A federal judge who already ruled once against the administration of President Barack Obama and the National Security Agency in a lawsuit over the spy agency’s phone record collection program is set to make another decision about the case on Thursday. The lawsuit, brought by activist Larry Klayman in 2013, challenges the constitutionality of the […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 7, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Larry Klayman, the founder of Judicial Watch and now Freedom Watch announced today that the federal court in Washington DC will hold a hearing at 2:00 P.M. on October 8, 2015, on a motion for a preliminary injunction in the landmark case that resulted previously in a preliminary injunction […]

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By Emily Field Law360, New York (October 6, 2015, 3:18 PM ET) — An activist suing the government over the bulk collection of telephone data once again asked a D.C. federal court for a preliminary injunction on Monday to stop the National Security Agency from collecting the data, saying that adding new plaintiffs who are […]

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SC Magazine FISC appoints first outside adviserSC MagazineThe Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) appointed criminal defense attorney Preston Burton as the first of five outside advisers to the secret court, according to a Sept. 24 filing. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC … Original Source: Click Here to Continue Reading…

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Ars Technica America's most secretive court invites its first outsiderArs Technica… the court,” Gary Hart, a former Colorado senator who sat on the Church Committee, told Ars in 2013, just weeks after the Snowden leaks. That select senatorial committee was created in the 1970s, and its recommendations paved the way for FISA and FISC.and more […]

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The Intercept Secret Surveillance Court Picks First Outsider To Get a Look InThe InterceptThe shadowy Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has appointed its first “friend of the court” to add an outsider's perspective to the highly secretive process of approving surveillance requests from the government. Preston Burton, a criminal … Original Source: Click Here to Continue […]

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ZDNet Apple, in refusing backdoor access to data, may face finesZDNetBy sheer coincidence, it was exactly a year ago on September 11, 2014 that Yahoo was able — for the first time — to shed light on its secret FISA Court battle with the US government almost a decade earlier. The Bush administration was pushing […]

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Spy Court Fast FactsGant DailySeptember 9, 2002 – The Court of Review meets for the first time in its history. The judges hear arguments from Solicitor General Theodore Olson that the USA Patriot Act of 2001 has expanded the scope of FISA and allows for greater cooperation between …and more » Original Source: Click Here […]

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“The more things change, the more everything is just Smith v. Maryland (1979).” Or so the FISA Court notes in its latest order authorizing the continued collection of bulk phone records under… well, not Section 215, which expired, but under a “non-hyper-literal evil genie” reading of the contradictory forces temporarily in play thanks to the […]

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The FISA Court has released its opinion on the interim Section 215 collection activities. The government argued that it was owed six months of uninterrupted, plain vanilla Patriot Act collections, as provided for in the USA Freedom Act. While the new law significantly alters the NSA’s collection methods, it was given 180 days to transition […]

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This week, of course, the US government passed the USA Freedom Act, a modest step towards reform. As we’ve noted, it doesn’t even touch on two of the more concerning surveillance authorities: Executive Order 12333 and Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act, which includes the infamous “warrantless wiretapping” programs that allow the NSA to […]

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Since the Snowden leaks began, there have been several efforts made — legislative and administrative — in response to the exposure of the NSA’s domestic surveillance programs. Some have been real fixes. Some have been fake fixes. Others have targeted the thing the NSA desires even more than seemingly limitless access to data from all […]

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