Justice Thomas On The Court’s Makeup: Supreme Court Week

An excerpt from Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ interview for C-SPAN’s Supreme Court Week is shown during Q&A, featuring Supreme Court Week executive producer Mark Farkas. In this excerpt, Justice Thomas describes the “heavily northeastern … mentality” of the Supreme Court Justices. “Eight of the nine of us are from Ivy League schools. This Court doesnt represent all regions of the country.” More on C-SPAN’s Supreme Court Week here: http://supremecourt.c-span.org/

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MSNBC Countdown : FISA : Supreme Court says No

MSNBC
Countdown
Keith Olbermann

2008-02-19
Supreme Court says no to FISA

Constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley discusses the Supreme Court’s decision to turn down the ACLU’s legal challenge to President Bush’s domestic spying program.

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The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) of 1978 is a U.S. federal law prescribing procedures for the physical & electronic surveillance & collection of “foreign intelligence information” between or among “foreign powers” on territory under United States control.

FISA is codified in 50 U.S.C. 1801–1811, 1821–29, 1841–46, and 1861–62.

The subchapters of FISA provide for:

– Electronic Surveillance
– Physical Searches
– Pen Registers and Trap & Trace Devices for Foreign Intelligence Purposes
– Access to certain Business Records for Foreign Intelligence Purposes

The act created a court which meets in secret, & approves or denies requests for search warrants.
Only the number of warrants applied for, issued and denied, is reported.

In 1980 (the first full year after its inception), it approved 322 warrants.
This number has steadily grown to 2224 warrants in 2006.
Only 5 warrants have been rejected since the court first met in 1979.

The Act was amended by the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001, primarily to include terrorism on behalf of groups that are not specifically backed by a foreign government.

An overhaul of the bill, the Protect America Act of 2007 was signed into law on 2007-08-05.

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THE SUPREME COURT | Episode 1 Excerpt | PBS

“The key lesson of Marbury vs. Madison is: Don’t give important documents to your brother.” –Ernest A. Young, University of Texas at Austin Check out this preview of The Supreme Court airing on PBS January 31, 2007 (check local listings). Episode 1: One Nation Under Law examines the creation of the court and follows it through the brink of the Civil War, paying particular attention to the fourth chief justice of the Supreme Court — John Marshall — and to his successor, Roger Taney … PBS …

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Supreme Court to Hear Violent Video Game Case

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday about the federal court’s decision to throw out California’s ban on violent games, marking the first time a case involving the interactive medium itself has gone before the Supreme Court. (Nov. 1)

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Violent Video Game Law Divides Supreme Court

California passed a law five years ago to block the sale of violent video games to minors, but the industry fought back. Jan Crawford reports, the case has the Supreme Court divided.

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The Librarians Who Battled the Patriot Act – David Goodman

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2009/04/14/Amy_and_David_Goodman_Standing_Up_to_the_Madness

Mother Jones journalist David Goodman tells the story of four Connecticut librarians who were ordered by the FBI to release library records under the Patriot Act. After filing suit against the Attorney General to challenge the order, the librarians eventually won the case.

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The longtime host of the award-winning Pacifica Radio’s Democracy Now!, Amy Goodman has steadfastly covered grassroots activism, the political process, and government accountability. She has co-authored many books with her brother and fellow journalist, David Goodman.

Their collaborations include investigations into the mercenary aspects of war, media culpability, freedom of information, and international human rights, and seek not only to expose endemic corruption, but also to affect change.

Their bestselling book, The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the Media That Love Them, examines the full political spectrum, from The Washington Post to Bill Clinton, in an effort to bring genuine accountability into public discourse. The Goodmans’ latest project is Standing Up to the Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times. Standing Up to the Madness celebrates grassroots activists across America and the power of the individual to bring change on a local and national level. – City Arts and Lectures

David Goodman is a contributing writer for Mother Jones. and co-author of Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders and the People Who Fight Back.

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Republicans Oppose Al Franken’s Law on Protecting Victims of Gang Rape

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Couric Stumps Palin With Supreme Court Question, Extended Version

Sarah Palin and Joe Biden on Roe v. Wade, right to privacy and Supreme Court decision they’ve disagreed with

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Paul Gewirtz Interviews Justice Breyer

During his recent visit to Yale University, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer sat down to speak with Paul Gewirtz, the Potter Stewart Professor of Constitutional Law at the Yale Law School & Director, The China Law Center.

Among the topics the two discussed are the history of the U.S. Supreme Court and the important role the court plays in our country’s governance.

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Judge Sonia Sotomayor: Court is Where Policy is Made

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