Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Bicycle or not, he just broke our hearts.

This is a terrible day for civil liberties in the USA.

FISA?

On January 28th, Obama said this - and then today, he voted yes for retroactive immunity for the telecommunication companies that violated federal law and assisted Bush in spying on us. A sad day for HOPE. A sad day for civil liberties. A sad day for all of us who have worked so hard for Obama's campaign.

"I strongly oppose retroactive immunity in the FISA bill.

Ever since 9/11, this Administration has put forward a false choice between the liberties we cherish and the security we demand.

The FISA court works. The separation of power works. We can trace, track down and take out terrorists while ensuring that our actions are subject to vigorous oversight, and do not undermine the very laws and freedom that we are fighting to defend.

No one should get a free pass to violate the basic civil liberties of the American people -- not the President of the United States, and not the telecommunications companies that fell in line with his warrantless surveillance program. We have to make clear the lines that cannot be crossed.

That is why I am co-sponsoring Senator Dodd's amendment to remove the immunity provision. Secrecy must not trump accountability. We must show our citizens - and set an example to the world - that laws cannot be ignored when it is inconvenient."

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

not surprised - only the beginning for the 'golden orator messiah of change' to start showing his true 'just another politician' leanings - watch what he does with iraq (already started) - and iran - just wait til the israeli lobby sits him down and gives him a good 'talking to' - and it will go on and on and on - one disappointment after the next - and then sometime later he will follow it up with his famous "i regret having blah blah blah....." line that he uses so well - hillary was a much better choice

Michael said...

ugh. of course you thought Hillary was a better option. anyone could have guessed that. you vote with your wallet.

anyone who watched the primary carefully and saw Hillary as a "better choice" falls into the category of "hopeless and left for dead, time to move on to the next generation".