Standing On Principle

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A U.S. Judge with the FICA court (you know, the one that the government is supposed to go with warrants for wiretaps) resigns, apparently in protest:

A federal judge on a court that oversees intelligence cases has resigned to protest President George W. Bush’s authorization of a domestic spying program, The Washington Post said.

US District Judge James Robertson resigned late Monday from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) on which he served for 11 years and which he belives may have been tainted by Bush’s 2002 authorization, two associates familiar with his decision told the daily.

The resignation is the latest fallout of Bush’s weekend public admission that he authorized the National Security Agency (NSA) — the country’s super-secret electronic surveillance arm — to eavesdrop on international telephone calls and electronic mail of US citizens suspected of having links with terrorist organizations including Al-Qaeda.