Here is a brief and easy-to-understand explanation of how the FISA court undermines (or destroys) the public's trust in government:
"When judges make the laws, Congress can always go back and remake the laws. The changes the court makes are public, and so is their reasoning. Both the voters and Congress know what the court has done, and can choose to revisit it... The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA court) that governs the national surveillance state is also remaking the law. But it’s remaking the law in secret. The public has no opportunity to weigh in, and Congress can’t really make changes, because few know what the court is deciding, and almost no one can discuss the decisions without endangering themselves."
"... the FISA court quietly reinterpreted the language of the PATRIOT Act so the word “relevant” — which governs the information the government can scoop up — no longer means, well, 'relevant.' It means 'yeah, sure, whatever you want.' "
To me, that sounds like truly activist (and unaccountable) judges at work.
To summarize, we have a secret court, secret laws, secret processes, and secret operations. Learn more about the current surveillance state:
- History of the FISA Court
- Is FISA Unconstitutional? (video)
- 8 Questions That Highlight The Issues About Government Surveillance
- The EFF And Several Organizations Demand That The U.S. Government Allow Greater Transparency For Internet Companies
- Operating System Software For Android Mobile Devices Includes NSA Code
- Video: Guardian UK Interview With Whistle Blower Edward Snowden
- Q And A With NSA Surveillance Whistleblower