Breaking an October 2007 promise, Senator Obama votes for retroactive immunity in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act of 2008. In his statement Senator Obama writes: "It is not all that I would want. But given the legitimate threats we face, providing effective intelligence collection tools with appropriate safeguards is too important to delay. So I support the compromise, but do so with a firm pledge that as President, I will carefully monitor the program, review the report by the Inspectors General, and work with the Congress to take any additional steps I deem necessary to protect the lives - and the liberty - of the American people."
Friday, June 20, 2008 (All day)