Good Intentions vs The Law of Unintended Consequences

There was a minor ruckus over at This Ain’t Hell revolving around a comment by TSO here.

The two things that struck out to me when I read earlier is his slams against Bud Day, and his citing to that guy who was dogging McCain, who I actually looked up, and Susan Katz Keating did an entire article in her book on what a shitbag this guy was. Ted Sempley I believe was his name, and apparently he made no bones about using the MIA POW issue to make tons of cash.

Keep in mind Ted Sampley was NOT the focus of the post, and only mentioned in the above comment… still, having known Ted I was caught off guard.

I made a couple of phone calls and sent a couple of emails, primarily to see if a few others who knew Ted had a different perception of him than I do. I respect TSO and had to consider whether I’d been hoodwinked by Ted?

Was Ted perfect? Hardly! But perspective and context DO matter.

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One Response to Good Intentions vs The Law of Unintended Consequences

  1. Eagle II says:

    Ted Sampley nor any one I know or worked with, no matter the chest candy, were not perfect ( dependeing on what we see perfect as I guess ).

    But the short end of the long is this: You know who you know “personally” and if some one out of the blue called them a shitbag, no matter the context of the main post I tend to doubt any one with salt would sit back and see their friend(s) name drug in the mud.. specially by a turd named Susan Katz Keating. Col. Guy had his rows with her, and others Ted Sampley wasn’t the only one she tried to neutralize for his stand on PoW/MIA.

    I need say no more than what my friend Col. Guy said, a man who I worked with and admired for his tenacity despite the circumstance. Most of that ( as well as a letter from him and SRO Col. Gordon “Swede” Larson and other great guy and PW on McCain and his claim of torture – when in fact his injuries were sustained on ejection ) can be found here:
    and info & pics of the camps here:

    Col. Guy’s statement is gospel. He was John McCains SRO. Being “tortured” at the plantation, well, ain’t no one going to convince me he was as two SRO’s have stated NO ONE at the Plantation, other than Col. Guy, was. SRO’s Col. Guy & Col. Larson.

    1999 – March 25, 1999, The Phoenix New Times: Ted Guy and Gordon “Swede” Larson, two former POWs, who were McCain’s senior ranking officers (SRO’s), at the time McCain says he was tortured in solitary confinement, told the New Times that while they could not guarantee that McCain was not physically harmed, they doubted it.

    “Between the two of us, it’s our belief, and to the best of our knowledge, that no prisoner was beaten or harmed physically in that camp [known as “The Plantation”],” Larson says. “. . . My only contention with the McCain deal is that while he was at The Plantation, to the best of my knowledge and Ted’s knowledge, he was not physically abused in any way. No one was in that camp. It was the camp that people were released from.”

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