mpclemens This week, the chief judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) defended his court as an adequate bureaucratic check on government surveillance, denying that the court is merely a “rubber stamp,” as critics have argued.

The court, after all, famously approves nearly all of the government’s final applications for surveillance (PDF). “It is a kangaroo court with a rubber stamp,” Russell Tice, a former National Security Agency analyst-turned-whistleblower, told The Guardian in early June 2013. 1     

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