Statement of
Bob Barr, Chuck Baldwin,
Cynthia McKinney, and Ralph Nader
Candidates for President

National Press Club September 13, 2008

"We must protect the privacy and civil liberties of all persons under US jurisdiction. We must repeal or radically change the Patriot Act, the Military jio phone booking Commissions Act, and the FISA legislation. We must reject the notion and practice of torture, eliminations of habeas corpus, secret tribunals, and secret prisons. We must deny immunity for corporations that spy willingly on the people for the benefit of the government. We must reject the unitary presidency, the illegal use of signing statements and excessive use of executive orders."

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Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr released a press release today blasting Congress for failing to repeal the REAL ID Act. Senators McCain and Obama both voted for the measure when it was passed as an amendment to an appropriations bill. “Protecting the people’s liberties and privacy is central to government’s role, not an afterthought – factors obviously not important to my opponents in both the Republican and Democratic Parties who supported the Real ID Act,” Barr stated.

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Over the weekend, the McCain campaign charged that the Obama campaign may have had something to do with the breaches of Joe the Plumber’s privacy records. The Obama campaign responded yesterday, saying “Invasions of privacy should not be tolerated. If these records were accessed inappropriately, it had nothing to do with our campaign and should be investigated fully.” More at Political Punch.

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Bob Barr: The privacy candidate for president

Posted April 11, 2014 By admin

Declan McCullagh has a post today on his Iconoclast blog explaining how Bob Barr hopes his enthusiasm for electronic privacy will help his campaign for the White House.

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Advice to Barack Obama on the Patriot Act

Posted April 11, 2014 By admin

Way back in May, Bob Barr spoke about the Patriot Act at a debate between third-party candidates. Today, knowing that Barack Obama will be our next President, it is important to keep in mind the challenges that will face his administration and we hope he takes Barr’s advice on the Patriot Act! Listen to what Barr said:

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Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr released a press releaseyesterday criticizing Congress for approving amendments which weaken FISA’s requirements. Barr refutes the claims of lawmakers that the bill balances security and privacy, stating, “to the contrary, the bill grants the government unprecedented power to surreptitiously spy on the phone calls and emails of American citizens in our own country, so long as the government claims to believe that they are communicating with someone not in the U.S.”

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On Wednesday at the National Press Club, aides to Senators John McCain and Barack Obama offered a brief look of what a Department of Homeland Security might look like under each candidate. The aides spoke as staff assistants, and not for the campaigns, but their statements nonetheless offered interesting insight into the candidates’ views.

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