Whatever legal test is utilized by the FISA Court, there is no reason to believe that it will act as anything other than a rubber stamp for the NSA as it has so often in the past.
The National Security Agency is not only collecting all your personal data, it's also sharing that information with other government agencies. And let's face it, this has nothing to do with terrorism.
Another round of declassified documents means another round of revelations about a spy agency run amok. But it's OK, the NSA says it's fixed it.
A declassified 2011 secret court ruling found the federal government had offered "substantial misrepresentation(s)" -- in laymen's terms, it lied -- in legal filings to the judges assigned to oversee the NSA's secret surveillance programs.
Don’t let the acquittal of Army Pfc Bradley Manning on aiding the enemy charges or the temporary asylum Russia granted to NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden fool you The harsh treatment of whistle-blowers will likely continue into the foreseeable future in pace with the needs and expansion of the surveillance state itself .
Although the House defeated a measure that would have defunded the bulk phone metadata collection program, the narrow 205-217 vote showed that there is significant support in Congress to reform NSA surveillance programs. Here are six other legislative proposals on the table.
A top U.S. intelligence official has confirmed that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court on Friday extended the National Security Agency's authority to gather the telephone metadata of tens of millions of Americans.
The justification for this secret court -- as is usual in the development of 20th century secret police states -- is national security.
The Internet giant's petition to the tribunal says its free speech rights have been violated because it is legally prohibited from discussing even the vaguest details of government surveillance requests.