Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Mukasey Endorses McCain, Patriot Act

Report by Helen Mathews, MS Chapter

Former Federal District Judge and current Attorney General of the United States Michael Mukasey vocalized his endorsement for Senator John McCain today in a press conference. “John McCain is right man for the job,” announced Mukasey, adding, “Under McCain’s leadership, we will carry on the job started by Bush and Ashcroft, and continued by Gonzales,” referring to abuses of the USA Patriot Act.

The Patriot Act, enacted under the guise of protecting Americans from international terrorism, has been used extensively by the Bush Administration to wiretap, check library, medical, and internet records, and in various other ways, spy on lawful American citizens. In his statement, Mukasey praised the Act for its effectiveness in bringing down former NY Governor Elliot Spitzer for prostitution and subsequently aiding in the defeat of Spitzer’s close ally, Hillary Clinton, by Barack Obama. When asked what prostitution had to do with international terrorism, Mukasey retorted, “Don’t be naive. The Patriot Act was never about terrorism, that was a diversion used to implement a tool that has proved invaluable in the quest to strengthen the Administration against the so-called “rights” of U.S. citizens.

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