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Roberts's Picks Reshaping Secret Surveillance Court

New York Times | Posted 07.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The recent leaks about government spying programs have focused attention on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and its role in...

Matt Sledge

Dem Lawmaker Tries To Protect Americans' Privacy In Secret Court | Matt Sledge | Posted 07.25.2013 | Politics

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is preparing legislation to create a special privacy advocate who would appear in front of the secret surveillance court t...

Kafka's America: Secret Courts, Secret Laws, and Total Surveillance

John W. Whitehead | Posted 09.21.2013 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

"Logic may indeed be unshakeable, but it cannot withstand a man who is determined to live. Where was the judge he had never seen? Where was the High C...

The Military Industrial Complex: We Know It Just Didn't Stick -- It Was Our Fault

Martin Garbus | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics
Martin Garbus

Those in government, both Republic and Democrats, knew exactly what was going on. They knew, ever since the Church Committee of 1975 of decades ago, of the overstepping of our intelligence agencies. We all knew. We just did not pay attention.

Sabrina Siddiqui

GOP Congressman Grills Administration On NSA Surveillance, FISA Court | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) tore into administration officials testifying before the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday over the Na...

How to Be a Rogue Superpower

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 09.15.2013 | World
Tom Engelhardt

No incident has been more revealing than the downing of the plane of Bolivian President Evo Morales. Evidently officials in Washington believed that the plane bringing the Bolivian president back from Moscow was also carrying Snowden.

FISA's Secrets

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

According to the WSJ, the secret information that the senators had that was so confidential they could only hint at it was an interpretation of one word in the Patriot Act by the FISA Court. The super-super-secret word was "relevant."

The FISA Judge Who Singlehandedly Approved Massive NSA Spying on Every American

Rob Kall | Posted 07.01.2013 | Politics
Rob Kall

The Washington Post has a new article out, "Secret-court judges upset at portrayal of "collaboration' with government." And the article does report t...

Congressman Proposes Radical Changes To FISA Court System

HuffPost Live | Posted 07.10.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, also known as the FISA Court, is made up of 11 judges who primarily operate in secret and all whom are ap...

Obama Nominee Defends Against 'Rubber Stamp' Charge

Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics

By PETE YOST, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — The Obama administration's nominee to become the next FBI director, James Comey, told members of ...

Secret Court's Broad Interpretation Allowed Mass Surveillance

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has broadened the definition of the word "relevant" to justify the National Security Agency's mass telepho...

Meet The Chief Justice Of America's Secret Supreme Court

BuzzFeed | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics

Judge Reggie Walton believes while “we have an obligation to vigorously prosecute people, we don’t do it at all costs.” But the “fair but hars...

Hero or Villain?

Robert Kuttner | Posted 09.06.2013 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

So is Edward Snowden a hero or a creepy betrayer? The fact that he is huddled in a Moscow airport waiting for some country to take him in lends credence to the betrayer view. Since September 11, 2001, a lot of queasy liberals have cut the U.S. government a fair amount of slack when it comes to surveillance of potential terrorist plots. The attacks happened, after all. And more plots followed. Al-Qaeda is no paranoid fantasy. We can't have people with top-secret information making national policy, as free-lances. But as one detail after another has emerged in the wake of Snowden's initial disclosures, the weight of evidence keeps shifting to the hero side of the scale. Put aside for the moment Snowden's motives, or character defects, or awkward international flight from Hong Kong to Russia. History is likely to record him as something of a hero for the long overdue national debate that he has forced. Since Snowden, a largely intimidated press has begun doing its job, and the revelations are not pretty.

Court Gives Government Vast Spying Powers In Secret

The New York Times | Posted 09.05.2013 | Politics

In more than a dozen classified rulings, the nation's surveillance court has created a secret body of law giving the National Security Agency the powe...

Reflections on the FISA Court

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 09.04.2013 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

It is, of course, difficult to assess the performance of the FISA court, because its activities are secret. But with 30 years of experience, it is possible to offer some reflections and suggestions.

NSA 101

Hemanshu Nigam | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
Hemanshu Nigam

Growing public concern about the privacy of electronic information leaves many Internet users questioning how and why the government retrieves Internet data unbeknownst to users. 1The questions and answers below clarify current U.S. intelligence surveillance law and its impact on companies and private citizens.

A Look At The Judges Who Preside Over America's Secret Court

Reuters | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics

By John Shiffman and Kristina Cooke WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO, June 21 (Reuters) - Twelve of the 14 judges who have served this year on...

I'll Be Watching You

Amy Ephron | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics
Amy Ephron

This week's stunning news that the FBI is using drones as a surveillance tool in the United States almost veered into black comedy -- certainly ripe for a song parody, or rather a parody-song-medley.

Trust Me: Political Spying + Computers = Big Brother

Jeff Cohen | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics
Jeff Cohen

If Bradley Manning can be charged with "aiding the enemy" for leaking evidence of war crimes to the public, is it a big jump for the spies to electronically monitor the 70,000 of us who've signed a petition saying that Manning is a hero?

Friday Talking Points -- War On Women Continues Apace

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This week's announcement that the Justice Department is going to drop its appeal against providing the morning-after birth control pill to anyone who needs it comes as such a welcome change that we feel the award is deserved.

Matt Sledge

Court Shoots Down Obama Surveillance Secrecy Claim | Matt Sledge | Posted 06.12.2013 | Politics

FORT MEADE, Md. -- The secret court that reviews the government's foreign surveillance requests ruled on Wednesday that a 2011 opinion finding that th...

What's All the Fuss About?

Bruce Hartford | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Bruce Hartford

Now government agencies have all this data revealing all these personal patterns. Can a prosecutor subpoena them? What about a divorce attorney? Might State's Attorney Nogoodnick who's in a tight reelection race ask his agency buddies for some inside dope on his opponent?

'Don't Tread on Me!' Unless You're the National Security Agency

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 08.11.2013 | Media
Joseph A. Palermo

The National Security Agency's data mining and domestic spying program that the investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald has exposed should concern anyone who cares about our Fourth Amendment privacy rights.

Traitor or Patriot?

Christopher Burgess | Posted 08.10.2013 | Politics
Christopher Burgess

Should Edward Snowden be arrested and extradited to the U.S. for violation of his secrecy agreement with the U.S. government? Should he be applauded and embraced as a heroic character?

Friday Talking Points -- Rest In Peace, Fourth Amendment

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We gather here today to mourn the passing of the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Although weakened and battered in the past, it seems that it has finally succumbed and will be heard of no more.