Our little November NSA Trove-a-thon will shift gears now. Having covered judicial materials—court filings, opinions, and similar items regarding NSA’s bulk collection of telephony and internet metadata—we’ll move to congressional oversight of those same subjects.
So far as this post … Read more »
Your latest dispatch from the November NSA Trove: a trio of judicial opinions on internet metadata acquired, in bulk, by means of pen register and trap-and-trace (“PR/TT”) devices. (Recall that, in 2004, the FISC initially approved this, in an … Read more »
The government has filed its brief in Al Laithi v. Rumsfeld and Celikgogus v. Rumsfeld, a case involving the consolidated claims of former Guantanamo detainees against former government officials in their individual capacities. The detainees seek civil damages, alleging … Read more »
The Supreme Court today denied the Electronic Privacy Information Center’s request for mandamus review of telephony metadata collection under Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act. The denial order has neither dissent nor further explication.
Josh Gerstein’s article in Politico provides … Read more »
The CIA’s efforts to deny the ACLU’s FOIA requests for records about the Agency’s involvement in drone-based targeted killings continue apace in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The Agency filed a reply memorandum in favor of … Read more »
The latest cache of documents released by the DNI does not contain any explosive new revelations. Unlike previous releases, it does not show big problems under either Section 215 or Section 702 that produced FISC litigations over months to resolve. … Read more »
Having gained no purchase in federal district courts in countering NSA’s telephony metadata program, privacy activists are attempting a different strategy: taking the fight directly to the United States Supreme Court.
Back in July, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) … Read more »
Tomorrow at 9:30 a.m., D.C. Circuit Judges David S. Tatel and Thomas B. Griffith, and Senior Judge Stephen F. Williams will hear oral arguments in Aamer v. Obama, one of three consolidated appeals concerning the force-feeding of Guantanamo detainees.… Read more »
A little-noticed district court opinion has expanded—at least at the margins—the universe of national security materials subject to FOIA requests.
We missed this opinion when it came out back in August, and noticed it only when Steve Aftergood at Secrecy … Read more »
The story starts in May 2006, when the FISA Court granted the FBI’s application for telecommunications companies to turn over certain “tangible things” to the NSA under Section 215. The “tangible things,” in this case, consisted of the much-ballyhooed telephony … Read more »
President Obama has recently made the case for taking action in Syria in two very different arenas: yesterday, in a statement made prior to his meeting with Members of Congress; and today, in Stockholm, during a joint press conference with … Read more »
The document that will surely capture the lion’s share of the public’s attention—and rightly so—is the October 3, 2011 FISC opinion by Judge John D. Bates, then the presiding judge of the FISC. This 81-page opinion, along with its accompanying … Read more »