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I know many people who supported Obama because of his stance on privacy and FISA. Why is he backtracking now? I understand the political expediency argument, that this will get him points on the national security front. However, this doesn't hold water. Granting amnesty to telecoms for participating in illegal activity doesn't enhance our national security, it only weakens our civil liberties.

If you break the voters down into two populations -- those who pay attention and think for themselves and those who don't -- Barack is in the process of alienating the former. The latter is already convinced that Barack is a Muslim with an angry black wife who is intent on giving America over to the terrorists.

Just my two cents. Plus the $1200 I've donated to the campaign, on faith that Barack would stand by his principles.


I probably should have taken more time to compose this but I was on my way to a meeting. Feel free to email Bill Burton yourself to urge Obama to filibuster the FISA bill when it goes to the Senate.

For more information on Barack's backtrack on FISA:
http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2008/06/21/obama/index.html

The one-sentence summary of the FISA bill: it legalizes many of the warrantless eavesdropping activities George Bush secretly and illegally ordered in 2001.
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From:huckie
Date:2008-06-25 05:34 pm (UTC)
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The election is entirely his to lose, and he's off to a good start!
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From:pegasussf
Date:2008-06-25 10:30 pm (UTC)
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Because of this issue I've been encouraging people to stop donating to the Obama campaign for 30 days. Obama has promised leadership on these types of issues. By supporting this "compromise" bill (even though I agree on the politics of it, and blame Steny Hoyer for caving in and trapping democrats into voting for it) he is proving to be more and more like a typical politician.
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From:studlycaps
Date:2008-06-25 11:29 pm (UTC)
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Agreed -- I just bought an Obama shirt but I think it was before the FISA thing. No more donations from me for at least 30 days. I should be giving money to gay marriage causes instead.
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