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Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court

The USA Freedom Act Has Not Done Much for Privacy

The Center for Constitutional Rights | Posted 12.17.2016 | Politics
The Center for Constitutional Rights

So despite the fact that some of the Republican debaters were up in arms about it, the USA Freedom Act actually has produced only very marginal gains for privacy. The current state of affairs is mostly depressing, especially in light of the floodlight on these issues gifted to us by Snowden.

Congress Should End Metadata Collection

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 05.13.2016 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Congress has four days left in its current session to decide whether to reauthorize Section 215, amend it or let it die a natural death on June 1, 2015 (the date on which it will sunset if not reauthorized).

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...

TOP-SECRET DOCUMENTS: Virtually No Foreign Gov't Off-Limits For NSA Surveillance

The Washington Post | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics

Virtually no foreign government is off-limits for the National Security Agency, which has been authorized to intercept information from individuals ...

U.S. Spy Court Will Soon Have A New Presiding Judge

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, March 25 (Reuters) - The secretive U.S. court that considers applications for electronic surveillance and physical searches of non-U.S. ...

Matt Sledge

Surveillance Judge Complains NSA Reforms Will Increase Courts' Workload | Matt Sledge | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

A federal judge who once sat on the nation's secret surveillance court took the rare step of inserting himself into the debate over the National Secur...

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.

Friday Talking Points -- PBS, Citizen Koch, and Obama's Press Conference

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.09.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Love him or hate him, call him "patriot" or "traitor" -- it is now absolutely impossible to argue that Edward Snowden's leaks weren't effective, meaningful, and will actually cause the federal government to have a national conversation with its citizens about what it feels it is legally able to do.

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...

Restoring the Balance Between Privacy and Security

Leslie Harris | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics
Leslie Harris

Twelve years after 9/11, One WTC became the tallest building in America. In the same time, another edifice has arisen from 9/11's ashes, a looming, largely unaccountable national security state. Rather than a soaring tower to our free society, it is a monument to secrecy, diminished democracy, and lost Fourth Amendment rights.

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...

Former FISA Judge Bristles At Government Collaboration Claims

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 07.01.2013 | Politics

The former chief judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court is pushing back against the suggestion that she and her colleagues collaborated ...

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...

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...

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...

Luke Johnson

Bipartisan Group Of Senators Introduces Bill Rolling Back Secrecy | Luke Johnson | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), joined by a group of Democrats and Republicans, introduced a bill Tuesday to require ...

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...

Ryan J. Reilly

Spy Agency Phone Record Seizure 'Beyond Orwellian' | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 06.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration's seizure of millions of phone Verizon phone records under a secret court order is "alarming" and "beyond Orwel...

Judge Who Ordered Judith Miller Jailed Appointed To Spy Court

Raw Story | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The judge who ordered former New York Times journalist Judith Miller jailed for refusing to reveal her sources has been appointed to the Foreign Intel...