Tag Archives: FISA

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.

The controversial Numes Memo with progressive views by The Nation, The Intercept, Consortium News, AntiMedia and the Real News Network

“Discrediting law enforcement is the memo’s transparent purpose and why it has been embraced by President Trump,” argued a Washington Post editorial that condemned Ryan’s choice.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 Intelligence Court a Precursor to Tyranny

The justification for this secret court—as is usual in the development of 20th century secret police states—is national security. By William Pfaff  Jul 10, 2013  truthdig.com The current of awkward revelations concerning the clandestine or publicly misrepresented practices of the present and recent American administrations goes on. A long exposition in the New York Times and International Herald Tribune […]

‘Beyond Orwellian’: Outrage Follows Revelations of Vast Domestic Spying Program & Petition

FISA court order ‘broadest surveillance order ever issued’ against private citizens – Jon Queally, staff writer Published on Thursday, June 6, 2013 by Common Dreams  Update: (3:59 PM) As government officials and Verizon itself responded to the Guardian’s NSA domestic spying story throughout the day, concern over the program’s scope and implications only deepened among its army of critics. Responding to the […]