This will make you feel better about NSA getting warrants from the FISA court to spy on Americans

Gee...for a moment there I was worried. But then, we were reminded that the NSA internet surveillance program PRISM only targets foreigners and the spooks need a warrant from a secret FISA court judge to do otherwise. It's nice to know our constitutional checks and balances are working - even in secret, right? Not exactly. You see, the FISA court is a joke. And by joke, I mean a gold-plated, rip-roarious, 50 carat knee slapper of a joke. Reason Magazine: After last week's revelations extensive National Security Agency surveillance of phone and internet communications, President Barack Obama made it a point to assure Americans that, not to worry, there is plenty of oversight of his administration's snooping programs. "We've got congressional oversight and judicial oversight," he said Friday, referring in part to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), which was created in 1979 to oversee Department of Justice requests for...(Read Full Post)