Barack Obama on FISA

21 June 2008

This is pretty disappointing.

Just this past October, Obama spokesperson Bill Burton had this to say about Obama and FISA:

"To be clear: Barack will support a filibuster of any bill that includes retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies."
Even more recently, in January 2008, Obama himself had this to say:
"I strongly oppose retroactive immunity in the FISA bill."
However, Obama came out in support of a "compromise" on FISA that includes retroactive immunity. Within his statement, he said this:
"[The bill] 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."
Despite this language, it appears that Obama will support the bill even if he cannot remove the provisions relating to retroactive immunity. I'm doubtful that he will make a big issue over this, and I'm doubtful that he will remove anything. But even besides the retroactive immunity provision, there are some troubling aspects in this bill that would give a future President Obama some pretty broad powers to spy domestically without a warrant, and without cause.

Although this may be the politically expedient thing to do, it's not the right thing to do.

UPDATE: I've been a little too busy to write regularly here lately, but I'm also skeptical of the "windfall profits tax." Does anybody have some good reading material on the topic?

UPDATE II: On the other side of the aisle, John McCain has made very clear his total support for retroactive immunity, and has actually already voted in favor of it.

1 comment:

xoites said...

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