Obama has obviously calculated that sacrificing the rule of law and the Fourth Amendment is a worthwhile price to pay to bolster his standing a tiny bit in a couple of swing states.Obama telling Americans that we have to give up basic constitutional rights -- and allow rampant lawbreaking -- if we want to save ourselves from "the grave threats we face" sounds awfully familiar. He says he will work to remove amnesty from the bill, but once that fails, will vote for the "compromise." See: "Why Obama's Support For FISA Cave-In Is Such A Downer."
Damn it, Obama, I Thought You knew Better.
House and Senate leaders Thursday announced a new effort to overhaul U.S. wiretapping laws that appears likely to let telecommunications companies escape lawsuits over the Bush administration's warrantless surveillance program.
Feingold blasted the deal and urged Democrats to oppose "the flawed and dangerous policies of this administration."
"Allowing courts to review the question of immunity is meaningless when the same legislation essentially requires the court to grant immunity," said Feingold, who sits on the Senate Intelligence and Judiciary committees. "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."