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  •  The current FISC system (6+ / 0-)

    definitely has the look and feel of the 1980's film The Star Chamber;

    give it a few more tweak in the Wrong direction,

    and it'll be almost there.

    thanks joe from Lowell, for articulating those serious concerns.

    •  Is Star Chamber "a kangaroo court with a rubber (2+ / 0-)
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      jamess, cotterperson

      stamp," as Daniel Ellsberg (of Pentagon papers fame) described the secret FISC court PLUS some handy framing of the "facts" for the prosecution and jury?


      Separation of Church and State AND Corporation

      by Einsteinia on Sat Dec 21, 2013 at 10:40:47 AM PST

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      •  here's a plot point (3+ / 0-)
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        Einsteinia, native, cotterperson

        from the link:

        Judge Hardin participates in one of these proceedings in which he presents the case of the two criminals. The Star Chamber declares them "guilty" and dispatches a hired assassin. Soon afterward, however, a police detective (Yaphet Kotto) comes to Judge Hardin with conclusive evidence that someone else raped and killed the boy. Realizing that he and the Star Chamber have just sentenced two men to die for a crime that they did not commit, Hardin implores the Star Chamber to recall the assassin, but is told by the other judges that the hit cannot be canceled. For the judges' own protection, their system includes a buffer between themselves and the assassin; they do not know who he is, and he does not know who they are. They rationalize to Hardin that although an occasional mistake is inevitable and regrettable, what they are doing still serves society's greater good — especially, they argue, considering that the two targeted men are clearly criminals who are guilty of numerous other crimes, even if not of the specific crime for which the group convicted them.
        The Star Court was a Secret Court.
        With Zero Advocacy for the Defense.

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