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  • 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...
  • Specter Wants Court to Monitor Spy Program

    02/26/2006 3:54:42 PM PST · by zzen01 · 22 replies · 711+ views
    Associated Press ^ | February 26, 2006 | KATHERINE SHRADER
    The attorney general would have to get approval from a secretive intelligence court every 45 days to preserve the Bush administration's controversial surveillance program, according to a draft bill from the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman.
  • The Secret FISA Court: Rubber Stamping Our Rights [from Free Republic, Nov 30, 2000]

    02/12/2006 11:58:18 AM PST · by mumps · 8 replies · 618+ views
    Covert Action Quarterly ^ | November 27, 2000 | Philip Colangelo
    Seven judges on a secret court have authorized all but one of over 7,500 requests to spy in the name of National Security. They meet in secret, with no published orders, opinions, or public record. Those spied on May never know of the intrusion. Now, Clinton has expanded the powers to include not only electronic, but physical searches. The aftershock of the Oklahoma City bombing sent Congress scurrying to trade off civil liberties for an illusion of public safety. A good ten weeks before that terrible attack, however with a barely noticed pen stroke President Bill Clinton virtually killed off...
  • ‘Domestic’ Dishonesty – the Press and the NSA ‘Wiretaps’

    12/28/2005 7:41:30 AM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 36 replies · 2,077+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 28 December, 2005 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    <p>A poll by Rasmussen Reports today (Wednesday) illustrates the pervasive dishonesty of the American press in dealing with the NY Times story about the National Security Agency’s (NSA) intercepts of international communications. There are both minor dishonesties and major ones in this story as first reported by the Times and later a gaggle of reports throughout the media.</p>