I wish Dennise Kucinich would be president, ohh how I miss him. Obama seemed great, but what the hell is he doing voting for the FISA bill that gives phone companies immunity for spying on Americans without warrants. The war on terror has done NOTHING but take away American rights. Thanks George Bush, thanks Obama, you know we didn’t need that 4th amendment anyway. What the hell is this world coming to?
The Senate gave final approval on Wednesday to a major expansion of the governmentâ€™s surveillance powers, handing President Bush one more victory in a series of hard-fought clashes with Democrats over national security issues.
The measure, approved by a vote of 69 to 28, is the biggest revamping of federal surveillance law in 30 years. It includes a divisive element that Mr. Bush had deemed essential: legal immunity for the phone companies that cooperated in the National Security Agency wiretapping program he approved after the Sept. 11 attacks.
But in the end Mr. Bush won out, as administration officials helped forge a deal between Republican and Democratic leaders that included almost all the major elements the White House wanted. The measure gives the executive branch broader latitude in eavesdropping on people abroad and at home who it believes are tied to terrorism, and it reduces the role of a secret intelligence court in overseeing some operations.
The issue put Senator Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, in a particularly precarious spot. He had long opposed giving legal immunity to the phone companies that took part in the N.S.A.â€™s wiretapping program, even threatening a filibuster during his run for the nomination. But on Wednesday, he ended up voting for what he called â€œan improved but imperfect billâ€ after backing a failed attempt earlier in the day to strip the immunity provision from the bill through an amendment. (via)
Can you say a bunch of crap about being a new kind of candidate, yes you can. Can you say a whole bunch of stuff about freedom and democracy, and changing Washington, yes you can. Can you make great speeches that lift up people and are great to listen to, yes you can. Can you then turn around and vote against the freedoms the American people hold most dear, while at the same time going against everything you seem to have stood for before, yes you can.
Fuck Obama, and every other politician that voted for this bill, Fuck George W Bush and his silly war on terror, fuck Dick Cheney and his evil corporate puppet masters. What the hell America, seriously, time to impeach every one of these idiots and start over.