Making minor deities disappear in a puff of logic since 1972
Given the choice between voting for an improved yet imperfect bill, and losing important surveillance tools, I've chosen to support the current compromise. I do so with the firm intention -- once Iím sworn in as President -- to have my Attorney General conduct a comprehensive review of all our surveillance programs, and to make further recommendations on any steps needed to preserve civil liberties and to prevent executive branch abuse in the future.Our civil rights are guaranteed by the Constitution. Adopting legislation whose "check and balance" against executive abuse is oversight by an appointee by the executive itself is laughable.
...When citizens join their voices together, they can hold their leaders accountable. I'm not exempt from that. I'm certainly not perfect, and expect to be held accountable too. I cannot promise to agree with you on every issue. But I do promise to listen to your concerns, take them seriously, and seek to earn your ongoing support to change the country. ... And going forward, some of you may decide that my FISA position is a deal breaker.That's ok. But I think it is worth pointing out that our agreement on the vast majority of issues that matter outweighs the differences we may have.