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The judges who approve phone surveillance are buying Verizon stock

28
Jul
2014

As the world learns more about the NSAs global surveillance programs, the FISA court has come under new scrutiny as well. The court provides the legal authorization for much of the NSAs spying apparatus, including programs collecting phone records in bulk from phone companies like ATT and Verizon. The report singles out three judges who own significant quantities of Verizon stock, including a judge who signed off on the request to renew the metadata program. Its not the first time these conflict-of-interest charges have been raised against the court, but theres still real doubt about whether the programs have helped or hurt Verizon.

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