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Letter: A Court in Name Only

To the Editor:

One of the many absurdities of our National Security Agency’s domestic spying program is oversight by the so-called Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. The last time I tuned in, courts by definition entertained adversary proceedings during which the defendant (or in this case, the unknowing “target”) would be represented by independent counsel.

As presently conducted, the so-called court is nothing more than a committee, secretly hearing and considering only the federal government’s evidence and interests. Accordingly, in keeping with historical precedent and reality, a more appropriate name for this body would be the Star Chamber for Foreign & Domestic Spying.

John Karol

Orford