Did you know that that so-called "american heroe" john mccain was referred to by his fellow pows in Vietnam as something akin to the "songbird" inasmuch as he was constantly "singing" to his Viet-Cong captors to curry favor and better treatment? This has been documented with authority by Colonel David Hackworth. The same violates military code/protocol (other soldiers have been court-martialed for far less) click Here, Here. But, you see, this covered up scenario, compromizing the false facade of far less than a heroe, is exactly what a criminal (lie of a) nation as america loves and encourages (get everyone's hands dirty so no-one dares to rectify same, ie., bush, sr., clinton, bush, jr.). That is, "toe the (corrupt, propagandized) line", become a criminal, or be exposed, prosecuted, and/or ruined; and, hasn't anyone asked how "wall street" has been "spared the spotlight" (and even was accorded protective legislation from their criminal culpability) and focus of inquiry, attention, and prosecution despite being the primary beneficiaries financial and otherwise of these scams (you know the wall street motto, "churn and earn"; huge conflicts of interest if not outright fraud).

In contradistinction to the typical american fraud/propaganda tool (note his "bellicose positions") mccain, is Jessica Lynch. A real heroe inasmuch as she has had the courage to withstand the "pressure" of the government propaganda machine so as not to distort the reality of her circumstances, typical of this fallen fraud of a nation america. The article follows: Skip to main content

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Former POW Jessica Lynch, right, told ABC's Diane Sawyer that the way the military publicized her rescue bothered her.

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(CNN) -- Former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch said that she believes the U.S. military overdramatized the story of her rescue in Iraq.

Lynch made those comments in an interview for ABC's "Primetime" to air Tuesday. The network released excerpts of the 90-minute interview Friday.

But a senior U.S. military official denied that the military ever exaggerated the rescue. Inaccuracies in reports of Lynch's ordeal were the fault of the media, which reported the story with incomplete information, the official said

Responding to questions that the military may have exaggerated the danger of her nighttime rescue from a Nasiriya hospital by U.S. commandos, she said, "Yeah, I don't think it happened quite like that."

However, she also said that anyone "in that kind of situation would obviously go in with force, not knowing who was on the other side of the door."

Ex-POW calls rescuers 'heroes'

Lynch, 20, a former private first class from Palestine, West Virginia, who has since left the Army, said the way the military publicized her rescue also bothers her, including the filming of it.

"It does [bother me] that they used me as a way to symbolize all this stuff," she said. "It's wrong.

"I don't know why they filmed it, or why they say the things they [say], you know. ... All I know was that I was in that hospital hurting. ... I needed help. I wanted out of there. It didn't matter to me if they would have come in shirts and blank guns; it wouldn't have mattered to me. I wanted out of there."

But Lynch said she considers her rescuers "my heroes." "I'm so thankful that they did what they did. They risked their lives."

Lynch and 16 other soldiers from the 507th Maintenance Company were ambushed March 23 after taking a wrong turn. Under heavy fire, the Humvee in which Lynch was riding crashed into a tractor-trailer, severely injuring her. Eleven soldiers died; six, including Lynch, were taken into custody.

Nine days later, the small-town private became a celebrity when U.S. forces stormed the hospital and rescued her in what the military characterized at the time as a dangerous, daring raid.

Subsequently, the hospital staff said no Iraqi troops were in the hospital at the time -- and that they had unsuccessfully tried to turn Lynch over to American forces earlier.

A defense official said, "Some media organizations had significantly inaccurate stories in the early days following the rescue, while the military was still collecting the facts and assessing her condition."

On Sunday, the rescue will be the subject of an NBC television movie, "Saving Jessica Lynch."

Response to revelations of rape

In her ABC interview, Lynch also responded to the revelation in a new book about her ordeal that she may have been sexually assaulted during her captivity.

She told ABC's Diane Sawyer that she does not remember being raped and "even just the thinking about that, that's too painful." She also said that she was not beaten during her captivity and that one nurse in the hospital even sang to her.

The book, "I Am A Soldier, Too," an authorized biography written by Rick Bragg, cites a medical report that shows Lynch was sexually assaulted.

Army officials would not comment on the account. A spokesman said that federal privacy laws prevent the military from discussing hospital records that would contain such details.

Bragg resigned as a national correspondent for The New York Times in May after the newspaper determined he had written a story for publication under his byline that had largely been reported by an unpaid, uncredited freelancer. Bragg insisted that he was following newspaper policy and did nothing wrong.

Lying injured in the Iraqi hospital, Lynch said she "seriously thought I was going to be paralyzed for the rest of my life."

"I've never felt that much pain in my whole entire life. It was, you know, from my foot to my other foot to my legs to my arms to my back, my head."

Lynch told Sawyer that she doesn't consider herself a hero. "I was just there in that spot, you know, the wrong place, the wrong time."

Lynch and her fellow soldiers were tired, hungry and "weren't thinking quickly" when they made the wrong turn into an ambush, she told Sawyer. During the confrontation with Iraqi forces, she said, her rifle jammed and she did not fire a single round.

She said it hurt her to learn that some news accounts of her capture said she had fired at Iraqis until running out of ammunition and had suffered bullet and knife wounds. In fact, her injuries were the result of the Humvee crash.

"It hurt in a way that people would make up stories that they had no truth about," she said. "Only I would have been able to know that, because the other four people on my vehicle aren't here to tell that story. So I would have been the only one able to say ... I went down shooting. But I didn't."

Lynch said it may have been one of her fellow soldiers, Pvt. Lori Piestewa, who fought to her death.

"That may have been her, but it wasn't me, and I'm not taking credit for it," Lynch said.

Lynch told Sawyer that she would like to get a college degree and become a kindergarten teacher. But first she wants to complete physical therapy for her injuries.

She said she still has no feeling in her left foot and walks with crutches, and she continues to have kidney and bowel problems stemming from an injury to her spine.

"I just want to keep adding, you know, just steps every day, just so eventually I can throw away the crutches and ... just start walking on my own," she said. "That's my goal. I just want to be able to walk again."

CNN's Jamie McIntyre contributed to this report.

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------------------------------------------------------- ASSOCIATED PRESS PALESTINE, W.Va., Nov. 7 — Former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch said the U.S. military was wrong to manipulate the story of her dramatic rescue and should not have filmed it in the first place. • Buy Life Insurance • MSNBC Hot List • Yellow Pages • expedia.com • Shopping • Postwar U.S. deaths • Rebuilding Iraq • Iraq's would-be leaders • Iraq: Relief groups • Road to Baghdad • Past U.S. occupations • Special Report: Occupational hazards • Facts: Iraq's oil • FAQ: Saddam • Complete coverage: After Saddam THE 20-YEAR-OLD private told ABC’s Diane Sawyer in a “Primetime” interview to air Tuesday that she was bothered by the military’s portrayal of her ordeal. “They used me as a way to symbolize all this stuff,” she said in an excerpt from the interview, posted Friday on the network’s Web site. “It hurt in a way that people would make up stories that they had no truth about,” she said. She also said there was no reason for her rescue from an Iraqi hospital to be filmed. “It’s wrong,” she said. The former Army supply clerk suffered broken bones and other injuries when her maintenance convoy was attacked in the Iraqi town of Nasiriyah on March 23. U.S. forces rescued Lynch at a Nasiriyah hospital April 1. ‘I DID NOT SHOOT’ Early reports had Lynch fighting her attackers until she ran out of ammunition and suffering knife and bullet wounds. Military officials later acknowledged that Lynch wasn’t shot, but was hurt after her Humvee utility vehicle was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade and crashed into another vehicle. Lynch told Sawyer she was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, and that her gun jammed during the chaos. “I’m not about to take credit for something I didn’t do,” she said. “I did not shoot, not a round, nothing ... I went down praying to my knees. And that’s the last I remember.” Lynch said she was terrified and feared for her life during her time in the Iraqi hospital, and didn’t believe she was being rescued until she was being evacuated in a U.S. helicopter. Then, Lynch said, she felt, “My God, this is real. I’m going home.” Footage of the rescue was aired repeatedly on television networks reporting how a special forces team bravely fought into and out of the hospital. “I don’t think it happened quite like that,” Lynch said. But she praised the soldiers who rescued her. “They’re the ones that came in to rescue me. Those are my heroes ... I’m so thankful that they did what they did. They risked their lives. They didn’t know, you know, who was in there.” NO MEMORY OF RAPE On Thursday, newspaper reports revealed Lynch had been raped during her capture. The assault was revealed in Lynch’s authorized biography — “I am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story.” The 207-page book will be released by publisher Alfred A. Knopf on Tuesday, Veterans Day. According to the newspapers, the rape was documented by medical records. Lynch told Sawyer she has no recollection of the attack. “Even just the thinking about that, that’s too painful,” she said.