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Adviser: McCain Backs Bush’s Wiretaps

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Posted on Jun 6, 2008
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McCain’s declaration in an interview six months ago that “I don’t think the president has the right to disobey any law” is now called into question.

As if 100 years in Iraq wasn’t enough, a top adviser to John McCain claims that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee supports and believes lawful Bush’s infamous warrantless wiretapping program.

In a letter to the National Review, McCain adviser Douglas Holtz-Eakin writes that “neither the administration nor the telecoms need apologize for actions that most people, except for the A.C.L.U. and trial lawyers, understand were constitutional and appropriate in the wake of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.” Because everyone knows telecom companies are constitutional experts, not lawyers.


The New York Times:

A top adviser to Senator John McCain says Mr. McCain believes that President Bush’s program of wiretapping without warrants was lawful, a position that appears to bring him into closer alignment with the sweeping theories of executive authority pushed by the Bush administration legal team.

In a letter posted online by National Review this week, the adviser, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, said Mr. McCain believed that the Constitution gave Mr. Bush the power to authorize the National Security Agency to monitor Americans’ international phone calls and e-mail without warrants, despite a 1978 federal statute that required court oversight of surveillance.

Although a spokesman for Mr. McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, denied that the senator’s views on surveillance and executive power had shifted, legal specialists said the letter contrasted with statements Mr. McCain previously made about the limits of presidential power.

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By Jim Yell, June 8, 2008 at 5:00 am Link to this comment
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A special court, in sympathy with supposed security concerns has been available all this time for proper process when spying is necessary. Ignoring the process, the legal process to do this was a grab for total power and should have been contravened by the oath of office. The fact that it was not is the reason this administration should have criminal charges brought against it.

Where does this arrogance come from, two world wars and militarism and only one of the two wars were defensible. The first one was not necessary and in fact lead to the second one in which a mad man thought he could make up the law as he went along, therefore my and others contention that this current administration is only different in degree, but not in kind with Hitler. If these over reaching strategies are allowed to stand, than democracy is dead, dead, dead—-

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By PatrickHenry, June 7, 2008 at 7:53 am Link to this comment

A vote for McCain will be akin to a crime committed against this country.

The MSM shutout of Ron Paul and the concerted effort to make him disappear from media, deserves some scrutiny.

If “they” can steer opinion, dissent and news reporting, our first amendment has become no more than a shell of what it was meant to be.

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By Purple Girl, June 7, 2008 at 6:53 am Link to this comment

having worked with the Elderly - I am not Ageist.But I do Recognize mental deficiencies and personality Defects when I see them. I have no idea who Mac was before he was held & tortured as a POW so his irrate Outburst of anger may be a innate flaw. Or he may have suffered so many hits tot the head during captivity his personality was changed by injury. it amy also explain his recent Change in personality. this is not the Mac I recall from ‘00.Of course he could have been ‘ACTING’ considering his involvement with the Keating Scandal. I still think he;s suffered a CVA- his body mechanics alone appear to be Rehab enhanced.Interesting ( and Telltale) the conditions under which his ‘medical’ records were released. Makes me even more suspecious of concealment.
His courting Hagee & Parsley is of great concern. wouldn’t his campaign people have done an Exhaustive inquiry into these Too first? he called them ‘agents of Intolerance’ why not use the Historical well documneted Facts to support his claim instead of trying to win them Over? Could he actually share their Views- esp in regards to Pre-emptively Striking Iran, as a means to begin the Battle Between ‘Good & Evil’? Is he an ‘End Of Days’/‘Rapture’ Deceiver too?
Frankly I Know Rev Wright was intentionally used as a Red herring, a scarifical lamb to distract from the Real Extreemist who lurk at the Pulpit in this Country. I watched Wright and Listened without the assistance of the medias Autopsy. I was NEVER Offended, Nor fearful of his thoughts. In fact I found them to be Dead On - AIDS may not have been Invented , bu tit was allowed to spread to epidemic proportions. 9/11 was an attack on the MIC, and they are the ones who placed our citizens in harms Way because of THEIR immoral and Unethical Global Practices.
Now Mac want to continue the Bush/Cheney doctrine of UnAmerican ‘Abuse of Power’,Profiteering and Blood For Oil.Keep Talking Mac, the charges of Treason, War crimes and Crimes against Humanity do not end at this Adminstration.

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By reason, June 7, 2008 at 3:38 am Link to this comment

McCains life has been about being his father’s son and trying to live up to his family’s traditions. While I have do respect the men and women of our military I do not respect the military types who see pre-emptive war as an alternative to diplomacy.
McCain is and always has been duplicitous in continuing support of war. Bush and McCain are of the same ilk and little things like the Constitution, Bill of Rights, etc. are impediments to their vision of continuing to protect the priviledged lifestyle of the wealthy. McCain has no idea what it is like to live in this country as an ordinary citizen. Wealth isn’t wrong but with wealth and power comes “RESPONSIBILTY”, Bush and his administration have failed miserably in that responsibilty and now McCain shows every sign of following the same policies that brought our country to this point in our history.

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By Max-1, June 6, 2008 at 3:20 pm Link to this comment
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The Fourth Amendment says:

‘The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.’

Our FREEDOM to be secure from our Government is under attack by the president.
Our FREEDOM to be secure is under attack by members of our Congress.

Those that wish to give up this FREEDOM need not call themselves Americans as in being an American one is GUARANTEED the Fourth Amendment, AN NO LESS!

R E M E M B E R:
THEY(sic) HATE US FOR OUR FREEDOMS…
… And so THEY(sic) attempt to legitimise undermining the FREEDOM to be an American.

Q U E S T I O N:
What does John McCain support and defend IF NOT our Right to be an American?
When John McCain demonstrates a purpose of evasion or mental reservation to his Oath of Office, is that a faithful execution of that Oath?

Oath of Office says:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

I WANT MY FREEDOM TO BE AN AMERICAN, BACK!

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By Thomas Billis, June 6, 2008 at 3:16 pm Link to this comment

If Thomas Jefferson could come back from the dead he spit in this guys face.The definition of Constitutional has shifted in recent years to mean whatever George Bush wants to do.As Nixon said"if the President does it it cannot be illegal”.This statement has become the mantra of the current crop of Republicans.

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By Don Stivers, June 6, 2008 at 12:13 pm Link to this comment

What is wrong with a Judicial review of wire tapping?

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By jatihoon, June 6, 2008 at 11:27 am Link to this comment

John McCain stands for, “Nothing, and will fall for anything.“Guy taken prisoner while bombing innocent N.Vietnamese, lost his freedom for six years, has the audacity to suggest to curb the freedom of country citizen, without the court warrants.Not only he was prisoner war, he is also prisoner of his deluded mind.

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By Aegrus, June 6, 2008 at 10:37 am Link to this comment

National Review. Ugh. I struggle so hard to read their articles, but it’s good to get the other side’s dirt.

Honestly, though, this is just another example about why we aren’t going to elect McCain to the presidency. Most Americans Douglas Holtz-Eakin knows apparently have an average net worth of seventy-million dollars. Out of touch with the public. GOP is on the decline. Goodbye Oil Profiteers!

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