Sen. John McCain: NSA Chief Should Resign

The former presidential candidate also calls on Obama to apologize to Angela Merkel

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Joshua Lott / Reuters

U.S. Senator John McCain speaks to reporters during a town-hall event in Mesa, Ariz., Aug. 27, 2013

U.S. Republican Sen. John McCain said Washington officials need to be held accountable in the wake of the National Security Agency leaks, calling on President Barack Obama to apologize to his German counterpart and for the NSA chief to resign.

In an in-depth interview with German magazine Der Speigel, McCain said there needs to be more congressional oversight and a “wholesale cleaning” in Washington. McCain addressed recent revelations that the U.S. had wiretapped German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone dating as far back at 2002. The former presidential candidate called it a “mistake.”

“A certain amount of eavesdropping goes on amongst friends. We all know that,” McCain said. “But it happens to be my personal opinion that the German Chancellor’s personal cell phone is not something that should be eavesdropped.”

McCain, who sits on both the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, said it’s “conceivable” the president was unaware of the eavesdropping but that he should haven known. He added that NSA Chief Keith Alexander should resign or be fired.

When asked about the possibility of Germany granting asylum for former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, McCain dismissed it, calling Merkel too close of a friend. Though Snowden’s asylum in Russia expires next year, McCain said he believes President Vladimir Putin will allow him to stay indefinitely.

[Der Speigel]

11 comments
mak4374
mak4374

What happened to that ol' "don't apologize" thing?

And besides, he was sitting on the Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs and he didn't know this was going on? Sorry, but either he is lying, or he is incompetent.  Then again, his mission accomplished: he is in the news, good or bad.

cameronmasters
cameronmasters

And I bet a grand total of 0 Germans care what McCain thinks. 

stevek77536
stevek77536

"U.S. Republican Sen. John McCain said Washington officials need to be held accountable ... "  if they are Democrats.  Republican presidents can invade countries that did not attack us, and lower taxes while borrowing massively, that's OK.  (I am an Independent, the Dems have their problems, but the Republicans have come unhinged.)



kon-tiki
kon-tiki

there is something wrong with this guy. His mind is still frozen in those old Vietnam era times..... Talk is cheap and he is very good at it.

billorights
billorights

@mak4374 

Lying AND incompetent, I'd wager.

He should have left the public sector after his military service, so he could remain a hero.

billorights
billorights

@stevek77536 

Since when is McCain a Republican?

Mr. McCain is the very definition of RINO.

Same with Miss Lindsay.

billorights
billorights

@kon-tiki 

He's a nightmare.

I would thank him for his public service and send him on his way.

mak4374
mak4374

@stevek77536 Perhaps that is because the Republican party has moved to the right of the Birch Society.  Under your definition Nixon and Reagan would be left of Obama. 

But perhaps I am exaggerating. 

mak4374
mak4374

@billorights @mak4374 @stevek77536You are right: Reagan WAS a conservative.  Back then.  Now, next to the teabaggers....hmm, perhaps you should study a little of his policies, not only what he stood for, but actually what he did.  The following is from that other big time "leftie", Bob Dole:

http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2013/05/26/bob_dole_ronald_reagan_wouldn_t_make_it_in_today_s_republican_party.html

Yes, you can actually find out how Reagan and Dole would pass the current "conservative" litmus test to be able to even claim they were conservative, much less run as such.

As for the "most ludicrous, Leftie assessment I've ever heard", you obviously haven't heard much.   Here is another you might not have heard: you might be an ignoramous, but it is not too late son.  You can do something about it.  First step? Understand that there is a difference between opinion and knowledge.

billorights
billorights

@mak4374 @stevek77536 

LOL.

That's the most ludicrous, Leftie assessment I've ever heard.  Reagan WAS Conservatism.

Everyone since has slowly edged into Progressivism.

If you have a competent level of political knowledge, you're lying.  Otherwise, you're just incurably misinformed.