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Thursday, July 10, 2008


Barack Obama and A Sellout on FISA

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

President Bush is happy. He has reason to be; he got the bill he wanted. It includes immunity for telecom companies that opened their records and allowed access without court order.

Among the Democratic Senators who supported the bill: Diane Feinstein of California. No surprise there. Senator Feinstein is at times more a Republican than Democrat, especially on issues related to Israel. This, however, was not related to Israel unless one considers Israel indirectly benefiting from the passage of the bill. The surprise was Senator Hillary Clinton's vote against the bill.

As to Senator Obama's vote in support of FISA, the handwriting was on the wall. He began laying the ground work (hinting) for the change in his position a few weeks back. The primaries are over, and with them a lot of his promises. It is a new Obama. He is catering to the conservatives much more than some of us expected him to.

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
--- Maya Angelou

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