Wednesday, December 21, 2005

FISA Court Judge Quits over Bush's Despotism

Wapo- A federal judge has resigned from the court that oversees government surveillance in intelligence cases in protest of President Bush's secret authorization of a domestic spying program, according to two sources.

U.S. District Judge James Robertson, one of 11 members of the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, sent a letter to Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. late Monday notifying him of his resignation without providing an explanation.

Two associates familiar with his decision said yesterday that Robertson privately expressed deep concern that the warrantless surveillance program authorized by the president in 2001 was legally questionable and may have tainted the FISA court's work...

"They just don't know if the product of wiretaps were used for FISA warrants -- to kind of cleanse the information," said one source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the classified nature of the FISA warrants. "What I've heard some of the judges say is they feel they've participated in a Potemkin court."... (

And Joe at A'blog has this...

They were spying on "purely domestic communications"

Okay, so now we learn that there was some "accidental" spying on communications that took place solely within the U.S.
(NYT) A surveillance program approved by President Bush to conduct eavesdropping without warrants has captured what are purely domestic communications in some cases, despite a requirement by the White House that one end of the intercepted conversations take place on foreign soil, officials say.

The officials say the National Security Agency's interception of a small number of communications between people within the United States was apparently accidental, and was caused by technical glitches at the National Security Agency in determining whether a communication was in fact "international."

Now, how soon before we find out that these weren't accidental or technical glitches? They've already lied about it:

And Moxiegrrl has this...

Wow, Everyone's Talking About Bush's Law-Breaking

(related posts)
Bob Barr Barr: The president violated the law
Do Not Pass Go!
The President is a Criminal.
Report: Bush eased domestic spy rules after 9/11


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