Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Obama on the FISA "Compromise"

Many people in the blogging world are freaking out and doubting Obama because he voted for the FISA "Compromise". So I had to go looking for the story. Click the title link for Obama's answer taken from Talking Points Memo. Here is an excerpt:

"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. But this compromise guarantees a thorough review by the Inspectors General of our national security agencies to determine what took place in the past, and ensures that there will be accountability going forward. By demanding oversight and accountability, a grassroots movement of Americans has helped yield a bill that is far better than the Protect America Act."

If you want more on the:

Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act
Protect America Act of 2007
The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution
The U.S. National Security Agency warrantless surveillance controversy

May I respectfully request that you read up on this to be aware and to be ready to protect your fourth amendment rights.

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