No Way To Secure A Homeland?

The "spy court" usually makes its rulings in secret. But one decision has so riled the Bush Administration that it is loudly airing an appeal. The court is a federal judicial panel that approves requests for wiretaps and searches in espionage and terrorism cases to ensure conformity to the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), a reform intended to keep the FBI from abusing its power and, say, targeting peaceful dissenters. The ruling, issued on May 17, was made public last week at the bipartisan behest of the Senate Judiciary Committee, worried about the perceived excesses of Bush's antiterror campaign. The...

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