Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Administration's Overreach leads to Judicial Resignation

Associated Press is reporting that federal judge,James Robertson has resigned from a special court set up to oversee government surveillance, in an apparent protest of President Bush's secret authorization of a domestic spying program. Here's a quote:

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."

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