"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
I can't prove it but I still believe that illegal wiretaps have been going on since the telephone was invented. Always have and always will.
Call me jaded. Just don't call me collect.
It's GREAT to be me. --- "45% liberal/55% conservative"
Diplomacy is the art of saying 'nice doggy" until you can find a gun.
Thank You Barack Obama for Restoring Honor To The Presidency.
President Obama will rank as one of our greatest presidents!
Where's the breaking news?
FWIW, the relevant provisions of FISA that address warrantless surveillance can be found at:
US CODE: Title 50,1802. Electronic surveillance authorization without court order; certification by Attorney General; reports to Congressional committees; transmittal under seal; duties and compensation of communication common carrier; applications;
IMO, FISA is sufficiently robust and flexible to deal with the terrorist threat in a timely fashion, while safeguarding the basic constitutional rights of Americans. Therefore, I agree with the Court's ruling that compliance with FISA is mandatory and do not believe that the ruling should have any significant adverse impact on national security. Indeed, if its effect is to prioritize efforts based on the existence of reasonable evidence (necessary to obtain a court order), the benefits of focusing where such evidence exists might be greater than those associated with simply laying out a broad "net" with the hope of discovering something.
Last edited by donsutherland1; 04-01-10 at 02:55 PM.
If you expect people to be rational, you aren't being rational.