Last month, I had the privilege of participating in three different forums on the Snowden leaks and congressional considerations of reforming the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA): a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Continued Oversight of the Foreign Intelligence … Read more »
On September 20th, Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, proposed legislation that would amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to add public interest advocates to the FISA process. The proposed … Read more »
As we approach the twelfth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and the first anniversary of the terrorist attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, it seems like an appropriate time to highlight several passages from the … Read more »
With the release of yesterday’s declassified FISA documents, the debate over whether the FISA Court is an effective check on government surveillance activities is over. Or at least it should be.
Before providing some preliminary observations explaining this point, a … Read more »
Given Steve’s critiques of my Monday post, both here and here, I thought it worth briefly clarifying a few points.
First, Steve somehow draws the conclusion that I am not interested in the legality of surveillance activities. I … Read more »
President Obama was dead-on when he said the following in his August 9th press conference: “[P]robably what’s a fair criticism is my assumption that if we had checks and balances from the courts and Congress, that the traditional system of … Read more »
One thing that struck me about the run up to the recent nomination for FBI Director (and the earlier nomination process for Secretary of State): the lack of public dialogue about the challenges the bureau faces today, and the kind … Read more »
[Editor's Note: Carrie Cordero is a frequent Lawfare guest poster, a former Justice Department official, and currently Director of National Security Studies at Georgetown University Law Center]
As someone who previously practiced before the FISA Court, my first reaction … Read more »