Not only did the NSA lie to the American people about their communications with secret courts, but they lied to the secret courts. Under the Patriot Act, FISA courts were set up to handle NSA surveillance requests. Two judges who were a part of these courts, Judges John D. Bates and Reggie B. Walton have come forward with claims that the NSA lied to them on various occasions. Rather than apologize when Bates's accusations were made public, an NSA official stated, "This was a situation where there was a technological problem that could not be avoided, rather than any overreach" which is about as much of a "sorry not sorry" as you can get away with in government office.