Documents Reveal More Details on How US Intelligence Gets Around Regulations Against Spying on US Persons

By: Monday September 29, 2014 2:03 pm

The American Civil Liberties Union posted a trove of documents obtained in their Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for information about an executive order President Ronald Reagan signed, which gives the government broad authority to engage in surveillance of international communications, including the communications of numerous Americans. One key “exemption” gives intelligence agencies the ability [...]

Court: Judge ‘Disobeyed’ Statute, Defendant Shouldn’t Have Access to Secret Surveillance Records

By: Monday June 16, 2014 5:20 pm

A federal appeals court has overturned a first-of-its-kind ruling by a district court, which had granted a defendant access to secret surveillance records in his case. The court found the district court judge had “disobeyed” a statute and inappropriately decided to disclose materials to defense counsel. Adel Daoud, a young Muslim who was targeted and [...]

In Terrorism Case, Defense Challenges Being Barred from Secret Session on Access to Surveillance Records

By: Monday June 9, 2014 1:16 pm

The defense for a young Muslim who was arrested outside a Chicago bar in an undercover FBI sting operation and charged with trying to blow up the bar has submitted a motion objecting to a secret session that was held in court over access to secret surveillance records. Defense attorneys were barred from being present. [...]

Fear in Terrorism Case in Chicago Leads to Court Not Recording Oral Argument; Court Orders Do-Over

By: Saturday June 7, 2014 10:28 am

A federal appeals court in Chicago ordered a redo of an oral argument in a case where the government filed an appeal against a defendant’s access to secret surveillance records. Adel Daoud, a young Muslim who was arrested outside a Chicago bar in an undercover FBI sting operation, is charged with “attempting to use a [...]

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 [...]

In Possible FBI Entrapment Case, Lawyers Urge Judge to Uphold Decision Granting Unprecedented Access to Surveillance Data

By: Tuesday May 6, 2014 11:07 am

Defense attorneys representing a young Muslim who was arrested in an undercover FBI sting operation and accused of plotting a terrorist attack have urged a federal district court judge to uphold a landmark decision granting access to government surveillance records. For over thirty-five years, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) has been law, supposedly making [...]

Defense Argues Warrantless Surveillance Requires Court to Grant New Trial for Mohamed Mohamud

By: Monday April 7, 2014 4:16 pm

The defense for a a young Somali-American man, who was convicted of trying to bomb a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon, after being targeted and arrested in an FBI sting operation, has requested that a court vacate his conviction, suppress evidence, dismiss the indictment in his case or grant a new trial. The [...]

In Terrorism Case, Government Fights Potential ‘Sea Change in FISA Litigation’

By: Tuesday April 1, 2014 5:12 pm

Courts had been asked by defendants to disclose details related to United States government applications for surveillance, which were authorized by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, many times before. The judge had ruled on the legality of the surveillance without ordering the disclosure of classified information to a defendant. However, in January, in a federal [...]

Obama NSA Speech: Pretty Words, No Real Change

By: Saturday January 18, 2014 11:06 am

Bottom Line Up Front: The details of Obama’s most recent speech about “changes” to the NSA’s surveillance practices reveal that sadly little of substance will change. A few cosmetic touchups, some nice words, issues tossed into the pit of Congress to fade away in partisan rancor, and high hopes that the issue will slip away [...]

Surveillance State Unchecked: Secret Spy Court Rejected Zero Requests in 2012

By: Thursday May 2, 2013 7:08 pm

An annual report to the United States Senate by the Justice Department shows the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court did not deny one single request made to the court by federal law enforcement. All applications to conduct electronic surveillance or “physical searches for foreign intelligence purposes” were granted. The report, signed off on by Principal Deputy [...]

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