Wednesday, March 29, 2006
FISAJudges: NO to Warantless Spying
NYTimes: "5 former judges on the nation's most secretive crt, including 1 who resigned in apparent protest over Bush's domestic eavesdropping, urged Congress on Tues to give the crt a formal role in overseeing the surveillance program. The best bits come from the AssocPress: The judges said that the FISA Crt has operated capably for 28 yrs and is fully able to protect civil liberties and give the admin all the speed and flexibility it needs to execute the war on terror. The admin contends the prez has inherent war powers under the Constitution to order eavesdropping w/o warrants. "I am very wary of inherent authority claimed by presidents", testified US Magistrate Judge Allan Kornblum. "It sounds very much like King George." If only the judge had added MAD King George, that statement would be perfect.