John McCain- Biggest Republican Disgrace

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Apr 18, 2013
 

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How does this guy continually get re-elected. He is a disgrace to the Republican party and a traitor to the US Constitution.
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How does this guy continually get re-elected. He is a disgrace to the Republican party and a traitor to the US Constitution.
He was a POW that sacrificed a lot for his country.

Can you say the same, bub.
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Apr 18, 2013
 
No, I was not old enough to have served in Vietnam. Speaking of Vietnam, why has McCain making been opposed to releasing documents and information about American prisoners of war in Vietnam and the missing in action who have still not been accounted for. They payed the ultimate sacrifice for this county, don't they deserve it, Bub. I may have not served in Vietnam, but I can say I never infringed on the Constitution. Can he say that?
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Apr 18, 2013
 
I'm not here to bang on this guy's war record. I fully support the men and women in uniform that defend our great country. In fact, every time I see one I make an effort to thank them for their service. However, this country is currently at a crossroads. I, and hopefully others, believe that we must hold on to our liberties and freedoms before they are stripped from us. I believe the best blueprint for moving forward is strict adherence to the Constitution. I will not stand by and say nothing when the our Constitution is trampled. Its time for the silent majority to become vocal. We need term limits and new leadership.
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Apr 18, 2013
 
"On December 5, 1991, Congress enacted 50 USC §
435 Note as Public Law 102-190, commonly referred to as
the McCain Bill. The statute requires the Secretary of
Defense to make available to the public--in a "library like
setting, all information relating to the treatment, location, and/or condition (T-L-C) of United States personnel who are unaccounted-for from the Vietnam War. The facility chosen to receive this information is the Library of Congress (LoC). The Secretary of Defense is named as the "official custodian."
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Apr 18, 2013
 
Republicans voting FOR gun control:

Susan Collins (R-Maine)
Mark Kirk (R-Ill.)
John McCain (R-Ariz.)

Vote them out.
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Apr 18, 2013
 
General Zapata wrote:
"On December 5, 1991, Congress enacted 50 USC §
435 Note as Public Law 102-190, commonly referred to as
the McCain Bill. The statute requires the Secretary of
Defense to make available to the public--in a "library like
setting, all information relating to the treatment, location, and/or condition (T-L-C) of United States personnel who are unaccounted-for from the Vietnam War. The facility chosen to receive this information is the Library of Congress (LoC). The Secretary of Defense is named as the "official custodian."
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Bitterly opposed by the Pentagon,“The Truth Bill” got nowhere. It was reintroduced in the next Congress in 1991 — and again disappeared. Then, suddenly, out of the Senate, birthed by the Arizona senator, a new piece of legislation emerged. It was called “The McCain Bill.” This measure turned “The Truth Bill ” on its head. It created a bureaucratic maze from which only a fraction of the available documents could emerge. And it became law. So restrictive were its provisions that one clause actually said the Pentagon didn’t even have to inform the public when it received intelligence that Americans were alive in captivity.

First, it decreed that only three categories of information could be released, i.e.,“information … that may pertain to the location, treatment, or condition of” unaccounted-for personnel from the Vietnam War.(This was later amended in 1995 and 1996 to include the Cold War and the Korean conflict.) If information is received about anything other than “location, treatment or condition,” under this statute, which was enacted in December 199l, it does not get disclosed.

Second, before such information can be released to the public, permission must be granted by the primary next of kin, or PNOK. In the case of Vietnam, letters were sent by the Department of Defense to the 2,266 PNOK. More than 600 declined consent (including 243 who failed to respond, considered under the law to be a “no”)."
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Apr 18, 2013
 
In addition to these hurdles and limitations, the McCain act does not specifically order the declassification of the information. Further, it provides the Defense Department with other justifications for withholding documents. One such clause says that if the information “may compromise the safety of any United States personnel … who remain not accounted for but who may still be alive in captivity, then the Secretary [of Defense] may withhold that record or other information from the disclosure otherwise required by this section.”

Boiled down, the preceding paragraph means that the Defense Department is not obligated to tell the public about prisoners believed alive in captivity and what efforts are being made to rescue them. It only has to notify the White House and the intelligence committees in the Senate and House. The committees are forbidden under law from releasing such information.

At the same time, the McCain act is now being used to deny access to other sorts of records. For instance, part of a recent APBnews.com Freedom of Information Act request for the records of a mutiny on merchant marine vessel in the 1970s was rejected by a Defense Department official who cited the McCain act. Similarly, requests for information about Americans missing in the Korean War and declared dead for the last 45 years have been denied by officials who reference the McCain statute.
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Apr 18, 2013
 
"And then there is the Missing Service Personnel Act, which McCain succeeded in gutting in 1996. A year before, the act had been strengthened, with bipartisan support, to compel the Pentagon to deploy more resources with greater speed to locate and rescue missing men. The measure imposed strict reporting requirements.

McCain amended the heart out of the statute. For example, the 1995 version required a unit commander to report to his theater commander within two days that a person was missing and describe what rescue and recovery efforts were underway. The McCain amendments allowed 10 days to pass before a report had to be made.

In the 1995 act, the theater commander, after receiving the MIA report, would have 14 days to report to his Cabinet secretary in Washington. His report had to “ certify” that all necessary actions were being taken and all appropriate assets were being used “to resolve the status of the missing person.” This section was stricken from the act, replaced with language that made the Cabinet secretary, not the theater commander, the recipient of the report from the field. All the certification requirements also were stricken.‘Turn commanders into clerks’“This,” said a McCain memo,“transfers the bureaucracy involved out of the field to Washington.” He argued that the original legislation, if left intact,“ would accomplish nothing but create new jobs for lawyers and turn military commanders into clerks.”

In response, the backers of the original statute cited the Pentagon’s stained record on MIA’s and argued that military history had shown that speed of action is critical to the chances of recovering a missing man. Moving “the bureaucracy ” to Washington, they said, was merely a way to sweep the issue under a rug."
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Apr 18, 2013
 
POW or not, he still voted wrong.
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Republicans voting FOR gun control:
Susan Collins (R-Maine)
Mark Kirk (R-Ill.)
John McCain (R-Ariz.)
Vote them out.
Nut cases should not have guns! They are not taking your guns! They simply don't want people the are convicted felons and crazy people to be able to buy guns. Legitimate gun stores have for years done background checks and anyone else selling guns owes it to the people of this country to do their due diligence to make sure that you don't sell guns to criminals and nut cases, much like yourself.

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Apr 18, 2013
 
McCain is just upset that President Obama has'nt gotten us into anymore long, drawn out land wars.........McCain was who Eisonhower was talking about....lol....Beware of the military-industrial complex.....
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Apr 18, 2013
 
Crazy people and convicted felons cannot legally buy guns now.
somePeopleDontNe edGuns

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Apr 18, 2013
 
But they can go to you, the internet, flee markets and buy guns without a background check. They just can't buy them from legit sources.

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No Infringement wrote:
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"Bitterly opposed by the Pentagon,“The Truth Bill” got nowhere.
99% or so of what you posted is rumor, innuendo, conjecture, supposition; all without one shred of fact, with the purpose of slandering a highly decorated Vietnam veteran. "Manchurian Candidate"...come on, now, seriously?

Fact is that only McCain knows the reason for why he takes the position of not making public the information on POW/MIAs to every swinging dick out there. And until he himself reveals why, if he ever does, he deserves our respect and gratitude. I give him the benefit of doubt because of the sheer hell he went thru as a POW.

Now, back to your original post, where is the evidence he "infringed" (a legal term) on the US Constitution.
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Apr 19, 2013
 
If thing's had went differently, would a President McCain have troops landing in Chechniya tonight? George W Bush/Dick Cheney?
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Mccain is an elitist through and through, the only talents he has are coddling rich bankers and marrying wealthy women. Just like john kerry- both limousine liberals. Vote out john "RINO" McCain.
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May 27, 2013
 
Didn't he ditch his wife for Cindy?

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May 28, 2013
 
Why is he in Syria, meeting with the rebels? Why is he so eager to get us into another war? So glad he isn't the President.....

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