FISA

How the Phone Dragnet Slipped Through Cracks in Oversight

How the Phone Dragnet Slipped Through Cracks in Oversight

By Brett Max Kaufman, Legal Fellow, ACLU National Security Project at 4:34pm
Last week, the Privacy & Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) issued a scathing report about the government's use of Section 215 of the Patriot Act to collect the phone records of every American for the last seven years. While much attention has rightly been paid to the Board's ultimate recommendation that the government end this bulk-collection program, the report also gives a comprehensive factual account of how the program began.
Warrantless Wiretapping Program Expires in Three Weeks: What Will the Senate Do?

Warrantless Wiretapping Program Expires in Three Weeks: What Will the Senate Do?

By Michelle Richardson, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:39am

As we've told you many times, we believe the FISA Amendments Act is unconstitutional and have taken it to the Supreme Court . There’s not a vote in sight in the Senate. Frankly, that’s not a bad thing. We won't be disappointed if it…

Broad Range of Organizations Support ACLU Challenge to Warrantless Wiretapping at Supreme Court

Broad Range of Organizations Support ACLU Challenge to Warrantless Wiretapping at Supreme Court

By Sameera Rahman, ACLU National Security Project at 12:44pm

This week, a wide range of organizations filed friend-of-the-court briefs in support of the ACLU’s clients in our warrantless wiretapping challenge.

VIDEO: Surveillance, Secrecy, and Government Accountability

VIDEO: Surveillance, Secrecy, and Government Accountability

By Amanda Corlett, ACLU at 5:31pm
Last month, ACLU Deputy Legal Director Jameel Jaffer participated in a panel convened by Open Society Foundations in New York City entitled National Security Secrecy and Surveillance: Defending the Public’s Right to Know.    The conversation,…
A Brewing Battle Over Warrantless Wiretapping

A Brewing Battle Over Warrantless Wiretapping

By Jameel Jaffer, ACLU Deputy Legal Director and Director of ACLU Center for Democracy at 1:14pm

It's almost certain that we'll have a hard-fought battle over domestic surveillance this year, both in the courts and in Congress.

TOMORROW: NSA to Release FISA Court Opinions to ACLU

TOMORROW: NSA to Release FISA Court Opinions to ACLU

By Alex Abdo, Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project at 10:07am

Last week, an impressive array of individuals and organizations filed briefs in support of the ACLU's challenge to the massive surveillance program under which the NSA keeps a record of every phone call made or received in the United States. You can…

Is the Spying Comey Approved More Important Than the Spying He Opposed?

Is the Spying Comey Approved More Important Than the Spying He Opposed?

By Michael German, Senior Policy Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:05pm

What's worse than waterboarding and letting the government wiretap Americans without warrants? It's not a riddle; it is a question we need James Comey to answer, particularly if President Obama nominates him to lead the FBI for the next 10 years.

You…

Nation’s Top Spies Still Mum on How Many Americans They’ve Surveilled

Nation’s Top Spies Still Mum on How Many Americans They’ve Surveilled

By Robyn Greene, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:29pm

Last month I wrote about how Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) has been rebuffed in his multi-year effort to get answers to very basic questions about how the government uses the sweeping authorities granted under the FISA Amendments Act (FISA).

Wyden…

Who’s a Radical Now?

Who’s a Radical Now?

By Michael German, Senior Policy Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:10am

The Bipartisan Policy Center published a report last week called, “Countering Online Radicalization in America,” which strongly endorsed First Amendment principles in rejecting censorship as an appropriate tactic for addressing violent…

Third Time’s Not the Charm When Asking about Warrantless Wiretapping

Third Time’s Not the Charm When Asking about Warrantless Wiretapping

By Robyn Greene, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:35pm

How many different ways does Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) have to ask the government the number of Americans it has spied on under its warrantless wiretapping program before he can get a straight answer?  So far, it’s at least three and counting.

Wyden’s…

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