Dec 182012
 December 18, 2012  Posted by  Laws, Surveillance, U.S.

Tony Romm writes:

The Senate is racing toward a last-minute showdown over a controversial counterterrorism surveillance law.

While the chamber is preoccupied with the fast-approaching fiscal cliff, the clock is also running out on the so-called FISA Amendments Act — provisions of which are scheduled to sunset at the end of the year.

The law has its skeptics, many of whom fear that Americans are getting swept up in what is supposed to be a surveillance statute aimed at foreign targets.

Read more on Politico.

Jun 112012
 June 11, 2012  Posted by  Laws, Surveillance, U.S.

Pete Yost of Associated Press reports:

A Senate Intelligence Committee Democrat on Monday blocked a five-year extension of a surveillance law used by the Obama administration to intercept the communications of terrorist suspects overseas.

The move is the latest by Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon to address concerns that the government may be reviewing the emails and phone calls of law-abiding Americans in the U.S. who are at the other end of communications being monitored abroad.

Read more on KATU.

Nov 032010
 November 3, 2010  Posted by  Court, Surveillance

Steven Aftergood writes:

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which reviews government applications for domestic intelligence surveillance, issued new rules (pdf) on Monday to govern its proceedings.  The new rules differ only slightly from the draft rules (pdf) that were issued for public comment in late August (“FISA Court Proposes New Court Rules,” Secrecy News, September 2, 2010).  In general, the rules update past Court procedures to reflect passage of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, which expanded government surveillance authority.

Read more on Secrecy News.

Via @normative

Nov 142009
 November 14, 2009  Posted by  Surveillance, U.S.

Jim Burrows writes:

The following posting is intended as part of the background information for a forthcoming Get FISA Right chat on the technological issues in “getting FISA right” or more generally balancing needed foreign intelligence gathering with the rights reserved and protected in the Constitution. We eagerly seek your comments here and your participation in the chat. Please post as comments here not only critiques of this posting, but also any ideas regarding who should participate in such a discussion, when we should hold it and any of the ideas that should be discussed.

We will also discuss the logistics of the chat at our next regular organization conference call or two Please join us.

One of the knottiest problems in “getting FISA right” is the question of precisely how to insure that our Constitutionally guaranteed rights are protected while any email is being spied upon. It’s a purely technical problem in one sense, but one that has huge repercussions in the Constitutional and political areas. As a dedicated nerd and and civil libertarian, let me see if I can lay it out clearly.

Read more on Getting FISA Right.