FISC judges meet with DOJ over warrantless domestic surveillance

[JURIST] Judges who serve on the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) [FJC backgrounder] met with officials from the Department of Justice Monday for a closed-door briefing [JURIST report] on the president's decision to allow warrantless domestic eavesdropping [JURIST news archive]. While members of the court declined to comment on the meeting, the judges were expected to voice strong concerns about the legality of National Security Agency (NSA) [agency website] wiretaps in terror cases. Last month, US District Judge James Robertson [official profile], one of the 11 FISC judges, resigned in protest [JURIST report] over the program. The Congressional Research Service, a nonpartisan arm of Congress, also voiced concerns [JURIST report] last week, finding that the legal justification [JURIST document] for the program "does not seem to be as well-grounded" as the Bush administration has asserted. The New York Times has more.



 

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