The FISA Court: A Joke

The secret U.S. FISA Court that approves the government's surveillance operations is a joke, but it must be nice work if you can get it.  What are the qualifications for rubber stamping loads of classified paper, anyway?  They couldn't be all that weighty except that you have to have a law degree.  They approve virtually everything the government puts in front of it, so the amount of reading and research that this "Court" has to do must be negligible at best, and with the rarest of exceptions (we can't think of a word that's rarer than rare), all of their decisions are pro forma, in other words, just do what the government says -- period.  The appointees on this "Court" are all appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, their decisions cannot be reviewed by the public, because it's secret, and it's becoming increasingly obvious under the weight of the recent spying-on-virtually-all-Americans-and-the-world (by the Obama govt.) revelations, that they care no more for the Constitution than the politicians in Washington, D.C., these days.  As more news comes out, Americans are beginning to understand that the reasons for this Orwellian dragnet are more about control than security.

[revised on 7/9/13]

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