A huge range of federal government spying powers to be used against the American people have been approved by Congress, Democrats and Republicans alike, based on the premise that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court – created under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which had been given authority to review surveillance efforts taking place here in the United States, was too much of a roadblock to spying efforts.
That’s not the picture given by the 2010 Secrecy Report Card, produced by the organization Open The Government. According to the document, The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court was asked to approve 1,320 spying programs last year, and refused to approve only one of them. That’s a blockage rate less than of 0.08 percent.
If there is any entity at all left in the federal government that’s working to protect the American people from excessive spying against them, the FISA court isn’t it.