More humor from Al Franken regarding the NSA wiretapping story. Mr. Franken is referring to the secret court established by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The serious question is why did the Administration bypass this court when it has in the past been very accommodating to surveillance requests, approving all but a few requests? The humorous question is for what reason were those previous requests denied? Mr. Franken:
So, since the inception of the FISA court in 1979 there have been roughly- this we got from the Electronic Privacy Information Center. There have been roughly 19,000 requests approved for warrants and four- five, I'm sorry- five rejected. Uh... There... OK. And you just got to wonder what those five were like. How do you?... If you have five rejected out of 20,000- 19,000- what were those five requests that were turned down like? I think it was like this. It was like:
"Um, Jerry? You want this warrant to wiretap your wife? Is that right?"
"Uh, yeah. I think she's a spy."
"Jerry, haven't we been through this?"
"Uh, no really I think she's spying for, uh, Serbia."
"Uh huh. And you also want to wiretap her boss?"
"Right, yeah. I think he's in on it- the spying for Serbia."
"Look Jer. I think that maybe you should think about getting maybe a private eye or a marriage counselor. But this is not why the FISA court was set up."
"She's cheating on me, Bob! She's cheating on me!"
"Ah Jer, calm down. Look, this is the fifth time you've tried to get a warrant on your wife. And I warned you last time and I got... I'm gonna have to tell your supervisor. And I can't guarantee that he's not going to be very, very unhappy."
"OK, I won't come to you again."
"Now Jer, I told you last time. I told you two times ago, three strikes and you're out. And I've let you come now again twice. I've got to tell you supervisor. And these are the only five warrants we've ever turned down, and it's just got to stop."
"Now you said that before, Jer. I can't help you with your wife. Get a private eye. Get a marriage counselor."
I think that's it.