Ever since 9/11, this Administration has put forward a false choice between the liberties we cherish and the security we demand.Too bad that was back in January. Apparently, the commitment Obama shared with us had a sunset provision lasting until the general election. Seriously, Obama should be ashamed of himself. He may have to learn the hard way what it means to have the progressive movement's vote versus their support, because there's a world of difference.
The FISA court works. The separation of power works. We can trace, track down and take out terrorists while ensuring that our actions are subject to vigorous oversight, and do not undermine the very laws and freedom that we are fighting to defend.
No one should get a free pass to violate the basic civil liberties of the American people -- not the President of the United States, and not the telecommunications companies that fell in line with his warrantless surveillance program. We have to make clear the lines that cannot be crossed. . . .
A grassroots movement of Americans has pushed this issue to the forefront. You have come together across this country. You have called upon our leaders to adhere to the Constitution. You have sent a message to the halls of power that the American people will not permit the abuse of power -- and demanded that we reclaim our core values by restoring the rule of law.
It's time for Washington to hear your voices, and to act. I share your commitment to this cause, and will stand with you in the fights to come.
Thursday, July 03, 2008
Obama on FISA
Let's call this blog an early Independence Day Special.