Statement of U.S. Senator Russ Feingold, On the FISA Deal
“The proposed FISA deal is not a compromise; it is a capitulation. The House and Senate should not be taking up this bill, which effectively guarantees immunity for telecom companies alleged to have participated in the President’s illegal program, and which fails to protect the privacy of law-abiding Americans at home. Allowing courts to review the question of immunity is meaningless when the same legislation essentially requires the court to grant immunity. And under this bill, the government can still sweep up and keep the international communications of innocent Americans in the U.S. with no connection to suspected terrorists, with very few safeguards to protect against abuse of this power. Instead of cutting bad deals on both FISA and funding for the war in Iraq, Democrats should be standing up to the flawed and dangerous policies of this administration.” (Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) is a member of the Senate Judiciary and Intelligence Committees.
How does the presumptive candidate view the FISA bill?
"Given the legitimate threats we face, providing effective intelligence collection tools with appropriate safeguards is too important to delay. So I support the compromise, but do so with a firm pledge that as president, I will carefully monitor the program."
Someone needs to tell him that he is a Senator NOW and that vague statements about monitoring this terrible program when/if he becomes president NEXT YEAR, is ludicrous.
Especially when he skipped the last vote on FISA in February, because he was too busy campaigning for the presidency to do the job he currently has, but said at that time:
"I am proud to stand with Senator Dodd, Senator Feingold and a grassroots movement of Americans who are refusing to let President Bush put protections for special interests ahead of our security and our liberty."
Except now, of course. He can't stand with them now, but hey, he'll fix it when he gets to the White House!
Obama doesn't care what his Senate record reflects because he's already moved on from that job. Atter all, he racked up a whole 143 days in the Senate before declaring for the Presidency. Do the people of Illinois (or this country) actually want him to SERVE more than 5 months of his term?
None of this surprises those of us who've seen his pattern of poor judgment and obsessive personal ambition cause him to flip flop on anything or anyone at any time. It's getting awfully crowded under the bus.