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  • Judge Strikes Down Secretive Surveillance Law

    03/18/2013 2:28:37 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 2 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 15, 2013 | Jennifer Valentino-DeVries
    A federal judge this week struck down a controversial set of laws allowing the Federal Bureau of Investigation to seek people's records without a court's approval, saying the strict secrecy orders demanded by the laws are not constitutional. Judge Susan Illston, of U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, said the laws, which underlie a tool known as a "national security letter," violate the First Amendment and the separation of powers principles. In her order, Judge Illston ordered the government to stop issuing national security letters or enforcing their gag orders, although she said enforcement of her judgment...
  • Judge Orders Google To Comply With FBI's Secret NSL Demands

    05/31/2013 2:21:01 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 7 replies
    CNet.com ^ | May 31,2013 | Declan McCullagh
    A federal judge has ruled that Google must comply with the FBI's warrantless requests for confidential user data, despite the search company's arguments that the secret demands are illegal.
  • Justice Department Admits It Misled Court About FBI’s Secret Surveillance Program

    11/14/2014 7:23:42 AM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    National Journal Group ^ | November 13, 2014 | Dustin Volz
    The Justice Department acknowledged that it misled a federal Appeals Court during oral arguments last month in a case reviewing whether the government should be able to secretly conduct electronic surveillance of Americans without a warrant. In a newly unsealed letter, a Justice Department lawyer told the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit that it spoke erroneously when describing the disclosure restrictions placed upon the FBI's use of so-called national security letters. NSLs, as they are often referred, can compel companies to hand over communications data or financial records of certain users to authorities conducting a national security...
  • Sen. Rand Paul: Tomorrow I Will Stop the Illegal NSA Spying.

    05/30/2015 8:19:01 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 15 replies
    TIME magazine ^ | May 30, 2015 | Sen. Rand Paul
    Sunday, I will continue my fight to end the illegal collection of American phone records. The Second Appeals court has ruled the NSA’s bulk collection of phone records illegal. We should not be debating modifying an illegal program. We should simply end this illegal program. How will we defend ourselves if the Patriot Act expires? Well, perhaps we could just rely on the Constitution and demonstrate exactly how traditional judicial warrants can gather all the info we need—and how bulk collection really hasn’t worked. We have all the tools we need to preserve both security and liberty. What we now...
  • Greenwald: GOP Official Spied on by NSA Without Warrants

    07/09/2014 4:10:55 PM PDT · by detective · 16 replies
    The New American ^ | July 09, 2014 | Thomas R. Eddlem
    The NSA warrantless surveillance program nominally geared at spying on foreigners has also spied on innocent Americans without a warrant, including a Republican Party operative, a civil rights activist and several university professors. The revelations by investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald raise the possibility that NSA warrantless surveillance has been used for political — rather than security — purposes.