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  •  The same Sen. Schumer (9+ / 0-)

    who wants to smash South American countries who dare challenge our hegemony?

    End secret courts altogether. FISA was passed as a poor and unconstitutional compromise when the "national security state" proved too powerful for the likes of Sen. Church and Rep. Pike. A secret court isn't a court, it's fiat. The Fourth Amendment has no "national security" exception.

    Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

    by Simplify on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 01:45:57 PM PDT

    •  Yes! (0+ / 0-)

      Absolutely this.  What kind of court only hears one side, with secret briefs, and then issues a secret (and unappealable) opinion?  What kind of court agrees with the government 99.99999% of the time?  That's not a court, it's a rubber stamp.

      It's also disgusting that the President, Mr. I was a Constitutional Law Professor, says "the Courts" have approved this program.  An interesting thing to say for a program that has not been challenged, and in fact may be IMPOSSIBLE to challenge in an actual, constitutional court.  I don't know what they teach up there at Harvard, or what they teach at Chicago, but you wouldn't say a court has approved of something until there's an actual opinion out there you can pull up on Lexis or Westlaw.  And, of course, there is only one Court that can issue an opinion that is binding on all other courts.  

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