The judges who approve phone surveillance are buying Verizon stock

As the world learns more about the NSA’s global surveillance programs, the FISA court has come under new scrutiny as well. The court provides the legal authorization for much of the NSA’s spying apparatus, including programs collecting phone records in bulk from phone companies like AT&T and Verizon. But a new report from Vice suggests the court may not be as neutral as it claims. 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.

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