RNC: This Week in Change V

Obama Continues Breaking Pledges And Shifting Stances In Search Of The Most Politically Expedient Position IMMUNITY FOR TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMPANIES INVOLVED IN TERRORIST SURVEILLANCE WASHINGTON , July 11...


Obama Continues Breaking Pledges And Shifting Stances In Search Of The Most Politically Expedient Position

IMMUNITY FOR TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMPANIES INVOLVED IN TERRORIST SURVEILLANCE

WASHINGTON , July 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by the Republican National Committee:

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During The Primaries, Obama Pledged To Filibuster Any Bill Which Contained Immunity For Telecommunications Companies Involved In Electronic Surveillance:

In October, The Obama Campaign Pledged He Would Filibuster "Any Bill That Includes Retroactive Immunity For Telecommunications Companies." Obama Spokesman Bill Burton : "To be clear: Barack will support a filibuster of any bill that includes retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies." ( Greg Sargent , "Obama Camp Says It: He'll Support Filibuster Of Any Bill Containing Telecom Immunity," Talking Points Memo's "Election Central" Blog, tpmelectioncentral.talkingpointsmemo.com, 10/24/07)

-- In December, Obama's Senate Office Stated He "Unequivocally Opposes Giving Retroactive Immunity To Telecommunications Companies." "Senator Obama unequivocally opposes giving retroactive immunity to telecommunications companies and has cosponsored Senator's efforts to remove that provision from the FISA bill. ... Senator Obama supports a filibuster of this bill, and strongly urges others to do the same." (Sen. Barack Obama , "Statement From Senator Obama's Office On The FISA Bill," Press Release, 12/17/07)

In February, Obama Voted Against A Bill That "Would Grant Retroactive Legal Immunity To Telecommunications Companies Alleged To Have Participated In The National Security Agency's Warrantless Surveillance Program." "Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the bill that would amend the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to authorize warrantless surveillance of foreign targets, even if they are communicating with someone in the United States . It would give the FISA court authority to approve several aspects of how such surveillance is conducted. It also would grant retroactive legal immunity to telecommunications companies alleged to have participated in the National Security Agency's warrantless surveillance program." (S. 2248, CQ Vote #19: Motion Agreed To 69-19: R 48-0; D 20-28; I 1-1, 2/12/08, Obama Voted Nay)

But This Week, Obama Supported A Bill Which Grants Immunity For Telecommunications Companies, A Shift That Sparked An "Online Mutiny" From His Own Supporters:

Obama Voted For A Bill That "Would Allow For Retroactive Liability Immunity For Telecommunications Companies That Have Participated In The National Security Agency's Warrantless Surveillance Program." "Passage of the bill that would overhaul the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which governs electronic surveillance of foreign terrorism suspects. The bill would allow investigations of up to one year that involved surveillance targeting those who are not U.S. persons and who are reasonably believed to be outside the United States . The FISA court would have to approve procedures for conducting the surveillance. Warrantless surveillance would be allowed as long as it does not intentionally target U.S. persons or those located within the United States , excluding foreign agents. It would allow for retroactive liability immunity for telecommunications companies that have participated in the National Security Agency's warrantless surveillance program. The bill's provisions would sunset on Dec. 31, 2012 , but warrants would remain in effect until they expire." (H.R. 6304, CQ Vote #168: Passed 69-28: R 47-0; D 21-27; I 1-1, 7/9/08, Obama Voted Yea)

"[T]he Presumptive Democratic Nominee Has Angered Some Of His Most Ardent Supporters While Triggering Something Of An Online Mutiny. Thousands Are Using MyBarackObama.com To Angrily Organize Against Him Because Of A Changed Position On Terrorist Wiretap Legislation..." ( John McCormick , "Obama's Online Muscle Flexes Against Him," Chicago Tribune, 7/8/08)

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