FISA Judge: No Confidence in Government Surveillance Program

U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton, presiding judge of the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA), almost shut down the government’s domestic surveillance program after he “lost confidence” in officials’ ability to operate it. Walton issued a blistering opinion in March 2009 after discovering officials had been accessing domestic phone records for nearly three years without “reasonable, articulate suspicion” that they were connected to terrorism. His opinion was included in hundreds of previously classified documents released today as part of a lawsuit brought by a civil liberties group. The Washington Post has the story.

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