Former FISC judge criticizes warrantless wiretapping program Natalie Hrubos at 8:44 PM ET
[JURIST] A former Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court [Wikipedia backgrounder] judge criticized US President George W. Bush's warrantless wiretapping program [JURIST news archive] Saturday in an address to the American Library Association's annual convention in Washington. The program has allowed the executive to order wiretaps without seeking court approval. DC-based US District Judge Royce Lamberth [JURIST news archive], perhaps best known for his involvement in the Indian Trust case [JURIST news archive], said that he understands the need to act quickly during national emergencies, but that Bush's wiretapping program goes too far. He said: "We have to understand you can fight the war [on terrorism] and lose everything if you have no civil liberties left when you get through fighting the war." Lamberth also said that FISC "keeps [the executive] honest." AP has more.
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