March 7, 2008

NNO WONDER THEY PREFER THAT EVERYONE JUST CHANT "OBAMA":

Intel Adviser Breaks with Obama over FISA, Telecoms (Justin Rood, 3/07/08, ABC News: The Blotter)

In a new interview with National Journal magazine, an intelligence adviser to Barack Obama's presidential campaign broke with his candidate’s position opposing retroactive legal protection for telecommunications companies being sued for cooperating with a dubious U.S. government domestic surveillance program.

"I do believe strongly that [telecoms] should be granted that immunity," former CIA official John Brennan told National Journal reporter Shane Harris in the interview. "They were told to [cooperate] by the appropriate authorities that were operating in a legal context."

"I know people are concerned about that, but I do believe that's the right thing to do," added Brennan, who is an intelligence and foreign policy adviser to Obama.

That wasn't just a personal opinion, Brennan made clear to Harris. "My advice, to whoever is coming in [to the White House], is they need to spend some time learning, understanding what's out there, identifying those key issues," including the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, he said -- the law at the heart of the immunity debate.

"They need to make sure they do their homework, and it's not just going to be knee-jerk responses," Brennan said of the presidential hopefuls.

Last month, Obama voted to strip language in an intelligence bill that would have granted to Verizon, AT&T and other companies the immunity Brennan favored.


Anytime anyone in his campaign--including the candidate and his wife--departs from the normal platitudes they shoot themselves in the foot. Are we really supposed to vote for a guy whose advisors don't think he makes informed decisions?

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 7, 2008 6:58 PM
Comments

One recalls he was the head of intelligence coordinating center, former Station Chief in
Saudi Atabia, and briefer to Director Tenet,
with little or any experience fo these jobs

Posted by: narciso at March 7, 2008 9:06 PM

The problem is his advisors -- well, at least the UofC econ dude, and this guy -- are sane professionals. Obama on the other hand has to get the votes of the deluded, loony Left, for whom the notion that Bush is destroying civil liberties, and protectionism ought to be the order of the day, are articles of faith.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at March 7, 2008 9:10 PM

Obama is for hope, change, fainting, chanting, and applause.

Informed decisions aren't part of the package.

Posted by: ratbert at March 7, 2008 11:18 PM
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