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McCain and the U.S. Council for World Freedom

By Glenn Kessler
When John McCain severed his ties with a group linked to ultra-rightwing death squads in Central America may make a difference considering some of the literature associated with the U.S. Council for World Freedom.

McCain has said he resigned from the Council's board in 1984 because he was uncomfortable with the group's activities, but his name was still on the group's letterhead in 1986. He also attended the group's "Freedom Fighter of the Year" award ceremony on Oct. 3, 1985.

On July 15, 1985, the group's newsletter featured an article by Robert H. Goldsborough that appears to belittle concerns about then-President Reagan's decision to visit a cemetery with 49 graves of Waffen-SS officers.

"Those misguided souls who accused President Reagan of insensitivity for visiting the German cemetery at Bitburg are wallowing in ears of pity over the past crimes of the Nazi regime which collapsed over 40 years ago," the article begins. "They want to keep the memory of the holocaust alive so that it can never happen again. Crocodile tears! It is happening again ... and again, and again, right now, in the modern world; only the crimes of today are not being perpetrated by the Nazis but by their philosophical and demonical soul mates, the communists."

The article goes on to argue that Khmer Rouge in Cambodia and the Sandinistas in Nicaragua are engaged in "Holocaust now."

Goldsborough, identified on the web as a former staff investigator for the House Committee on Un-American Activities, is author of a book called "The Network of Power" which purports to reveal the "the handful of powerful unelected men who secretly rule America." In an interview conducted in 1998 that appears on the web, Goldsborough identified who he felt were the "top four world elite who he thought controlled the world" -- Edward Bronfman of Seagrams and the World Jewish Congress; then-Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin; then-Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan; and financier George Soros.

Goldsborough, now associated with a group called Americans for Immigration Control in Monterey, Va., did not return a call left on the group's answering machine.

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Relevant is the fact that McCain wasn't 8 years old when he had these links.

Posted by: nowanna1 | October 8, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Relevant is the fact that McCain wasn't 8 years old when he has these links.

Posted by: nowanna1 | October 8, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Notice McCain is only one of two U.S. Congressional figures on the list of directors and advisers. This meant 598 congressional figures had the GOOD JUDGMENT not to associate themselves with the former WACL(World Anti-Communist League) and its assorted Romanian and Croatian Nazis, Asian autocrats, members of the Knights of Malta and other national and international anti-semitic, anti-poor wack-l-jobs.

Posted by: alphavillebooks | October 7, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

McCain, desperate to turn voter's attention away from the economy and his lack of any plan or idea to meet the challenge, started the smear campaign about Aryes. Now it has blown up in his face as all his corrupt friends right-wing nut-job associations come out; Keating, Liddy and now this. What a sad end for a guy who managed to charm the press and a lot of voters into believing he was something special back in 2000.

Posted by: dcwsano | October 7, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

These associations are so troubling. McCain is very likely to start a new war if he gets into the White House. Will the media expose him for what he is? He is just another neocon, that is all. Has he ever expressed his view on the preemption type of war that Bush started? Perhaps this needs to be explored by the WaPo.

Posted by: LW22 | October 7, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Paul Begala's comments on this morning's Meet the Press.
"McCain once "sat on the board of a very right wing organization," the U.S. Council for World Freedom, led by a retired Army Maj. General named John Singlaub. The Anti-Defamation League allegedly called the CWF's parent organization a gathering place for racists and anti-Semites."

Posted by: MILLER123 | October 7, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

United States Council for World freedom. Board of Directors and Advisory Board. 1986. 1 page.
This is an official list of 36 directors and advisors of USCWF, and almost all of the names include a line or two of identifying information. John Singlaub, a retired general with an intelligence background, has been chairman of USCWF since 1981, when he organized it as the new U.S. chapter of the World Anti-Communist League. WACL, which was originally created by the intelligence services of Taiwan and South Korea for purposes of anti- Communist propaganda, has had a U.S. chapter since 1969. But the presence of former Nazis in the European chapters, and neo-Nazis elsewhere, caused splits on the U.S. end.
Singlaub's new chapter struck out in an activist direction by collecting tax-deductible contributions to support the contras. U.S. officials worked closely with USCWF, as well as with other pro-contra groups in the private sector. In 1985 the Miami Herald estimated that USCWF was sending up to $500,000 a month to the contras, in the form of nonlethal supplies that were usually shipped on U.S. military craft.

Search the NameBase site: While the best way to search for names is to use NameBase, most can also be found here by using only first and last name, separated by a single space, with no quotation marks.

Name index for U.S. Council World Freedom. Directors and Advisors. 1986

BISHOP JIM (HEARST CORP)
BOUSCAREN ANTHONY T
CAMARDESE N M
CARROLL J.A.
CHENNAULT ANNA CHAN
CHOPIWSKYJ WALTER
CONDON MARY HOPE
DOBRIANSKY LEV E
FISHER JOHN M
FORD LUCILLE G
GRAHAM DANIEL ORRIN
HURLBUT BERT
HUTCHINSON JOHN
JOHNSON W.A. (JOHN)
JUNG SAMMY Y
KNIGHT ALBION W
KUBEK ANTHONY
LEBOUTILLIER JOHN
MCCAIN JOHN S III (R-AZ)
MESSING ANDREW
MORRIS ROBERT (B.1915-09-30)
MORTENSEN RALPH
PARKER JAY A
PHILLIPS HOWARD
POSSONY STEFAN THOMAS
ROBERTS J.MILNOR
ROCHE GEORGE C III
ROTHSCHILD KATHLEEN TEAGUE
RUDD ELDON
SCHLAFLY J FRED
SINGLAUB JOHN K
SLEEPER RAYMOND S (COL)
SOLOMON GERALD B.H. (R-NY)
TSUAN VICTOR T.H.
TYSON JAMES L
UNITED STATES COUNCIL WORLD FREEDOM
WALT LEWIS W (GEN)

Posted by: MILLER123 | October 7, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

One more point on which McCain is less than honest.

One of the saddest parts of this campaign (other than the economy, which he clearly doesn't understand) is the disappearance of the onetime honorable man who called himself John McCain.

But this could also mean that McCain actually never understood foreign affairs, either.

Posted by: thaimex | October 7, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

"What's in your wallet?"

Todd Palin Was Registered Member of Alaska Independence Party Until 2002

Hangin with who?
SEPARATIST!

Posted by: MILLER123 | October 7, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Hanging out with separatist:


THE ALASKA INDEPENDENCE PARTY.... What may prove to be the single most damaging angle to Sarah Palin's role on the Republican Party ticket? There are quite a few contenders (ethics scandal, earmarks, inexperience, outside-the-mainstream views), but following up on Hilzoy's item from last night, Palin's association with the Alaska Independence Party might be the most politically detrimental.

It's practically impossible to make a "Country First" argument when your running mate is affiliated with a political party that puts country second.


Officials of the Alaskan Independence Party say that Palin was once so independent, she was once a member of their party, which since the 1970s has been pushing for a legal vote for Alaskans to decide whether or not residents of the 49th state can secede from the United States.And while McCain's motto -- as seen in a new TV ad -- is "Country First," the AIP's motto is the exact opposite -- "Alaska First -- Alaska Always."

Lynette Clark, the chairman of the AIP, tells ABC News that Palin and her husband Todd were members in 1994, even attending the 1994 statewide convention in Wasilla. Clark was AIP secretary at the time.

"We are a state's rights party," Clark -- a self-employed goldminer -- tells ABC News. The AIP has "a plank that challenges the legality of the Alaskan statehood vote as illegal and in violation of United Nations charter and international law....."

.......Complicating matters, Marc Ambinder has a video of a AIP leader explaining that party members "must 'infiltrate' -- his words -- the other two parties and push for the cause of Alaskan independence."

I suspect McCain and his aides didn't know about any of this. Indeed, they couldn't have -- they didn't vet her. But now that this revelation has come to light, what's the defense?

STEVE BENEN CBS NEW OCT 5, 08

Posted by: MILLER123 | October 7, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

I find the Khmer Rouge statement by CWF interesting in that the Reagan administration supported the Khmer Rouge in their fight against the Vietnamese after Vietnam invaded Cambodia to stop the genocide. Similarly, Reagan support Saddam when the Butcher of Baghdad was busy gassing civilians.

I guess one man's Holocaust perpetrator is another man's freedom fighter.

Posted by: DesertLeap | October 7, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

I can't help but wonder just what is going on when stories like this, the hateful rhetoric at the Palin events, the ties to other people of dubious stature are just passed by the MSM and all we hear about is Ayers from all the news shows. McCain is a fraud, period.

Posted by: hmmmmmer | October 7, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

I made a nice video for Barack Obama at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MBrFWuKkWQ

Obama 2008. God bless USA.

Posted by: wembakoy | October 7, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Besides McCain's connections to these extreme right-wing wacko's, there's Palin's connection to the anti-American Alaskan separatist group. Is this really what Americans want? Palin's demagoguery had the crowds screaming racist slurs and even a 'kill him' in Florida?

Keep these nut jobs away from the White House before they get us in a war or wreck the economy!

Posted by: thebobbob | October 7, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

This is troubling.

Posted by: empireport | October 7, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

If elected, the hotheaded, violence-loving "maverick" will be a dictator. His association with fascists and death squads was something that advanced his career.

Now McCain hangs around with really popular mass murderers--

Cheney, Bush and Kissinger.


Posted by: lichtme | October 7, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Wonder if McCain will drop the F bomb in the debate tonight, McCain is no stranger to the f word, see video at http://www.mccanes.com

You can watch McCain and Obama preparing for the debates, including out takes at http://www.watchdebate.com

See who won the watchdebate debator of the year award. http://www.Huckabeeshow.com

Posted by: pastor123 | October 7, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

This phenomenon of supporting dictators is covered in depth in Naomi Klein's book, "Shock Doctrine, the Rise of Disaster Capitalism". It is a must read in this world economic crisis. See naomiklein.org.

Posted by: rooster54 | October 7, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

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