The McCain campaign went on the record this week in endorsing the extra-constitutional powers the Bush Administration has asserted over our civil liberties. McBush is a reality
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.
On a day when the Senate Intelligence Committee released it’s final report on the lead up to the Iraq War, the need to change the Unitary Executive concept dreamed up by Dick Cheney was more evident that ever.
The 170-page report accuses Mr. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and other top officials of repeatedly overstating the Iraqi threat in the emotional aftermath of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Its findings were endorsed by all eight committee Democrats and two Republicans, Senators Olympia J. Snowe of Maine and Chuck Hagel of Nebraska.
Not only can this new concept of the Imperial Presidency ignore the laws on wiretaps, create it’s own intelligence group (Doug Feith’s Office of Special Plans) to massage intelligence to fit their war marketing plans, but potentially could sign an unprecedented Status of Forces agreement with Iraq that could commit us for years.
McCain will market himself as a candidate of change, but on the things that really matter, he’s just Four More Years-McBush.