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Judge Resigns Over Secret Surveillance

Discussion in 'Freedom and Liberty' started by Brokor, Dec 21, 2005.

  1. Brokor

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    LINK: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051221/ap_on_go_ot/domestic_spying (LINK REMOVED BY YAHOO *old story*)

    Judge Resigns Over Secret Surveillance

    By GINA HOLLAND, Associated Press Writer

    WASHINGTON - A federal judge has resigned from a special court set up to oversee government surveillance, apparently in protest of
    President Bush's secret authorization of a domestic spying program on people with suspected terrorist ties.

    U.S. District Judge James Robertson would not comment Wednesday on his resignation, but The Washington Post reported that it stemmed from deep concern that the surveillance program Bush authorized was legally questionable and may have tainted the work of the court.

    An aide to Robertson said the resignation letter submitted to Chief Justice John Roberts was not being released. Robertson did not step down from his district judgeship in Washington.

    White House press secretary Scott McClellan would not discuss Robertson's resignation or the reasons cited for his departure. "Judge Robertson did not comment on the matter and I don't see any reason why we need to," McClellan said.

    Robertson was one of 11 members of the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which oversees government applications for secret surveillance or searches of foreigners and U.S. citizens suspected of terrorism or espionage. Robertson's term was to end in May.

    "This was definitely a statement of protest," said Scott Silliman, a former Air Force attorney and Duke University law professor. "It is unusual because it signifies that at least one member of the court believes that the president has exceeded his legal authority."

    (This is not the entire article. Yahoo has removed the link, I am only editing this post to fix the broken link.)
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