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Judge Resigns From Secret Court For FISA Tuesday, December 20, 2005

U.S. District Judge James Robertson resigned his position as a member of the foreign intelligence surveillance court. He was initially appointed to the bench by Clinton and assigned to the secret court by Rehnquist. According to WaPo, friends close to him said he resigned in protest to the actions of the administration regarding the FISA rules for obtaining warrants for eavesdropping:

A federal judge has resigned from the court that oversees government surveillance in intelligence cases in protest of President Bush's secret authorization of a domestic spying program, according to two sources.

U.S. District Judge James Robertson, one of 11 members of the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, sent a letter to Chief Justice John D. Roberts Jr. late Monday notifying him of his resignation without providing an explanation.

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Word of Robertson's resignation came as two Senate Republicans yesterday joined the call for congressional investigations into the National Security Agency's warrantless interception of telephone calls and e-mails to overseas locations by U.S. citizens suspected of links to terrorist groups. They questioned the legality of the operation and the extent to which the White House kept Congress informed.


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