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Can you spell Kangaroo? It’s F – I – S – A

In Opinion on June 10, 2013 at 9:08 am

Worried about your privacy?  Worried about government intrusion into your life?  Well, sleep tight, Snow White, FISC is here.

A good friend wrote to me as follows.

The good news:  Before your government can track your phone records, a judge has to review a Department of Justice application for permission for it to do so.

The bad news:  According to the DoJ, reporting in accordance with Section 107 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978, (see memo here) the Department submitted 1789 applications to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (“FISC”) for “authority to conduct electronic surveillance” of persons in the US.  Of those requests, the DoJ withdrew 1 and the FISA court approved 1788.

Eat your heart out Perry Mason!  Step aside Johnny Cochran, Eric Holder is here!  OK, Perry is fictional and Johnny has passed away, but why didn’t OJ call Eric Holder for help during his Las Vegas troubles?  I am amazed that the country has been able to keep Mr. Holder’s services for so long.  With his 1788-0-1 record, surely every law firm in America must be seeking his services as a litigator.  Imagine the money he could make!

So the rest of you fret and lose sleep over the leadership at the top of American justice system . . . not I.  No, tonight I will concern myself with mundane matters.  Tonight’s topic: How long before the acronym ‘FISA’ replaces ‘kangaroo’ in the dictionary?”


Sleep well, America.  You’re not going to like what you see tomorrow morning.  Prince Charming isn’t.