June 22, 2008

The Fourth Amendment is Too Important to Flip-Flop

The embarrassing capitulation on the Bush/Hoyer FISA deal (H.R. 6304) by House Democrats is expected to head to the Senate for a vote as early as Monday. The deal, which our elected officials are hoping to pass quietly without our notice, grants immunity to the telecom companies that helped Bush illegally spy on Americans. Now MoveOn.org is calling on Sen. Obama to honor his previous promise to filibuster the legislation. Believe it or not, it appears that he's thinking of flip-flopping and has already expressed some support for the deal.

Roughly a year ago, Obama indicated that he would "support a filibuster of any bill that includes retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies." MoveOn.org is calling on him to do what he said he would do.

They are asking all concerned Americans to call the Obama campaign at (866) 675-2008 and indicate that we are expecting him to keep his word by blocking any deals which include immunity for the telecom companies.
These companies helped the Bush Administration illegally spy on the emails and phone calls of innocent Americans. By giving "immunity" to these companies, all lawsuits brought against them by civil liberties groups would be thrown out of court. That means we may never find out how far Bush went in breaking the law. And once it's done, it can't be undone. That's why we need Obama to promise to block any bill that has immunity.
Unacceptable. I am not sure I'll be able to continue supporting Obama if he ends up joining the Democratic capitulation. The Fourth Amendment is simply too important.

For those who still don't understand why this is such a big deal, read Glenn Greenwald's excellent article at Salon.com.

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