Senator Joe Biden Issues Statement on McCain’s Support of Bush Wire-Tapping


June 6, 2008 — Washington, DC – Chairman of the Senate Foreign
Relations Committee and senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee
Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (D-DE) issued the following statement today after
news reports indicated that Senator McCain supports President Bush’s
wire-tapping program:

Photo by Christy Frink (CC)John McCain: Photo by Christy Frink (CC)

“Senator McCain has now not only joined the company of President
Bush – but also President Nixon – in taking the position that as
President he would consider himself above the law. In 1978, I helped
draft the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) which made clear
the exclusive legal steps the President must take in order to conduct
national security surveillance. President Bush chose to ignore the law
and now it seems Senator McCain will continue this policy. Once again –
there is no daylight between President Bush and Sen. McCain.

“I said during the FISA debate in 1978 that “it is not necessary to
compromise civil liberties in the name of national security.” That’s as
true today, even in a time of war, as it was then. We all share the
goal of capturing the terrorists and protecting national security and
we can do that without violating the privacy of the American people.
Like President Bush, Sen. McCain is presenting the American people with
a false choice—national security or civil liberties. We need a
President who understands that we can have both. It’s what our values
and our Constitution demands.”

Source: Senator Joe Biden

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