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Saturday, April 25, 2009

John McCain: 9/11 terrorists came from Canada

In a startling example of misinformation, former Republican presidential candidate, John McCain, told a US Fox News network on Friday that 9/11 terrorists came from Canada. His ridiculous and incorrect assertion is similar to the one made by US Homeland Security secretary, Janet Napolitano.

Earlier in the week Napolitano also suggested that the 9/11 terrorists entered the United States from Canada, but said in a later statement, “I know that the September 11th hijackers did not come through Canada to the United States.”

McCain is reported to have told Fox News on Friday: “Well, some of the 9/11 hijackers did come through Canada, as you know.”

The Canadian mission in Washington immediately issued a rebuttal, saying that none of the 9/11 terrorists entered the United States from Canada.

It is astonishing that a former presidential candidate should be so shockingly ill-informed. McCain is supposed to be an expert on US national security or so we were led to believe in last year’s campaign. Nobody in his position could be that badly informed.

The tired old fool is probably senile and has become confused. Or perhaps he is just being mischievous. Either way, Canadians should be relieved that he lost the election.

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  1. Senile,mischevious or...the truth is finally going to come out. McCain knows more than we do.

  2. What a disappointing comment from Senator McCain - he should know better. The perpetuation of this urban myth is almost criminal. I reluctantly supported McCain's run for President - there were better candidates such as Rudy Giuliani or Mitt Romney. How can you take the man seriously if he can't get this simple information right. He's getting challenged in his nomination for the next Senate race - which is good - Arizona needs someone who is younger and more informed.