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Obama Backs Bill Giving Immunity To Telecoms

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Obama Backs Bill Giving Immunity To Telecoms
Sen. Barack Obama's campaign released a statement Friday afternoon saying that while Obama opposes amnesty for telecom firms that spied on Americans, he will support the House compromise legislation. He says, "given the grave threats that we face, our national security agencies must have the capability to gather intelligence and track down terrorists before they strike, while respecting the rule of law and the privacy and civil liberties of the American people."

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stephley stephley 9 years
Why thank you for noticing!
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
Stephley ... someone went platinum ... someone's getting a really cheap virtual gift in their inbox ... :froggy:
stephley stephley 9 years
He clearly said he's NOT willing to give the companies a free pass. As the Democrat's presidential choice, his concerns will carry a great deal of weight when the Senate goes to work on the bill. Whether he can trump telecom money to his colleagues is the question.
stiletta stiletta 9 years
It's good to see that Obama is willing to put aside his message of "hope" when it suits him. How can he possibly say he's going to change anything when he gives companies a free pass to spy on its citizens? How is that reform? How is that change? At least McCain isn't making false promises.
stephley stephley 9 years
They weren't following orders, the government 'requested' co-operation, and not all companies went along - at least one official from QWest also claims the requests for call records came in February, 2001. Any American citizen should question any request or order from the government that they believe is illegal. It may unleash a sh*tstorm on the individual at first, but if we're not willing to risk that, we don't deserve to live in a free country.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
I don't think a company should be held liable for following orders from the gov't anymore than I think a gunmaker should be liable when someone uses their gun to kill someone else.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
So Cabaker, you are okay with companies spying on you illegally and not being held accountable? I always thought you wanted less interference by government?
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
Oh. Well. Scratch that then. :p
stephley stephley 9 years
His statement says: "It does, however, grant retroactive immunity, and I will work in the Senate to remove this provision so that we can seek full accountability for past offenses."
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
:lol: Ca
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
Hmm, I did not expect this from him. I am pleasantly surprised.
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