An Open Letter To Senator Obama

Just published on the Get FISA Right wiki:

Dear Senator Obama,

On October 24, 2007, your campaign spokesman said, “To be clear: Barack will support a filibuster of any bill that includes retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies.”

On June 20, 2008 you said, of retroactive immunity, “I will work in the Senate to remove this provision so that we can seek full accountability for past offenses.”

As the largest grass-roots group on your campaign website,, and in the spirit of your open/responsive government campaign pledges, we wish to share our ideas for how we may work together to further the goal of eliminating retroactive immunity from the FISA legislation scheduled for debate in the Senate next week. Although this is only one of the problems we see with legislation allows the government to wiretap the communications of its citizenry without a warrant, it’s the area we think we can help you the most.

First, Senator Obama, we ask that you make the same tools that we used to call undecided voters in Iowa and New Hampshire available for us to call our fellow citizens in West Virginia, Nebraska, Delaware, Florida and other states that have Senators committed to voting against the amendment that would strip telecom immunity. You have the tools and we have the people power. Together, we are confident we can bring Change; we can make the government listen to the people instead of the telecom lobbyists.

Second, Senator Obama, we ask that you attend the Senate debate and schedule floor time to speak about the violence done to the rule of law when Congress retroactively immunizes the illegal conduct of a special interest. We know you understand that justice should not be sold to the highest special interest bidder; we also know that you can persuade other Senators that are not so clear on the issue. Of course, if you do this, our committed members will surely capture the video of your inspiring oratory, load it to YouTube and spread your words to our friends and family far and wide. We trust in your ability to bring a new way of doing business to Washington and look forward to helping you make that Change a reality.

Senator Obama, the caption reads, “I’m asking you to believe. Not just in my ability to bring about real change in Washington… I’m asking you to believe in yours.” We’re ready to put these words into practice.

Thank you.

The 15,000+ (and rapidly growing) members of

“Senator Obama – Please Vote NO on Telecom Immunity – Get FISA Right”



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5 responses to “An Open Letter To Senator Obama

  1. Posted letter on blog:

  2. Carlo Scannella

    SunShine, that’s great!

    If you’d like, you can go over to the Get FISA Right wiki page and enter that — they’re tracking all the places the letter has been posted.

  3. libertybill

    Here is my ‘Open Letter to Obama’.

    Obama, Oh Obama, say it isn’t so!

    You are our hero, our guiding light. The one and only one to show us the green pastures of Hope. You, who we believe will still the troubled waters of democracy and show us the true, new, shining democracy of Democratic Principles and Decency. The one who will leadeth us away from the shadow of the George W. Bush and his evil.

    Today to my dismay I learned that you are studying “triangulation” under your new mentor William Jefferson Clinton and also he is to hopefully impart a bit of his technique in the art of swaying women, namely Hilliary’s followers but not limited to. Did this check out okay with Michelle? Isn’t “triangulation” somewhat synonymous with “strangulation”? I mean ‘The network of triangles so laid out’ or “depending on the meaning of IS” is in a manner of speaking and “to compress or constrict, so as to prevent circulation or suppress function” can be construed in a clintonistical way to mean ‘if ya can’t beat ‘em, then join ‘em’. When Hilliary was in her prime and she decided to use Bill’s technique of ‘triangulation’ I wrote her a letter which I’m sure she never read but the gist of it was beseeching her to, “No, no, no, don’t do it, Hilliary. Moving one inch to the RIGHT is undemocratic or un-Democratic (either applies)! Now our messiah has decided that the path through the GOP like swamp is the true path to righteousness. Again I say, “No, no, no, don’t do it, Obama. Moving one inch to the RIGHT is undemocratic or un-Democratic (either applies)!

    While sipping my Alka-Seltzer to relieve a seminal migraine, today’s email disclosed that Barack is ‘triangulating’ his opinion on the FISA bill. He knows that it is unconstitutional, unnecessary, and feeds the Chimp but he will vote for it anyway and desert 15 Honorable Senators with a lame excuse that he will try to change it later.

    After mixing another A-S spiked with a couple aspirin, I read about Obama’s new take on NAFTA. During the battle of Ohio a ubiquitous flyer from the Pied Pipers campaign headquarters read “Only Barack Obama consistently opposed NAFTA,” Now I suppose that NAFTA is no longer “devastating and a big mistake” that causes our good jobs to go overseas and ocean hopping corporations are no longer cheating on their taxes. You know at first it was bad, bad, really bad. “Now it’s not really that bad. There are some good things about it.” ‘I said that? I’m a politician and politicians lie. Get over it! As FISA goes so goes NAFTA! Flip-flop, fizz, fizz oh what a jazz it is!

    As a Constitutional professor at the University of Chicago Law School, Obama understands and believes in what he preaches but once again I smell ‘triangulation’. Obama gave a fine speech on making government ‘open and accountable’ to commence after he becomes President Obama but not before. He also can not say, “Yes. I will aggressively investigate all criminal activity by the Bush Administration and bring the perpetrators to justice.” But he does say Bush made, “really dumb policies and policies that rise to the level of criminal activity.” But, he said he would not want “my first term to be consumed by what would be perceived by Republicans as a partisan witch hunt.”

    What was that!? Did our Constitutional professor just say that the perception of his persona, when he becomes President, is more important than obeying the dictates of his oath of office? It seems to me that if he doesn’t honor his oath of office then we will be back to square one because his persona will radiate the same stink as that of George W. Bush! There is only on correct answer here, Impeach, impeach, and impeach, George W. Bush and all his cohorts.

    Last Friday, June 20th, I got a letter from Barack Obama telling me that he is, quote “Choosing not to accept these taxpayer funds was not an easy decision. I remain committed to fundamental campaign finance reform, and as president I will work to fix this broken system.” Then he asked me to make a donation because, quote “But we’re facing opponents who have become masters at gaming the broken system as it stands today — collecting money from Washington lobbyists, special interest PACs, and relying on so-called 527 groups that can take unlimited contributions to peddle lies and smears” And he really needed the money.

    So just like Sandra I donated $25 bucks.

    Sandra from Tennessee:
    “I’m on disability and can’t afford to give much but I figure the $10 is worth it. This is the first time in a long time that even the ones who can’t afford it are giving, and are excited about a candidate and excited about the process.”

    The news today tops it all like an unexpected Mel Gibson castration. Obama is making a plea to his donors to help poor old Hilliary pay off her campaign finance bill because she is about 20 mill in arrears and most of that is her own bucks. Gee, that’s about 20% of the Clintons net worth. Now poor Bill will have to work overtime a couple weekends to make up for it. Ouch!
    But wait it gets worse! The talk on the web is that if the tight asses don‘t kick in then Obama has enough chips in his war chest to make her whole again. I would like to echo the sentiment of the all the blogs that I’ve read, ‘Not with my money he better not!!!!!!

    Dear Barack, as I see it, you have completely screwed up. You will of course be a better choice for President than John McCain, I think, but you sure as hell don‘t represent my values. Poor Sandra and I are in the same boat and since I obviously need financial help more you then I’m asking you to give back my $25 donation!

    I think George Carlin had it right when he explained in a routine that challenged all the premises of today’s half-a-loaf reformers.

  4. joseph bachir

    Very well said. Please send it to Barack Obama and tell him, I want my money too. Also tell him I am voting for republican.

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