Saturday, March 15, 2008

The Only Candidate Standing up for Privacy

The House of Representatives grew a pair yesterday, passing a bill denying legal immunity to telephone companies that illegally violated the privacy of their customers. The bill won't go anywhere because President Bush has promised a veto. But what if there was a different president in the White House?

Last month, the Senate took up a similar bill, including an amendment to deny immunity to the eavesdropping telephone companies. John McCain voted against the amendment. Hillary Clinton skipped the vote. Barack Obama voted for it - a vote to hold accountable companies that break the law and help Bush illegally spy on Americans. That's a pretty good indication of how President Obama would view privacy issues.

As Cnet notes, McCain had earlier spoken out against immunity, before he was the presumptive Republican nominee.

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