“An Organized Effort By Republicans To Obstruct”: Democrats Draft Talking Points To Refute FISA Memo

“An Organized Effort By Republicans To Obstruct”: Democrats Draft Talking Points To Refute FISA Memo:

“Until now, we could only really accuse House Republicans of ignoring the President’s open attempts to block the Russia investigation.”

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Nunes: FISA Memo Just “Phase One,” Now Targeting State Department In “Phase Two”

Nunes: FISA Memo Just “Phase One,” Now Targeting State Department In “Phase Two”:

“We are in the middle of what I call phase two of our investigation, which involves other departments, specifically the State Department and some of the involvement that they had in this.”

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Those upset about #MemoDay should consider regardless of what the FBI does or doesn’t put into an application, FISA warrants have had a 99.97% chance of being granted over 33 years.

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Telecom Firm Fails In First Known FISA Court Surveillance Challenge

Telecom firm fails in first known FISA court surveillance challenge (Al Jazeera, April 25, 2014):

For the first known time since the U.S. government began collecting data about Americans’ phone calls in bulk after the 9/11 attacks, a telecommunications company has questioned those surveillance activities in court, according to a judge’s opinion unsealed on Friday.

That company, whose name was redacted from the opinion, did not directly challenge the government’s right to make companies turn over “telephony metadata” — information about the phone numbers customers dial and the time, data and duration of such calls.

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FISA Court Order That Allowed NSA Surveillance Is Revealed For First Time


The NSA’s metadata trawl was approved by a judge who felt the agency was asking for ‘exceptionally broad’ permission to tap into electronic communications. Photograph: Oliver Berg/dpa/Corbis

Fisa court order that allowed NSA surveillance is revealed for first time (Guardian, Nov 19, 2013):

Fisa court judge who authorised massive tapping of metadata was hesitant but felt she could not stand in the way

A secret court order that authorised a massive trawl by the National Security Agency of Americans’ email and internet data was published for the first time on Monday night, among a trove of documents that also revealed a judge’s concern that the NSA “continuously” and “systematically” violated the limits placed on the program.

The order by the Fisa court, almost certainly its first ruling on the controversial program and published only in heavily redacted form, shows that it granted permisson for the trawl in part beacause of the type of devices used for the surveillance. Even the judge approving the spying called it a “novel use” of government authorities.

Another later court order found that what it called “systemic overcollection” had taken place.

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US Intelligence Chiefs Lobby To Prevent Congress Curbing Surveillance Powers

US intelligence chiefs lobby to prevent Congress curbing surveillance powers (Guardian, Sep 26, 2013):

NSA director and director of national intelligence to appear before Senate committee a day after senators propose reform bill

Two US intelligence chiefs will begin a public lobbying campaign on Capitol Hill on Thursday, as they try to dissuade Congress from dismantling any part of the vast surveillance apparatus constructed in the aftermath of September 11 terrorist attacks.

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Senate Bill Would Eliminate Mass Collection Of Phone Records, Reform FISA Court

Senate bill would eliminate mass collection of phone records, reform FISA court (RT, Sep 25, 2013):

A bipartisan group of US lawmakers has introduced legislation that, if approved, would attempt to strengthen civil liberties and curb the power of the secret FISA courts that approved widespread foreign and domestic NSA surveillance policies.

The bill, dubbed the Intelligence Oversight and Surveillance Reform Act, bundles a number of ideas proposed in roughly 12 other bills drafted in the wake of the leaks by NSA contractor-turned  whistleblower Edward Snowden, which first began in June.

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