When reading about Snowden, keep in mind the dedicated NSA employees who strive to uphold the rule of law and protect their country.
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Summaries of the NSA’s filings about data it accidentally deleted in violation of a preservation order.
The U.S. needs to start thinking about how to respond to domestic surveillance in other countries.
In this surveillance-heavy episode, Professors Chesney and Vladeck dig into a raft of news about foreign-intelligence collection authorities.
What Is the "Right" Number of Call Detail Records for 42 Targets under FISA's Business Records Authority?
ODNI's transparency report contains loads of interesting information. In this post, I'd like to draw attention to the statistics on use of the FISA Business Records authority, 50 USC 1861.
A handy FAQ-style overview of the easily-confused issues associated with the surveillance side of the controversy surrounding HPSCI Chair Devin Nunes.
A few days, ago, I wrote this post exploring a 1945 memo from TJAG Myron Cramer regarding various legal issues surrounding the program that evolved into Operation Shamrock (as well as various other, more-conventional, collection activities). At the time I didn't feel free to provide a PDF of the memo itself, since I'd gotten it through the (for-pay) ProQuest database.
Alan Z. Rozenshtein on Digital Communications and Data Storage Companies as "Surveillance Intermediaries"
Alan Z. Rozenshtein, a former contributor to Lawfare who now works at DOJ, has a new article forthcoming in Stanford Law Review, "Surveillance Intermediaries," analyzing the role of corporate actors such as Apple, Google, Facebook, and others, that dominate digital communications and data storage, situated between government and targets of surveillance.
Historical Context for Today's Surveillance Debates: The 1945 Legal Memo on What Became Operation Shamrock
Some 1940s history can help us better understand the Church Committee's exposure of Operation SHAMROCK and Operation MINARET—which in turn sheds light on today's surveillance controversies.
In an October motion, the ACLU argued that a First Amendment “right of access” mandates release of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court's opinions. Read on for a primer on the underlying legal theory.