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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Perfectly legal resignation but why the hell is this "news"?

FISA Court Judge resigns:

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

Which is as it should be. Sort of...

Federal employees that have access to classified information who disagree with any practice have a specific set of steps to have their concerns addressed.

1)Talk to your superior

2)Talk to all your superiors

3)Talk to the top superior, the US Attorney General

4)File a motion to be brought before the FISA Court for a final hearing

5)Resign without blabbing secrets

There is no sixth step allowed by law.

But why in the hell is this even "news"? More leakers, of course:

Two associates familiar with his decision said yesterday that Robertson privately expressed deep concern that the warrantless surveillance program authorized by the president in 2001 was legally questionable and may have tainted the FISA court's work.

His anonymous "associates" wouldn't feel so comfortable talking to the press in direct contravention of the law if Editor Keller didn't feel comfortable printing this story. Thanks New York Times! I feel much safer under your national security policy than I did under the, ya'know, actual policy.

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