There may be hope yet for our Constitution. The Washington Post reports today that, in a rare move, the Chief Justice of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court instructed the Bush Administration to register its views about a records request by the American Civil Liberties Union.
The ACLU wants the court to release a series of pivotal orders issued in January of this year about the National Security Agency’s wiretapping program and specifically related to the NSA’s warrantless surveillance program. This program had been operated without court oversight since late 2001.
Two weeks ago, the U.S. Senate was one vote short of a filibuster to defeat President Bush’s Legislation that now gives NSA and Attorney General Gonzales sweeping authority to conduct surveillance without the need to obtain warrants.
There has been only one public ruling in the secret Court’s 29-year history which was eventually overturned.
Let’s hope this is the beginning of shedding some light on the Bush Administration’s obsession with secrecy.
Democratic Candidate for the U.S. Senate