Posts Tagged ‘spying’
In justifying his upcoming vote for the FISA Amendments Act, Barack Obama tried to soothe his supporters’ outrage by saying that, although ordinary routes of justice and investigation against George W. Bush’s spying crimes against the American people were being cut off, an Inspectors General report would still provide accountability.
Specifically, Obama cited an Inspectors General report into politically-biased hiring practices as a “strong example” of the accountability that could occur through the FISA Amendments Act. That sounds great, but what form did that accountability actually take?
Irregular Times looked into the matter, and here’s the sad truth of what they found about the so-called “accountability” of the Inspectors General investigation that Obama cited:
– No one was held accountable.
There were no arrests. No fines. No trials. No one got fired, or even suspended. No one even got disciplined.
Nothing happened to anybody.
All that happened is that the Inspectors General wrote a report.
When Barack Obama cites the Inspectors General investigation of the hiring practices at the Department of Justice, as a “a strong example of the accountability” that might still occur after the FISA Amendments Act gives telecommunications companies retroactive immunity: Someone, years from now, will write a report.
That’s not accountability.
George W. Bush and the telecommunications corporations committed high crimes against the American people. They watched us online. They read our emails. They tapped our telephone calls. They violated the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
They plan to keep on doing it, with Barack Obama’s help.
And Barack Obama thinks that a report, written years from now, will provide accountability?!?
How stupid does Barack Obama think we are?
Barack Obama was doing so well, but as we track the 2008 presidential election we now see that the Obama Campaign steamroller has flipped over. The cause? The speedbump of the FISA Amendments Act.
All Barack Obama had to do was keep chugging along, challenging the politics of fear. But no – Obama listened to the campaign consultants. Obama announced that he supports and will vote for the FISA Amendments Act.
The FISA Amendments Act gives retroactive immunity to the telecommunications corporations that helped George W. Bush illegally spy on millions of American citizens. The law gives Bush the power to spy with virtually no restrictions on Americans, and even to search through Americans’ homes without a search warrant, and without providing any proof that there is any suspicion of criminal activity.
Barack Obama’s campaign consultants got afraid that John McCain would play the fear card on Obama. So, what did Obama do? He played the fear card on himself.
Barack Obama once promised to end the politics of fear. Now, Obama has embraced the politics of fear.
Two places to track news about the FISA Amendments Act and its impact on the 2008 election:
1. FISA Amendments Act News at Irregular Times
2. Repeal FISA – a collective blog of resistance to the FISA Amendments Act.