FISA

ACLU Asks Supreme Court to Reject Government's Effort to Block Judicial Review of Surveillance Law

ACLU Asks Supreme Court to Reject Government's Effort to Block Judicial Review of Surveillance Law

By Jameel Jaffer, ACLU Deputy Legal Director and Director of ACLU Center for Democracy at 1:15pm
In 2008, Congress enacted a statute that authorized the National Security Agency to carry out dragnet surveillance of Americans' international communications. Almost four years later, the statute — called the FISA Amendments Act — has yet to be reviewed by the courts, and, if the Obama administration has its way, the courts are unlikely ever to review it. In February, the administration asked the Supreme Court to overturn a court of appeals decision that would allow an ACLU challenge to the statute to go forward. Today we filed our brief in opposition, which asks the Supreme Court to let the appeals court's decision stand.
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.

ACLU Lens: Court Rules Challenge to Warrantless Wiretapping Law Can Proceed

By Ateqah Khaki at 3:21pm

In a very significant development, yesterday a federal appeals court ruled that our lawsuit challenging warrantless wiretapping can proceed. The law that we’re challenging, the FISA Amendments Act (FAA) of 2008, is the most far-reaching…

Don't Let Phone Companies Off the Hook: Demanding Accountability for Warrantless Wiretapping

Don't Let Phone Companies Off the Hook: Demanding Accountability for Warrantless Wiretapping

By Barbara Flynn Currie, Illinois House of Representatives, Majority Leader at 2:08pm

As we near the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, we can expect to see a number of retrospective pieces in print and broadcast offering commentary on changes to America in the decade since that shocking day.

The Surveillance Memos, and a Suggestion for Jack Goldsmith

By Jameel Jaffer, ACLU Deputy Legal Director and Director of ACLU Center for Democracy at 1:55pm

As I noted in a previous post, the two Bush administration surveillance memos we obtained last Friday are very heavily redacted. They’re interesting nonetheless.

The first memo, written by Office of Legal Counsel lawyer John Yoo…

Is Retroactive Telecom Immunity Unconstitutional?

By Glenn Greenwald at 11:46am

When Congress enacted and the President signed into law the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, some of the nation's largest telecommunications companies were given an extraordinary gift: full-scale immunity from the pending lawsuits brought by their customers,…

T.G.I. FISC

By Jenny Egan at 5:00pm

Okay so you may know that we sued the government last week (you know it never really gets old, suing the government) when President Bush signed the FISA Amendments Act into law. This was not a "compromise bill" or a "modernization" bill, which is how…

President Bush, in the Rose Garden, with the Constitution and Some White-Out, at 1:15

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 11:27am

President Bush will sign into law the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, at 1:15 this afternoon in the Rose Garden.

Immediately after he signs, we're suing. Our argument is simple: This bill is a clear violation of the Fourth Amendment. You know,…

FISA Vote, or How I Lost Complete Faith in Our Legislative Branch

By Amanda Simon at 12:14pm

Today's the day, folks. Start dialing your international calls now while you still have some assurance of privacy.

Reid came on the floor and set up the rules. Debate will continue then votes on the amendments — Dodd, then Specter,…

FISA Debate: The Senate Has Nearly Sucked Out My Soul.

By Amanda Simon at 7:47pm

It’s been a long day so here’s a quick highlight reel from the last few hours: Senator Specter introduced his immunity amendment. Senator Whitehouse spoke against immunity and described the whole situation as the Bush Administration’s “self-inflicted…

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