Here’s how the FISA court’s gonna work for ya America:
A court created by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act denied an ACLU motion Thursday that would have increased public scrutiny of how the Bush administration’s new spying law is reviewed, according to a statement released Friday.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed the motion 10 hours after President Bush signed the FISA Amendments Act (FAA) into law July 10, requesting that any further proceedings that might question the law’s constitutionality be revealed to the public, according to an ACLU press release.
The court withheld decisions from the civil liberties group regarding the NSA surveillance program on the grounds that no classified information could be released to them, and without that information, the group would not be able to “present any meaningful argument on the questions posed.” [emphasis mine]
A recent post on the blog Reason: Free Minds and Free Markets details how the FISA act creates “fertile ground” for those looking for a convenient excuse for surveillance.