Another 4th of July has come and gone, and another president has demonstrated that the idea of freedom under American democracy is an illusion. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court, at the request of President Obama, ruled on June 29th that the National Security Agency (NSA) can resume its massive domestic spying program—in spite of judicial and legislative action to stop it.
The FISA court said that it “respectfully disagrees” with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in its ruling that NSA’s spy program is illegal, and believes that the public court has no controlling precedent for the secret FISA court.
On May 7th the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled that the PATRIOT Act did not authorize the bulk collection of Americans’ phone records, and thus has no lawful basis. The Bush…
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