FISA SPEAKS….So what do FISA judges themselves think of the NSA’s domestic spying program? On Tuesday several of them testified in front of Congress:
In a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the secretive court, known as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, several former judges who served on the panel also voiced skepticism at a Senate hearing about the president’s constitutional authority to order wiretapping on Americans without a court order. They also suggested that the program could imperil criminal prosecutions that grew out of the wiretaps.
Judge Harold A. Baker, a sitting federal judge in Illinois who served on the intelligence court until last year, said the president was bound by the law “like everyone else.” If a law like the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act is duly enacted by Congress and considered constitutional, Judge Baker said, “the president ignores it at the president’s peril.”
Bound by the law like anyone else?!? That’s treason talk. Why does Judge Baker care more about the rights of Osama bin Laden than he does about the security of the American people?