Secret Spy Court Demands Surveillance Transparency From Feds
Unrestrained congratulations and kudos to the court. Again our system continues to try and improve a bad situation. It’s still not the sunset we really should get but I’ll take it as a move in the right direction.
The secret spy court at the center of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s leaks today ordered the government to begin declassifying its opinions involving the Patriot Act.
The court, set up in 1978, said the move “would contribute to an informed public debate” (.pdf) by shedding light on interpretations of a surveillance law that requires the nation’s phone carriers to hand over to the NSA metadata associated with every call in the United States.
Today’s order by Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) means the government likely will have to make public opinions surrounding the court’s legal interpretations of Section 215 of the Patriot Act.
As one of the most controversial provisions of the Patriot Act, the section allows the FISC to authorize broad warrants for most any type of “tangible” record, including those held by banks, doctors and phone companies.