Jun 23 2008
Boy, the spine sure has melted out of those Democrats! Was it really only just last week Presidential candidate Barack Obama promised to fight the telecom amnesty element of the new FISA legislation that gave Bush everything he wanted and more to protect America from terrorist attack? When promoting how the House Dems caved on the FISA legislation, Obama made a promise I knew then was as fake as all his positions on key issues of the day:
“Under this compromise legislation, an important tool in the fight against terrorism will continue, but the President’s illegal program of warrantless surveillance will be over. It restores FISA and existing criminal wiretap statutes as the exclusive means to conduct surveillance – making it clear that the President cannot circumvent the law and disregard the civil liberties of the American people. It also firmly re-establishes basic judicial oversight over all domestic surveillance in the future. It 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.
Emphasis mine. I and many leftwing bloggers have noted how this bill does nothing to change the adjustments Bush made to surveillance of terrorists overseas and their contacts here in the US. In fact, for the first time foreign nationals in the US are not being given the same rights as US citizens when terrorists contact them on US soil.
So will Obama succeed in his promise to rip telecom amnesty from the bill? Hell no, at least according to reporting out today on the Senate’s plans to roll over and let this bill pass:
Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold will not filibuster a compromise version of an electronic surveillance program although he thinks it will infringe on U.S. citizens’ civil liberties.
Feingold said he and other Senate opponents won’t try to stop the vote, but they “won’t allow it to pass quickly.”
OK, a slow and agonizing torture for the far left as they listen to all the liberal Senator’s strut and squawk, all the time knowing it will mean nothing as we establish common sense surveillance rules for the next 6 years. The far left is really going to enjoy having this embarrassment drawn out for hours I am sure! Slow motion surrender – what will those wacky dems think of next!
Update: yep, the far left is loving life over this one!