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Countdown – Special Comment, FISA and Barack Obama

Congratulations, Glenn Greenwald. Glenn Greenwald challenged both Barack Obama and Keith Olbermann over this FISA legislation. The bottom line, as Glenn pointed out, was that Barack Obama stood firmly against immunity for the telecom companies during the primaries. Now that he is one step away from the White House, he appears to be playing politics, and backing off from this pledge.

Keith Olbermann did his homework, or rather, he had John Dean do his homework for him. Over the weekend, John Dean not only read the FISA legislation also looked at related statutes. He concluded that the telecom companies would be immune from civil lawsuits but not from criminal prosecution. Therefore, Barack Obama can vote for the FISA legislation and still pledge to prosecute any criminal activity of the telephone companies. This would be something. But for me, I would like to see Barack Obama say no telecom immunity. No! Then, follow up with a pledge that if criminal wrongdoing is found he would instruct the attorney general to prosecute.

With John McCain cranking up the rhetoric on Barack Obama’s campaign-finance “flip-flop,” I think it is important that he (Obama) takes a stand on principle. The Republicans are going to do what they’re going to do (lie and distort). Therefore, it is critical for Barack Obama to decide where he’s going to stand in this election.

Congratulations to Glenn Greenwald (Glenn’s Olbermann posts – here and here. Glenn’s original post on FISA and Obama here.) It is rare for a blogger to have any influence of the world on which he blogs. Glenn’s arguments are thoughtful and well researched. It is very hard to argue with Glenn… and win.

By |2008-07-01T05:28:15-04:00July 1st, 2008|Domestic Spying, Election 2008, Party Politics|3 Comments

Tom Delay gets indicted?

According to today’s WashingtonPost.com – “A Texas grand jury on Wednesday charged Rep. Tom DeLay and two political associates with conspiracy in a campaign finance scheme, forcing the House majority leader to temporarily relinquish his post.”

The twists and turns of Delay’s TRAMPAC are well documented by the Texas Observer (author Lou Debose almost single-handedly kept this story alive).

We have a long way to go to rid politics of folks like Delay who rule the House like a mobster rules the streets. Delay is one of the reasons that there is no debate and no compromise in the House. America will benefit from his leaving the political scene, in my humble opinion.

By |2005-09-28T12:48:55-04:00September 28th, 2005|House of Representatives, Legal|Comments Off on Tom Delay gets indicted?
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