Erik Larson

Jan 16, 2009

Surprising FISA Ruling

It turns out that the Bush Administration’s warrantless wiretapping program was legal and Constitutional, according to, somewhat surprisingly, the FISA appellate court in a just released 2008 ruling . This is quite a ruling, especially coming from FISA. Not sure I agree, but then I’m not a Constitutional scholar either.

I haven’t seen this in the media, come to think of it, and it seems significant, since what’s at issue — whether the government can spy on its citizens — is clearly of major concern to all of us. Someone cover this story! I’d like to hear some analysis of it from both sides.