Supreme Court Asked to Determine if Terrorism Suspect Targeted by FBI Should Have Access to Surveillance Records

By: Wednesday January 7, 2015 4:00 pm

Lawyers for a man who was targeted by an FBI sting operation and charged with terrorism offenses have asked the United States Supreme Court to review their case to determine if an appeals court erred in denying access to material the government collected under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Adel Daoud is charged with [...]


Secret NSA Exceptions Allow ‘Inadvertently’ Collected US Information to Be Retained for 5 Years

By: Thursday June 20, 2013 3:31 pm

Policies approved by a United States secret surveillance court allows the National Security Agency to retain information on US persons that is “inadvertently” collected. And, according to documents posted by The Guardian, the information can be collected and retained without a warrant.

The documents presumably come from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, but, for whatever reason, he is not mentioned in the story by Glenn Greenwald and James Ball at all.

AP’s Coverage of Warrantless Surveillance Law Reauthorization Toes the Government Line

By: Saturday December 29, 2012 1:15 pm

As rare as it is for the Senate to have anything resembling a debate on a civil liberties issue such as privacy and government surveillance, there was a minimal amount of coverage in the establishment press of the reauthorization of the FISA Amendments Act (FAA). The law, which allows warrantless surveillance, was reauthorized for five more years on December 28.

Minimal coverage of a topic often means that a wire service’s report becomes one of the more widely circulated accounts of what transpired.

Senate Reauthorizes Surveillance Law for Five More Years Without Reform

By: Friday December 28, 2012 9:51 am

The United States Senate reauthorized a surveillance law that grants the government expanded authority to collec communications of foreign persons outside the US. It also is believed to permit the government to engage in dragnet surveillance of Americans’ communications. The program under the FISA Amendments Act is shrouded in immense secrecy, with there being very little information on whether safeguards against eavesdropping on citizens’ communications are being followed by intelligence agencies like the National Security Agency.

A Few Senators Take a Stand for Civil Liberties Ahead of Surveillance Law Reauthorization

By: Thursday December 27, 2012 5:38 pm

A surveillance law that granted the government expanded authority to collect the communications of foreign persons outside the United States four years ago is set to expire in four days unless reauthorized. On Thursday, senators concerned about how the law has been interpreted in secret and how these secret interpretations permit the collection or interception of Americans’ communications put forward amendments to the reauthorization and were permitted to engage in what passes for debate in Congress these days.

Despite Hurricane Sandy, Supreme Court Hears Argument Over Whether NSA Warrantless Wiretapping Can Be Legally Challenged

By: Monday October 29, 2012 11:50 am

The United States Supreme Court heard a legal challenge being brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) against the FISA Amendments Act (FAA) of 2008 today.

Court Ruling Brings End to Lawsuit Against Bush Warrantless Wiretapping

By: Tuesday August 7, 2012 5:58 pm

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against an Islamic charity that claimed it was the target of warrantless wiretapping by the National Security Agency when the Bush administration was in power. The ruling overturned the awarding of damages and attorneys’ fees to the charity, and found the government is immune to claims of warrantless wiretapping.

Warrantless Wiretapping Law Hearing Highlights Surveillance State Secrecy

By: Thursday May 31, 2012 1:12 pm

A House Judiciary subcommittee held an oversight hearing today on the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 (FAA). The hearing was convened to examine the law before it is reauthorized this year. There was little dispute that it should be reauthorized. The debate that occurred among congresspeople was instead focused on what reforms would be reasonable if Congress were to even consider adjusting the law before reauthorizing it.

NSA Whistleblower: Justice Department Covers Up Crimes of Obama, Bush Administrations

By: Tuesday May 8, 2012 11:15 am

In a recent segment from Current TV‘s show “Viewpoint,” host Eliot Spitzer interviewed three National Security Agency whistleblowers: William Binney, a former technical director; Kirk Wiebe, former senior analyst; and Thomas Drake, a former senior official. Each man talked about what he saw the NSA do when they were employees. Each of these whistleblowers directly explained [...]

Obama Administration Moves to Have Supreme Court Throw Out FISA Amendments Act Challenge

By: Saturday February 18, 2012 5:00 pm

The Obama Administration wants the Supreme Court to dismiss an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) challenge to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Amendments Act, an act passed in 2008 that ACLU attorneys contend “allows dragnet surveillance of Americans’ international communications with none of the safeguards that the Constitution requires.” It filed a petition to the Court asking for an appeals court ruling that permits the ACLU to challenge the law to be overturned.

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