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Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

Matt Sledge

Government Privacy Board Okays Controversial NSA Surveillance Program | Matt Sledge | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics

A government privacy oversight board's draft report, released Tuesday night, finds the National Security Agency's use of a controversial surveillance ...

Matt Sledge

Intelligence Agencies Conducted Broad Sweep Of Warrantless Searches On Americans | Matt Sledge | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics

The nation's top intelligence agency revealed in a letter made public Monday that the NSA, CIA and FBI are engaging in a large number of warrantless s...

Matt Sledge

New NSA 'Transparency Report' Raises More Questions Than It Answers | Matt Sledge | Posted 06.27.2014 | Politics

For years, big Internet companies like Twitter have released "transparency reports" to show users how often the government asks for their data. Now th...

Federal Judge Rules Warrantless Bulk Surveillance Is Legal

AP | NIGEL DUARA | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge has affirmed the legality of the U.S. government's bulk collection of phone and email data from foreign nation...

NSA Phone Metadata Collection Reauthorized

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on Friday reauthorized the National Security Agency's phone surveillance program, the Director of National Int...

The NSA's Telephone Meta-data Program: Part I

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 02.24.2014 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

After examining the evidence provided by the NSA, the Review Group concluded that the information obtained through the section 215 telephony meta-data program had not proved necessary to the prevention of any planned terrorist attack since the program's inception in 2006.

Microsoft Says It's Upping Fight Against NSA

Reuters | Posted 12.05.2013 | Technology

(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp pledged late Wednesday to fight in court against any attempt by U.S. intelligence agencies to seize its foreign customers' ...

One Chart That Reveals Everything Google Can Say About FISA Requests

AP/The Huffington Post | By MICHAEL LIEDTKE | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is rebuffing governments more frequently as authorities in the U.S. and other countries get more aggressive about mining...

NSA Chief: Terrorists Love Gmail

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 09.17.2013 | Technology

Gmail is reportedly the most "preferred” online service of “terrorists worldwide.” The Google marketing team likely won't be celebrating the...

Some Secret Info Being Made Public

AP | FREDERIC J. FROMMER | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is declassifying portions of some secret court orders concerning the government's authority to seize records...

The Snowden Portent

Jim Jaffe | Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics
Jim Jaffe

My probes for precedents to the Snowden NSA leaks inevitably yield references to Daniel Ellsberg's release of the Pentagon Papers in 1971 and while there are more than a few similarities, there are some significant differences that suggest the current controversy is more significant.

Michael McAuliff

Senators Allege 'Troubling' Lawbreaking In NSA Snooping | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The National Security Agency's massive collection of all Americans' phone records breaks laws without making the country safer, two memb...

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...

Court Approves Continued U.S. Phone Surveillance After Controversy

AP | LARA JAKES | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A secret U.S. intelligence court renewed an order Friday to continue forcing Verizon Communications to turn over hundreds of millio...

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...

Matt Sledge

NSA Deletes Surveillance 'Fact' Sheet | Matt Sledge | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A day after coming under fire from congressional critics, the National Security Agency is trying to flush a controversial surveillance "...

FBI Used Secret Law To Obtain Secret Evidence On Accused Terrorists: Report

Reuters | John Shiffman, Kristina Cooke and Mark Hosenball | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON, June 18 (Reuters) - The FBI has used secret evidence obtained under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to prosecute at least 27 a...

Zach Carter

House Intelligence Committee's NSA Talking Points | Zach Carter | Posted 06.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Huffington Post has obtained talking points instructing members of Congress on how to defend two controversial surveillance programs...

Private Data, Secret Surveillance, and the Need for Public Debate

Freedom House | Posted 08.13.2013 | Technology
Freedom House

by Gigi Alford Program Officer, Internet Freedom and Ilana Ullman Program Associate, Internet Freedom Almost as troubling as the recent revelations...

Matt Sledge

Justice Department Asks Secret Court To Keep Secret Surveillance Ruling Secret | Matt Sledge | Posted 06.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Mere hours after President Barack Obama said Friday morning that he welcomes a debate on the federal government's highly classified surv...

NSA Judge's Conference Attendance Raises Eyebrows

Center for Public Integrity | Chris Young | Posted 06.07.2013 | Politics

U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson, who signed an order requiring Verizon to give the National Security Agency telephone records for tens of millions of...

What You Should Know About the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC)

Jennifer Hoelzer | Posted 08.06.2013 | Politics
Jennifer Hoelzer

Seriously, do you have any idea how frustrating it is to have your boss ask you to get reporters to write about something he can't tell you about? I did it for years and let's just say, it stretches you as a communicator.

Sam Stein

Obama Administration Releases Statement On Prism Program | Sam Stein | Posted 06.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A massive email surveillance program run by the National Security Agency is not directed at Americans and is legally permissible and hig...

An Implausible Inauguration Speech

Shahid Buttar | Posted 03.30.2013 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

Rhetoric is no substitute for reality, and given the president's unfortunate extension of the Bush-Cheney assault on civil liberties, his administration deserves criticism.

Wednesday Roundup: Bradley Manning Rebuffed, Eyes On Europe, Questions For John Brennan

Matt Sledge | Posted 03.11.2013 | Politics
Matt Sledge

Hello Wednesday. Here's what's happening in the world of civil liberties, civil rights and more. Bradley Manning gets four months "credit," but loses...