Barack Obama surprised and angered many of his supporters last week when he threw his support behind the House FISA reform bill despite vows in the past that he would filibuster any bill containing retroactive immunity for the telecommunication companies that aided in Bush’s illegal spying campaign. That promise plus comments he made when he announced his support for the current legislation this week are now being hung over his head and a lot of the support he gained from liberal bloggers and their millions of readers is now hanging in the balance.
MoveOn.org is organizing these masses in an attempt ensure Obama keeps his filibuster promise.
On Friday, House Democrats caved to the Bush administration and passed a bill giving a get-out-of-jail-free card to phone companies that helped Bush illegally spy on innocent Americans.1
This Monday, the fight moves to the Senate. Senator Russ Feingold says the “deal is not a compromise; it is a capitulation.”2 Barack Obama announced his partial support for the bill, but said, “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.”3
Last year, after phone calls from MoveOn members and others, Obama went so far as to vow to “support a filibuster of any bill that includes retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies.”4 We need him to honor that promise.
Can you call Senator Obama today and tell him you’re counting on him to keep his word? Ask him to block any compromise that includes immunity for phone companies that helped Bush break the law.
Obama’s presidential campaign: (866) 675-2008
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Sign the petition here.
I have to admit, while I am only lukewarm on Obama as a candidate to this point, he along with our lone Congress person Stephanie Herseth Sandlin really disappointed me when they supported the get out of jail free card for the telcom’s. The boat has long since sailed when it comes to any support I might have given to Herseth Sandlin whom has shown herself to be nothing more than a closet Republican for the most part anyway, but Obama’s actions on his promise in this case will go far in determining whether I can at least feel comfortable supporting him in November.
With that said, I am sure Obama isn’t shaking in his boots worrying about whether he has my support, but I doubt he wants to get on the bad side of other prominent Liberal bloggers or bloggers on his own campaign site for that matter as that can have a negative impact on his massive internet fundraising machine if he isn’t careful. So as the debate begins in the Senate this week, Obama might want to consider whether this is another promise he wants to break.