Posted: 07/26/13 17:21
by Dave Mindeman
There is a lot of airtime given to the fate of Edward Snowden. The whereabouts and final fate get a lot of attention.
But what Mr. Snowden revealed to the world still doesn't get the scrutiny it deserves. This idea that we can be safer by letting our privacy be invaded borders on ridiculous.
One of the aspects of all this that truly angers me is the lack of due process in the makeup of the FISA Court. This court has been around for some time, but the events of 9/11 have opened up its power while relegating its activities into the shadows.
This court has enormous latitude and very little accountability.
And the make-up of this court is in the hands of one person. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, which is currently Justice John Roberts.
Roberts is demonstrating the danger of this process. He is stacking this court with ideologic jurists that can wield unilateral power over far too many areas of our lives.
In making assignments to the court, Chief Justice Roberts, more than his predecessors, has chosen judges with conservative and executive branch backgrounds that critics say make the court more likely to defer to government arguments that domestic spying programs are necessary.
Roberts gets no outside recommendations. There is no Senate confirmation for the new position. One person controls the entire process.
Since the chief justice began making assignments in 2005, 86 percent of his choices have been Republican appointees, and 50 percent have been former executive branch officials.
And let me remind you once more....this is all done in secret. The court proces is not done out in the open....no transparency....and decisions are final.
We are losing our system of checks and balances. And we may be setting ourselves up for a loss of government by the people.