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  • Obama Loses Ground Overall and With Independents in National Newsweek Poll (Left Chimes In)

    07/12/2008 12:59:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 128+ views
    I guess Obama's suddenly politics-as-usual campaign honchos, who've engineered a new "let's become like every other spineless Dem" strategy for their candidate over the past few weeks, have caused Obama to lose ground nationally, not gain it. According to the latest Newsweek poll, Obama is now beating McCain by only 3 points at 44-41%, down from the 15-point lead he held in last month's Newsweek survey, when he was up 51-36%. And keep in mind, Obama's numbers have gone down during a period when McCain's campaign has been stumbling, unraveling and producing negative news almost every day. Wow, Obama's so-called...

    07/11/2008 8:31:58 AM PDT · by Doctor Raoul · 194 replies · 330+ views
    New York Post ^ | October 15, 2007 | CHARLES HURT, Bureau Chief
    'WIRE' LAW FAILED LOST GI 10-HOUR DELAY AS FEDS SOUGHT TAP TO TRACK JIMENEZ CAPTORS IN IRAQ By CHARLES HURT, Bureau Chief October 15, 2007 WASHINGTON - U.S. intelligence officials got mired for nearly 10 hours seeking approval to use wiretaps against al Qaeda terrorists suspected of kidnapping Queens soldier Alex Jimenez in Iraq earlier this year, The Post has learned. This week, Congress plans to vote on a bill that leaves in place the legal hurdles in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act - problems that were highlighted during the May search for a group of kidnapped U.S. soldiers. A...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 07-11-08 (DUmmie Flees FISA Like The Von Trapp Family)

    07/11/2008 3:33:49 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 113 replies · 92+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | July 11, 2008 | DUmmie Oregone, DUmmies, and PJ-Comix
    I just couldn't help thinking about the Von Trapp family fleeing over the mountains to freedom when I read the hilariously melodramatic account by DUmmie Oregone of how his family is now fleeing from the clutches of FISA. Yeah, the FISA bill passes and now the dark cloud of totalitarianism is forcing his family, like the Von Trapp family, to sneak out in the middle of the night to freedom on the other side of the mountains as you can see in his Drama Queen THREAD titled, "A Good Day to say 'Goodbye'." So let us now watch the...
  • Bush signs spy bill and draws lawsuit (ACLU and "Journalist" don't like the law)

    07/10/2008 7:36:59 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 80 replies · 115+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 7/10/2008 | Randall Mikkelsen/Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush signed a law on Thursday overhauling the rules for eavesdropping on terrorism suspects but immediately met a civil liberties challenge calling it a threat to Americans' privacy. "This law will protect the liberties of our citizens while maintaining the vital flow of intelligence," Bush said at a White House ceremony to mark a rare legislative victory for the president during his last year in office. The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit in Manhattan federal court as Bush signed the measure and called for the law to be voided as a violation of...
  • Belated Security

    07/10/2008 5:05:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies · 118+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 10, 2008
    War On Terror: After keeping the homeland vulnerable for months, the Democratic Congress finally restored surveillance powers against terrorists. The supposedly "failed" Bush presidency wins big again.The extraordinary nature of the White House victory this week in passing the overhaul of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) is unlikely to be fully appreciated this election year. Some forget that when the National Security Agency's terrorist surveillance program was revealed in late 2005 by The New York Times, it was seen as yet another death knell for George W. Bush. Secretly bypassing the FISA court to monitor domestic communications involving suspected...
  • [The Obama Campaign] Losing Andrew Sullivan

    07/10/2008 3:24:45 PM PDT · by Uncle Ralph · 32 replies · 170+ views
    Media Blog on National Review Online ^ | July 10, 2008 | Greg Pollowitz
    The day Andrew Sullivan found out Santa Claus does not exist: A few things have unsettled me these past couple of weeks about the Obama campaign. It is not the small adjustments to previously-held positions - FISA, the Second Amendment, Iraq. It's a sense that Obama's ample self-regard is lapsing into hubris. The signs of this are pretty trivial on the surface, but they are troubling nonetheless. That simulated faux-presidential seal was both tacky, silly and presumptive - a small version of "Mission Accomplished" Obama could well do without. The decision to give his acceptance speech in a stadium, rather...
  • Obama Fakes Right

    07/10/2008 6:42:09 AM PDT · by Victory111 · 9 replies · 145+ views
    Cross Action News ^ | 7-10-08 | Dick Morris
    he list of issues on which Barack Obama has flipped now that the primaries are over is long and growing rapidly. He says he believes in a Second Amendment right to bear arms. He now opposes late-term abortion. He suddenly is a devotee of using faith-based institutions to deliver public services. He now says that he won’t raise Social Security taxes on anyone making less than $250,000 a year. In the primary, he said he’d eliminate the threshold entirely, including on people making as little as $100,000. He recently opposed the Fairness Doctrine for talk radio. Now he says he’s...
  • Obama Burned His NutRoots

    07/10/2008 5:31:16 AM PDT · by foutsc · 22 replies · 101+ views
    Nietzsche is Dead ^ | 10 July 08 | foutsc
    The nutroots are angry. They thought they had a real liberal in Barack Obama, but lately he's been swinging right. His vote to pass the new FISA, along with immunity for the big telecoms was the latest betrayal. So much for hope and change and a new kind of politics... For a bracing dose of nutroot anger, visit Firedoglake. Here's a sample: With his FISA vote he has proven that he is just another political hack in the pocket of the big corporations. I could see this coming. Progressive? BS. The audacity of nope. I’m so glad I didn’t give...
  • ACLU of Illinois Urges Senator (Hussein) Obama to Vote No on FISA 'Deal' (Too late...)

    07/09/2008 9:12:55 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies · 274+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 7/07/08
    ACLU of Illinois Urges Senator Obama to Vote No on FISA 'Deal'Mon Jul 7, 10:24 AM ET **SNIP** CHICAGO, July 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the United States Senate returns from the Independence Day recess to debate a major overhaul of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois today called on Senator Barack Obama to vote no and reject this unconstitutional measure. Last month, the House of Representatives passed the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 (H.R. 6304), a bill that not only allows for the wide, sweeping and unwarranted collection of Americans communications, but also...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (many photos): 7-9-08

    07/09/2008 5:54:43 PM PDT · by silent_jonny · 63 replies · 878+ views
    On the last day of the G8 Summit in Japan, President Bush met with China’s President Hu Jintao (Transcript), India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (Transcript) and Republic of Korea’s President Lee Myung-bak. The President then delivered a statement as his final G8 Summit came to a close. (Transcript) You know, oftentimes in the political process people talk big, but they never follow up. And so one of the key ingredients of these recent meetings was all of us need to be reminded that when we say we're going to do something, we got to do it. And so accountability is...
  • Did Hillary Submarine Obama On FISA Reform?

    07/09/2008 4:01:53 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 16 replies · 190+ views ^ | July 9, 2008 | Ed Morrissey
    An interesting shift happened during the run-up to the final vote on the FISA reform bill this afternoon. Both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton voted in favor of amendments that would have stripped telecom immunity from the House bill up for a vote today. Neither amendment came close to passage, and the Senate next moved to a cloture vote — which allowed one last opportunity for a filibuster. Originally, both Hillary and Obama voted for cloture. However, Hillary changed her vote before the tally closed, opposing cloture and supporting a filibuster. A little later, she voted against the FISA reform...
  • President Bush Pleased by Passage of FISA Reform Legislation

    07/09/2008 4:38:53 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 8 replies · 136+ views
    Office of the Press Secretary ^ | July 9, 2008 | THE PRESIDENT
    THE PRESIDENT: Today the United States Congress passed a vital piece of legislation that will make it easier for this administration and future administrations to protect the American people. This vital intelligence bill will allow our national security professionals to quickly and effectively monitor the plans of terrorists outside the United States, while respecting the liberties of the American people. This legislation is critical to America's safety; it is long overdue. Months ago my administration set out key criteria that this intelligence legislation would have to have before I would sign it into law. The Attorney General and Director of...
  • Senate Joins House in Caving to White House Immunity Demands

    07/09/2008 2:36:51 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 17 replies · 133+ views
    Telecoms Let Off the Hook for Illegal Spying - For Now Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Senate this afternoon passed the FISA Amendments Act, broadly expanding the president's warrantless surveillance authority and unconstitutionally granting retroactive immunity to telecommunications companies that participated in the president's illegal domestic wiretapping program. The House of Representatives passed the same bill last month, and President Bush is expected to sign the legislation into law shortly. "It is an immeasurable tragedy that just after its return from the Fourth of July holiday, the Senate has chosen to pass a bill that betrays the spirit of 1776...
  • Senate Backs Wiretap Bill to Shield Phone Companies

    07/09/2008 1:05:04 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 108 replies · 490+ views
    New York Times ^ | 9 July 2008 | By ERIC LICHTBLAU
    WASHINGTON — More than two and a half years after the disclosure of President’s Bush’s domestic eavesdropping program set off a furious national debate, the Senate gave final approval on Wednesday afternoon to broadening the government’s spy powers and providing legal immunity for the phone companies that took part in the wiretapping program. The plan, approved by a vote of 69 to 28, marked one of Mr. Bush’s most hard-won legislative victories in a Democratic-led Congress where he has had little success of late. And it represented a stinging defeat for opponents on the left who had urged Democratic leaders...
  • ACLU Blog Meltdown: Losing Faith in the Soul Sucking Senate

    07/09/2008 12:50:29 PM PDT · by Jay777 · 18 replies · 149+ views
    Stop the ACLU ^ | 9 July 08 | John Stephenson
    Amanda Simon explains the disappointment at the ACLU Blog. After the amendments were effectively killed – along with any possible hope of court review of the president’s illegal and unconstitutional domestic spying program (can’t say that enough) – the votes for final passage were counted. The votes were cast and so was the dye. Final count: 69 to 28. I can only say it’s been emotional. This isn’t the last you’ll be hearing from the ACLU on this subject — in fact, far from it. Keep an eye on this space for our continued and tireless work protecting the Fourth...
  • FISA Passes 69 to 28: Heartache in Liberal Land, Obama Votes Yes for FISA Bill

    07/09/2008 12:09:40 PM PDT · by Jay777 · 34 replies · 158+ views
    Stop the ACLU ^ | 9 July 08 | John Stephenson
    Update: Obama votes yes and Clinton votes no! Final tally is 69 Ayes, 28 Nays Unless Obama does a last minute flip-flop (again), he is set to break the hearts of his far left support base: The Senate is finally expected to wrap up the bill updating the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act today, which includes the controversial provision of retroactive immunity for telecom companies facing lawsuit. While the bill splits Democrats, it’s expected to pass with united Republican support. Obama will be back for today’s vote and has said he’ll support final passage. The voting starts approximately 11:15 am ET,...
  • Senate passes Electronic Surveillance Bill

    07/09/2008 12:11:52 PM PDT · by navysealdad · 12 replies · 159+ views
    Senate passes Electronic Surveillance Bill 69-28
  • Obama's FISA Shift (Obama continues to CHANGE)

    07/09/2008 8:33:16 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 16 replies · 114+ views
    ABC ^ | 7/9/2008 | Jake Tapper
    "To be clear," Sen. Barack Obama. D-Illinois, spox Bill Burton told Talking Points Memo last October about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, "Barack will support a filibuster of any bill that includes retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies." Reaffirmed Obama's Senate office in December: “Senator Obama unequivocally opposes giving retroactive immunity to telecommunications companies and has cosponsored Senator Dodd's efforts to remove that provision from the FISA bill. Granting such immunity undermines the constitutional protections Americans trust the Congress to protect. Senator Obama supports a filibuster of this bill, and strongly urges others to do the same...Senator Obama will...
  • Sen. Kit Bond: FISA Updated For Clinton In 1993(video)

    07/08/2008 8:04:10 PM PDT · by paltz · 1 replies · 121+ views
    Eyeblast ^ | 7/8/08 | C-Span
    President Clinton ordered a warrantless physical search of Aldrich Ames's residence in 1993, but Congress bolstered FISA by updating it to further assist Clinton instead of accusing his administration of illegal searches. Video
  • DUmmie FUnnies 07-08-08 ("Obama, FISA and the Netroots")

    07/08/2008 9:34:02 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 70 replies · 102+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | July 8, 2008 | HUffies and PJ-Comix
    Isn't Barack Obama ever so wuuuunderful!!! He is not like other politicians who make promises only to break them later. Ooops! The shocking news to the NUtroots is that Obama is even MORE of an opportunist than other politicians. He has no problem breaking whatever promises he makes in order to win the White House prize. Pulling troops out of Iraq, accepting public campaign financing, gun control in D.C., and now he is supporting the FISA bill in the Senate which is absolutely ENRAGING the NUtroots as you can see in this HUffington POst THREAD titled "Obama, FISA and...
  • Getting FISA Wrong . . . Again

    07/07/2008 12:29:08 PM PDT · by K-oneTexas · 42+ views
    Foundation for the Defense of Democracies ^ | July 5, 2008 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Getting FISA Wrong . . . Again By Andrew C. McCarthy National Review Online July 5, 2008 Originally published at web site: A federal court in California has dismissed a civil lawsuit that alleged surveillance violations against a Muslim charity the government has formally designated as supporter of al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations. Nevertheless, in his ill-conceived 56-page opinion, Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker, of the district court in San Francisco, gets to the right result only after concluding that Congress has the power to preempt the president’s constitutional authority. Judge Walker found that the 1978 FISA statute (the...
  • ACLU Urges Senate to Reject Unconstitutional Surveillance Bill

    07/06/2008 8:31:22 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 12 replies · 158+ views
    ACLU ^ | 6/26/2008 | ACLU
    The ACLU urges Senators to reject legislation that eviscerates the oversight structure of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Last night, the Senate voted to begin consideration of FISA legislation, although the timing of votes on the legislation is not clear. Last week, the House of Representatives passed an the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 (H.R. 6304) that not only allows for the wide, sweeping collection of Americans' communications, but also grants immunity to telecommunications companies for their role in domestic spying. The ACLU vehemently opposes this bill. "Moving forward on this terrible bill is disappointing to say the least,"...
  • Obama should follow Feingold [not GWB, putting politics ahead of principle]

    07/06/2008 4:05:39 PM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies · 86+ views
    Capital Times ^ | 7/06/2008 | John Nichols
    Before the Feb. 19 Wisconsin primary, which confirmed his front-runner status in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama went out of his way to associate his candidacy with the name of Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold. It wasn't just about winning Wisconsin, although that undoubtedly was part of the calculus. Obama wanted to secure the support of the substantial portion of Democrats nationally who, in polls conducted in 2006, indicated that they would back Feingold if he entered the presidential race. Internal polls by the various campaigns indicated that Feingold drew as much as 15 percent...
  • State Secrets? Who Needs 'Em?

    07/04/2008 1:49:49 PM PDT · by Uncle Ralph · 13 replies · 183+ views
    National Review Online ^ | July 04, 2008 | Andrew M. Grossman
    If Congress needed a kick in the pants to get moving on intelligence reform, this is it: A San Francisco judge ruled Wednesday that the federal government’s program to spy on terrorists and their affiliates is not protected by the “state secrets” privilege. This means that government officials and companies that helped to implement the program may be forced to testify about its structure and operations. If those aren’t state secrets, what is?
  • Obama Responds to FISA Protest on His Web Site (Another Obama change)

    07/03/2008 10:31:37 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 6 replies · 177+ views
    NY Times ^ | 7/3/2008 | Sarah Wheaton
    After a protest group gained prominence on Senator Barack Obama’s own campaign Web site, the candidate has written a response to those who object to his support for the current compromise legislation in the Senate on immunity for telecoms. The long note explaining his position appeared on his campaign Web site this afternoon, and several of his policy staff members answered questions in the comments section for about 90 minutes. Though Mr. Obama did not change his position in response to supporters’ objections, the mere fact of his response, as well as the choice to put it on his own...
  • Obama's policy switches are giving the Left whiplash

    Obama's policy switches are giving the Left whiplash Now that Barack Obama has added Iraq to his list of recent flip-flops including campaign financing,FISA and NAFTA, he is starting to make his liberal constituency very upset (see Obama Voters Protest His Switch on Telecom Immunity) Others aren't getting angry--just confused. It is clear that Obama's policy switches are giving the left whiplash. But will it help him with the right or the independents? I can't believe that Americans will buy it: Barack Obama's policy switches are giving the Left whiplash The Democratic nominee's policy pivots are causing anguish among liberals....
  • Judge Throws Out Wiretap Suit From Suspected Al Qaeda Charity

    07/03/2008 7:11:29 AM PDT · by Jay777 · 3 replies · 142+ views
    Stop the ACLU ^ | 3 July 08 | John Stephenson
    Back in 2004 the blundering government accidentally sent Al-Haramain, a charity designated having provided financial and material support to al Qaida and other terrorist organizations, a classified document supposedly indicating that the organization and two of its lawyers had been wiretapped. Excuse me, but when an organization has most likely provided funds to our enemy I would hope the government does keep an eye on them. Anyway, the charity returned the classified document to the government, but later they filed suit against our government with the cheering of the ACLU. They decided to rely on their memory of the document...
  • Obama Voters Protest His Switch on Telecom Immunity

    07/02/2008 9:19:55 PM PDT · by neverdem · 38 replies · 117+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 2, 2008 | JAMES RISEN
    WASHINGTON — Senator Barack Obama’s decision to support legislation granting legal immunity to telecommunications companies that cooperated with the Bush administration’s program of wiretapping without warrants has led to an intense backlash among some of his most ardent supporters. Thousands of them are now using the same grass-roots organizing tools previously mastered by the Obama campaign to organize a protest against his decision. In recent days, more than 7,000 Obama supporters have organized on a social networking site on Mr. Obama’s own campaign Web site. They are calling on Mr. Obama to reverse his decision to endorse legislation supported by...
  • (Sen) Feingold (D, WI) Fights for Privacy Over Surveillance Legislation

    06/29/2008 7:34:27 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 6 replies · 154+ views
    JSOnline ^ | June 27, 2008 | Diana Marrero
    Washington - Sen. Russ Feingold knows he's eventually going to lose the fight against wiretapping legislation he says does little to protect Americans' privacy rights. But he’s planning to use every legislative tactic at his disposal to try to block the bill from moving forward.It’s a quixotic strategy that, he said, has already had a degree of success. By joining forces with Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) to filibuster the legislation this week, the two postponed a final vote on the bill until after senators return from a weeklong break July 7. The delay, Feingold said, will help the bill’s critics...
  • Charles Krauthammer: Obama may make Clintons look scrupulous

    06/28/2008 9:27:59 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 23 replies · 137+ views
    Union Leader ^ | June 28, 2008 | CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
    <p>"To be clear: Barack will support a filibuster of any bill that includes retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies."</p> <p>THAT WAS THEN: Democratic primaries to be won, netroot lefties to be seduced. With all that (and Hillary Clinton) out of the way, Obama now says he'll vote in favor of the new FISA bill that gives the telecom companies blanket immunity for post-9/11 eavesdropping.</p>
  • Netroots jilted by Obama FISA stand

    06/28/2008 9:07:35 AM PDT · by ricks_place · 6 replies · 199+ views
    Politico ^ | 6/25/08 | CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN
    When former Sen. John Edwards dropped out of the presidential race, the progressive Netroots took their affections to Barack Obama, defending him against attack from Hillary Rodham Clinton and others. But with his support of a government surveillance bill that offers retroactive immunity to telecommunications companies — a bill that he vowed last year to filibuster — the honeymoon has ended. Disappointed over his position on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the online activists feel jilted and betrayed and have taken to questioning his progressive credentials. One prominent blogger, Atrios, has even given him the moniker “Wanker of the Day.”...
  • Barack Obama knows no shame with reversal on FISA bill

    06/27/2008 1:51:54 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 9 replies · 40+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | June 27 2008 | Charles Krauthammer
    ... Back then, in the yesteryear of primary season, he thoroughly trashed the North American Free Trade Agreement, pledging to force a renegotiation, take "the hammer" to Canada and Mexico, and threaten unilateral abrogation. Today, the hammer is holstered. Obama calls his previous NAFTA rhetoric "overheated" and essentially endorses what one of his senior economic advisers privately told the Canadians: The anti-trade stuff was nothing more than populist posturing. Nor is there much left of his primary season pledge to meet "without preconditions" with Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. There will be "preparations," you see, which are being spun by his aides...
  • Senate Delays Vote on Immunity

    06/27/2008 5:34:59 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 8 replies · 82+ views
    Electronic Frontier Foundation ^ | June 26, 2008 | Tim Jones
    It's official: Thanks to overwhelming grassroots action, and the heroic efforts of Senators Dodd and Feingold, the Senate's vote on whether to grant phone companies immunity from the law for assisting in the President's illegal wiretapping program has been delayed until after July 4th Recess! This is an unexpected reprieve for civil liberties and the rule of law. As recently as last night, the mainstream press was reporting that the immunity bill would see swift and uncontested approval. Senate Leaders emphasized that passing an immunity bill this week was one of their highest priorities. And yet, in the end, the...
  • Keith Olbermann Gets Trashed [Reader Post]

    06/27/2008 4:53:41 AM PDT · by Fox_Mulder77 · 21 replies · 132+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | June 27, 2008
    It isn’t exactly giving away a state secret to say that Keith Olbermann is a creepy, ambition-crazed, ego maniacal hypocrite whose shtick used to garner himself fame and fortune - assuming the role of a Moonbat Howard Beale - is as pathetic as the stories his ex-girlfriends tell about his amorous “abilities”. Rare is the conservative blog that at one time or another that doesn’t find itself drawn to some Olbermann outrage and then picking him apart, piece by gooey piece. Despite some degree of apparent squeamishness about him, to the inhabitants of the political nether lands who inhabit such...
  • Battered Congress Syndrome (executive privilege, FISA etc.)

    06/26/2008 10:48:22 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 16 replies · 141+ views
    Washington Post ^ | June 24, 2008 | Dan Froomkin
    President Bush doesn't hesitate to kick Congress around, but Congress just can't bring itself to kick back. During oral arguments yesterday about whether a federal judge should enforce congressional subpoenas against a belligerent White House, representatives of the judicial and executive branches both noted that Congress hasn't exercised its full constitutional powers. As Del Quentin Weber writes in The Washington Post, District Court Judge John D. Bates suggested that "the House could take other actions to compel the testimony. For example, the judge said, the House could order [White House Counsel Harriet] Miers's arrest and detention in a cell in...
  • Telco PACs Gave $8K to Dems Who Changed Their Vote on FISA

    06/26/2008 10:40:35 AM PDT · by BGHater · 3 replies · 70+ views
    MapLight ^ | 24 June 2008 | Pamela Heisey
    House Dems who changed their vote to support FISA Bill, giving immunirty to Telcos, received, on average, $8,359 in PAC contributions from Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint BERKELEY, CA—Last week, on June 20, the House of Representatives approved a compromise bill to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA). The bill sets new electronic surveillance rules that effectively shield telecommunications companies from lawsuits resulting from the government’s warrantless eavesdropping on phone calls and viewing of emails of private citizens in the U.S. Approximately 40 lawsuits have been filed with potential damages totaling in the billions of dollars.On March 14...
  • Spy, phone protection bill clears Senate hurdle

    06/25/2008 4:13:41 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 3 replies · 70+ views
    reuters ^ | Jun 25, 2008 | Thomas Ferraro
    A White House-backed spy bill to protect telecommunication companies from billions of dollars in possible privacy lawsuits passed a Senate test vote on Wednesday and headed toward final congressional approval. Supporters of the bipartisan measure, which would also implement the most sweeping overhaul of U.S. spy laws in decades, mustered the needed 60 votes in the 100-member Senate to clear a procedural roadblock.
  • The summer of love for Obama

    06/25/2008 9:46:19 AM PDT · by Salena Zito · 20 replies · 138+ views
    Last Friday, Newsweek released a poll that had Sen. Barack Obama up 15 points over Sen. John McCain. Today, the LA Times along with Bloomberg released their poll showing Obama up, you guessed it, 15 points over the presumptive Republican nominee. The LA Times/Bloomberg polling data shows in a four-way race that Obama is over McCain 48 percent to 33 percent with independent candidates Bob Barr and Ralph Nader holding a combination of 7 percentage points and the rest are undecided. In a two-way race, Obama's lead narrows only slightly to 12 percentage points. University of Virginia political science professor...
  • Surrendercrats Surrender On FISA Bill

    06/23/2008 10:04:07 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies · 116+ views
    Strata Sphere ^ | Jun 23 2008 10:00 pm | AJStrata
    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...
  • What 'President Obama' Would Do On FISA, Iraq Pull-Out

    06/23/2008 8:00:49 AM PDT · by K-oneTexas · 16 replies · 105+ views ^ | 06/23/2008 | John Gizzi
    What 'President Obama' Would Do On FISA, Iraq Pull-Out by John Gizzi A President Barack Obama would support some kind of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act program with oversight by Congress. And Obama is still firmly committed to a pull-out of U.S. troops from Iraq in sixteen months. However, his sole “escape clause” from that exit strategy is “guidance and advice of commanders on the ground.” That’s what Obama’s top campaign spokesman told me last week. At a breakfast for more than forty Washington reporters hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, top Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs was fielding questions centered mostly...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 06-23-08 (Demoralized KOmmie Gives Up All Hope)

    06/23/2008 6:58:27 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 69 replies · 128+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | June 23, 2008 | KOmmies and PJ-Comix
    This hasn't exactly been a good week for the Left. Apparently their own savior, the Obamassiah has betrayed them. No, not on his broken promise about accepting public financing of his campaign. Most (but not all) of them are fine with that because it means more money (they think) with which to destroy the EVIL Republicans. No, they feel betrayed over Obama NOT filibustering the FISA bill as urged by MoveOn. This KOmmie THREAD, "Take One Last Look," posted by KOmmie One Pissed Off Liberal is a reflection of that sense of betrayal. Although the betrayal by their beloved...
  • Dodd’s Diversion [Countrywide Scandal -> FISA]

    06/23/2008 1:17:18 AM PDT · by Uncle Ralph · 4 replies · 87+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | June 23, 2008 | The Prowler
    Sen. Barack Obama's shifting position on the FISA bill -- on Friday he released a statement saying that he supported the bill, and on Saturday announced that he would seek to strip out the section providing retroactive immunity to communications companies -- is being directed by aides to Sen. Chris Dodd, who also opposes the compromise legislation. Dodd and senior Obama campaign and Senate staff have been speaking for close to a week on strategy to kill the bill as it became increasingly apparent that negotiations on the bill were coming to a successful end. "Dodd is taking his marching...
  • Move-On calls on Obama to keep his word

    06/22/2008 7:41:19 PM PDT · by Salena Zito · 26 replies · 75+ views is taking a firm stand on a campaign promise that Barack Obama made that said he would filibuster any wiretapping bill that had retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies that let the feds listen in on. MoveOn says in the letter “We need him to honor that promise.” The posting urges supporters to tell Obama how they feel by calling his presidential campaign to let him know that “you’re counting on him to keep his word.” Last Friday Obama announced his support for the intelligence surveillance law that is highly unpopular with most left activists; the money, momentum and votes...
  • Obama Camp Says It: He'll Support Filibuster Of Any Bill Containing Telecom Immunity

    06/22/2008 10:21:43 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 56 replies · 93+ views
    tpmelectioncentral ^ | October 24, 2007 | Greg Sargent
    It's official: Obama will back a filibuster of any Senate FISA legislation containing telecom immunity, his campaign has just told Election Central. The Obama campaign has just sent over the following statement from spokesman Bill Burton: "To be clear: Barack will support a filibuster of any bill that includes retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies."
  • Obama: I'll Fight To Strip Telecom Immunity From FISA

    06/21/2008 5:01:07 PM PDT · by The_Republican · 27 replies · 187+ views
    CBSNEWS.COM ^ | June 21sth, 2008 | David S Morgan
    (CBS/AP) - Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., issued a statement in support of the House's update of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, but said he would try to strip a provision granting immunity to telecommunication companies when the bill comes to a vote in the Senate next week. The House approved a compromise bill Friday that would set new electronic surveillance rules that would also shield telecoms from lawsuits arising from their participation in the government's warrantless eavesdropping on telephone and computer lines in the United States. The government eavesdropped on American phone and computer lines for almost six years after...
  • Democrats tapping into sanity on electronic surveillance

    06/21/2008 11:36:29 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 12 replies · 92+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | June 21 2008
    Whether they came down with an attack of common sense or were just finally bludgeoned into submission in a fight they were not going to win, House Democrats have given the White House pretty much the electronic surveillance bill it has demanded for many months. Why, even Barack Obama, heretofore an immutable opponent of the measure, has now decided he's fine with it - much to the howling dismay of the anti-war left that likes to think of him as their main man. The House action moves U.S. intelligence closer to full and unquestioned authority to eavesdrop on conversations in...
  • A Good Deal On Surveillance Reform

    06/21/2008 10:01:55 AM PDT · by K-oneTexas · 54+ views
    Foundation for the Defense of Democracies ^ | 20 June 2008 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    A Good Deal On Surveillance Reform By Andrew C. McCarthy National Review Online June 20, 2008 Original Web site: Politics, it is often said, is the art of the possible. By that measure, national security has been served by the compromise finally struck Thursday to overhaul our outdated surveillance laws. The measure should be approved by both houses of Congress in the coming days. President Bush will sign it. Here is the bottom line: Our intelligence agencies will once again have authority to conduct aggressive monitoring of foreign powers, including terrorist organizations, which threaten the United States. In particular,...
  • Liberals to Obama: Dude, who the hell are you?

    06/20/2008 11:25:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies · 57+ views
    Sister Toldjah ^ | June 20, 2008
    Yesterday, I wrote about how badly the far left were disappointed over the House Democrats’ “cave” on the FISA bill (btw, the House officially voted today to pass it, and the WaPo reports that the Senate will likely follow their lead). Most lefty blogs were filled with bloggers expressing “betrayal” and “disgust” at how House Democrats “turned their backs” on them - and, supposedly, the Constitution. The big question after the initial shock for the left was, “What does our nominee think of this shameful compromise?” They got their answer earlier this afternoon after Obama had a day to consult...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (photos): 6-20-08

    06/20/2008 6:16:56 PM PDT · by silent_jonny · 51 replies · 100+ views
    President Bush made a statement this morning on the recent bill passed by Congress. (Transcript) Yesterday the House passed a responsible war funding bill that will provide vital resources to our men and women on the front lines in the war on terror. This legislation gives our troops the funds they need to prevail without tying the hands of our commanders in the field or imposing artificial timetables for withdrawal. Congress is also very close to granting retroactive immunity to phone companies who help (and have helped) intelligence agencies monitor foreign terror suspects—something that Democrats have vehemently opposed. It will...
  • House votes to provide protection to phone firms

    06/20/2008 5:58:40 PM PDT · by bd476 · 2 replies · 148+ views
    Reuters ^ | 20 June 2008 | By Thomas Ferraro
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on Friday that could shield phone companies from billions of dollars in lawsuits for their participation in the warrantless surveillance program begun by President George W. Bush after the September 11 attacks. The White House-backed, compromise measure -- which triggered a firestorm of opposition from civil liberties groups -- would also overhaul U.S. spy powers and replace a temporary surveillance law that expired in February. Democrats faced election-year pressure to pass the bill, fearing failure to do so would let Republicans paint them as weak on security and...