Arrest John McCain! He Met with Identified Terrorists in Syria Holding Lebanese Civilian Hostages yet he was photographed with a known affiliate of the rebel group responsible for the kidnapping of 11 Lebanese tourists one year ago, during a brief and highly publicized visit inside Syria this week.

The U.S. senator became the highest-level American official to enter Syria since the uprising began. A former presidential candidate and staunch opponent of President Barack Obama’s Syria policy, he has been leading calls to better arm moderate opposition groups fighting Syrian
President Bashar Assad.

During a brief visit to northern Syria from Turkey, confirmed by his office Monday, McCain met with rebel leaders calling for greater support in their fight against Assad. He was accompanied by the chief of staff of the rebel Supreme Military Council, Gen. Salim Idriss.

The tourists were kidnapped by armed rebels in Azaz, in Syria’s Aleppo province, in May last year as they were making their way back to Lebanon on a bus tour.

The photo, released by McCain’s office, shows McCain with a group of rebels. Among them are two men identified in the Lebanese press as Mohamed Nour and Abu Ibrahim, two of the kidnappers of the group from Lebanon.

Daniel Shoueib, a relative of one of the hostages, who was reading the news of McCain’s surprise and unexpected visit, was shocked to see the photo which showed men he recognised as the kidnappers on May 22, 2012. Daniel went on to criticise American policy, specifically the sponsoring and support of terror groups who are responsible for acts such as sectarian kidnappings. .. points to the sign in the larger version of the photo which among other words printed, says “New Syria”.

Another relative, Hayat Aouali, spoke of the United States with its influence over armed militant groups, challenging its decision-makers to use the influence to bring about the release of the hostages, who are said to be held in circumstances involving maltreatment.

Significantly, Turkey’s support for armed groups in Syria, especially for the organization with which McCain visited in Syria, paints a bleak picture of regional positions toward Syria. Indeed, it appears to vindicate the Syrian government’s position that the insurgency and violence are a result of foreign intervention.

Reporters from Lebanon’s Al-Jadeed TV met militants from the Asifat al-Shamal Brigade at the Bab al-Salameh border crossing, as did John McCain on Monday. In a screenshot of Al-Jadeed TV’s report, a man identified as Muahmmad Noor can be seen – a member of the militant

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Arrest John McCain & Investigate US State Department & Clandestine Activity in Syria

Attorney General Eric Holder,

The Federal Bureau of investigations suggested I contact your office
regarding Senator John McCain's illegally entry into Syria yesterday,
Monday, May 27, 2013.

It is my understanding that US state department and other clandestine
activity has been facilitating intelligence, logistics and weapons to
militants and criminal mercenaries operating in and around Syria for
over two years.

It is also my understanding that John McCain met with and pledged
support to militants and criminal mercenaries during his illegal entry
into Syria yesterday.

I am sending this letter as official notice of a citizens request for
the arrest of John McCain and investigation of these criminal activities
in Syria.

Thank you so much for your consideration.

Scott Rickard

Created: May 28, 2013

Issues: Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement