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The Potemkin Court

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Posted By: Pluperfect, 1/16/2020 4:44:07 AM

Webster’s dictionary defines “Potemkin village” as “an impressive façade or show designed to hide an undesirable fact or condition.” So it is that the adjective “Potemkin” is used to characterize any artifice contrived to deceive others into thinking that things are better than they really are. As set forth below, I pose the question as to whether or not, based on its operations and recent events, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (“FISC”) can fairly be described as a Potemkin institution which in reality serves only to give the false impression that it is protecting U.S. citizens by imposing constitutional limits on the government’s

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Reply 1 - Posted by: seamusm 1/16/2020 5:58:36 AM (No. 289774)
Quite true. The FISA process is a sham which gives a legal okay for the government to spy on us. But such activity goes on whether legal or not and even if the FISA process were dissolved the technology to spy on us remains available and will continue to be used. The genie has escaped the bottle. What needs to happen is to enact such draconian punishments for this spying so that those in our government who do violate our rights 'might' at least hesitate before doing so. I am not hopeful.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Rinktum 1/16/2020 7:06:46 AM (No. 289804)
The one tasked to oversee this very important court failed in his duty to do so. Chief Justice John Roberts continues to be a big disappointment. A court such as the FISC should be closely monitored. It was not. Roberts should be made to answer for this.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Felixed 1/16/2020 7:40:29 AM (No. 289829)
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
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Reply 4 - Posted by: planetgeo 1/16/2020 8:13:58 AM (No. 289861)
Based on the evidence revealed so far, I believe it can accurately be claimed that the primary purpose for the setting up of the FISA court was to provide legal pretense for spying on domestic political opponents of the Deep State/Democrat Party.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: jeffkinnh 1/16/2020 8:35:40 AM (No. 289896)
It is becoming more and more clear that any benefits coming from the FISA process pale before the ability to corrupt the process for bad use. It should be discontinued.
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