Open letter after the vote

The version on is the definitive one; please sign on there if you share the sentiments.

July 9, 2008

Dear Senator Obama,

We, Get FISA Right, a group of more than 23,000 of your own supporters, are outraged that the Senate supported a complete cave-in to the Bush administration. It is disheartening that you decided to support this bill, which does immense damage to the rule of law and our most fundamental democratic institutions.

Even though we are disappointed, most of us continue to support you as a candidate. But as a candidate you have work to do repairing our trust in you and in government.

Senator Obama, you told us last Thursday that you would have your "Attorney General conduct a comprehensive review of all our surveillance programs, and ... make further recommendations on any steps needed to preserve civil liberties and to prevent executive branch abuse in the future."

You need to go further than this, and promise to use the full power of the presidency to expose the truth. A full investigation of Bush's illegal "terrorist surveillance program" needs to be conducted by your administration.

Legal opinions that try to justify spying on the communications of Americans without warrants need to be released for public review.

Finally, you need to revisit this flawed bill as president. It is anything but a compromise. As Republican Senator Kit Bond said, "the White House got a better deal than they even had hoped to get."

Please restore our faith in you. Respond to us again, and pledge to us that you will do these three things once we help put you in the White House.


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