FISA Court Judges Signing Off On NSA Surveillance Programs Invest In Verizon Stock

By: Monday July 28, 2014 9:43 am

The secretive court that rules on the legality of NSA domestic surveillance programs has members holding stakes in the telecommunications companies affected by the court’s decisions. This conflict of interest poses a serious risk to the actual and perceived impartiality of the shadowy court. According to Vice, FISA Court Judges James Zagel, Susan Wright, and [...]

NSA Gave 2-3 ‘Daily Tips’ To The FBI For 3 Years

By: Tuesday January 21, 2014 8:30 am

So about that whole not spying on Americans thing, it seems the NSA has been having quite an exchange with domestic law enforcement. According to recently declassified FISA documents the NSA has been tipping off the FBI at least two to three times per day going back at least to 2006. The legal rationale for [...]

Documents Show NSA Violated Court Orders

By: Thursday August 1, 2013 6:29 am

One of the key deflections over the ethical questions related to domestic spying by the government is that “it’s legal.” Stated ad nauseum, this defense was supposed to reduce violations of Fourth Amendment protected privacy to technical misunderstandings. However, it turns out the NSA did, in fact, go beyond technical limits by violating court orders. [...]

NSA and FISA Court Documents To Be Selectively Declassified To Win Back Public Support

By: Wednesday July 31, 2013 5:57 am

Call it the Snowden Effect. The NSA and FISA Court plan to selectively release documents to try to win back some support for the questionable domestic spying activities of the U.S. government. The move comes after Director of National Intelligence James Clapper lied to Congress. U.S. spy agencies plan to release newly declassified documents as early [...]

Secret Laws Govern NSA

By: Monday July 8, 2013 5:40 am

Nothing exemplifies an open society like secret laws. According to a report by the New York Times, an entire new body of law has been created, in secret, to govern the NSA’s operations. The FISA court, under dubious pretexts, has rewritten the Fourth Amendment. In more than a dozen classified rulings, the nation’s surveillance court [...]

Bill To Open Up FISA Court Rulings Proposed

By: Tuesday June 11, 2013 7:35 am

A new bill set to be introduced by Senator Jeff Merkley would bring some transparency to the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) Court. The bill would force the government to reveal how it interprets National Security laws. A bipartisan group of eight senators are introducing a bill Tuesday that would force the government to reveal [...]

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