It’s been known for some time that the presidential administration of George W. Bush brought on lawyer John Yoo in order to write legal justifications for the U.S. Government to torture people it had detained. It’s less widely-observed but also known that John Yoo articulated
The world of the FISA Amendments Act: Eavesdropping on your telephone calls. Scanning your emails. Recording your text messages. Searching your house while you’re away and planting bugs in every room. Because the FISA Amendments Act gives the Attorney General the power to unilaterally declare whether a spy operation is legal, the FISA Amendments Act gives the Attorney general the power to break any law that restricts government spying, and declare the spying to be legal anyway. No judge, not even a FISA judge, can stop it from taking place.
Psst... what kind of person doesn't support pacifism?