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Posts Tagged ‘FISA’

Download Actual FISA Order for Call Metadata

Click here to download the actual order from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to produce daily “all call detail records or ‘telephony metadata’ created by [redacted] for communications (i) between the United States and abroad; or (ii) wholly within the United States, including local telephone calls,” pursuant to Section 1861 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance […]

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Jul 31st, 2013 FISA

National Security Investigations & Prosecutions, 2nd ed.

Great news! David Kris and Douglas Wilson have updated National Security Investigations & Prosecutions for a second edition.  Thomson Reuters has it for sale at this link.  It shows a 2012 copyright, so maybe it has been out for a while and I missed it.  Hat tip to Lawfare Blog for reviewing it and brining […]

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Apr 11th, 2013 investigations

Supreme Court Issues Decision in Clapper v. Amnesty Int’l: Plaintiffs Lack Standing

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court (USSC) issued a decision in the much talked about case Clapper v. Amnesty International. As you may recall, the respondents in this case (petitioners below)—attorneys and human rights, labor, legal, and media organizations—challenged the constitutionality of §1881(a) of the 2008 FISA Amendments Act. Two such respondents included Scott McKay, […]


Pres. Obama Signs FISA Extension — AP

Although the White House “Signed Legislation” page is not reporting it and CNN is not reporting it, as of 22:17 on 12/30/12, the Associated Press is reporting that President Obama has signed the legislation extending those few provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveilance Act that were scheduled to sunset tomorrow.  It was a foregone conslusion […]

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CRS Report: Government Challenges Standing in FISA Suit

A CRS Report released Wednesday stated that the constitutionality of Title VII of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) is being challenged. FISA provides procedural guidance for physical and electronic surveillance and collection of foreign intelligence information. As discussed in the CRS Report, in 2008 Congress added Title VII to the Act, creating new and […]

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Sep 14th, 2012 Current Affairs, Inteligence

Trooper testifies about FISA search of home – AP

According to an October 28, 2011 article by the Associated Press, the government called Massachusetts State Trooper Thomas Sarrouf as its first witness in its case against Tarek Mehanna. Trooper Sarrouf testified that during a 2006 court-authorized search of Mehanna's home, authorities recovered video tapes showing "jihadist scenes, combat scenes," from around the world. Among […]

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2 Senators Accuse Justice Dept. of Twisting Patriot Act –

In a May 26, 2011 article entitled, 2 Senators Accuse Justice Dept. of Twisting Patriot Act, the New York Times reports that a bill passed 72 to 23 in the Senate and 250 to 153 in the House to extend three authorities for the conduct of intelligence investigations that were set to expire at midnight […]

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Benjamin Wittes on Patrick Reynolds’ “Protecting Civil Liberties in a Cyber Age”

Wittes' post on Lawfare blog entitled "I'm from the NSA, and We Don't Get Out Much," offers summary and comment on Patrick Reynolds' speech at the DUke Conference entitled "Protecting Civil Liberties in a Cyber Age." Reynolds, a deputy general counsel at the NSA, provided a brief overview on the panel of the development of […]

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NYT: FBI Data Show Thousands Are Assessed for Terror Links Under Relaxed Rules

The New York Times reports  that FBI data indicates that thousands of people have been assessed for criminal or terror links under relaxed FBI rules for domestic intelligence gathering. The report reveals that between December 2008 and March 2009, the FBI began 11,667 ‘assessments’ of people and groups, completing 8,605 of them and launching more […]

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U.S. Appeals Court Reinstates Wiretap Lawsuit

A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit spearheaded by the ACLU that challenges amendments to FISA which give the government power to wiretap non-U.S. citizens overseas with less judicial oversight. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reinstated a 2008 suit on Monday, although the court has not yet weighed in on […]

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