A federal judge has resigned from the court that oversees government surveillance in intelligence cases in protest of President Bush’s secret authorization of a domestic spying program, according to two sources.U.S. District Judge James Robertson, one of 11 members of the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, sent a letter to Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. late Monday notifying him of his resignation without providing an explanation.
Two associates familiar with his decision said yesterday that Robertson privately expressed deep concern that the warrantless surveillance program authorized by the president in 2001 was legally questionable and may have tainted the FISA court’s work.
This domestic spying gig is starting to really heat up over the pond. One can only hope this proves to be the chink in the armour that lets the world expose the rotten heart of the Bush administration…but they’ve wriggled out of a lot of things so far. Fingers crossed…it’s a shame the legislative procedures are so slow.
What I’m finding the most frightening though is the extreme polarisation of opinion in the US at the moment. Poking around on the blogosphere to sites that link these stories, in between the more thoughtful and considered ‘let’s wait and see’ type stuff you can find people baying for Bush’s blood just because he’s Bush, regardless of facts, and the awful specter of the grass-roots neo-con lobby, who have been so thoroughly manipulated by means of their patriotism that they take any attempt to discredit Bush as a pinko leftie liberal plot.
Don’t get me wrong; I’m not afraid to admit to being anti-Bush, but I flatter myself that I’ve done a lot more research into not just the current situation but the events preceding it, than have a great deal of the most vocal and rabid non-pro journalists; ie I’ve been willing to consider both sides of the argument, and I have no axe to grind – I believe all politicians are scumbags, not just the ones I voted against. I’d love to be able to believe that the world’s leaders had the objectives of peace and freedom foremost in their minds at all times…I just can’t find much evidence at all. But the problem is this; a lot of conservatives over there are starting to view the liberals as an enemy on a par with (if not greater than) the ‘terrorist threat’. The wild-eyed prophet of doom that lurks at the back of my mind can’t help but want to shake his head, spit mouse bones from his beard and state that the next war the USA gets involved in will be a civil war, neighbour against neighbour, unless the idiots are detached from the driver’s seat…and let there be no doubt whatsoever that I would hate to see this come to pass. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that. And let’s hope the truth (the un-spun *true* truth) comes to light before things get too much worse.