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 September 11, 2013  Posted by  Court, Govt, Surveillance, U.S.

Stewart Baker writes:

I’m still working my way through all the FISA court material that was declassified today, and acquiring a new appreciation for how hard a journalist’s job can be. But I’ve gotten far enough to start worrying, seriously, about the role we’ve given to the FISA court and what it does to the court and NSA.

There’s an old saying that megalomania is an occupational hazard for district court judges.  While Chief Judge Walton’s opinion doesn’t quite succumb to megalomania, there is a distinct lack of perspective in his approach that makes me wonder whether the FISA job slowly distorts a judge’s perspective in unhealthy ways.

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