Olbermann: McCain mimics Bush on illegal wiretapping

By David Edwards
Saturday, June 7, 2008 8:54 EDT
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MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann reports:

“As with so many positions on which Senator McCain hues closely and precisely with the Bush administration, the Senator has tried to finesse the issue of warentless wiretaps. Finesse no more. The McCain camp now clearly saying the Senator believes what the current President believes, that the President of the U.S. can claim authority to wiretap Americans even where it contravenes a federal statute.”

“In other words the President may break the law using amorphous Constitutional power as an excuse.”

“The top advisor to Senator McCain set the record straight in a letter posted online by the conservative National Review this week. [The top McCain advisor] wrote that McCain believes the Constitution gave President Bush the power to order the National Security Agency to monitor Americas international phone calls and e-mails without a warrant. This, despite a 1978 Federal statute that specifically required court oversight of such surveillance.”

“Furthermore, quoting him, ‘neither the Administration not the telecoms need apologize for actions that most people except the ACLU and trial lawyers understand were Constitutiaonal and appropriate in the wake of the attacks on September 11, 2001.’”

“As for McCain, himself, saying about six months ago, ‘I don’t think the president has the right to disobey a law. ‘ It’s notable that in the very same interview, he also said, ‘there are some areas where the statutes don’t apply such as the surveillance of overseas communications.’”

This video is from MSNBC’s Countdown, broadcast June 6, 2008.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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