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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

McCain Chastises NYTimes for Publishing SWIFT Program Story

Campaign finance father Sen. John McCain, R-AZ, may have just stepped in it big time. He told ABC News The New York Times should not have published its controversial story about the federal government's use of the SWIFT international banking center to track terrorist finances:

"I don't think they should have. I think there are laws that were passed that allow programs such as this. I think it's a very important program, tracking the money is always a vital tool. And members of Congress were kept informed and agreed to this program. So, no, I don't think they should have published it."

Hard to see how the MSM continuing to give McCain a free ride on the campaign finance issue, now that he's joined President Bush in criticizing the Times for publishing the SWIFT story. What is worse is that he went on to note:

"[I]f The New York Times thinks the story was inconsequential, the legitimate question is, why was it on the front page?"


HT: WorldwideStandard.com