It's Legal

Wednesday, March 15, 2006
National Review's Byron York has an article entitled "It's Legal" supporting the proposition that the NSA surveillance program has solid legal basis.

York discusses the FISA Court of Review's In Re: Sealed Case, decided by a three-judge appellate panel in November 2002, reversing the May 17, 2002 ruling of the FISA court.

The May 17th ruling refused to acknowledge Patriot Act changes to FISA and established what the Justice Department labelled as a "chaperone requirement."

Referring to an earlier case, known as Truong, which dealt with surveillance before FISA was passed, the Court of Review wrote: "The Truong court, as did all the other courts to have decided the issue, held that the President did have inherent authority to conduct warrantless searches to obtain foreign intelligence information. . . . We take for granted that the President does have that authority and, assuming that is so, FISA could not encroach on the President's constitutional power."


Rick Ballard said...

How many FAIR amicii brief writers (those are the law profs wearing SCOTUS mandated dunce caps with "8-0 and we're 0" written on them) would claim this to be an incorrect interpretation?

I think York ruined this piece with his last line.

"If the FISA Court of Review is right,"

The SCOTUS refused cert, the conditional is unwarrranted. The proper closing line is:

"The FISA Court of Review has determined that the President has the Constitution on his side. The SCOTUS has declined to review that determination."

David Thomson said...

Liberal legal scholar Cass Sunstein also believes the Constitution is on the side of President Bush. I will be blunt: only an idiot would say otherwise. Those who complain about the NSA surveillance program are people who do not know how to think and follow a logical argument. They are the ones who believe the liberal agenda must be implemented---and simply do care how this is accomplished. Only the ends matter. The hell with the means.

terrye said...

I know a woman who is convinced that Bush is spying on her through her VCR and God only knows what else. Reason has nothing to do with it.