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  • For secretive surveillance court, rare scrutiny in wake of NSA leaks

    06/23/2013 1:59:33 PM PDT · by dirtboy · 12 replies
    Wash ComPost ^ | June 22, 2013 | Peter Wallsten, Carol D. Leonnig and Alice Crites
    Wedged into a secure, windowless basement room deep below the Capitol Visitors Center, U.S. District Court Judge John Bates appeared before dozens of senators earlier this month for a highly unusual, top-secret briefing. The lawmakers pressed Bates, according to people familiar with the session, to discuss the inner workings of the United States’ clandestine terrorism surveillance tribunal, which Bates oversaw from 2006 until earlier this year. FISA court papers show NSA warrantless surveillance rules Classified documents spell out procedures for targeting foreigners and minimizing the collection of data from U.S. persons. Bates had rarely spoken of his sensitive work. He...
  • Declassified memos show FBI illegally shared spy data on Americans with private parties

    05/25/2017 5:57:56 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 51 replies
    For instance, a ruling declassified this month by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) chronicles nearly 10 pages listing hundreds of violations of the FBI’s privacy-protecting minimization rules that occurred on Comey’s watch. The behavior the FBI admitted to a FISA judge just last month ranged from illegally sharing raw intelligence with unauthorized third parties to accessing intercepted attorney-client privileged communications without proper oversight the bureau promised was in place years ago.
  • Serious questions over credibility of "journalist" who sparked claim that Obama spied on Trump...

    03/21/2017 4:52:20 PM PDT · by browniexyz · 13 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | March 21. 2017 | Alana Goodman
    The blogger behind incredible claims that the FBI had a warrant to examine the Trump campaign's communications is facing serious questions about her legitimacy after making a series of conspiracy-theory claims about elaborate Russian plots that appear to have little basis in reality. Louise Mensch is a British politician turned New York blogger who reported on the website Heat Street that the FBI was granted a FISA court warrant to access communications made by Trump's team during the presidential campaign.
  • FBI obtained FISA warrant to monitor former Trump adviser Carter Page

    04/11/2017 4:44:03 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 98 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 11, 2017
    The FBI obtained a secret court order last summer to monitor the communications of an adviser to presidential candidate Donald Trump, part of an investigation into possible links between Russia and the campaign, law enforcement and other U.S. officials said. The FBI and the Justice Department obtained the warrant targeting Carter Page’s communications after convincing a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge that there was probable cause to believe Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power, in this case Russia, according to the officials. This is the clearest evidence so far that the FBI had reason to believe...
  • A SHOE DROPS: OBAMA ADMINISTRATION SPIED ON CARTER PAGE [UPDATED]

    04/12/2017 6:25:01 AM PDT · by pgkdan · 66 replies
    powerline ^ | 04/11/17 | John Hinderaker
    I assume this Washington Post story is true: “FBI obtained FISA warrant to monitor former Trump adviser Carter Page.” It confirms what has been sporadically reported since late last year, that the Obama administration sought and ultimately received a FISA order to spy on at least one associate of Donald Trump. So Trump’s famous tweets were, in substance, true.***SNIP***UPDATE: We are now starting to get a picture of how sinister this whole Democratic Party misinformation campaign is. Through the last half of 2016, the Obama administration was desperately searching for evidence of some link between the Trump presidential campaign and...
  • FBI ‘Granted FISA Warrant’ Covering Trump Camp’s Ties To Russia (Flashback Nov.7,2016)

    03/04/2017 11:20:13 AM PST · by bobsunshine · 100 replies
    HeatStreet ^ | November 7, 2016 | Louise Mensch |
    Two separate sources with links to the counter-intelligence community have confirmed to Heat Street that the FBI sought, and was granted, a FISA court warrant in October, giving counter-intelligence permission to examine the activities of ‘U.S. persons’ in Donald Trump’s campaign with ties to Russia. Contrary to earlier reporting in the New York Times, which cited FBI sources as saying that the agency did not believe that the private server in Donald Trump’s Trump Tower which was connected to a Russian bank had any nefarious purpose, the FBI’s counter-intelligence arm, sources say, re-drew an earlier FISA court request around possible...
  • NSA to Destroy Records Collected Under Phone Spying Program

    08/01/2015 9:07:27 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 29 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/1/15 | Jim Emerson
    The Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a statement concerning the retention of metadata collected in accordance with section 215 of the PATRIOT Act. “On June 29, 2015, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court George Bush. The Patriot Act originated on his watch George Bush. The Patriot Act originated on his watch approved the Government’s application to resume the Section 215 bulk telephone metadata program pursuant to the USA FREEDOM Act’s 180-day transition provision. As part of our effort to transition to the new authority, we have evaluated whether NSA should maintain access to the historical metadata after the...
  • FISC judge orders review of secret court rulings on NSA phone surveillance

    09/13/2013 4:53:56 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 13, 2013 | By Warren Richey
    A judge on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has ordered the Obama administration to review for possible public release legal opinions issued by the secret court dealing with the constitutionality of the widespread collection of phone records by the National Security Agency. Friday’s ruling by one of the FISC judges, F. Dennis Saylor IV, a US district judge in Boston, is important, because it could mark a new willingness by the court to permit a level of public scrutiny of its decisions.
  • Obama administration had restrictions on NSA reversed in 2011

    09/08/2013 6:59:34 AM PDT · by originalbuckeye · 91 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Ellen Nakashima
    The Obama administration secretly won permission from a surveillance court in 2011 to reverse restrictions on the National Security Agency’s use of intercepted phone calls and e-mails, permitting the agency to search deliberately for Americans’ communications in its massive databases, according to interviews with government officials and recently declassified material. In addition, the court extended the length of time that the NSA is allowed to retain intercepted U.S. communications from five years to six years — and more under special circumstances, according to the documents, which include a recently released 2011 opinion by U.S. District Judge John D. Bates, then...
  • The Definitive NSA Parody Site Is Actually Informative

    08/30/2013 9:53:51 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 29, 2013 | Kashmir Hill
    What makes the site incredibly fun to read is its taking on the voice of an NSA that embraces the openness about domestic intelligence gathering brought on by the Snowden leaks. The shadowy, secretive agency finally gets to put its feet up and brag about what it’s doing to “secure the future.” (That, by the way, is the NSA’s real tagline.) The “Surveillance Strategies” section raves about PRISM giving the NSA “ important insights into [targets’] thoughts and intentions.” In a candid explanation about why “Your Data” is being collected, the site explains that it’s “ thanks to top-secret Fourth...
  • FISA Court: An NSA email program that went on for years found unconstitutional

    08/22/2013 6:47:26 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Aug 22, 2013 | Rick Moran
    What's the NSA to say when they illegally and unconstitutionally snarf up emails they have no business looking at? Ooops: For several years, the National Security Agency unlawfully gathered tens of thousands of e-mails and other electronic communications between Americans as part of a now-revised collection method, according to a 2011 secret court opinion. The redacted 85-page opinion, which was declassified by U.S. intelligence officials on Wednesday, states that, based on NSA estimates, the spy agency may have been collecting as many as 56,000 "wholly domestic" communications each year. "For the first time, the government has now advised the court...
  • Secret court OKs continued US phone surveillance

    07/20/2013 6:39:52 AM PDT · by Earthdweller · 33 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 07/20/2013 | LARA JAKES
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A secret U.S. intelligence court renewed an order Friday to continue forcing Verizon Communications to turn over hundreds of millions of telephone records to the government each day in its search for foreign terror or espionage suspects. The order by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has been in place for years but must be renewed every three months. It was exposed in June after former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden leaked details of two top secret U.S. surveillance programs that critics say violate privacy rights. The order was set to expire Friday, and its renewal...
  • A Little Known Court

    07/10/2013 10:41:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 10, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    In 1978, Congress created an 11-member Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA), purportedly as a check against wiretapping abuses by the government. In practice, FISA only hears one side of the case, that of the government. Thus it should be no surprise to learn In Secret, Court Vastly Broadens Powers of N.S.A.  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 power to amass vast collections of data on Americans while pursuing not only terrorism suspects, but also people possibly involved in nuclear proliferation, espionage and cyberattacks,...
  • Meet The Chief Justice Of America’s Secret Supreme Court (FISA)

    07/09/2013 10:31:19 AM PDT · by ruralvoter · 33 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 7/7/13 | John Stanton
    The chief judge of America’s most powerful secret court is a 64-year-old man who has said his path toward the law began in part when he was stopped by police in the early 1960s simply for being black, and who once said he became a lawyer to “make an impact on the quality of life for people of color in this country.” Reggie Walton is the presiding judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, whose 11 members are appointed directly by the chief justice of the Supreme Court. Revelations of broad spying by the National Security Agency have drawn unusual...
  • In Secret, Court Vastly Broadens Powers of N.S.A. (almost a parallel Supreme Court)

    07/06/2013 9:00:30 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 131 replies
    The 11-member Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, known as the FISA court, was once mostly focused on approving case-by-case wiretapping orders. But since major changes in legislation and greater judicial oversight of intelligence operations were instituted six years ago, it has quietly become ALMOST A PARALLEL SUPREME COURT, serving as the ultimate arbiter on surveillance issues and delivering opinions that will most likely shape intelligence practices for years to come, the officials said.
  • Record shows U.S. officials misled public on NSA programs

    07/02/2013 12:00:27 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 11 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 07/02/2013 | Greg Miller
    WASHINGTON – Amid the cascading disclosures about National Security Agency surveillance programs, the top lawyer in the U.S. intelligence community opened his remarks at a rare public appearance last week with a lament about how much of the information being spilled was wrong. “A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth gets its boots on,” said Robert Litt, citing a line often attributed to Mark Twain. “Unfortunately, there’s been a lot of misinformation that’s come out about these programs.” The remark by Litt, general counsel for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, was aimed at...
  • Secret-court judges upset at portrayal of ‘collaboration’ with government

    06/30/2013 6:38:57 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 39 replies
    Washington Post ^ | No Date Given | Carol D. Leonnig, Ellen Nakashima and Barton Gellman,
    Recent leaks of classified documents have pointed to the role of a special court in enabling the government’s secret surveillance programs, but members of the court are chafing at the suggestion that they were collaborating with the executive branch.A classified 2009 draft report by the National Security Agency’s inspector general relayed some details about the interaction between the court’s judges and the NSA, which sought approval for the Bush administration’s top-secret domestic surveillance programs. The report was described in The Washington Post on June 16 and released in full Thursday by The Post and the British newspaper the Guardian....
  • Barack Obama says the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court 'is transparent'

    06/22/2013 6:27:14 AM PDT · by memyselfandi59 · 29 replies
    Obama said that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court "is transparent." We don’t doubt that there are good reasons for secrecy at the court, but if you’re going to operate a mostly secret court, you also don’t get to crow about how "transparent" it is. The president can’t have his cake and eat it, too. We rate his claim Pants on Fire.
  • The Court Overseeing NSA Spying Has Already Found It Violated The Constitution

    06/16/2013 5:32:55 PM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 26 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 6-10-13 | Michael Kelly
    It's becoming increasingly difficult to give the government the benefit of the doubt in regards to dragnet domestic surveillance. Even before Glenn Greenwald published a top secret court order compelling Verizon to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems and interviewed NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, there were credible reports that the NSA was intercepting U.S. communications. The most significant of those occurred in July, when the court that was established to "hear applications for and grant orders approving electronic surveillance," called the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), found that the NSA violated the Fourth Amendment's restriction...
  • Why the Democrats Caved (On the Surveillance Bill)

    08/09/2007 10:18:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies · 1,980+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | August 10, 2007 | E. J. Dionne
    Shortly before noon last Saturday, about 20 House Democrats huddled in Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office to decide what to do about a surveillance bill that had been dumped on them by the Senate before it left town. Many of the Democrats were furious. They believed they had negotiated in good faith with Mike McConnell, the director of national intelligence. They sought to give the Bush administration the authority it needed to intercept communications involving foreign nationals in terrorism investigations while preserving some oversight. But the administration held out for granting McConnell and Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales more power while...