FISA Court Chided Ashcroft’s Justice Dept. in 2002 for Lying to It

Maybe this is why the Cheney administration chose to spy on Americans without FISA court approval. In May, 2002 the FISA court made it clear it did not appreciate being lied to by the FBI.

Secret Court Rebuffs Ashcroft.Justice Dept. Chided On Misinformation
Dan Eggen and Susan SchmidtWashington Post Staff WritersFriday, August 23, 2002

The secretive federal court that approves spying on terror suspects in the United States has refused to give the Justice Department broad new powers, saying the government had misused the law and misled the court dozens of times, according to an extraordinary legal ruling released yesterday.

A May 17 opinion by the court that oversees the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) alleges that Justice Department and FBI officials supplied erroneous information to the court in more than 75 applications for search warrants and wiretaps, including one signed by then-FBI Director Louis J. Freeh.

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3 responses to “FISA Court Chided Ashcroft’s Justice Dept. in 2002 for Lying to It

  1. Anonymous

    Rather an old article. Still though under the Bush way of thinking, why do we need FISA at all? If you are not held to rule of law, and are willing to blatently operate outside the law, why ever get a warrant? Maybe the warrants are for the easy ones and the NSA just skips getting warrants on those perhaps questionable?

    Looks like the election did not go well for America’s interest. Good thing Sadam is not a Shiite as he would likely win his trial – be released from jail – and become leader again.


  2. You Know Me

    The election in Bolivia didn’t go well for the U. S. government either. Within the first day after his election Morales called Bush a terrorist; promised to nationalize the oil, gas and other natural resources; and praised Castro. Bolivia has gone the way of Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay. An indigenous nationalist has a good chance of winning the Peruvian presidential election in April and the Mexico City mayor could very well be elected president.

    Latin America and, to a lesser degree, Caribbean nations are declaring their independence from U. S. economic domination. Just last week Argentina announced it would pay its IMF debt, on which it defaulted a few years back, and basically told the IMF to stick it up it nose.

    The concept of Manifest Destiny, which has driven U. S. policy toward Latin America since the 1800s is taking it on the chin. At least there’s some good new in the world today.

  3. Anonymous

    Yes, interesting trend in South America. I wonder though if the consequences of what develops there will be so great long term. Those rich elite bastards that ruled economicly for so long at least knew how to make money. I am not so confident of the outcome of those who will follow.

    I believe that China is now after South America’s resources; making deals there while we make war. How might that turn out? That is part of the ugliness of the war in that our attention is diverted away from more important matters. It hurts just to think of the good that could have been accomplished on the resources wasted in Iraq.

    Great comments as always.


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