Monday July 8, 2013, 2:13 am
In the aftermath of the Snowden revelations, it has become increasingly clear, that the institution designed by the law to inject oversight into the process, the FISA Court, has repeatedly ignored both the intent of the law and the protections provided Americans by the Constitution. FISA has been a blank check for national security and law enforcement, providing no oversight whatsoever. Today I learned something that shocked me, and explains why we have such a sad state of affairs.
Monday July 8, 2013, 3:20 am
Thank you for this information, T.C. This is a pretty dismal situation. The power structure in Washington is so corrupt, that the big banks and corporations have the whole thing sewn up. I think they would trash the Constitution and throw us all in the fire at the drop of a hat. I don't know what the Democrats would do differently, even if they controlled both houses of Congress. The same scoundrels are financing almost all politicians.
Monday July 8, 2013, 6:19 am
Love the little red swastika there, Cat Daddy.....so fitting. The Fascist Five make my skin crawl and I don't know which one is the worst as they all equally cause a Pavlovian Response outta me.....only my response isn't salivation......well, maybe a little....more like foaming and a great gnashing of teeth.
Term limits for all judges and politicians. Period.
I don't know TomCat, democrats have controlled Congress in the past and the only time anyone talks about FISA is when something really big forces it to the front pages and media headlines. This is not about what the Federal government can learn about your life, it's about them having the right to get into your life. It's about the right to privacy and the right to open courts that are completely transparent to the public. Terrorist, no matter where they are from, feed off this fear and secrecy within a government. I don't like FISA now, and I sure have not like the abuse of these courts in the past.
Monday July 8, 2013, 10:38 am
The separateness from normal judiciary process, where sealed and secret warrants are not uncommon, seems so totally unnecessary and inappropriate given the balance of powers constitutional expectations.
Monday July 8, 2013, 11:03 am
I would love to see the "smirk" wiped off his (John Roberts') face by any means possible... FISA judges should be appointed by the President and Congress. Roberts has shown and proven that he is a fascist.
After what happened in Benghazi, the g o p pukes should shoulder and take the entire blame, responsibility for Benghazi after it had refused to allow adequate spending for embassy security.
Love the picture of Roberts sporting the emblem. It is appropriate and fitting.
Monday July 8, 2013, 12:39 pm
Bush's judges are still in tact. Obama's first mistake. Letting the right tell him not to bother. They won't approve his picks.
Is my activism going to land me in jail? I feel, I no longer have freedom in this gulag.
Because the trolls:
et al will never talk about anything with an open mind, WE NEED TO SECEDE.
Monday July 8, 2013, 5:24 pm
Talk about putting all your eggs in one basket! And to boot, the basket has one humungeous hole in it!
This fool has more power than the POTUS. I rather doubt that Congress will do anything at this point to ameliorate the situation because in essence they control Roberts. So the country is changing its name — the Robertsonian States of America. No more 'united' because with this political and judicial whore in charge, that won't be.
Monday July 8, 2013, 11:33 pm
I hope I'm not the only one who noticed this judge wears a swastika...that's downright scary. I know the GOP has a stranglehold on most of the government, but to appoint someone who sympathizes with the Nazis, or worse is one, is frightening. That's a whole new spin on the GOP, and all of its sympathizers.
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 7:17 am
Excellent point about the Benghazi flap!!
With Fox News as a handmaiden of the right, their horsepoo gets the glitter treatment. The Koch Bros. want to buy newspapers? More platforms for propaganda. We need to go back to the regulations of the New Deal, with limited ownership of media markets, banking limitations (one of Clinton's major mistakes).
Also, once again: Do not let anyone tell you that it does not matter who is President, as that one (He/She) gets to nominate justices of SCOTUS, whose influence goes on, and on.
READ: "Democracy For the Few," by Michael Parenti, and "Capitalism Hits the Fan," by Richard Wolff.
Check out the coming ill Moyers special on Frontline, about the loss of the American Dream!