In Hearing on Defendant’s Access to FISA Records, Court Shockingly Holds Secret Session with Prosecutors

By: Wednesday June 4, 2014 7:13 pm

A federal appeals court in Chicago granted the government a secret one-party hearing in the middle of what was supposed to be an open hearing on whether a defendant in facing terrorism charges should have access to secret surveillance records. The defense and media were thrown out. The public had already been told before the [...]

Government Is Wrong to Impose Secrecy & Deny Defendants Access to ‘Foreign Surveillance Materials’

By: Friday May 9, 2014 5:29 pm

Two prominent civil liberties organizations filed a brief urging a federal district court judge to uphold a landmark decision granting a young Muslim accused of “attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction” access to government surveillance records. Adel Daoud was arrested outside a Chicago bar in an undercover FBI sting operation. His defense team [...]

Is the NSA Trying to Frighten Americans Into Dropping Lawsuits Against Dragnet Surveillance?

By: Tuesday May 6, 2014 4:44 pm

The National Security Agency appears to have devised a process to discourage lawsuits challenging NSA surveillance. NSA Signals Intelligence Directorate (SID) director Theresa M. Shea submitted a “top secret” declaration to the court in two lawsuits brought by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The declaration was in response to concerns that the NSA was about to [...]

Obama Administration, Despite Pledges, Still Resists Release of Secret Legal Opinions on Surveillance

By: Friday May 2, 2014 10:12 am

Over the past months, President Barack Obama’s administration, especially Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, have postured themselves as being committed to some newfound level of government transparency in the aftermath of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s disclosures. The administration has significantly sought to downplay the fact that the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) sued the government [...]

Podcast: Oakland Planned Federally-Funded Citywide Total Surveillance System—But Citizens Fought Back

By: Sunday March 16, 2014 10:28 am

While the National Security Agency should still be of concern to citizens when it comes to indiscriminate massive surveillance, there is another agency or department in the United States government that has far more potential to specifically intrude upon the lives of citizens. That department is the Department of Homeland Security, which offers federal funds [...]

In Lawsuit Against NSA Surveillance, Coalition Moves to Prevent Destruction of Evidence

By: Monday March 10, 2014 4:20 pm

Attorneys from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which represent twenty-two organizations in a lawsuit against the National Security Agency, have filed a motion to prevent the government from destroying any evidence related to the case. The evidence also apparently relates to other lawsuits against the NSA. The case was filed in July of last year. It [...]

Barrett Brown: The Criminalization of Web Links

By: Friday March 7, 2014 9:25 am

This– A LINK– could have sent me to jail. Another link came very, very close to sending Barrett Brown to jail. First, a quick recap of how the internet works. People from all over the world put stuff on the web (“posts”). In many cases you the viewer do not know who posted something, when [...]

Unnamed Officials Tell Wall Street Journal They May Keep More Data Because of NSA Lawsuits

By: Thursday February 20, 2014 8:47 am

Unnamed United States government officials have apparently told the Wall Street Journal that the National Security Agency might have to expand its “collection” of Americans’ phone records because people are suing the government to stop what they consider to be intrusive and unconstitutional surveillance. This idea being floated in a major national newspaper is the [...]

FISA Court: Vast Majority of Internet Communications Data NSA Collected Was Not Relevant to Counterterrorism

By: Tuesday November 19, 2013 12:06 pm

A batch of documents declassified as a result of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation have been released. They were posted by the Office of the Director for National Intelligence (ODNI), which disingenuously claimed the release was part of President Barack Obama’s directing the agency to be more transparent.

Government Efforts to Keep Use of Surveillance Secret from Drug Defendants Challenged

By: Wednesday October 16, 2013 11:00 am

It was reported a couple months ago that the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) had a secret unit, which was collecting information from informants, intercepts, wiretaps and a huge database of phone records and sending the information to authorities in the country for criminal investigations. However, law enforcement were given instructions on how to conceal [...]

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