? He has never released and psychological records, briefs or summaries from competent psychologists assuring the American people that he is psychologically stable after such a horrid life experience. Shouldn't we know that before electing him to the presidency of the United States? Now this? Either of these trauma would shake the foundations of most men, possible rendering them incapable of leading this nation.
How can we elect someone who has not proven that they are NOT standing on a crumbling foundation?
We do know that the guy has anger problems and a tendency to seek revenge on his enemies. All signs of a shaky foundation. . .
What else do we know?

News Orgs Investigate Possibly Fatal McCain '64 Car Crash

October 28, 2008 09:45 AM

For the past two months, a major American magazine and an allied news service have been engaged in a legal battle with the United States Navy over records that they believe show that John McCain once was involved in an automobile accident that injured or, perhaps, killed another individual.

Vanity Fair magazine and the National Security News Service claim to have knowledge "developed from first-hand sources" of a car crash that involved then-Lt. McCain at the main gate of a Virginia naval base in 1964, according to legal filings. The incident has been largely, if not entirely, kept from the public. And in documents suing the Navy to release pertinent information, lawyers for the NS News Service allege that a cover-up may be at play.

"Plaintiffs have also obtained documents showing that law enforcement officers were ordered back to the accident scene to retrieve personal physical effects. The Navy has never publicly acknowledged this information," one document reads. "This request involves federal government activity, as it addresses what may be an attempt by the Navy to protect by concealment the involvement of a former Navy officer, sitting Senator and Presidential candidate in a serious incident involving the injury or death of another human being."

The first request for information concerning duty assignment logs to Portsmouth Naval Hospital -- where McCain was allegedly brought after the accident -- came in the form of a Freedom of Information Act request on August 28, 2008. The Navy acknowledged receipt of the request and advised that it had located the relevant information a few weeks later, only to deny the FOIA on grounds that it didn't prove an "imminent threat to the life or physical safety of an individual" or satisfy the criteria of "a breaking news story of general public interest."

"The patient admission record logs that you seek are exempt from release," wrote G.E. Lattin, Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate General, "as information in personnel and medical files, as well as similar personal information in other files, that if disclosed to a requestor, other than the actual person in which the information is pertaining to or next of kin, would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy."

NS News Service and Vanity Fair appealed the decision and asked for expedited treatment of the case, as the end of the presidential election loomed. But the Navy denied that request as well.

"It appears to be a deliberate refusal to provide clearly releasable information concerning assignments to Portsmouth Naval Hospital," wrote legal representatives for the two news organizations. "Allowing the Navy to extend its time to respond beyond a date when the documentary facts of this matter would be available for public consideration prior to the national election on Tuesday, November 4, 2008 would violate the spirit, as well as the provisions of the FOIA."

Staff for National Security News Service and the company's lawyer both refused to discuss the proceedings. And there are only parcels of information concerning the story that can be gleamed from the court documents.

At a minimum it seems clear that Vanity Fair and NS News Service have launched an investigation "disclosing first-hand witnesses' recollection of an automobile accident in which then Lt. John S. McCain III was involved. Those witnesses specifically recall McCain's assignment to that [hospital] facility with the other person involved in the accident." This episode in McCain's life has, it seems, not been made public, and the plaintiffs suggest that the Navy may be attempting to actively restrict information about the incident.

"The subject matter of the documents is a matter of current exigency to the American public," reads a document filed by legal representatives for the news service, "because the requester is preparing a current news report addressing whether the Navy continues to conceal the involvement of a Navy officer in a serious automobile accident in July 1964."


rainywalker said...

The American people will never find out the truth before the election. But I still believe McCain will not win. I would really like to know the truth. But perhaps there are some things hidden in the vaults in Washington that we don't want to know. Just think, Ted Stevens from Alaska convicted, may get re-elected and the Senate will just slap his hand and he goes back to Washington.

Mac Daddy Tribute Blog said...

I think all the October surprises are turning out to be the escalation of troubles in the McCain campaign: the $150,000 dress up surprise from a soccer mom who supposedly gets her clothes from consignment shops; Troopergate wtih Gov. Palin being assessed as using her office to try to get her former brother-in law fired; Gov. Palin going off strip, questioning some of McCain's strategic move, such as taking money out of Michigan; McCain's numerous policy changes and impulsive behavior; his showing clearly that he not only hates Barack Obama but is a hateful, arrogant person.

And now questions about a car accident McCain was involved in that may have killed a person, an accident the military and the hospital appears to be hiding from the public, at least until the campaign is over.

The October surprise is that this is all coming to a head a couple of weeks before the election, a time when McCain is supposed to implanting fear in the America voter about the tax spending Obama who will be tested by Al Queda the moment he steps in order, a month before he paints the White House black and makes Oprah Winfrey an ambassador.

No one will be more happy about Obama becoming president that John Kerry, his senior advisor. He will be happy that he has been a part of an campaign too smart to allow itself to be swift-boated as his was.

John Kerry: This one's for you.

crystal dawn said...

Laura Bush killed someone in a car wreck when she was a teen. And then there's Ted Kennedy. But you raise a very important question Hillbilly, a question that is rarely if EVER asked: Doesn't torture and prison life screw you up? Just a little bit? At least to a small degree that one might not make the most rational and competent decisions? Not to mention he won't give up his records of his physical health either. Then there's the Reagan Age Dementia Factor. I just think it's lame that this issue is apparently off limits.

themom said...

And Cindy Lou says Johnny boy doesn't have PTSD! Having gone through what he did - there is no way in hell, that he doesn't have issues. Five days and we can give a sigh of relief when Obama will win the election!!!