What is Barack Obama’s position on FISA?
The blogosphere has been freaking out ever since an earlier report that Obama had switched his position on FISA and was ready to vote for the bill. Bloggers trying to contact his office have reported a busy signal all day.
Well, I just got off the phone with Obama’s DC office (yes, I have voted for Obama repeatedly, going back to his days as a state rep ) and here is what they said:
- They’re “not entirely sure” when the bill will come up for a vote.
- Senator Obama “has reservations” about “retroactive immunity”.
- Senator Obama is “working with Senator Feingold and Senator Dodd” to “strip retroactive immunity” provisions from the bill.
- Senator Obama is interested in whatever callers want to say about it.
An aide from Senator Dick Durbin’s (D-Illinois) office earlier today said the senator does not yet have an official position on the “FISA compromise bill”, however, last time FISA came up for consideration he was against it, and does not foresee changing his position.
IN FAVOR OF FISA:
The offices of Nurse Rached, Snidely Whiplash, Darth Vader, and Cruella de Vil all reported to be in favor of the new FISA bill.
In addition, the office of Lord Sauron of Mordor gave the following analysis of the FISA bill:
No official translation was available, however Babelfish gives the following approximation: “One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them, one ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them.”
There is absolutely no truth whatsoever to the rumor that Senator Obama’s reaction to the Lord Sauron’s statement was “Preciousssssssssssssssssssss”….