Saturday, December 24, 2005

Ho Hum, The Media Tells The Side of the Story They Want You to Hear

When Federal District Judge James Robertson resigned from the FISA oversight court in protest of Bush warrantless surveillance, it made news. What won't make news is that Robertson was widely considered to be the most partisan and leftist of all of Bill Clinton's judicial appointments.

Robertson, 67, has ruled consistently against the Bush administration's handling of enemy combatants. On July 15 this year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia reversed his 2004 ruling that a military commission could not try alleged terrorist Salim Ahmed Hamdan.

In private Washington practice before going on the court, Robertson was an aggressive civil rights advocate. He spent 1969-1972 with the Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, serving for a time as the organization's chief counsel in Jackson, Miss. In 1994, Clinton named him to the federal bench, where he remains despite his resignation from the FISA court.


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