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<nettime> Feds Jail Dissenters in Sting Operation

                                                              THE FOREIGN
                                                         SURVEILLANCE ACT
                                                            AND AMERICA'S
                                                            SECRET COURT!

                                           By Paul DeRienzo and Joan Moossy

                       Imagine a secret court made up of anonymous judges
                       by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and
empowered to
                       grant wiretaps, approve break-ins, tap
psychiatrist's offices
                       and bug homes--all without probable cause. The
hearings are
                       conducted in secret without notification of the
proposed target
                       and without due process, since the subjects of the
                       investigation cannot challenge the evidence or
answer the
                       charges brought against them.


                       In February 1998, Kurt Stand, Theresa Squillacote, and
                       James Clark were indicted under FISA for allegedly
                       conspiring to commit espionage for the former German
                       Democratic Republic, the Soviet Union, the Russian
                       Federation, and the Republic of South Africa. The
three have
                       known one another since the early 1970s, when they were
                       members of student organizations at the University of


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