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When we learn that the public is being misled with secret interpretations of the law, we must take these matters seriously. ... the details of a secret court order can be released just to protect the president, then Americans have the right to know whether their laws and their Constitution are protecting them.
... 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.

And that has led to two parallel efforts: one pushed and supported by the 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 privacy advocates and, to a lesser degree, technology companies, ...
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.). The White House
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 ... Intelligence
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 ... Surveillance

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. Government Secret Law
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 ... USA
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. Patriot Act
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 ... Government Secret
... 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. Government Secret
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 ... Government Secret
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.). Government Secret
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 ... Government Secret
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 ... Government Secret
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. Government Secret
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. Government Secret

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 ... Government Secret
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 ... Government Secret
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 ... Government Secret
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 ... Government Secret
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 ... Government Secret
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 ... Government Secret
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 ... Government Secret
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 ... Government Secret
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 Secret
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 ... Government Secret
... 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 ... Government Secret
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. Government Secret
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 ... Government Secret
"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 ... Government Secret
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 ... Government Secret
... 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 ... Government Secret
Disclose secret interpretation of law: Secret interpretations of law have ... Cue John Yoo, an attorney for the Office of Legal Counsel, who wrote ... Government Secret
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. Government Secret
Its legal capacity, however, is becoming markedly more restricted. ... of the Patriot Act—a law passed in the immediate aftermath of the attacks ... Government Secret
... 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 ... Government Secret
... 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 ... Government Secret
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. Government Secret
"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, ... Government Secret
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 ... Government 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 ... Government Secret
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 ... Government Secret
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 ... Government Secret
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 ... Government Secret
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 ... Government Secret
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 ... Government Secret
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 ... Government 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 ... Government 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 ... Government Secret


 

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