July 11th, 2008
01:15 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama's surveillance vote spurs blogging backlash

Sen. Barack Obama said he voted for the surveillance bill because it will help protect the nation.
Sen. Barack Obama said he voted for the surveillance bill because it will help protect the nation.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sen. Barack Obama's vote for a federal surveillance law that he had previously opposed has sparked a backlash from his online advocates, who had energized his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.

In October, Obama had vowed to help filibuster an update of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) that gave telecommunication companies that had cooperated with President Bush's warrantless wiretapping program immunity from lawsuits.

After 9/11, Bush secretly authorized the National Security Agency to eavesdrop, without the mandated warrant from a federal court, on electronic communication involving terrorist suspects.

Critics said Bush's Terrorist Surveillance Program was a violation of civil liberties.

The Senate voted Wednesday on the bill updating FISA - which had a provision to shield telecommunications companies that had cooperated in the surveillance. Obama joined the 68 other senators who voted to send the bill to the president's desk.

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  1. Amy Jacobson

    Hello Obama supporters... hello... helloooooooo oh, eyes still closed and ears plugged. OK, nothing has changed then.

    July 11, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  2. Splurge

    Remember when we were proud of Obama's integrity and now we just make excuses for his lack thereof?

    Dissapointed yet, kids?

    July 11, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  3. Diane

    The bill's revisions allowed for him to change his mind. At this point in time, and in light of all that is happening in the world, it was an intelligent choice for our protection, but not necessarily one he wanted to make. The bill as previously written was a definite open door for infringement on our civil liberties and for unscrupulous government and telcom employees. Now there's accountability. Going forward it can be amended further.

    July 11, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  4. Milwaukee for Obama

    CNN HAS REFUSED TO DWELL ON THE STORY OF MCCAIN'S FINANCIAL ADVISOR, THEY ARE NOW JUMPING TO THIS STORY OF FISA ONCE AGAIN? i CANNOT BELIEVE HOW DIRTY AND LOW LIFE THEY ARE.

    July 11, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  5. Laura

    Obama's position changed because the bill changed. He did vote to remove immunity, but he decided that the whole bill should not go down because of it. At least he had the courage to vote, knowing it would anger his base. McCain did not even bother to show up for the vote.

    July 11, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  6. Erika, KS

    Loser. Yes, back peddling again, Mr. Obama?
    Ha ha ha! This guy isn't presidential material. He proves it every single day! ha ha ha.

    July 11, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  7. JK Ashburn, VA

    William Drayton:

    More concerned about gas prices? Obama says he has no issue with the price of gas other than it went up too fast. Is that OK with you, too?

    July 11, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  8. Generation X

    For all of you PUMA nuts and Republicans blogging as Hillary supporters; old girl needs help in paying off her debt. Instead of blogging about a candidate that lost, why don't you contribute money to her debt.....Oh right, she didn't have 18 million voters. LMAO

    July 11, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  9. fairandstraight

    Mark,
    Just because Obama has supporters, he is not God. Maybe you should seek God and you would post ignorant comments like that on the blogs. I am an Obama supporter and I find it offensive to be accused of worshipping him.

    July 11, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  10. Chanda Cincinnati Ohio

    GOD HELP US WHEN OUR LEADERS CAN NOT CHANGE THIER MINDS BASED ON NEW INFOMATION AND IMPORTANT LEGISLATION CHANGES!!!!!!!!! HOW MANY TIMES A DAY DO YOU GUYS CHANGE YOUR MINDS BASED ON NEW INFO!!! GROW THE HELL UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THE NATIVES ARE STARING TO SOUND A LITTLE RESTLESS AND SCARED!!!! THEY ARE REALIZING THAT THEY ARE TRULY GOING TO HAVE TO SAY PRESIDENT OBAMA. MCCAIN CAN CHANGE HIS MIND AND ITS OKAY...THAT IS TRULY MIND BOGGLING TO ME. MCCAIN CAN NOT EVEN REMEBER WHAT HE VOTES FOR. HE VEHMENTLY DENIED SAYING HE DID NOT KNOW THAT MUCH ABOUT THE ECONOMY, BUT HE DID SAY IT. HE ONLY FAVORS TAX BREAKS FOR THE WEALTHY AND COOPERATE AMERICA, HE HAS A VERY UNREALISTIC VIEW OF THE NATIONAL DEBT, WHICH HIS BUDDY GEORGE ALMOST DOUBLED BY HIMSELF!!!!! WE ARE MENTALLY DISTURBED WHINERS ACCORDING TO HIS TOP ECONOMIC ADVISOR, AND THE MAN NO MORE CARES ABOUT HISPANICS, AFRICAN AMERICANS, JEWS, NATIVE AMERICANS, ASIANS, AND ANY OTHER ETHNIC GROUP IN THIS COUNTRY THAN THE KLAN!!!!! HE IS OUT OF TOUCH, OUT OF SYNC AND SOON TO BE OUT OF TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 11, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  11. Joseph, Los Angeles California

    Lots of republican's on this blogg... Regardless of the fact that changing one's mind is no sin, I will not vote for a third bush term. Enough is enough. The republicans have ruined this country.

    July 11, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  12. No Longer Amused, Las Vegas

    Once more showing he will do anything to get elected, a charge his supporters often made against Clinton.

    We were supposed to give him a break on his lack of experience, based on his fresh approach and his claim that he is not "politics as usual".

    He is not only "politics as usual" he is "Chicago politics as usual".

    The problem is the only thing worse than Obama as president is McCain as president.

    How the heck did we gett here? And how can we get out?

    July 11, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  13. multitaskin

    AMAZING, UNREAL, YOUR KIDDING ME, WOWEEWOW, SHAZZAM, EUREKA, YA DONT SAY, GOLLY GEE, AND JUST A FEW OTHER PALEEZ STOP SMOKING DEM-POT REACTIONS BEFORE THIS JIM JONES GETS TO THE MOST POWERFUL POSITION ON EARTH. WHAT REALLY SCARES YOU PEOPLE? NOT KNOWING THIS PIED PIPER REALLY SCARES SMART FOLKS. GOLD HELP AMERICA!!!!!!

    July 11, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  14. arc, Lugano CH

    Sabrina:

    Hillary also stood by Bush and Cheney and proudly voted for the war which has led to the deaths of over 4000 US soldiers and over half a million Iraqi women, children and other non-combatants.

    The legacy of your Queen is to be admired.

    July 11, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  15. Loretta from California

    so does this mean that the government has the right to spy on any American that it chooses? Even those of us who are patriotic...those of us who love our country....those of us who are model citizens? Those of us who feel we have a right to criticize our government officials if OR WHEN we choose to do so.

    DEMOCRATS UNITE!!!!!

    July 11, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  16. hershey

    This is just the beginning. There are going to be plenty of others subjects that he has lied about. Change and hope? I think not. It reeks of the same olod politics.

    July 11, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  17. Jean

    IF THE MEDIA WOULD ONLY REPORT RESPONSIBLY1111111111111

    July 11, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  18. Maxine

    Obama supporters have faith in Obama that he knows what he is doing We want him to win back the white house. and the vote on the FISA is revised for the Civil liberties Obama will made sure things wil go fair.

    July 11, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  19. TEXAN

    Hey...if this is good for our country, why not change your vote ? Apparently, this will help catch terrorist. Just goes to show that Obama is not afraid to change his mind, if he feels it is best for our country. He is not in this to be popular. He is in it to protect us. GO OBAMA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 11, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  20. beachgirl

    well Obama supporters........ here is a good example of a Rock Star that does not have the experience Hillary does!!! This is just the beginning for this guy, just wait and see what the Republicans will do to him and his followers!!! I AM SO GLAD I SUPPORTED HILLARY, everyday I support her even more!!!!

    July 11, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  21. INDEPENDENT WHITE WOMAN for OBAMA

    Dr. Bob .... Flip Mccain….Flop Gramm……Flip McCain…Flop Gramm
    You NObamanots must be really proud of your candidate. He's losing votes by the minute.......... I WONDER -Y- Mr Obama is up by 8 POINTS

    Erika, KS ..... Loser. Yes, back peddling again, Mr. Obama?
    Ha ha ha! This guy isn't presidential material........well he is aware if he is present for a vote....... How about Mr McCain???

    Obama 08/2012

    July 11, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  22. warbowl

    Obama is doing what he has to do to get elected. He stood less of a chance if he didn't move to the center. Even if he is sullying his brand, he's not going to lose his hardcore lefties; he can only gain moderates and independents. He's still the better option. And did anyone honestly think he could get elected without playing the game?

    July 11, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  23. Sluggo

    Obama is just another lieing politician. Clinton '08

    July 11, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  24. MDB

    Florida voter for Obama, If you do "your" research on Wikipedia then you really are a moron who, Barack Obama is deserving of your vote. Apparently you do not realize that ANYBODY, you, me, joe blow or whomever can write an article no matter how false and post it to Wikipedia. No wonder you're so easily swayed by the Messiah!

    July 11, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  25. Total Northern California Democrat for Obama

    I was upset at first but got over it. He has SO much going for him. He is really going to turn this country around and try and un-do the damage the Bush crime family flailed upon us. Go Obama – we are with you all the way. btw – he isn't perfect – he CAN'T please everyone. Live with it.

    July 11, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
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