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Standing to Sue and the Proper Role of the Courts

I personally believe that a court is not acting properly when they are telling the president what to do and how to carry out his business. If people decide to force the president to enforce laws that are already made it would cause the president to be put into a hard position. Would it not be easier to make new laws and have them be enforced rather than have the president enforce outdated laws that people do not follow anyway?
When dealing with problems of the environment, I believe that it would be better to leave the cases to the federal courts. Although it may be more beneficial to take the matters to the president or EPA, it can also be considered a hinderance. Although you can make as many laws as you want to make the companies that are polluting the air to stop, there are always going to be companies that do not follow these laws. It would be beneficial to the population if we could get the president and EPA to enforce laws that are already on the books instead of going through the process of having congress or other courts make new laws for people to follow. That process can be very tedious and is not helpful when we need to solve the problem of pollution in as fast a manner as possible. I believe that EPA needs to be even more strict in the way that they enforce laws because they are not very effective.

International Clapper

I think the case will end up a 6 to 3 on Clappers side. The point of the FFA is to try to find information on out of the country acts. They try to find information that could help us with terrorist  acts. It was on accident that the FFA got some private information.  Amnesty International has no proof of the government trying to wiretap them.  If they could come forth with some proof of wiretapping then it would be a different story. In other cases, the petitioner has no proof of wiretapping. I also think that they were not injured. The  organizations that Amnesty International talk to relate to targets that US officials look out for. Amnesty said that they lost money in this because they help back costs in order to keep everything a secret.
Standing Sue) I do not think the court is acting properly if the president  has to decide. The courts jobs are to decide this matter, not the president. I think there needs to be more rules even stricter rules on this matter. The president should not decide but the cases should.
Secret Court) I think the secret court is neccessary because if held in normal court, it would be open to public which would make the whole thing a waste. There are also other concerns to take unto the court. The whole wiretapping would be pointless if held in “under the sunlight”.