FISA Court or Rubber-stamp?
Nope... 0. None!
2,176 requests were accepted, and the remainder were withdrawn with the exception of one that was resubmitted. In fact, since 2001, only 4 requests total--4 for Pete's sake--were rejected.
Now you might be asking yourself what purpose the court serves if all they're able to do when the administration comes calling is shout, "Yes! Yes! Yes!" like some kind of cheap hooker. And I'll bet Bu$hCo is asking themselves why they bothered to authorize NSA to illegally sidestep the Court, when every indication is that the court would have responded with a cheerful, "Yes sir, Mr. President. Whatever you say Sir!"
Guess that whole executive oversight thing is really working out...for the administration.
I haven't been around the political blogworld for a long time and I wanted to stop in and say that I'm glad to see you still at it. :)
Chuck... Good to hear from you. Suffice to say, the Frog never sleeps. He eats politics; drinks politics; politics is almost as important as flies!
Now you have me wondering if thee is not a similar antidote for politics.
I miss Nixon.
Well you know Lew...that's a SECRET! Wouldn't want to give the t'rrorists the upper hand.
Cartledge... You mean introduce a nasty insect that eats politicians?
Sewmouse... I think it wasn't so much the "what" as the "when". If I remember correctly it was the delay that going through FISA puts on things that had Bu$hCo's panties in a twist.
Anon-Paranoid... That's an outstanding idea. Are you having much success with that. I myself have been known to tell businesses that I'm recording my call with them.
It seems to work sometimes if there actually a real live person on the other end.
I told that to a collection agency once who wouldn't stop calling me. They said they would take me too court on a bounced check.
I told them that I had every bank statement and returned check for over twenty years and I had all my checks back. I also told them the the bank the check was drawn on I never had an account with. I said if they were so sure it was me to go ahead and take me to court as I would counter sue for harassment and defamation to my name and character.
Then they said they had my SS# and I ask what it was. They said they couldn't tell me so I ask how they knew it was my number. They than said they could verify by the last four digits. So I said what are the last four digits and after they told me I informed them that was not mine, but if they didn't believe me then go ahead and take me to court.
I never heard from them again after that and telling them their now on the NSA's Terrorist Watch list as I am since I oppose Der Fuehrer Bush and his regime.
You have my permission to go ahead and use my tactic anytime you want too.