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... array of powers C-59 will grant to the Communications Security Establishment -- Canada's answer to the NSA -- an agency already notorious for conducting unconstitutional mass surveillance under colour of a secret interpretation of Canadian law. secret laws, of course, have no place in a democracy.
However, through a series of highly questionable legal assertions and interpretations, many of which were developed in secret by the intelligence ... NSA and FBI that would effectively write into the law the secret interpretations and allow things to continue on as currently; and one pushed and supported by ...

Both Democratic and Republican administrations have hidden from Congress and the American people what they believe surveillance laws - public laws ... (In yet another case of a secret interpretation of law, the so-called "abouts" collection was never knowingly authorized by Congress in the first place.).
However, because these surveillance laws, including the new USA Liberty Act, never mention any criminal sanctions for such abuses, no one has been punished for it. The NSA and DEA ... Instead, the NSA used secret interpretations of the law to expand its own surveillance capabilities. Demand Progress ...
Under international human rights law, the answer is a resounding no - and a lawsuit heard by a federal court in Washington, DC earlier this week may ... should have to guess at whether the government is telling the whole truth or using secret interpretations when it offers assurances - as it recently did in a ...
Although President Obama is often credited for releasing controversial memos written by the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel under the Bush administration ... Indeed, an inherent conflict of interest exists when the executive branch enacts laws out of the public eye to govern its own actions.

The release coincided with the latest in a string of strong warnings from two senators about how the government has secretly interpreted the law. ... now that there are two memos from the Office of Legal Counsel (the same Justice Department group that issued the torture memos) relating to Section 215.
EFF sued the Department of Justice (DOJ) on the 10th anniversary of the signing of the USA Patriot Act in October 2011 for answers about "secret interpretations" of a controversial section of the law. In June 2013, a leaked FISA court order publicly revealed that "secret interpretation": the government was using Section ...
This week marks 10 years since the Patriot Act was signed into law by President George W. Bush. The ACLU is hosting a blog series that will address some of the sweeping changes to surveillance laws over the past decade. To learn more about the Patriot Act, visit www.aclu.org/patriot. Ten years ago ...
Wyden (D-Oregon) says that powers they grant the government on their face, the government applies a far broader legal interpretation - an interpretation ... "I draw a sharp line between the secret interpretation of the law, which I believe is a growing problem, and protecting operations and methods in the ...
Somewhat confusingly, the latest proposed law - put forward by Senators ... However, through a series of highly questionable legal assertions and ... that would effectively write into the law the secret interpretations and allow ...
This is another tool it has at its disposal, going hand-in-hand with All Writs orders to cover government requests not explicitly allowed by existing law. As we saw in the government's most famous All Writs case -- its legal battle with Apple over the contents of the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone -- these ...
Congress Can't Keep Letting the White House Enforce secret laws ... (In yet another case of a secret interpretation of law, the so-called "abouts" ... But the problem of secret interpretations of the law hangs like a cloud over ...
However, because these surveillance laws, including the new USA Liberty ... then use in court, while telling judges it came from other legal requests. ... Instead, the NSA used secret interpretations of the law to expand its own ...
Under international human rights law, the answer is a resounding no ... the US executive branch has used secret legal interpretations as the basis for ... whole truth or using secret interpretations when it offers assurances - as ...
secret law persists even in areas where we thought the secrecy had ended. ... Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel under the Bush administration ... branch enacts laws out of the public eye to govern its own actions.
government Confirms That It Has secret Interpretation of Patriot Act spy Powers ... Act request for any files on its legal interpretation of Section 215. ... from two senators about how the government has secretly interpreted the law. ... their government is interpreting public laws, especially when those laws ...

... 2011 for answers about "secret interpretations" of a controversial section of the law. ... a leaked FISA court order publicly revealed that "secret interpretation": the ... the legal basis for the "sensitive collection program," and information on the ...
ACLU Sues government to Find Out secret Interpretation of Patriot Act ... This week marks 10 years since the Patriot Act was signed into law by ... some of the sweeping changes to surveillance laws over the past decade.
Legal scholars, law professors, advocacy groups, and the Congressional ... secret laws undermine that trust and authority, which then erodes and ... relying on secret interpretations of the law to justify warrantless wiretapping ...
"I draw a sharp line between the secret interpretation of the law, ... The FBI deferred comment on any secret interpretation of the Patriot Act to ...
Under international human rights law, the answer is a resounding no ... the existence and content of opinions of its Office of Legal Counsel (OLC). ... the whole truth or using secret interpretations when it offers assurances - as ...
... foreign surveillance law that it is "infeasible" to provide an estimate of how ... when he first revealed that there was a "secret" interpretation of the Patriot ... of the effectiveness of US surveillance laws, ahead of the scheduled ...
Disclose secret interpretation of law: secret interpretations of law have ... Cue John Yoo, an attorney for the Office of Legal Counsel, who wrote ...
The notion of secret law is as counterintuitive as it is unsettling. ... the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel under the Bush administration ... executive branch enacts laws out of the public eye to govern its own actions.
Its legal capacity, however, is becoming markedly more restricted. ... of the Patriot Act--a law passed in the immediate aftermath of the attacks ...
... secret interpretations of the law to justify its actions, as noted in The New ... The secret interpretation subverted the ability of the people to evaluate their representatives. The secrecy surrounding surveillance law also meant that many ... that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so ...
... 2011 for answers about "secret interpretations" of a controversial section of the law. ... a leaked FISA court order publicly revealed that "secret interpretation": the ... the legal basis for the "sensitive collection program," and information on the ...
This week marks 10 years since the Patriot Act was signed into law by ... of the sweeping changes to surveillance laws over the past decade.
"We're getting to a gap between what the public thinks the law says and what the ... blasts the administration for "secretly reinterpret[ing] public laws and statutes. ... but the rationale for using their legal use under Patriot ought to be disclosed. "I draw a sharp line between the secret interpretation of the law, ...
Sunsets are the primary means for revisiting and reforming controversial laws, and we want to make sure that Congress looks at this law again in the future. 2. Close the backdoor loophole: Warrantless ... Disclose secret interpretation of law: Secret ...
This congressional rejection of constitutional norms began the slippery slope in which the foreign agency standard has morphed by legislation and by secret interpretations of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to probable cause of foreign ...
Attorney John Whitehead, who heads The Rutherford Institute, which self-describes as "A nonprofit conservative legal organization dedicated to the defense of civil, especially religious, liberties and human rights," says he is not surprised at the ...
Attorney John Whitehead, who heads The Rutherford Institute, which self-describes as "A nonprofit conservative legal organization dedicated to the defense of civil, especially religious, liberties and human rights," says he is not surprised at the ...
Attorney John Whitehead, who heads The Rutherford Institute, which self-describes as "A nonprofit conservative legal organization dedicated to the defense of civil, especially religious, liberties and human rights," says he is not surprised at the ...
As Whitehead puts it: "That means putting an end to this shadow government - with its secret agencies, secret military operations, secret surveillance, secret budgets, secret court rulings and secret interpretations of the law - all of which exist ...
Attorney John Whitehead, who heads The Rutherford Institute, which self-describes as "A nonprofit conservative legal organization dedicated to the defense of civil, especially religious, liberties and human rights," says he is not surprised at the ...
Attorney John Whitehead, who heads The Rutherford Institute, which self-describes as "A nonprofit conservative legal organization dedicated to the defense of civil, especially religious, liberties and human rights," says he is not surprised at the ...
This congressional rejection of constitutional norms began the slippery slope in which the foreign agency standard has morphed by legislation and by secret interpretations of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to probable cause of foreign ...
This congressional rejection of constitutional norms began the slippery slope in which the foreign agency standard has morphed by legislation and by secret interpretations of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to probable cause of foreign ...
The service providers are required by law to permit this access and are prohibited by law from complaining about it publicly, challenging it in court or revealing any of its details.
Part of this system involved doing the bare minimum when it came to the Freedom of Information Act, including frustrating momentum to reform the law. That included ... Reprieve, a legal charity, won a major victory when a federal judge ordered the ...
... the secret interpretations of Reagan's Executive Order 12333 and Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act, which Obama's DOJ fought so hard to keep under wraps, and which formed the legal basis for ramping up mass domestic surveillance from 2008-2016 ...
... in isolated interpretation of American law, that is, secret interpretations of the law. That produced torture of prisoners, and it also produced large scale, secret surveillance of American citizens that was accomplished by ignoring the legal ...
Four weeks on, the world still does not know exactly what legal basis the US government used to obtain a secret court order requiring Yahoo!
Edgar is the former director of privacy and civil liberties for the Obama administration's national security staff, and is currently the academic director of law and policy at Brown University's Executive Master in Cybersecurity program, and visiting ...
Our job was to ensure those programs had a firm basis in law and included protections for privacy and civil liberties. While I am proud of the work ... Before Snowden, the NSA used a secret interpretation of the Patriot Act to amass a nationwide ...
... said, "There is great damage to the rule of law and human rights law when the United States, of all countries, engages in killings based on secret interpretations of the law, or entirely new and unilateral legal frameworks outside the agreed-upon ...
The US and UK governments employ secret interpretations of law to justify hacking. Privacy International's legal challenge to GCHQ hacking, which followed the Snowden disclosures, alleged that the British government had no clear authority under UK law ...
In May 2004, a Home Office legal adviser wrote to Thomas backing an MI5 proposal that collecting bulk data from communication service providers for its "database project" be authorised under section 94 of the 1984 telecommunications act because, at ...


 

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