The Republican Party most loudly proclaims its deep allegiance to our founding document. Yet in recent years, the leaders of the GOP have engaged in an assault on our constitutional system in ways unprecedented in American history:
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The government's requests were also not limited to material about individuals involved in an FBI investigation. And while
What if I told you that the most pertinent social science subject -- one that affects every single one of us every single day -- is taught to only a select few? That would be absurd, right? Well, unfortunately this is no fiction. It is the state of legal knowledge in America, and it is profoundly troubling.
President Obama's proposal that Congress authorize "outside government" public advocates is doubly useless: (1) Congress legislates almost nothing; and (2) such advocates would be too slow and limited to provide balance between intelligence needs and constitutional protections. The FISA Court can provide the rules.
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on Friday reauthorized the National Security Agency's phone surveillance program
"It's now time to really fundamentally reform the way in which the NSA operates," he said. Udall stopped short of praising
"They have to have reasonable, articulable suspicion that that person is engaged in some sort of activity that could be illegal
Foreign and national security policy should be protecting the republic and its institutions, not undermining them or taking priority over them. Unfortunately, as in Roman times, the republic is being undermined by a global empire.
Another key difference is that the group's requested reform seeks to have the court change its own internal procedures, which
President Obama gets the message: When the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court considers any issue presented for decision, including procedural rule, it hears only one side -- the government's. That strikes many as unfair.
Courts have dismissed most cases because of a catch 22: in order to sue, plaintiffs must prove that they were affected by NSA surveillance -- but the proof is classified.
The fact is that democracy cannot survive when the government conducts surveillance through secret interpretations of laws adjudicated by a secret court issuing secret decisions. The president began a process for transparency; now it is time for Congress to further that process.