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For secretive surveillance court,
rare scrutiny in wake of NSA leaks

Washington Posy, by Peter Wallsten, Carol D. Leonnig*

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Posted By:ronbet, 6/23/2013 5:29:05 PM

Wedged into a secure, windowless basement room deep below the Capitol Visitors Center, U.S. District Court Judge John Bates appeared before dozens of senators earlier this month for a highly unusual, top-secret briefing. The lawmakers pressed Bates, according to people familiar with the session, to discuss the inner workings of the United States’ clandestine terrorism surveillance tribunal, which Bates oversaw from 2006 until earlier this year.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Johnny Angle, 6/23/2013 5:55:53 PM     (No. 9390095)

The Washington Posy strikes again.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: planetgeo, 6/23/2013 5:58:04 PM     (No. 9390098)

I would observe that the FISA court concept itself is precisely what the founders of this country sought to eliminate from our government...a secret group with minimal accountability who have enormous power to control our lives. It allows those who really make the policy decisions to hide behind an anonymized group of hooded high priests of surveillance.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Delilah, 6/23/2013 6:17:25 PM     (No. 9390110)

This court is unconstitutional but what the hey, no one cares today. That being said, the name Alice Crites on this article gave me a jolt. That was my grandmother´s name and she died in 1945.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 6/23/2013 6:45:29 PM     (No. 9390134)

Maybe they were just vetting him to be head of the Death Panel for Obamacare.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: KTWO, 6/23/2013 7:09:49 PM     (No. 9390152)

Five political appointees allowed to spend a few million a year while producing nothing of the slightest value..

No authority and no duties except a fig-leaf task of occasionally advising.

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