FISA Court to Trump the Supreme Court
First, giving the FISA court the ability to review the constitutionality of any program places the Supreme Court in an inferior position. Were the FISA court to rule the program constitutional, the decision could not be appealed. Only the Bu$hCo gets to appeal...if it loses.
Second, a different provision of the deal would place all civil actions against the administration and alleged participants under the jurisdiction of the FISA Court. For those of you not familiar with FISA court procedures. Only the DoJ gets to make arguments--extra governmental plaintiffs or defendants must submit written arguments. In other words, cases concerning executive abuse of power could be transferred to a secret court merely on the AG's say so, and plaintiffs would be prevented from presenting evidence, conducting discovery, or even challenging their standing to pursue a case.
This nonsense should be called out for what it is, a naked attempt by the Bu$hCo to subvert the authority and jurisdiction of the Supreme Court with congressional assistance.
I think the administration would also then like to diminish the powers of Congress, to the point that the function and influence of our elected representatives is greatly diminished, to where Congress basically becomes irrelevant.
I hope the world gets through the next 900-or-so days as something we all still recognize. I fine myself getting progressively queasier.