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  •  Defund the FISA court (2+ / 0-)
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    greenbell, glitterscale

    Now with their party out of power, the GOP is flailing more then Mitch McConnell's jowls on a playground swing. S. Colbert

    by christomento on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 02:40:46 PM PDT

    •  Leaving no oversight at all? (0+ / 0-)

      Not that FISC provides much.

      •  Could always give the oversight to a regular (2+ / 0-)
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        KenBee, midwesterner

        federal court whose membership is not stacked by the choice of John Roberts alone.

        The influence of the [executive] has increased, is increasing, and ought to be diminished.

        by lysias on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 03:34:27 PM PDT

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        •  That would be a good step (2+ / 0-)
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          CroneWit, midwesterner

          The instinct to just defund the court needs to be followed by a thought as to what follows it.

          The thing is, they control the kind of person who gets on the court by the security procedure.  Not many civil libertarian lions get top security clearances.

          I think the only real solution is to greatly reduce what we collect for intelligence. There's little evidence that the NSA is really protecting us from much of anything. The precautionary principle says that when a potential harm is evident and the potential benefit is significantly smaller than the harm, stop.

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