I have some political donation money to spend.
- Barack Obama, whom I supported in the primary election, voted for the Presidential Spying Bill, in the end. One might argue that it was going to pass anyway, and he was just avoiding political trouble with a vote that didn’t matter anyway. But it did matter: one stands on one’s principles, or one falls.
- The American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation have, since the bill was signed into law, filed suit to challenge it.
The ACLU contends those blanket powers to grab international communications of Americans without specific court orders violate the Fourth Amendment and would stymie journalists who often speak to confidential sources outside the country.That’s standing on principles — the principles this country was founded on.
Where do you think my donation money will go now? To Senator Obama? Or to the ACLU and the EFF?