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The NSA leak case involving domestic records is also shone a spotlight on the secret court that approve surveillance.
At a rather steady clip.
I think it is quite telling that.
So few of these applications are denied.
When he comes to getting search warrants the government has an exceptionally good track record at the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act or spice -- courts.
The request to track communications emails and phone records are drafted with in the National Security Agency or NSA.
At the request of one of the federal intelligence agencies and with certification by the attorney general.
Over the last ten years there were 181740.
-- and only ten were turned down supporters of the program say there's a good reason for that.
The intelligence community.
Knows the rules understands what the parameters -- -- and they really really work over time to have the package.
Done as well as possible before it ever goes to the judges each request goes to one of eleven judges before being appointed to the price support for a seven year term by Chief Justice John Roberts.
Each was already serving as a federal court judge.
Five were originally appointed to the bench by president George W.
Bush four by President Reagan and one each by presidents George H.
Bush and Bill Clinton.
We know who they are -- the ACLU was among those pushing to find out more about why they do.
Filing a motion this week asking the court to make some rulings public when you do have all of these rulings in secret and all of these proceedings -- secret.
You have a democratic deficit where the public camp.
It's judges based on actual facts a bipartisan coalition in the senate is making a similar pushed.
Sparked by concerns about just how sweeping the NSA's power really is.
We've seen this movie before we know how it ends we know that eventually when people were given too much power in government.
They will abuse that authority for nefarious purposes sometimes for political purposes and that's not okay.
This week by supports top judge Reggie Walton issued a ruling that the court did not -- jacked the release of a classified opinion.
-- found some of the government's surveillance efforts unconstitutional.
The Justice Department had argued that the -- the court's own rules prevented release of that opinion.
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