May 102014
 
 May 10, 2014  Court, Govt, Surveillance, U.S.

Hanni Fakhoury writes:

In the 36-year existence of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), the government has never  disclosed classified FISA materials—the specific applications for surveillance and the factual affidavits that support the surveillance request—to a criminal defendant. That all changed in January 2014 when a federal judge in Chicago  ordered the government to turn over surveillance applications and affidavits to the attorneys representing  Adel Daoud, a 19 year-old accused of attempting to blow up a bar in Chicago. As the government appeals that decision to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, we’ve signed onto an  amicus brief  written by the ACLU and the ACLU of Illinois filed today that explains why Judge Sharon Coleman was right to order disclosure.

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