Darrell Issa retweets photos of war criminals, Nazis, Timothy McVeigh while honoring vets
Darrell Issa, Jump School, Ft. Benning, 1975

As part of a Twitter campaign to celebrate Veterans Day, Congressman Darrell Issa unwittingly retweeted photos of war criminals, Nazis, and mass murderers sent in to him by Twitter jokesters.


Issa , the Republican representative from San Diego County who has pushed Congressional investigations of Benghazi, Fast and Furious, and other 'scandals,' kicked off his #AmericaVets campaign on Friday, posting  a picture of himself taken when he was in jump school at Ft. Benning in 1975, according to the Daily Mail.

"Jump school at Ft Benning, 1975. Tweet your vet photos with #AmericasVets to celebrate Veterans Day! #FlashbackFriday," the congressman tweeted.

Mixed in with photos of uniformed fathers, brothers, uncles, and grandfathers sent in by followers, Issa also received photos of Nazi Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler, JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald,  convicted My Lai massacre war criminal William Calley, and Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, all of which were posted on Issa's timeline.

Under the photo of Himmler -- architect of the Final Solution resulting in death of six million Jews -- Butt C. Planet wrote, ".@DarrellIssa My late grandfather who served in the European theater in WWII #AmericaVets."

Go-Gurt Darfur identified Lee Harvey Oswald as, "my uncle Lee in 1956."

Alerted to the fact that he had been pranked, Issa or a staffer deleted most of the tweets, but a William Calley picture  remained up on Sunday night.

Screenshots of the tweets below, captured by The Daily Mail:

[caption id="attachment_668398" align="alignleft" width="385"]Heinrich Himmler - (Darrell Issa twitter account) Heinrich Himmler - (Darrell Issa twitter account)[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_668399" align="alignleft" width="465"]Lee Harvey Oswald (Darrell Issa Twitter account) Lee Harvey Oswald (Darrell Issa twitter account)[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_668400" align="alignleft" width="511"]Lt. William L. Calley (Darrell Issa twitter account) Lt. William L. Calley (Darrell Issa twitter account)[/caption]