Criminal Law: Procedural

United States v. Daoud: Court Orders Disclosure of FISA Documents to Cleared Defense Counsel

By Wells Bennett
Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 3:21 PM

That's the gist of  today's ruling in this terrorism case, which is now pending in the Northern District of Illinois.  The order opens as follows:

Defendant Adel Daoud is charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2332a(a)(2)(D) and attempting to destroy a building by means of explosive in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 844(i). Daoud filed a motion for disclosure of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (“FISA”) related material and to suppress the fruits or derivatives of electronic surveillance and any other means of collection conducted pursuant to FISA or other foreign intelligence gathering[51]. This Court heard oral argument on this, and other motions, on 1/3/2014. For the reasons discussed below, the motion is granted in part and denied in part.
The order then concludes:
In sum, this Court grants disclosure to cleared defense counsel of the FISA application materials and such disclosure will be made under an appropriate protective order. By this Order,  this Court does not express any opinion with respect to the constitutionality of FISA or its procedures. Nor has this Court lost sight of the potential Classified Information Procedures Act (“CIPA”) issues that may be implicated by this disclosure, and resolution of those issues may result in the redaction of certain portions of the material. Lastly, this Court denies Daoud’s request to suppress all fruits of FISA surveillance without prejudice. Counsel for Daoud must present to the Court documentation of current valid security clearances at or before the next status hearing on February 6, 2014.