By now everyone is talking about the big shocker. Senator Barack Obama has reversed his previous opposition to FISA from back in February and now supports the FISA Amendments Act of 2008. The Obama statement has echoed around and around the echo chamber that is the blogosphere and everyone is reprinting it along with expressions of shock and dismay. How could Obama support retroactive immunity for the telecoms, they say? How could Obama support warrantless wiretapping and searches of offices and homes?
Only one thing bothers me. Where did Obama say it? Was it part of a speech or a question and answer session? It sounds too formal and tightly written to be off the cuff. Was it an official press release? Then why can’t I find it posted on either the Obama election website or the Obama’s official senate website? The mainstream media isn’t reporting it, and there isn’t even one video out there. I’m on the Obama email listserve–nothing there, just another “contribute” button.
The first blogger to post the statement seems to be Glen Greenwald–most blogs point back to that one. But does Greenwald speak for Obama? Where did Greenwald get the information?