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John McCain: A Closer Look at Evil (Part 2)

Sen. John McCain

The political genealogy of Arizona Senator John McCain is firmly rooted in organized crime. Gus Greenbaum, an influential mobster, was close to Meyer Lansky in New York before going to work for the Chicago Outfit. In 1928, Greenbaum moved to Phoenix.

In 1941, Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel became enamored with Nevada as a center for gambling and prostitution. With Lansky’s help, syndicate operatives advanced funds to build the Flamingo, a gambling resort named after Virginia Hill, a nightclub dancer, mob courier and Siegel’s lover.

Siegel ran the National Crime Syndicate’s racing wire service in Las Vegas and Los Angeles while Greenbaum oversaw the operation in Arizona. In the 1991 movie, Bugsy, actor Warren Beatty portrayed Siegel.

In 1947, Siegel was discovered skimming the casino skim, using Hill to move funds abroad. He was murdered in Los Angeles with a rifle fired through a window from 15 feet away.

Confirming it was a mob-approved hit, Greenbaum was on hand in Las Vegas to take control of the Flamingo. With his relocation to Nevada, Kemper Marley took over the Arizona operation.

Marley prospered in the post-Prohibition era as a statewide distributor of liquor distilled by Canada’s fabled Bronfman bootlegging clan. According to Rumrunners and Prohibition, a popular History Channel account of the era:

“During the 1920s, the Bronfmans made a bonanza in bootlegging. The company may have accounted for half of the illegal liquor crossing the border. Some claimed that Bronfman had a distribution deal for his booze with the infamous Jewish mobster Meyer Lansky….When Prohibition ended in 1933, it left a legacy of bloodshed, racketeering, and one of the wealthiest family dynasties in the world, the Bronfmans.”

The Bronfmans used that fortune to found and fund the Zionist World Jewish Congress.

In 1948, Marley escaped indictment on federal liquor law violations. That case led to the conviction of brothers Jim and Gene Hensley. Jim Hensley’s six-month sentence was suspended.

In 1953, Jim Hensley was acquitted when prosecuted for falsifying tax records for Marley’s firm. William Rehnquist, his defense counsel, was appointed by Ronald Reagan as Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1986.

By the mid-1950s, Jim Hensley controlled one of the largest Anheuser-Busch distributorships, a franchise reportedly guided to him by a grateful Marley. By Hensley’s death in April 2000, Hensley & Co. was the nation’s fifth-largest wholesaler of beer with annual sales exceeding $200 million. His daughter Cindy remains the largest shareholder and chairman of the board.

Two decades earlier Jim Hensley hired his son-in-law, John McCain, to manage public relations, a post he quickly vacated to run for Congress. A 1982 gift of $689,000 from a Hensley & Co. affiliate to Cindy McCain enabled the son-in-law to lend his campaign $167,000.

A pre-nuptial agreement ensured that John McCain’s financial records would omit his wife’s fortune. By 2007, her annual income topped $6 million ($16,438 per day). By 2010, her stake in Hensley & Co. was valued at an estimated $200 million.

Producing an Evil Doer

McCain’s mob-saturated political pedigree ensured his assistance with the Savings and Loan fraud of the 1980s. That massive skimming operation was a warm-up for the far larger subprime mortgage fraud—in which McCain acquiesced.

His key role in delaying essential S&L reforms boosted by 50% the taxpayer cost of the bailout. By then, the tally was $153 billion. Ringleader of the corrupt “Keating 5” Senators, McCain not only received $112,000 from Charles Keating, he and his family were routinely guests at a posh Keating retreat in the Bahamas.

In a sweetheart deal, McCain’s mobbed-up in-laws even invested $350,000 in a Keating-backed shopping center. Compare that with the cost imposed on taxpayers when the Keating-led Lincoln Savings & Loan went belly-up. Our tab for that skim: $3.4 billion.

Ever since this syndicate ran him for Congress in 1982, the hand of John McCain has been found on the policy levers whenever organized crime found its way into the taxpayers’ pocket.

The “Sunbelt Mafia” has long been imbedded in Arizona politics. John McCain is widely—and rightly—seen as a reliably pliable politico willing to cooperate. And happy to look the other way whenever a major skim is underway.

The cost to America of another McCain candidacy is unclear. What’s clear is the cost in both blood and treasure when he promoted the fraudulent intelligence that took us to war in Iraq, enabling another massive skim of the U.S. economy.

The future for John McCain is uncertain. The consistency of his behavior ensures his eventual exposure. With exposure, accountability will follow.

Will he plead ignorance or incompetence?

Will he resign and attempt to fade into obscurity? Or will he remain and be disgraced?

Will he escape indictment? Or will informed Americans force him from office?

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  1. Stephen Dunker  July 28, 2010 at 5:43 am

    This is an excerpt from part 1 that explains the McCain family history starting with John’s grandfather. There is an introduction, and parts 2-7B. The series is titled “The Three Stooges go to Washington” (McCain, Hillary and Obama are the stooges. Believe me, the read is worth your time. The link is at the bottom.

    By Don Nicoloff

    Senator John Sidney McCain III

    John Sidney McCain, III, according to traditional biographical sources, was “born at the Coco Solo Naval Base, Panama Canal Zone on August 29, 1936.” He is third in a succession of U.S. naval officers cultivated from the same family.

    One would think that these two sentences, the first which states where he was born and the second which describes the legacy he inherited, would be easy to check and prove. But they are not. So we must go backward in time to either prove he was born into a naval family at Coco Solo—or not.

    John Sidney McCain, Sr. [McCain, III’s grandfather]: The Official Story

    John Sidney McCain, Sr. (JS McCain I), was born August 9, 1884, in Carroll County, Miss., to John Sidney and Elizabeth Ann Young McCain. JS McCain I was attending the University of Mississippi when he met his future wife, Katherine Davey Vaulx (Katherine was born January 9, 1876 in Fayetteville, Arkansas), a Greek and Latin teacher eight years his senior.

    He then transferred to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis where he graduated 79th in a class of 116 in 1906. The U.S. Navy career of JS McCain I began by taking part in the World Cruise of the “Great White Fleet,” from December 16, 1907 to February 22, 1909.

    JS McCain I and Katherine were married August 9, 1909 at Colorado Springs, Colorado. The McCains had one child, John Sidney McCain, Jr. (JS McCain II), who was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on January 17, 1911.

    JS McCain I came up through the ranks and was promoted to rear admiral in 1941.

    Rear Admiral JS McCain I died of a heart attack on September 6, 1945 at his home in Coronado, California—four days after witnessing the Japanese surrender at Tokyo Bay. He was posthumously awarded the rank of full admiral and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

    Katherine died in San Diego May 29, 1959 and is buried next to her husband.

    JS McCain I had an older brother, William Alexander McCain, who also attended the University of Mississippi before transferring to the United States Military Academy; he retired as a brigadier general.

    JS McCain I: The unofficial story

    According to official biographies, “John Sidney McCain, Sr.” was born to “John Sidney and Elizabeth Ann Young McCain” at Teoc, in Carroll County, Mississippi on August 9, 1884 and died on September 6, 1945 at the age of 61.

    There is no information on the birth or parentage of JS McCain I or Elizabeth Ann available through traditional sources (claims that “they just didn’t keep good records back then” are excusive. People and cultures, particularly prominent families and governments, have been keeping “good records” for thousands of years).

    After attending the University of Mississippi for a year, McCain enrolled in the U.S. Naval Academy, where he graduated 79th out of a class of 116. Despite his meteoric rise as an unremarkable, even incompetent naval officer, the Annapolis Naval Academy does not list “Admiral John Sidney McCain, Sr.,” as a “notable” graduate from the Class of 1906.

    The first anomaly in the ancestry of John McCain, Sr. appears in his “wikipedia” biography. Though the author of this particular historical account of Admiral McCain is unknown, the article is consistent with other genealogical accounts of the McCain family in that the first “John Sidney McCain”—the presumed father of JS McCain I, was not called “Sr.,” or “I” which are the customary designations for fathers who name sons after themselves.

    This elder McCain is claimed to have been born in “Mississippi” in 1851 (no birth date or place indicated). Regarding the death of this patriarch, we are only given the year, “1934,” with no date and no location. The same is true for Elizabeth Ann—birth year (1855) and state (Mississippi) and death year (1922) and state (Mississippi) only.

    Genealogical databases and public records are devoid of specific information legitimizing “the McCains from Mississippi.” The deaths of a decorated U.S. Navy admiral’s father and mother should have at least prompted the publishing of obituaries in the local newspaper that would reveal more clues for future genealogists, but that is not the case.

    The McCain family history dead ends at this point.

    [We have now stumbled onto a clue that the Senator from Arizona (JS McCain III) is not who he pretends to be. Like we learned when attempting to trace the genealogy of the “George Herbert Walker Bush” clan (The IO, April—June, 2007), these people don’t just appear out of a vacuum. They came from somewhere, usually from Europe and, in those days, by ship.]

    A single maritime record dated April 26, 1924, from Ellis Island shows that a “John McCain,” a “British” citizen of “Scotch” origin (yes, the document says “Scotch”), “age 59,” claimed he had been sailing as a crew member with the “Wandsworth [Gas] Works” shipping company for “10 years” as an “A.B.” (able boatsman). That claim would place his birth date closer to 1865, not “1884,” The recorded physical descriptions of this McCain match what is revealed in later photographs of JS McCain I. He was not a large man, his weight fluctuated from 130-145 lbs. throughout his career with Wandsworth Works and, if this is the same man, the U.S. Navy. He was also short in stature, his declared height ranging from 5’-5” to 5’-8”.

    A review of public records does not reveal a “John McCain” having been born in England or Scotland in 1865. So, where might this “John McCain” have been born? Certainly not in Teoc, Mississippi. And what is the significance of this 59-year-old “John McCain” arriving in New York as a foreign national working on a foreign ship? The answer will be found in photographs taken during and near the conclusion of World War II.

    Naval historian E.B. Potter noted that, “John Sidney McCain defied the image of the senior naval officer. Bony, wizened, with a hooked nose and sunken cheeks, he turned sixty during World War II and looked at least ten years older.”

    Other accounts agreed, though most blamed his weathered appearance on “the stress of years at sea.”

    Read the rest of the article and series here:
    http://web.me.com/donnicoloff/directlightproductions.com/Articles/Entries/2008/4/14_The_Three_Stooges_go_to_Washington.html

  2. David A. White  July 27, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    Mr. Gates, you can go to the justice department and ask for an indicment. Sounds like you know what you are talking about since you were on Reagan’s team, the most corrupt adminstration in the history of the US.

  3. Lem G.  July 27, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    McCain’s voting records on behalf of veterans and military families should be researched and published on this website. Its a real eye opener for those who believe McCain has always been Pro Vet & Pro Military.

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