MoveOn Urges Obama to Block Telecom Immunity in FISA Deal

Members of MoveOn.org are calling on Barack Obama to block the rewrite of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) since it includes immunity for telecom companies who took part in the White House's domestic warrantless wiretapping program.

In a letter sent out to members Saturday, MoveOn leaders urged the group's members to call Obama's office to help remind him that he has opposed immunity in the past.

"Last year, after phone calls from MoveOn members and others, Obama went so far as to vow to 'support a filibuster of any bill that includes retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies,'" MoveOn's Political Action Team wrote in the letter. "We need him to honor that promise."

Obama has said that he supports the deal on FISA, reached between House Democrats and the White House. But Obama has also said that he'll fight to strip the immunity.

Read more of MoveOn's letter below.
Dear MoveOn member,

On Friday, House Democrats caved to the Bush administration and passed a bill giving a get-out-of-jail-free card to phone companies that helped Bush illegally spy on innocent Americans.

This Monday, the fight moves to the Senate. Senator Russ Feingold says the "deal is not a compromise; it is a capitulation." Barack Obama announced his partial support for the bill, but said, "It does, however, grant retroactive immunity, and I will work in the Senate to remove this provision so that we can seek full accountability for past offenses."

Last year, after phone calls from MoveOn members and others, Obama went so far as to vow to "support a filibuster of any bill that includes retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies."4 We need him to honor that promise.
Can you call Senator Obama today and tell him you're counting on him to keep his word? Ask him to block any compromise that includes immunity for phone companies that helped Bush break the law.

...These companies helped the Bush Administration illegally spy on the emails and phone calls of innocent Americans. By giving "immunity" to these companies, all lawsuits brought against them by civil liberties groups would be thrown out of court. That means we may never find out how far Bush went in breaking the law. And once it's done, it can't be undone. That's why we need Obama to promise to block any bill that has immunity.