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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-16-13 03:09 AM
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"FISA Court not a rubber stamp," judge says
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FISA Court not a rubber stamp, judge says

ct. 16, 2013 | 2:30 AM
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- The secret U.S. court overseeing mass surveillance told the Senate it changes 1 in 4 government spying requests, even though it approves almost all of them.

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, often called the FISA Court after the 1979 law that created it, has approved more than 99 percent of government warrant requests, presiding Judge Reggie Walton told Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and seven other Senate and House committee heads and ranking members.

It has turned down no warrant requests in the past four years and denied just 10 of the 34,000 applications it has received since its 1978 inception.


"hese statistics are an attempt to measure the details of what are, typically, informal communications between the branches," Walton wrote. "Therefore, the determination of exactly when a modification is 'substantial,' and whether it was caused solely by the intervention, can be a judgment call."

If Snowden and Greenwald did nothing more than make FISA judges defensive, they would still have my undying gratitude.

BTW, you try having "informal communications" with a judge about a case pending before him or her. See how that works out for you.

However, FISA cases are secret and one-sided (literally) to begin with, so what the hell.

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