Former chief judge of the FISA Court Royce Lamberth “took a swipe Saturday at the administration’s recently halted domestic spying program”:
Lamberth declined to say whether he believes the National Security Agency’s wiretap program was illegal.
But he said he has “never seen a better way” to conduct domestic spying than under the national security court created by the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The court secretly approves warrants for wiretaps and searches in counterterrorism and espionage investigations.
“I’ve seen a proposal for a worse way,” Lamberth said. “That’s what the president did with the NSA program.”