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Secret terrorism court orders declassification of its own rulings

The Edward Snowden leaks may have helped the ACLU win a victory in America’s most secretive courtroom Friday. Court cases before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court — the court that reviews requests by the NSA to wiretap suspected terrorists’ communications — are generally classified. But Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV…

NSA spied on Americans until a judge ruled it illegal in 2011

The National Security Agency spied on electronic communications between Americans in a program that was later scrapped after a judge ruled it illegal in 2011, US officials said Wednesday. A senior official who spoke on condition of anonymity told reporters that the surveillance collection was “a result of a technological…

U.S. to declassify documents on NSA spy programs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. spy agencies plan to release newly declassified documents as early as this week about the National Security Agency surveillance programs revealed by former contractor Edward Snowden, and also material related to a secret intelligence court, a U.S. intelligence official said on Tuesday. The declassified documents were…

Six ways Congress may reform NSA snooping

Although the House defeated a measure that would have defunded the bulk phone metadata collection program, the narrow 205-217 vote showed that there is significant support in Congress to reform NSA surveillance programs. Here are six other legislative proposals on the table. 1) Raise the standard for what records are…

FISA court may reveal spying justification given to Yahoo

The federal government must determine what it can release publicly about the justification it gave to search company Yahoo in 2008 for the government’s broad wiretapping efforts, a judge on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) ruled on Monday (PDF). Judge Reggie B. Walton gave the government until July 29…

Supreme Court asked to suspend NSA and FBI’s blanket collection of phone data

The US supreme court will be asked to suspend the blanket collection of US telephone records by the FBI under an emergency petition due to be filed on Monday by civil rights campaigners at the Electronic Privacy Information Center (Epic). This new legal challenge to the power of government agencies…

Privacy group to file Supreme Court petition against NSA surveillance program

The Domestic Surveillance Project division of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) announced Thursday that it plans to file a petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to vacate the Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Court (FISC) ruling which authorized the National Security Agency (NSA) to collect metadata on domestic phone calls. According…

FBI’s Patriot Act records requests skyrocket 1,000% under Obama: report

The FBI’s use of a controversial Patriot Act provision to demand business records has skyrocketed more than 1,000 percent under President Barack Obama versus his Republican predecessor George W. Bush, according to a report by NBC News. The so-called business records provision of the Patriot Act, titled Section 215, is…

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