FISA

The attorney general pushed back after Trump called his actions "DISGRACEFUL!"
Serious shade from the former secretary of state and Georgetown professor.
Rep. Adam Schiff called on the House Intelligence chairman to withdraw the document he sent to the president for public release.
Their current concern doesn't square with their past votes on surveillance.
Lawmakers just rejected a surveillance amendment that was passed two years in a row.
"There's not a shred of evidence that anybody's civil liberties have been violated by it. Not a shred," the former Florida
The Electronic Frontier Foundation thinks Verizon could be violating a federal law requiring phone companies to keep customer data confidential. My take on all of this is that if nothing else, it's a clear violation of our personal rights.
"I personally think we have an intrusion of national security of the administration and others to the private affairs of
Virtually no foreign government is off-limits for the National Security Agency, which has been authorized to intercept information
What if I told you that the most pertinent social science subject -- one that affects every single one of us every single day -- is taught to only a select few? That would be absurd, right? Well, unfortunately this is no fiction. It is the state of legal knowledge in America, and it is profoundly troubling.
Unfortunately, with so much of the public attention focused on the NSA's misdeeds, there is a tendency to forget that the NSA is merely one of a growing number of clandestine intelligence agencies tasked with spying on the American people.
Ever since Edward Snowden began leaking classified documents about NSA surveillance, Google and other tech companies have wanted to reveal the extent of NSA's access -- pursuant to orders of the secret FISA Court -- to their customers' accounts.
Our state of affairs goes against a pinnacle of American justice, equality before law, facilitating everything from war crimes, to torture, to domestic spying, to a predatory, ravenous Wall Street that feeds on the middle class with impunity.
If NSA does, in fact, have a secret back door channel into Google's (and the other firms') user data and communications, it hardly matters how scrupulous the agency is in adhering to applicable legal rules restricting access through the front door.
Civil liberties advocates, as well as Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, have said that the court risks
The debate over the NSA's data collection should lead to a better balance between rights of privacy and requirements of foreign intelligence. But whatever the outcome of that debate, it has failed to acknowledge inherent deficiencies and risks in "foreign intelligence" and the transcendent role of foreign policy in the defense of our national interests. Our foreign policy failures and dilemmas reflect failures of a cerebral sort of intelligence, including a lack of experience in the real world away from Washington, its arm chair polemicists, its ideological think thanks, and too little experience in military ground forces where you learn to expect the unexpected. Policy has been driven by ideologues, militarists, and amateurs, including Members of Congress who are little noted nowadays for real world experience.
"We have not received the type of bulk data requests that are commonly discussed publicly regarding telephone records," Smith
The President showed an understanding of the problems created by surveillance, but bolder leadership and strong action are required. We have no doubt those assigned to protect U.S. security want more information to do their job better, but that insatiable zeal for more information is where we get into trouble.
President Obama's proposal that Congress authorize "outside government" public advocates is doubly useless: (1) Congress legislates almost nothing; and (2) such advocates would be too slow and limited to provide balance between intelligence needs and constitutional protections. The FISA Court can provide the rules.