McCain’s Victims May Be Vindicated By “Hanoi Hilton Songbird” Audio

In 2008, Politifact determined that the Vietnam veterans who claimed that Sen. McCain was a traitor and a “Hanoi Hilton songbird” were “Pants on Fire wrong.” The press gave McCain a pass and attempted to destroy his critics.

TRUNEWS, which claims to be a nonprofit Christian digital news app, released the audio recording last week. According to TRUNEWS it “acquired the audio recording in cooperation with, a new media company founded by Charles Johnson.”

TRUNEWS is run by a conspiracy theorist, Rick Wiles, who has been described as the “most out there bigot yet.” That description was in response to the End Times broadcaster’s claim that he was renouncing his American citizenship because of Marriage Equality.

Still, the National Archives does show an entry on its website that appears to support Wiles’ and Johnson’s claims. The ADI is in the process of securing a copy of the recording from the National Archives.


According to numerous reports, the recording of McCain’s propaganda broadcast on North Vietnamese radio in 1969 was captured by the Foreign Broadcast Information Service. The Foreign Broadcast Information Service, which was run by the CIA from 1941-2004, monitored and translated radio broadcasts.

The broadcast has often been referred to by McCain critics, but could not be found. reports:

WeSearchr uncovered the tapes after filling a $10,000 bounty for their release thanks to conservative news site and 15 other anonymous contributors….. WeSearchr’s anonymous researcher found the tapes hidden deep within the U.S. National Archives in College Park, Maryland, just north of Washington, D.C….. John McCain’s name was misspelled “Macain.” The tape was also mislabeled “Sidney,” which is John McCain’s middle name.

A post on the Democratic by Vietnam Veterans Against John McCain in 2008 reads in part:

After being periodically slapped around for “three or four days” by his captors who wanted military information, McCain called for an officer on his fourth day of captivity. He told the officer, “O.K., I’ll give you military information if you will take me to the hospital.” -U.S. News and World Report, May 14, 1973 article written by former POW John McCain.

“Demands for military information were accompanied by threats to terminate my medical treatment if I did not cooperate. Eventually, I gave them my ship’s name and squadron number, and confirmed that my target had been the power plant.” Page 193-194, Faith of My Fathers by John McCain.

When the communist learned that McCain’s father was Admiral John S. McCain, Jr., the soon-to-be commander of all U.S. Forces in the Pacific, he was rushed to Gai Lam military hospital (U.S. government documents), a medical facility normally unavailable for U.S. POWs.

The communist Vietnamese figured, because POW McCain’s father was of such high military rank, that he was of royalty or the governing circle. Thereafter the communist bragged that they had captured “the crown prince.”

For 23 combat missions (an estimated 20 hours over enemy territory), the U.S. Navy awarded McCain a Silver Star, a Legion of Merit for Valor, a Distinguished Flying Cross, three Bronze Stars, two Commendation medals plus two Purple Hearts and a dozen service medals.

“McCain had roughly 20 hours in combat,” explains Bill Bell, a veteran of Vietnam and former chief of the U.S. Office for POW/MIA Affairs — the first official U.S. representative in Vietnam since the 1973 fall of Saigon. “Since McCain got 28 medals,” Bell continues, “that equals out to about a medal-and-a-half for each hour he spent in combat. There were infantry guys — grunts on the ground — who had more than 7,000 hours in combat and I can tell you that there were times and situations where I’m sure a prison cell would have looked pretty good to them by comparison. The question really is how many guys got that number of medals for not being shot down.”

For years, McCain has been an unchecked master at manipulating an overly friendly and biased news media. The former POW turned Congressman, turned U.S. Senator, has managed to gloss over his failures as a pilot and collaborations with the enemy by exaggerating his military service and lying about his feats of heroism.

McCain has sprouted a halo and wings to become America’s POW-hero presidential candidate.

For his part, McCain has admitted to less-than-heroic behavior. He has discussed the shame he felt for allowing himself to be used for propaganda purposes.

Fellow POW, Admiral James Stockdale, who was also held as a prisoner of war in the Hoa Lo prison and lead prisoner resistance, won the Medal of Honor for not allowing himself to be used in the manner McCain was. The citation for Stockdale’s Medal of Honor reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while senior naval officer in the Prisoner of War camps of North Vietnam. Recognized by his captors as the leader in the Prisoners’ of War resistance to interrogation and in their refusal to participate in propaganda exploitation, Rear Adm. Stockdale was singled out for interrogation and attendant torture after he was detected in a covert communications attempt. Sensing the start of another purge, and aware that his earlier efforts at self-disfiguration to dissuade his captors from exploiting him for propaganda purposes had resulted in cruel and agonizing punishment, Rear Adm. Stockdale resolved to make himself a symbol of resistance regardless of personal sacrifice. He deliberately inflicted a near-mortal wound to his person in order to convince his captors of his willingness to give up his life rather than capitulate. He was subsequently discovered and revived by the North Vietnamese who, convinced of his indomitable spirit, abated in their employment of excessive harassment and torture toward all of the Prisoners of War. By his heroic action, at great peril to himself, he earned the everlasting gratitude of his fellow prisoners and of his country. Rear Adm. Stockdale’s valiant leadership and extraordinary courage in a hostile environment sustain and enhance the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.

At the same time, McCain takes credit for refusing the offer by the North Vietnamese to be sent home early.

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  1. I read two of Admiral Stockdale’s books on his POW ordeal, he was a real hero. McCain like John Kerry seemed to be on an overseas photo op.
    I’ve always voted for John McCain but this year I will not support his re-election efforts.
    Arizona has a rich history of sending to Washington it’s finest sons, McCain was a carpet bagger when he arrived “home” in Arizona and will be a footnote in state history.
    Bye John, thank you for your service.

    • I agree with your bye John, if in fact the intelligent voters do not re-hire him.

      As for thanking him for something he has NEVER done for me. I can not do that.

  2. Until we quit fighting our battles with politically correct rules of engagement, we should not send Americans to fight any more wars.

  3. Again, I also don’t fault McCain for being shot down in 20 hours of combat time. Some guys were shot down on their first missions into North/South Vietnam and Laos, some guys on their 99th. Some guys shot down multiple times, other guys never taking a single hit on their aircraft. It’s really a crapshoot in many ways when the golden BB reaches out and touches you. So I don’t fault him for that and neither should anyone else… least anyone who actually has been in combat and knows what its about and what a cruel being it can be.

  4. So it certainly looks like McCains propensity to just take care of John nomatter the damage or cost to others is a long time deep rooted character flaw. It is time to put him out to pasture.

  5. McCain called everyone ‘liars’ who claimed they heard his propaganda recordings intended to demoralize the troops for almost forty years. And then he went on to build his entire political career as a war hero on a lie. The vets who called him ‘songbird’ have finally been vindicated with this recording found. They weren’t the ones lying.

  6. Been several decades since McCain quit being my hero.
    Yesterday I voted for Kelli Ward on my early ballot.

  7. If these things prove to be true, then ALL of those that criticized Mr. Trump, for what would have been “factual statements” at the time he said them about McLame, those people should publicly apologize to him for their Bigoted comments towards/about him.

    McLame was such a lousy pilot that in ONLY 20 hours of combat he cost the Taxpayers MILLIONS by getting one of their planes shot down…….GO TRUMP, REJECT McLame, GO TRUMP, REJECT McLame, GO TRUMP, REJECT McLame.

    • Don’t forget that it was a missile from McCain’s plane that went off when he was in the cockpit and damn near sunk an aircraft carrier. Swears he didn’t launch it but all told not a very good pilot.

      • I didn’t know that. Thanks for the info jd. If this new video is revealed on Fox news I can’t wait to hear what his daughter Megan, who is on Fox’s “Out Numbered” series, has to say, and if she will apologize to Mr. Trump for her remarks about him.

        The only people that will vote for McLame are those who’s brains “Short Circuit” just like those that will vote for HITLERy.

    • Chances of McCain having launched a missile while on the ground is nil to none. First off, aircraft munitions are inhibited from ground firing with weight-on-wheels switches. Second, the rapid pace of combat operations made for alot of corner-cutting in order to get the mission done and on time constraints. It’s much more plausible that a stray voltage or a problem with a hastily uploaded munition would be culprit. Not a defense of McCain in specific, but of any aircrewman on an aircraft carrier involved in combat operations during that timeframe, when the safety innovations we enjoy now aren’t something that existed back then.

  8. Little ludacris Johnny gets no pass from us after all he hasn’t done for AZ for his service, because that’s like beating a dead horse.
    He isn’t good for az any longer and hasn’t been for decades and yes he should have gone to jail for his shady dealings like some of the others.

  9. Having accumulated 786 combat hours in helicopters over South Vietnam, I hold no grudge against McCain for his “weakness” under duress. But one has to wonder if his nickname “Songbird” didn’t indicate that maybe he went a little farther than what was necessary in giving information to the North Vietnamese. That’s for his fellow POWs to decide.

    But his (with the help of Kissinger) denial that there were any living POWs, MIAs after his release has stuck in my craw for years. One might want to read the book “Kiss the boys goodbye” for a better understanding of how our government abandoned men who were left in Cuba, Laos, Cambodia, Russia, N. Korea, N. Vietnam and other places so they wouldn’t be an interference with the government’s plans for renewed trade agreements internationally.

    McCain is said to have marked information about known Americans seen overseas as “classified” so that the information would not be released to the public and especially to the families of the missing.

    And then there’s the impression I have that he votes more Socialist than Capitalist in these recent years. Hillary’s favorite Republican! What worse could anybody say about a person who is supposed to be representing conservative values for his constituents in AZ.

    • Another good book is “An Enormous Crime”, written by Congressman Bill Hendon, who tried for many years in the 1980s to keep the issue of live POW/MIAs in the forefront. Not only did he get pushback from Presidents and government officials; he even shockingly got pushback from POW/MIA family support groups and even some family members, who seemingly had agendas of their own

  10. the war was a long time ago – he was lucky – 55,000 others were not. Did he talk, say his Sqdn. number ship name – so what – were they going to go get them? If there’s those to blame it’s the democrats that tried to fight the war from a desk in Washington – as the old saying goes their glory our guts – a bunch of losers! Johnson being POTUS takes the lead in that line.

  11. Its a real shame because little Johnnie should be getting out of prison about now for his dealings with Charles Keating. So should the rest of his political cronies that help defraud the taxpayer and enrich themselves. Its past time to put McCain out to pasture with his millions. He has done absolutely NOTHING for the state since he has been a politician and yet keeps getting elected. Now its time to say goodbye to little Johnnie.

  12. As much as I haven’t ever cared for the disaster McCain has been as a Congressman/Senator for Arizona, and the shady dealings that have accompanied that, from his marriage into the Hensley family, to the Keating 5 scandal and beyond; I don’t hold his military service as a POW against him. Every POW endured different things, and reacted in varying ways. McCain was pretty significantly injured and required extensive medical treatment, as many POWs did. And many POWs were exploited in different ways against their will by the North Vietnamese and Cuban interrogators. The only part of McCain’s military career I’ve been very critical of, was his absolute insistence that there were no live POWs left behind after the 1973 release of the Hanoi POWs, when we know for a fact that a good number were left behind, and were alive and still trying to signal friendly forces, as well as seen by witnesses, for more than a decade after.

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