Friday, June 20, 2008

So Much For Obama

Change we can believe in?

Barack Obama has announced his support of the outrageous FISA Amendments Act of 2008. He goes along with the dishonest claim that this bill represented any meaningful "compromise." The "compromise" is represents is an unnecessary compromise of the 4th Amendment of the Constitution.

Most outrageous of all is this bit of spin by Obama: "the President’s illegal program of warrantless surveillance will be over." Not exactly. The illegal warrantless surveillance that was conducted covertly for a time, until the Fed got caught, will now be legal and blessed by Democratic Party. In other words, the crime has been codified and blessed.

Indeed, the law would go further than offering immunity to media companies that colluded with the government to break the law. The law, as I ranted below, gives the executive branch the power to compel private actors to break the law, and then give them immunity from lawsuits. That means that if you ever found out your rights were violated by this authority, there is no redress for you.

Obama has endorsed a coverup of Presidential crimes, and an assault on the Constitution. Moreover, he is helping peddle the false claim that the Democrats won meaningful "compromises."

I might have known. He's a pretty little speechmaker, there's no denying it. But his votes in the Senate played much closer to the pathological Democratic Party line than his rhetoric suggests, and now this sellout on an issue where our nation's political character is on the line, to say nothing of its ramifications on HIS presidential powers if he wins the election.

But that's not all. The final point is put best by, again, Glenn Greenwald: "Telling Americans that we have to give up basic constitutional rights -- and allow rampant lawbreaking -- if we want to save ourselves from 'the grave threats we face' sounds awfully familiar."

It certainly does sound familiar. Not like "change" at all.

Now I'm clear: I don't believe him. He's got a great act but he is no reformer, except in style.

1 comment:

Pam said...

Just proves he's a politician, Alg. He wants to be elected.

He talks a good game; he talks beautifully.

But, when push comes to shove...?