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编辑:  赵峦   稿源: 国际在线    2005-12-22 09:01:04
[双语新闻]情报监视法庭法官抗议布什授权秘密监听辞职
  Judge Resigns to Protest Bush's Spying Program
摘要:
    据12月21日出版的《华盛顿邮报》报道,知情人士称负责监督政府情报监听的“外国情报监视法庭”法官詹姆斯·罗伯逊已经辞职,以抗议布什秘密授权境内监听活动。
    A federal judge resigned from a special court to protest President George W. Bush's secret authorization of a warrantless domestic spying program, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

    国际在线消息:据12月21日出版的《华盛顿邮报》报道,知情人士称负责监督政府情报监听的“外国情报监视法庭”法官詹姆斯·罗伯逊已经辞职,以抗议布什秘密授权境内监听活动。

    据报道,罗伯逊是秘密的“外国情报监视法庭”的11名成员之一。他已经在20日晚些时候写信给首席法官罗伯茨,告诉他自己要辞职,但是并没有做出解释。

    两名了解罗伯逊决定的助理20日说罗伯逊私下里对2001年总统授权的无理由秘密监听项目深表关注,他认为该项目有法律问题,可能已经影响到了“外国情报监视法庭”的工作。在最近一次和同事的谈话中他透露,很担心秘密监听所取得的信息可能已经被用来获取法庭的许可。

    罗伯逊曾于1994年被当时的美国总统克林顿任命为联邦法官。后来他还被当时的首席法官伦奎斯特选入“外国情报监视法庭”工作。20日晚些时候,罗伯逊的办公室拒绝就此发表评论。

    罗伯逊被看作是一名自由派法官,他在美国的反恐战争问题上总是与布什智囊团的意见相左。他坚称五角大楼对古巴关塔那摩海湾恐怖分子嫌疑者的起诉是非法的,不利于那些被居留者。

    A federal judge resigned from a special court to protest President George W. Bush's secret authorization of a warrantless domestic spying program, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

    Though no explanation provided in his resignation letter, U.S. District Judge James Robertson privately expressed deep concern that the surveillance program that Bush authorized was legally questionable and may have tainted the work of the court, the report said.

    Robertson was one of the 11 members of the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC). For more than 25 years, the court has served as the only body that could legally authorize secret surveillance of espionage and terrorism suspects.

    Citing colleagues of Robertson, the Post said the judge had indicated he was concerned that information gained from the warrantless surveillance under Bush's program could have then been used to obtain warrants under the FISC program.

    Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said early Wednesday she had no information to offer on the matter.

    Some FISC judges said they were saddened by the news of Robertson's resignation and wanted to hear more about the president's program, the report said.

    Robertson, appointed to the federal bench in 1994, was later selected to serve on the FISC court. He often ruled against the Bush Administration's assertions of broad powers in the terrorism fight.

    According to the previous report, soon after the Sept. 11 terror attacks in 2001, Bush secretly authorized domestic eavesdropping despite legal prohibitions against the practice.

    Under this authorization, the National Security Agency (NSA) eavesdropped, without warrants, on as many as 500 people inside the United States at any given time since 2002.

 

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