So how many times have you heard people say, rather mock “There’s no Star Chamber, or secretive group working around our government and Constitution. You are just paranoid, take your tinfoil hat off”. Well of all media outlets comes this gem from the New York Times about the FISA Court, so much for the Fourth Amendment and that dusty Constitution created by those dead old guys huh!
I’m trying to figure out what movie we are living so I can fast forward to the end to see how things will turn out!
V for Vendetta
Escape from New York (police state)
Red Dawn (collapse of nations)
Starship Troopers (gotta serve to be a citizen)
Logan’s Run (we all are on our way to carousel under Obamacare)
The Sixth Day
Barb Wire (ahhhh Pammy in her prime)
The Postman (yea yea Costner flicks suck!)
I am Legend /or for the older folks The Omega Man
Planet of the Apes
In Secret, Court Vastly Broadens Powers of NSA
By ERIC LICHTBLAU | NYT
WASHINGTON â€” In more than a dozen classified rulings, the nationâ€™s surveillance court has created a secret body of law giving the National Security Agency the power to amass vast collections of data on Americans while pursuing not only terrorism suspects, but also people possibly involved in nuclear proliferation, espionage and cyberattacks, officials say.
The rulings, some nearly 100 pages long, reveal that the court has taken on a much more expansive role by regularly assessing broad constitutional questions and establishing important judicial precedents, with almost no public scrutiny, according to current and former officials familiar with the courtâ€™s classified decisions.
The 11-member Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, known as the FISA court, was once mostly focused on approving case-by-case wiretapping orders. But since major changes in legislation and greater judicial oversight of intelligence operations were instituted six years ago, it has quietly become almost a parallel Supreme Court, serving as the ultimate arbiter on surveillance issues and delivering opinions that will most likely shape intelligence practices for years to come, the officials said.
Last month, a former National Security Agency contractor, Edward J. Snowden, leaked a classified order from the FISA court, which authorized the collection of all phone-tracing data from Verizon business customers. But the courtâ€™s still-secret decisions go far beyond any single surveillance order, the officials said.
â€œWeâ€™ve seen a growing body of law from the court,â€ a former intelligence official said. â€œWhat you have is a common law that develops where the court is issuing orders involving particular types of surveillance, particular types of targets.â€
In one of the courtâ€™s most important decisions, the judges have expanded the use in terrorism cases of a legal principle known as the â€œspecial needsâ€ doctrine and carved out an exception to the Fourth Amendmentâ€™s requirement of a warrant for searches and seizures, the officials said…more