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The Patriot Act’s Sunset is the Perfect Chance to Make the FISA Court More Like a Real Court


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The Patriot Act’s Sunset is the Perfect Chance to Make the FISA Court More Like a Real Court

Elizabeth (Liza) Goitein, Faiza Patel

In the coming weeks, Congress must decide whether to renew the Patriot Act, which the National Security Agency (NSA) uses to collect Americans’ telephone records in bulk, regardless of whether they are suspected of any criminal or terrorist activity. These records can tell the government a lot about our private lives — whether we called a psychiatrist or a gun dealer, for example — and the debate likely will focus on how to protect Americans’ right to privacy against unwarranted intrusions.


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Yes, we could put more limits on the FISA court. We could reform it. We could rename it. We could eliminate it.

Whatever may be done with the FISA court will not stop the NSA - or any other government agency - from collecting data on everyone.

The simple truth is that the FISA court has never actually functioned as a "real court" and never will. It's simply another prop in our political theater of the damned.

mcp


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The FISA court was and still is a back door non due process expansion of the supreme court. It should be killed not tweaked. We have enough courts, federal, state, and local without it.


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The greatest threats to the republic and "We the people..." come directly from the government of the United States. Congress is a cancer. There is no possibility of justice under these anti-American bastards cynically masquerading as representatives of The People.