Tag Archives: FISA court

The “Steele Dossier” on … Me: Why I won’t praise the FBI lie and spy machine by Greg Palast

Singer has slipped secret, poisoned dossiers to media outlets to destroy the reputations of elected officials from Argentina to the Congo — all to make another billion.

▶ James Bamford on the NSA • Henry A. Wallace National Security Forum

The NSA began in absolute secrecy and has remained that way most of it’s life. How does an institution like exist within the framework of an open society and is it a threat to the very values it claims to be protecting?

Patriot Act: Department of Justice Inspector General Report on FBI Section 215 Orders 2007-2009

Patriot Act: A Review of the FBI’s Use of Section 215 Orders: Assessment of Progress in Implementing Recommendations and Examination of Use in 2007 through 2009 Public Intelligence  May 31, 2015 DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION The following Inspector General report was released by the Department of Justice on May 21, 2015. A […]

Just Security: The Patriot Act’s Sunset is the Perfect Chance to Make the FISA Court More Like a Real Court

 The collection of Americans’ personal information by intelligence agencies is one of the most intrusive powers the executive branch can exercise. Such programs require a strong check in the form of robust judicial review. By Elizabeth Goitein, Faiza Patel  Just Security  CommonDreams.org  April 14, 2015 The collection of Americans’ personal information by intelligence agencies is one of […]

Truthdig: Why Twitter’s Lawsuit Could Make or Break Transparency

Twitter’s recent battle to be able to release a more specific transparency report isn’t just a PR move, Cardozo contends. “I think the six tech companies that sued in the FISA court last year and then rolled over and agreed to the Justice Department’s guidance—I think that was PR. Those companies—Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Apple—declared victory […]

The Intercept: Secret Surveillance Battle Between Yahoo and the U.S. Government Revealed

 In 2007, Yahoo fought back against the government’s demand for information on certain overseas customers, saying that the request was over-broad and violated the constitution. BY CORA CURRIER  The Intercept September 11, 2014 Update: The office of the Director of National Intelligence has released many of the declassified documents from the Yahoo litigation.  More than […]

What You Need to Know About the FISA Court—and How it Needs to Change

Should interpretation of the laws and Constitution of the United States take place in one-sided secretive courts, away from the public eye? A look at the history and procedures of the FISC make it clear: real reform is needed now.  BY NADIA KAYYALI   EFF.org   AUGUST 15, 2014 Should interpretation of the laws and Constitution of […]

Antony Loewenstein: The ultimate goal of the NSA is total population control

 At least 80% of all audio calls, not just metadata, are recorded and stored in the US, says whistleblower William Binney – that’s a ‘totalitarian mentality’. Antony Loewenstein  theguardian.com  Thursday 10 July 2014 William Binney testifies before a German inquiry into surveillance. Photograph: Getty Images William Binney is one of the highest-level whistleblowers to ever emerge from […]

Greenwald and Hussain: Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On

Indeed, the government’s ability to monitor such high-profile Muslim-Americans—with or without warrants—suggests that the most alarming and invasive aspects of the NSA’s surveillance occur not because the agency breaks the law, but because it is able to exploit the law’s permissive contours. NEWS By Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain  The Intercept  9 Jul 2014  12:01 AM The National […]

Citing “Intense Public Interest and Concern” Over Mass Surveillance, Judge Orders DOJ to Turn Over Secret Legal Opinions for Court to Review

A federal judge today ordered the Department of Justice to hand over key opinions by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (also known as the “FISA court”) so the judge can directly review whether information about mass surveillance was improperly withheld from the public. BY DAVE MAASS  EFF.org  June 13, 2014 Courtroom sketch by Susie Cagle. Click to enlarge. The order is […]

Glenn Greenwald: The Snowden Saga Begins, “I Have Been to the Darkest Corners of Government, and What They Fear Is Light”

Tomgram: Glenn Greenwald, How I Met Edward Snowden By Glenn Greenwald  Tom Dispatch.com  May 13, 2014 Read Tom Englehardt’s introduction here. [This essay is a shortened and adapted version of Chapter 1 of Glenn Greenwald’s new book, No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Security State, and appears at TomDispatch.com with the kind permission of […]

In the One-sided Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, It’s Hard to Get The Whole Story

In the FISC … this balanced system breaks down. This one-sided system allows for no accountability except in the rare circumstance where the affected parties can raise the issue with the court. Indeed, in most cases, the arguments and the decision are kept secret, and no one can second-guess the government.  BY NADIA KAYYALI AND KURT OPSAHL  April […]

Google, Yahoo, Microsoft reveal how many accounts are snooped by gov’t

A little more detail on government’s 0-999 info grabs from big tech companies. by Joe Mullin  arstechnica.com  Feb 3 2014 Tada! Several major tech companies finally pulled some NSA statistics from their collective hats.  Flickr user: Jenn and Tony Bot NSA LEAKS New Snowden docs show Canadian spies tracked thousands of travelers How to stop the […]

Spencer Ackerman: Fisa court documents reveal extent of NSA disregard for privacy restrictions

Incensed Fisa court judges questioned NSA’s truthfulness after repeated breaches of rules meant to protect Americans’ privacy Spencer Ackerman in New York  Tuesday 19 November 2013 13.42 EST  theguardian.com   Fisa court judge John Bates found that the NSA engaged in ‘systemic overcollection’. Photograph: Paul J Richards/AFP Newly declassified court documents indicate that the National Security Agency shared its […]

Secret Court Renews Controversial NSA Surveillance Program

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) extends the NSA’s authority to gather telephone data from millions of Americans Editor’s Note:  This star chamber court operates with impunity. It has no Congressional oversight. To see the members of the court, click the Read More at the end of the article. Posted on Jul 21, 2013   Truthdig.com   A top […]

Glenn Greenwald> This Week in Press Freedoms and Privacy Rights

The travesty calling itself “the Bradley Manning court-martial”, the kangaroo tribunal calling itself “the FISA court”, and the emptiness of what the Obama DOJ calls “your constitutional rights”. By Glenn Greenwald.  Published on Saturday, July 20, 2013 by the Guardian/UK. A military judge this week refused to dismiss the most serious charge against Bradley Manning. (Patrick Semansky/AP) I’m […]