Today, I bravely ventured back on to a few blogs where I’d been unceremoniously told I was, let’s see, a republican-in-disguise, a racist, a bitter old hillary hag … ah, okay, I’ll just get to the point. It appears that Senator Obama’s support of the FISA compromise is becoming a partial antidote to Hopium. I’m also seeing signs that the rejection of public financing is having similar results. (Check out this thread on NQ for more on that including a nifty youtube that you may enjoy.)
Here’s the Obama position. (Look for it in the periodical section as he is the candidate of change and may in fact change his position over and over and over.)
Statement of Senator Barack Obama on FISA Compromise
Given the grave threats that we face, our national security agencies must have the capability to gather intelligence and track down terrorists before they strike, while respecting the rule of law and the privacy and civil liberties of the American people. There is also little doubt that the Bush Administration, with the cooperation of major telecommunications companies, has abused that authority and undermined the Constitution by intercepting the communications of innocent Americans without their knowledge or the required court orders.
That is why last year I opposed the so-called Protect America Act, which expanded the surveillance powers of the government without sufficient independent oversight to protect the privacy and civil liberties of innocent Americans. I have also opposed the granting of retroactive immunity to those who were allegedly complicit in acts of illegal spying in the past.
After months of negotiation, the House today passed a compromise that, while far from perfect, is a marked improvement over last year’s Protect America Act.
Under this compromise legislation, an important tool in the fight against terrorism will continue, but the President’s illegal program of warrantless surveillance will be over. It restores FISA and existing criminal wiretap statutes as the exclusive means to conduct surveillance – making it clear that the President cannot circumvent the law and disregard the civil liberties of the American people. It also firmly re-establishes basic judicial oversight over all domestic surveillance in the future. It does, however, grant retroactive immunity, and I will work in the Senate to remove this provision so that we can seek full accountability for past offenses. But this compromise guarantees a thorough review by the Inspectors General of our national security agencies to determine what took place in the past, and ensures that there will be accountability going forward. By demanding oversight and accountability, a grassroots movement of Americans has helped yield a bill that is far better than the Protect America Act.
It is not all that I would want. But given the legitimate threats we face, providing effective intelligence collection tools with appropriate safeguards is too important to delay.
“barak is already a disappointment and already too late for us to do anything about it…what the frig is going on here, I was actually excited about this campaign and his presidency, now I don’t give a flying frig”
“He told us all to fuck-off. Piss on ‘im.”
“How do we get through to ‘Mr Next President’ that he’s about to lose a whole lot of potential votes? (I haven’t sent him much money, but I’m inclined to ask for it back. I can use it. It’s two tanks of gas for my fuel-efficient car.)”
“What can I say? Anyone who competed in Speech tournaments in the 70’s gave Obama’s speeches on a weekly basis. Most Democrats bought it. What else won’t he stand up to or are ‘cute bloggers’ the only focus of his resistance?”
“It’s a good thing I didn’t eat luch today or I would have ralphed it up. Not another dime. Dry up his money. and the next time some Obamabot gets all dreamy about how their demi-god is “transformative” I am going to vomit on that persons shoes. While their feet are in them. He is a two bit Chicago politcal hack–and he has conned the democratic party with a nice suit and pretty speech. He sure is good at talking the talk, but he is utterly incapable of walkingthe walk. Somebody may owe Big Dawg an apology. He may have been right all along. Yo! Edwards! Yeah you! Time to unsuspend that campaign of yours. The convention vote has not been cast yet.”
“Based on Obama’s statement I can see why he is no longer a Constitutional Law Professor.”
“Consider this Obama’s Friday evening progressive dump. As I’ve said before, we’re all Sister Souljahs now.”
“Obama relied, the Rule of Law died.”
“That’s it. Obama will never get my money, he will never get my vote. I will organize like minded people against him.”
“So at least now we know that Obama sides with those who would place the protection of our corporate and political masters over the preservation of the Constitution. It was comforting to think otherwise, but now we’re all back out in the cold.”
“Don’t be so sure. Many of us didn’t think he’d sell us out on this issue. My rage has me shaking now and I’m done with DemoCorpRATes. What makes you think Obama won’t sell us out in terms of the Supreme Court for some kind of sickening middle ground? I just went over to the Obama website, told them to unsubscribe me and why. I suggest we all do so. He wants to run an internet campaign; well, we can withdraw from that campaign. I’m really thinking Green. What the heck, if we’re going to loose anyway, we might as well loose with folks who are not CorpRATe Whores. Yes, I now include him in that category.”
Oh, I just love it when I get to say, I TOLD YOU SO!!!