Democrats Lose on FISA – TRNN Video Link


After vowing in January to filibuster any FISA bill that included retroactive immunity for telecommunication companies, Obama changed his mind, voting on Wednesday for a FISA bill that included immunity. Obama was one of 22 Democratic Senators who voted for the bill, while Senator Clinton and Majority Leader Reid voted nay. In the lead up to the vote Obama supporters started an organization called “Please Vote NO on Telecom Immunity-Get FISA Right”, which became a movement to get Senator Obama to stick to his word. Obama responded with an open letter to his supporters, stating that the compromise FISA bill improves on earlier versions and guarantees better oversight of executive privilege. Michael Ratner, from the Center on Constitutional Rights, doesn’t believe that Obama accurately characterized the implications of the bill he voted into law.