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John Kerry was on "This Week" with George Stephanopoulos, this morning. He spoke against Bush's warrantless wiretaps, calling them "a clear violation of the law."

Kerry said "that the administration has made no effort to consult Congress about any possible alteration to the law that he says restricts the wiretaps -- the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA," and called for a special counsel and independent investigation into the matter.

In the interview John Kerry announced his intent to vote against Supreme Court nominee Judge Samuel A. Alito, Jr. when the vote goes to the Senate floor this week. Kerry missed most of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings during an overseas tour of India, Pakistan, Iraq and Kuwait. He told Stephanopoulos that Alito would take the country "backwards."

When asked about "outside criticism that his Democratic colleagues may have focused on relatively inconsequential issues during the hearings," Kerry said, "That is certainly the criticism I have heard."

The discussion moved on to Osama bin Laden and Kerry repeated his belief that "the White House failed to commit the proper resources to capture Osama bin Laden at Tora Bora in Afghanistan." He also chastised Karl Rove for "continuing to make the war on terror a priority political issue" in his recent speech to fire up the GOP base for the 2006 elections.

Speaking of the Bush administration's efforts in the war on terror and the failure to capture Osama bin Laden, Kerry said, "Osama Bin Laden is going to die of kidney failure before he's killed by Karl Rove and his crowd."

There's more here.

Originally posted to kerrygoddess on Sun Jan 22, 2006 at 10:24 AM PST.

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  •  I have a question (none)
    Just how excited were you when Kerry posted on dKos? :)
    •  Very! (4.00)
      I think it's awesome that JK posted here!

      Conversing with the netroots is very important for all of Democratic leaders.

      It's no small secret in the blogosphere that I fully support John Kerry in his work in the Senate and his PAC. So when JK goes out and syprises us all by posting here, well it's a banner day in my opinion. Doubly, because he came back and posted again. Triply because he engaged in the conversation and took some time to respond to comments.

      Kerry understands the importance of the netroots. He's a man with a lot on his plate, no doubt he would like more time to engage the netroots and activists on the ground!

      by kerrygoddess on Sun Jan 22, 2006 at 11:48:19 AM PST

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  •  Very (4.00)
    I was very excited.  Every effort we make to connect with Democrats currenly in office at the national level is a good thing.  We are up against enormous odds.  We don't have a press anymore, we have misinformation with commericals being blared over the airways everyday.  
    The biggest problem our Dems in DC have is that they listen to consultants like Brazil, Schrum, Carville, Begala.  Those folks are the a big part of the problem.  The country is waiting for Dems speak out forcefully -- like Murtha and Gore.
  •  MH in PA (none)
    posted a thread about this. I'm not chiding you because you have the transcript and MH didn't at the time because he posted while it was live. It's always good to discuss what a great job Kerry did and to give others a chance to read it for themselves.

    Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought- John F. Kennedy

    by vcmvo2 on Sun Jan 22, 2006 at 10:41:37 AM PST

  •  Voting NO is not enough (4.00)
    Does Kerry ALSO support a filibuster?
    •  That's the Key Point Now (none)
      Also, did u c pathetically-elitist Cokie Roberts smirkingly dismiss the entire Snoopergate as if it were totally insignificant??!!  Pitiful!!!
    •  They need a consensus to filibuster. (4.00)
      If they have it I feel Kerry will support the effort. Durbin explained the filibuster effort the other day...

      ""A week ago, I would have told you it's not likely to happen," Durbin said. "As of [Wednesday], I just can't rule it out. I was surprised by the intensity of feeling of some of my colleagues. It's a matter of counting. We have 45 Democrats, counting [Vermont independent] Jim Jeffords, on our side. We could sustain a filibuster if 41 senators ... are willing to stand and fight."

      "Durbin explained the process of reaching the decision on a filibuster as critical "when five senators have said they oppose a filibuster, it's off the table. It's not going to happen. But if it doesn't reach that moment, then we'll sit down and have that conversation."" -

      by kerrygoddess on Sun Jan 22, 2006 at 11:22:37 AM PST

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  •  Kerry called for an independent counsel (none)
    on Tuesday, I believe, in an interview on CNN.
    •  Blitzer referred JK to Gore's speech... (4.00)
      BLITZER: Do you agree with him?

      KERRY: Yes.

      BLITZER: So what does that mean, if the president is breaking the law?

      KERRY: Definitively. Definitively.

      BLITZER: What's the remedy?

      KERRY: Well, the president -- first of all, with respect to breaking the law, the law that we passed clearly envisions -- and the reason we created it -- congressional intents could not be more clear here. We created a court. We have that court the power, on moments notice, set up only for the purpose of approving these warrants, to be able to review them in order to protect the constitutional rights of Americans, particularly with the view of what happens when you don't do that. That's number one.

      Number two, out of sixteen thousand -- I think -- seven hundred warrants that have been issued, only four have been refused in that entire period of time. And finally, nothing in the law that the administration has pointed to, which the Congress passed to respond to 9/11, where we authorized the use of force, nothing contemplated this kind of constitutional violation. So it is a clear violation of law.

      Now, you know, there are any number of different recourses that could be taken. With a Republican Congress, we've had a particularly hard time getting any legitimate recourse taken under almost any circumstances, because we don't have the power to issue subpoenas, we don't have the power to call hearings. So I think we have to continue to present this issue to the American people and I hope the administration will, of its own admission and its own steps, reverse course, admit the mistake, and try to guarantee that the protections
      put in place are adhered to.

      BLITZER: Senator Specter says he will hold hearings on this next month, as chairman of the Judiciary Committee.

      KERRY: I've heard that, and I hope the hearings are going to be fully bipartisan, that the appropriate people will be called on a bipartisan basis, the Democrats will have the right to have equal numbers of witnesses, and that subpoenas, if necessary, will be issued as appropriate without the chairman having the right to veto them.

      The full transcript and video of the interview are here -

      by kerrygoddess on Sun Jan 22, 2006 at 11:43:21 AM PST

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  •  Sen. kerry I hope you read this !! (4.00)
    John has a good message and his ideas are brilliant , But damn it his conversations swing so wide the listener unless completely focused loses the point hes trying to make , he needs to keep his comments short and to the point, Go straight to the meat of the subject , He needs to realise he's speaking to a vastly uneducated public and the majority scratch their heads and walk away wondering to themselves what they just heard .
    Sorry John , I voted for you but that had to be said I hope if you happen to read this that you take it to heart , Now get back to the Senate and lets get on about Impeaching the W

    Quit Bitchin !! Start a Revolution !!

    by Dbone on Sun Jan 22, 2006 at 11:39:48 AM PST

  •  so does the ACLU! (4.00)

    weather forecast

    The palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise. - Paine

    by Cedwyn on Sun Jan 22, 2006 at 11:56:39 AM PST

  •  Ok, now ... (none)
    Who kidnapped John Kerry and replaced him with Howard Dean?? Anyone know where Armando has been for the past few days?
    •  Ha ha! (4.00)
      You know many of out here in the netroots have gotten for a long time that Kerry is very outspoken and he knows his stuff. The MSM doesn't do Kerry justice and I honestly feel if the netroots would really listen to him they would see a lot more than they give him credit for.

      by kerrygoddess on Sun Jan 22, 2006 at 12:16:58 PM PST

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  •  I think it would be a special prosecutor (none)
    not an independent counsel, since that statute no longer exists after the abuses of the Ken Starr and other independent counsels during the Clinton era.

    The difference is that a special prosecutor does not have unlimited subpoena power.

    It would definitely be welcome, that's for sure.
    And necessary.

  •  Thanks, KG (none)
    Sen Kerry was smokin' today.  This is my favorite quote from the interview:

    "Osama Bin Laden is going to die of kidney failure before he's killed by Karl Rove and his crowd."


    Take that you blustering blowhard.  
    What a hideous 'man' Rove is.

  •  Kerry (none)
    Sometimes we don't agree on things.  Sometimes we have become jaded because of promises not kept.  But when it comes to our constitutional rights, I believe that every Dem will fight to the death to keep them.  The fear mongering Republicans have cowed some Americans to believing that President Bush needs this dictatotial power.  It is not necessary and is an illegal breach of our laws.  He is placing himself above the law of the land and I for one am furious.  

    He sends drome missliles into a country that used to be our friend and claims he has the right to do this.  He lies to us and says he has the right to do this.  He breaks the law and says he has the right to do this.  This speaks to me that he has assumed a dictatorship.  If the Dems can't get this man impeached, I'm moving to Mexico.

    The shrub needs to be pulled he is terrifying

    by libbie on Sun Jan 22, 2006 at 02:22:16 PM PST

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