After vowing in January to filibuster any wiretap bill that included retroactive immunity for telecommunication companies, Barack Obama changed his mind, voting on Wednesday for legislation that included immunity.
Obama was one of 22 Democratic senators who joined Republicans in voting for the bill, despite pleas from his supporters, who started an organization called "Please Vote NO on Telecom Immunity-Get FISA Right."
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Obama responded with an open letter to his supporters, stating that the compromise FISA bill improves on earlier versions and guarantees better oversight of executive privilege. Michael Ratner, from the Center on Constitutional Rights, doesn't believe that Obama accurately characterized the implications of the bill he voted into law.
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