Thursday, February 09, 2006

WaPo: Secret Court's Judges Were Warned About NSA Spy Data

And they're not happy; they think the program is illegal, and as John points out at AmericaBlog, Gonzales lied about it before the Senate committee: "Twice in the past four years, a top Justice Department lawyer warned the presiding judge of a secret surveillance court that information overheard in President Bush's eavesdropping program may have been improperly used to obtain wiretap warrants in the court, according to two sources with knowledge of those events.

The revelations infuriated U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly -- who, like her predecessor, Royce C. Lamberth, had expressed serious doubts about whether the warrantless monitoring of phone calls and e-mails ordered by Bush was legal. Both judges had insisted that no information obtained this way be used to gain warrants from their court, according to government sources, and both had been assured by administration officials it would never happen."


At 6:18 PM, Blogger mikevotes said...

Yeah. I think this is a pretty big story. The problem is that none of the FISA judges can go on the record, so no talk shows which means very little carry in this story unless somebody from the DOJ steps out of the shadows.

The interesting point to me is what happens to those cases where the taps were based on "illegal" wiretaps. And who gets nailed for lying to the FISA court.

Tough to follow it through without somebody speaking openly to the press.



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