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Did You Know John Roberts Is Also Chief Justice of the NSA's Surveillance State?

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Chief Justice John Roberts, Supreme Court, FISA, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, spying, NSA )

- 2143 days ago -
He has exclusive, unaccountable, lifetime power to shape the surveillance state. All 11 judges -- 10 Republicans and 1 Democrat -- were appointed by Roberts. Are you ok with that the American citizens?


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Kit B (276)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 11:09 am

I knew that Roberts had the authority to select the FISA court. Think it's a bit naive of Clancy to assume that because Roberts does not discuss the issue of surveillance or tactics of said surveillance that he has no personal objective. Though I think this statement sheds some light the thinking of the Chief Justice ".....when such cases do come up, he tends to let another justice write the opinion. “He does not have much of a record in this area at all,” Clancy said. And....."“He’s done very little writing in the area, but to the extent he has, almost without exception, he’s come down in favor of the police.” Would you really expect that he would vote differently? I would not. Though I think the idea for the SCOTUS would be adversarial to any government or policing institutions, just to keep things honest.

JL A (281)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 2:51 pm
where is the constitutional balance of power in this?

Jae A (316)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 3:17 pm
So he appoints Reichwinger Hawks that believe in a surveillance state.....But it's all Obama's fault .....................

TIme the Reichwing were forced into extinction me thinketh.

Deb E (63)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 8:01 pm
Par for the course

Christeen A (300)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 8:05 pm
There should be no lifetime power for these people. Time limits please..............................

roxy H (350)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 2:32 am
Its getting worse and worse, This is democracy? Oh wait?.....9-11 was the ruse to get "patriot" act in and so-far we keep the media circus baffled and we all keep pre-occupied with so much other crap no one bothers to get that AWFUL THING appealed or overturned which is what we all should have done in 2001... we still have been doing nothing about it...letting our rights go straight away with all this arguing " as long as the masses argue..nothing important will get done" ... soooo ONE UNITED WE SHALL OVER COME THESE FOOLS...stand strong my friends... lets topple them... SQUISH

Ben O (131)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 3:52 am
No, I didn't know that. But, now I do!

Edwin M (346)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 4:20 am
Sadly this should be shocking to me, but given the current political climate in our Country it doesn't. Thank you Sheryl

Mitchell D (82)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 6:12 am
Reminiscent of the Soviet system of our childhood nightmares; No control of the path to the Gulag.

SusanAWAY A (219)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 7:19 am
I am so not okay with this! Shared ~

Terrie W (798)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 7:51 am
Dawg.....don't even get me started on this Fascist Bast**d this morning...... the words, 'Sieg Heil!' come to mindwhenever I see his putrid, smirking face.......

Terrie W (798)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 7:52 am
Clarification in case someone gets twisted.......I mean ROBERT'S face NOT MLK's!!!!!!

Arielle S (313)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 8:43 am
Have you noticed that at least three major news channels are doing mostly the Zimmerman trial? And when not that, they focus on the plane crash. Is there no other news of importance? The voting rights issue just the average people have any clue about this or abortion "reforms" in Texas and Ohio? Or anything else of major importance for that matter? I feel they think of us as mushrooms - kept in the dark and covered with bullsnot....

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 10:18 am
Gotcha Terrie, I know the story was about Roberts Kingdom, but I didn't want to put his face on here but I did choose instead another's who had warned us and knew of such things in the past. His words are unfortunately all still too true today. Now with computers and these cell phones even more so today it's easier to spy on us.

I understand Arielle, yes, the plane crash is news and tragic so wasn't the murder of Trayvon Martin, but my goodness it isn't like we don't have others things going on, either here or abroad. The trial is taking place just down the road from me, but I don't need to be glued to the trial, I will brief myself on it, then wait for decision.

Unfortunately while our rights are being trampled upon, while for women these decisions can mean for some the death sentence, most Americans I think feel content to be in the dark. If they see the light they might have to do something. Too many have allowed themselves to slumber in the fog thinking everyone else was there as look out or protecting them. Until something serious hits them up side the head, then they wake up and are wondering "when did this all happen".

Judith Hand (55)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 10:34 am
Noted. I'm not even sure how to comment; thanks, Dandelion.

Barbara K (61)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 5:32 pm
Thank you, my friend. How did this moron get so much power? Our founders were careful to balance the power, how did it get unbalanced? I got a real education the past couple of days. They have the gall to blame Obama. They are a bunch of disgusting liars.

Diane K (134)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 6:18 pm
Not sure what to think about who's running the show, here, but I know I don't want anyone abusing their power or any party able to control branches of the government.

Judy C (91)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 12:37 am
Dandelion, thanks for bringing out information on the way this court operates, which I haven't known much about in the past. The Chief Justice choosing all the FISA judges seems like a really bad idea, because it about guarantees bias. The possibility of the FISA court as a rubber stamp is surely borne out by this, from the article:

"A Reuters investigation found that from 2001 to 2012, FISA judges approved 20,909 surveillance and property search warrants while rejecting only 10. Almost 1,000 of the approved requests required modification, and 26 were withdrawn by the government before a ruling. That’s a startling win rate for the government."

If that doesn't look fishy, I don't know what does!

roxy H (350)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 6:05 am
This bit of frightening news SPOOKED ME.. and ya, Rachel Maddow did a thing on it also..
Obama signs executive order to allow shut down of all US communications

. (0)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 3:58 pm
Is any of this really shocking? TY Dandelion

lee e (114)
Friday July 12, 2013, 8:33 am
Thanks Sheryl - I'm not surprised, but I didn't know of this! Wouldn't it be refreshing if the media had "journalists" that reported these things

Sheryl G (359)
Friday July 12, 2013, 8:52 am
Is why some of us on C2 do what we do, place this type of news out on another website. I'm thankful for those who do the real leg work and find and post the original news stories, I just do my part in taking the baton to carry it a bit further.

Devon Leonard (54)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 11:07 am
Aaaaaiiiieeeee no one man should have all that power.....! Thank you Dandelion for continuing to carry the torch of illumination far and wide for so many to partake of the light of 'whats really going' on'............!!

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 5:22 pm
Noted w/thanks, Dandelion. So many good comments already. I can only add that this is just wrong on so many about "tipping" democracy! Yes, this info needs to be spread to as many as possible---so many are so unaware.

Tamara Hayes (185)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 8:58 pm
Thank you Sheryl. I have shared this far and wide. Such a disgrace.

Nancy C (806)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 8:38 am
Thae fact that there's no challenge to the appointments AND/OR their decisions on every judgement is abominable. Thanx for sharing Sheryl. sh fb

Ellen m (215)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 10:29 am
holy crap, no I didn't know. my bad. my very, very bad.
just hand me the dunce cap and it's off to the corner for me.
Thanks for this one Sheryl!
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