Obama FISA Test…FAIL!

20 06 2008

Per Obama’s quotes on the FISA ‘compromise’ on TPM, he says these amendments are “a marked improvement over last year’s Protect America Act.”  He states that “the President’s illegal program of warrantless surveillance will be over.”  Obama then even has the nerve to say that this bill makes “it clear that the President cannot circumvent the law and disregard the civil liberties of the American people.”

Someone let me know if there was another FISA bill that was passed today because Barack apparently isn’t talking about the same bill I read about today.  The one I read about gave telecommunication companies immunity from any laws they might have broken, but of course we will never find out what those might have been once this immunity is granted.

The bill I read about allows for mass and untargeted surveillance of Americans’ communications with no court oversight on the who, what and why of the spying.  Worse yet, in the unlikely event that the court would deny an order for any reason, the government is allowed to continue surveillance throughout the appeals process, thereby rendering the role of the judiciary meaningless.

A court review without power is no court review at all.

So Obama says “I support the compromise, but do so with a firm pledge that as President, I will carefully monitor the program, review the report by the Inspectors General, and work with the Congress to take any additional steps I deem necessary to protect the lives – and the liberty – of the American people.”

Well shit, I feel safer already.  Shame you don’t have the constitutional fortitude to block this Fourth Amendment shredding machine while you still have the chance.  If you had any leadership skills you would rally the Democrats to ram this bill back up the President’s and the Republican party’s collective ass so the Democrats could introduce truly useful FISA reforms in a few months.  I thought you were different but now I see you’re no better than all the other spineless Democratic cowards in the House and Senate.

Change?  I don’t see any fucking change here.

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8 responses

20 06 2008
The Dude

Barack and the Coalition of the shilling are going down. McCain/Jindal 2008! http://thedudesblog.com/2008/06/20/barack-obama-and-the-coalition-of-the-shilling/

21 06 2008
Barbara

Yes, there is the politician in him. However we all knew that it had to come out. You have to bend over especially if you are an extremely liberal black man in the U.S. running for president. I hope this doesn’t quantify the type of president he would be.

As to “The Dude”. I hope you are kidding….if not you are a fucking idiot. BTW, Happy Humanist Day! 🙂

22 06 2008
xoites

Repeal FISA is up and running. Anyone who wants to is welcome to sign up and become a Poster on it. The purpose of the blog is to organize a drive to repeal the FISA laws and all laws that pardon or give immunity from prosecution anyone who has violated the Constitution during the Bush Administration.

That is why we want everyone to be able to Post so they can start a conversation about an idea they have to make this happen.

Stop on by and check it out. By all means leave a comment and sign up to blog with us as we figure out what needs to be done to return our Fourth Amendment Rights and our rule of law.

If you have a blog already and you become a poster we will link to your site.

http://repealfisa.wordpress.com/

23 06 2008
mokenman

First,I need to tell you how much I enjoy your Blog. And I am sorry we have lost George Carlin…..he was one person I admired.

As to Obama, if one reviews his pre-election “team” of supporters and advisers (who will be the actual people behind the President, should he win), you may be surprised to find many of the same people who worked for Bill Clinton. And to my surprise, there is a long list of high ranking military officers. So what you get is pre-approved candidates, any of whom, if elected, can continue business as usual. With McCain, this is just a little more obvious.

There is no “election”, just smoke and mirrors and a passing of the baton from one talking head to the next.

I’ve written more on this at:
http://mokenman.wordpress.com/

23 06 2008
Frodo

I just saw HBO’s ‘Recount’ and it made me put in perspective what’s at stake: these evil doers (Bush, Cheney, the Supreme Court 5) deserve to have Obama as President, just so there’ll be someone to piss them off.

23 06 2008
SuperJesus

@mokenman: I appreciate the thoughtful comment. You’re right of course but I can’t help but get my hopes up and pretend that one candidate is in fact different from any other. Alas, my disappointment is a function of my unmanaged expectations and is ultimately my own fault.

10 07 2008
lisa

obama supporters can only blame themselves. i supported hillary during the primary because i was suspicious about the guy with limited experience who vaguely made promises of “change” and “hope”. now here he is flipflopping on public financing, the iraq war, this FISA bill and god knows what’s next.

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