NSA Rubber Stamp Court objects to characterizationThe Washington Post released an NSA Inspector Generals report that characterized the FISC court as "amenable" and describes a a fairly high level of coordination between the court and the NSA and Justice.
One side onlyThe problem with courts like this is that only the government gets to present its case. There is no review, no possibility of appeal. This is the court that authorized the bulk collection of phone metadata from U.S. phone companies. This is the court that authorized the collection of the content of e-mails and phone calls to and from the United States.
Without an advocate arguing against the government case, an advocate representing the people, this court is a farce.