At 2pm today, the Senate Judiciary Committee is will hold an oversight hearing on U.S. government surveillance authorities. Catch the live webcast at their website, or on C-SPAN 3.
Here are the witnesses:
Panel I (Joint Testimony)
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Jose Aleman, Editor-in-Chief of the Stanford Journal of International Law, writes in with this seemingly quite Lawfare-relevant announcement:
As the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 Commission Report approaches, the recurring dispute over the boundaries of the post-9/11 national security
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That’s the gist of tonight’s report, from Politico’s Josh Gerstein:
President Barack Obama said Thursday that he’ll be reining in some of the snooping conducted by the National Security Agency, but he did not detail what new limits he
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As we’ve noted, amendments spanning several issues, including cybersecurity, and anti-terrorism laws, have been put forth as add-ons to the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act. And there are several proposals aiming to undo the Senate Armed Services Committee’s … Read more »
Ohio State law professor Peter Shane writes in with the following thoughts on recent revelations about the FISA Court:
Edward Snowden’s leaks and the ODNI’s subsequent declassification program have shed unprecedented light on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC). Anyone
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The November NSA cache declassified by Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper last week includes two United States Signals Intelligence Directive (USSID) documents. The more important of the pair, USSID SP0018, dated January 25, 2011, is a 52-page … Read more »
This past Friday, District Court Judge William H. Pauley III, of the Southern District of New York, heard oral argument in the American Civil Liberties Union’s (“ACLU”) challenge to the government’s bulk telephony metadata collection program under Section 215 of … Read more »
The next items in our November NSA Trove, like those summarized in a prior post, focus on congressional oversight. The three pieces span a little more than a year, from 2009 to 2010. And all three were penned … Read more »
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.
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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 »
Next in the November NSA Trove: the filling in of some additional detail, and in five different FISC-related documents, regarding the collection and handling, by the NSA, of telephony metadata on a mass scale.
In the first, a July 17, … Read more »
The NSA had come knocking. It sought judicial permission to obtain, by means of pen registers and trap and trace devices, vast swaths of internet metadata within the United States. That request’s staggering scope wasn’t at all lost on the … Read more »
The latest tranche of declassified NSA materials is pretty big. But not all of the materials rank equally, significance-wise; at the same time, many of the documents—though undeniably important—are historical in nature. The internet metadata program at issue in Judge … Read more »
I have previously vented a bit of spleen at Rep. James Sensenbrenner—the former House Judiciary Committee chairman who helped write the Patriot Act—for his CYA behavior with respect to bulk metadata collection conducted under Section 215 of that law. But … Read more »
Yesterday afternoon, the DNI declassified an 87-page FISC opinion authored by Judge Kollar-Kotelly that had allowed a bulk Internet metadata collection under FISA’s version of the Pen Register statute, 50 U.S.C. 1842. In plain English, the government published a … Read more »
This latest set of declassified documents is related to programs authorized by Sections 501 and 702 of FISA. The materials include, writes DNI James Clapper on the Tumblr:
20 orders and opinions of the Foreign Surveillance Court, 11 pleadings and
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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 »
Good discussion between Sen. Leahy and the Wall Street Journal’s Siobhan Gorman and Politico’s Josh Gerstein. Worth watching.
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So reports Sari Horwitz at the Washington Post, who learned of this effort in an interview with Attorney General Eric Holder.
In Clapper v. Amnesty International, the 2013 challenge to Section 702 surveillance programs, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli … Read more »
Paul already linked to his and DNI General Counsel Bob Litt’s testimony (which also represented J. Bradford Wiegmann of the DOJ’s National Security Division) at today’s hearing on the “Surveillance Transparency Act of 2013.” The other witnesses were:… Read more »