Insomnia (insomnia) wrote,
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Tell Obama to keep his word on fighting telecom immunity.

Well, as you may have heard, the House of Representatives have caved on the issue of telecom immunity... passing legislation that would shield telecom companies from any responsibility regarding their cooperation in violating the privacy of American citizens, and effectively blocking all attempts to figure out to what extent the Bush administration has spied upon us all.

On October 24th of last year, Barack Obama's campaign released a statement on the issue:

"To be clear: Barack will support a filibuster of any bill that includes retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies."

Moveon.org, thankfully, is encouraging all of us to hold Barack Obama to that promise. This is an important opportunity for Barack Obama to show real leadership on this issue, and, indeed, if he wants my strong support for his campaign, he should take a leadership role in resisting this legislation.

Ordinary Americans need to be assured that their overseas communications won't be flagged, targeted, referred for investigation, or used in a way that causes our contacts to be investigated. This is especially true for people such as webloggers, reporters, members of our armed forces, NGO workers, free speech advocates, and those who have friends and family overseas.

The Bush administration has unfortunately ignored our rights and made all of us into potential targets with their organized monitoring of our communications -- as such, we should have the right to at least determine to what extent our rights have been violated, and take steps to see that it never happens again.

So yes, I definitely support encouraging Barack Obama to keep his promise to fillibuster the upcoming legislation. There has already been too much compromise with the Republicans on these issues.

If John McCain and the Republicans want to call Barack Obama and the Democrats disloyal for standing up for the Constitution and Bill of Rights... let them. That's an argument we can win.
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