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By a lopsided 69-28 vote, the Senate has passed the so-called FISA compromise bill, extending the power of the executive branch to authorize warrant-less interception of international communications, and effectively granting retroactive amnesty to telecoms that participated in the extralegal surveillance program authorized by President George Bush after the attacks of 9/11.

Link (Ars Technica)

Obama supported the bill, while Clinton was against it.

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Date:July 10th, 2008 10:30 pm (UTC)
This has me seriously disillusioned with Obama.
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Date:July 10th, 2008 10:56 pm (UTC)
Me too. He gave a great talk at Google early in his campaign where it seemed like he was heading in a good direction on privacy.

I'm hoping that it was a purely political move: he knew his vote didn't matter to the result, given the leanings of the Senate and the promised veto, so he was making a political gambit. Someone in the campaign decided he'd get more votes with another homeland security rubber stamp than he'd lose from people like us. And... he's probably right. The people who care about the erosion on privacy are also intelligent enough to know that their best case is still to vote Obama, given that McCain isn't exactly a better choice.

Though, this is a best case. Even if that's what he was thinking, it's sad that he didn't have a strong enough moral objection to FISA to go above all the vote-mongering.

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