There’s been a fair amount of buzz over the past few days centered around the idea of a statutory “drone court”–a tribunal modeled after the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) that would (presumably) provide at least some modicum of due … Read more »
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed its opening brief in its appeal of the District Court of the District of Columbia’s granting of a motion for summary judgment for the Central Intelligence Agency. The case stems from a FOIA … Read more »
Josh Gerstein at the Politico is reporting:
The Obama administration is invoking the state secrets privilege to seek dismissal of part of a lawsuit brought by Muslims who claim that the FBI conducted sweeping unconstitutional surveillance of Southern California
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[Update: Readers should also check out John Radsan's just-published paper on CIPA reform, in Cardozo Law Review, here. Further update: the server hosting that paper is down until the afternoon of Dec. 29th, FYI].
Senator Cardin has introduced a … Read more »
On Thursday, the White House issued a new executive order to establish a uniform policy for government treatment of “controlled unclassified information” (CUI). The order defines CUI as “information that requires safeguarding or dissemination controls pursuant to and consistent with … Read more »
Steve Aftergood has the link, and very useful commentary, here.
Two important points highlighted by Steve:
(i) The FISC remains obligated under its own Rule 3 to comply with EO 13526, which among other things prohibits disclosures of … Read more »
Further to my earlier post on the FY2010 Intelligence Authorization Act, the full text of the bill and the precise details of the compromise among the White House, Senate, and House can be found here (FAS has posted an excerpt … Read more »
Jack has already posted the government’s brief in opposition to the ACLU’s and CCR’s request for a preliminary injunction and in support of its motion to dismiss. The government, however, filed some other interesting documents along with this lengthy brief. … Read more »