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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Another Obama Disappointment

The Democrats in congress caved in to Bush and the Republicans by approving a bill that lets the phone companies off the hook for their complicity in the illegal wiretaps ordered by the Bush administration. Obama announced that he supports the bill. This is change?

From Raw Story, here's the scoop on this:

"The proposed FISA deal is not a compromise; it is a capitulation," Senator
Russ Feingold said
"The House and Senate should not be taking up this bill, which
effectively guarantees immunity for telecom companies alleged to have
participated in the President’s illegal program, and which fails to protect the
privacy of law-abiding Americans at home. Allowing courts to review the question
of immunity is meaningless when the same legislation essentially requires the
court to grant immunity. And under this bill, the government can still sweep up
and keep the international communications of innocent Americans in the U.S. with
no connection to suspected terrorists, with very few safeguards to protect
against abuse of this power. Instead of cutting bad deals on both FISA and
funding for the war in Iraq, Democrats should be standing up to the flawed and
dangerous policies of this administration."

So much for Obama and change. He is beginning to look like another version of Bill Clinton - doing what is politically expedient rather than what is right.


PHOTO: Another blossom that lasts for too short a time - our peony bush.

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