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Re: Court proceedings under new SAFE act
Lucky Green asked about judges of the FISA court, and
Declan named Joyce Green.
The Chief Judge of FISA is Royce Lambert, who gave talk
on C-SPAN about the operation of the court at an ABA
conference in D.C. a few months ago.
He made the point that few applications for electronic
surveillance are turned down by the court (of 8,000
applications 12 were denied) because the judges coach the
applicants until they get a request right. And that the DoJ
teams are quite adept at complying with the court's
requirements, because all pass muster first of a special
office set up for that purpose.
Judge Lambert said the job is "a lot of fun" because
its deals with supremely critical events of national
urgency, and that all the judges involved really do like it,
especially the secrecy and prestige of being part of one
of the most exclusive groups in Washington. This is not
Indeed, the Chief joked that the court's role "may be
constitutional." And then said that he'll probably get in
trouble for the statement.
For how the snoop system is supposed to work see the
Foreign Intelligence Suveillance Act: