FISA Court Order Revives NSA Bulk Metadata Collection

By Cody M. Poplin
Tuesday, June 30, 2015, 12:58 PM

Dustin Volz of the National Journal brings us the news that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has "revived the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' phone records" for an additional five months, as allowed under the USA Freedom Act passed earlier this month.

The order, written by Judge Michael W. Mosman, begins

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose," well at least for 180 days. This application presents the question whether the recently-enacted USA FREEDOM Act, in amending Title V of FISA, ended the bulk collection of telephone metadata. The short answer is yes. But in doing so, Congress deliberately carved out a 180-day period following the date of enactment in which such collection was specifically authorized. For this reason, the Court approves the application in this case.

You can read the order in full below.