Judicial Responses, con't
gillman at usc.edu
Thu Dec 22 08:42:59 PST 2005
We've seen Luttig & Co.'s surprising response. We've seen a FISA judge resign, presumably in protest of the assertation of presidential power to conduct warrantless searches. Now this (from the Washington Post; full story at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/12/21/AR2005122102326.html):
Several members of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court said in interviews that they want to know why the administration believed secretly listening in on telephone calls and reading e-mails of U.S. citizens without court authorization was legal.
....Presiding Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly...told fellow FISA court members by e-mail Monday that she is arranging for them to convene in Washington, preferably early next month, for a secret briefing on the program, several judges confirmed yesterday.
....The judges could, depending on their level of satisfaction with the answers, demand that the Justice Department produce proof that previous wiretaps were not tainted, according to government officials knowledgeable about the FISA court. Warrants obtained through secret surveillance could be thrown into question. One judge, speaking on the condition of anonymity, also said members could suggest disbanding the court in light of the president's suggestion that he has the power to bypass the court.
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